I’d like you to meet Faerie Hair. Isn’t she beautiful?
Let me tell you a story. When I first discovered indie dyed yarn I found, as many of us do, Voolenvine Yarns. It was like a magic trove of yarny goodness with each colorway prettier than the last. The colors and combinations were mesmerising. And then I saw Faerie Hair. I knew that was a skein I needed in my life. All I had to do was buy some.
Easier said than done. With each shop update, I was either too late or, even worse, cart jacked. I clearly wasn’t the only one that felt this way about Kristin’s yarn.
Then came #getyouryarnwishgranted in the winter of 2015. I put my desperate plea out into the world and lo and behold my dear friend Melissa of the Spicy Homemaker Podcast had a skein she was willing to part with. On the Wolke base no less. What luck! The package arrived a week or so later and Faerie Hair was mine! I couldn’t wait to cake it up and get knitting.
But what was I going to knit with this amazing new yarn of mine? It was too good for socks. It needed to be knit into something I could touch often. Maybe something I could wear around my neck. Maybe a shawl. I had to find the perfect pattern for this perfect yarn. There were so many options; so many beautiful patterns.
Too many options. And none were “just right”. So I held off caking my dear Faerie Hair up until I found THE pattern. It sat at the top of my stash. I would take this lovely skein down just to pet and admire. “I can’t wait until I find the right pattern for you.”
A year later and Faerie Hair is still in my stash, still at the top and still being admired. But it dawned on me the other day. Maybe I don’t need to find the “perfect pattern”. Maybe there wasn’t one. Maybe whatever project this wonderful yarn was knit into would make it perfect. It will certainly serve me much better knit up into a lovely accessory than sitting atop my stash as if it were in a museum.
So it’s been settled. This will be my first new cast on of 2017. I haven’t decided the pattern yet, but I’ve narrowed it down. And I’ll let you in on a secret- I might be designing my own! Come January 1st I will cast on and, with any luck, I will be enjoying it’s knitted beauty not long after.
Do you have a skein in your stash that you just haven’t brought yourself to knit? A yarn that is much too perfect for a pattern designed by mere mortals? Tell me what it is in the comments and maybe this is just the push you needed to cast on yourself.