One of my two sisters works at Michael's and she shares my love of all things crafty. She's an excellent artist and creates the most beautiful cards and scrapbooks -- as you can imagine, she's much admired at her store and has a great time working there. Esther is generous beyond belief and while the kids were opening their gifts on Christmas, she surprised me with a huge bag of Patons Classic Wool in three colorways: dark grey mix, oatmeal, and plum heather. I love Classic Wool as it's a great workhorse yarn with good yardage, sturdy texture, and a great price.
As you can see from the photo above, Esther gifted me enough for three sweaters (size small, of course), and I'm starting to plan which patterns I'll cast on. Before she gave me this stash, I had asked her to pick me up some basic black and cream, and yesterday I casted on my first of many sweaters that I hope to knit in 2013. While I took advantage of yarn sales before the holidays, I also jumped on a great deal from Interweave Press and bought a digital copy of New England Knits which I had been coveting for months. Both Erin and Renee have knit beautiful items from this book.
I'm knitting the Derry Raglan and Cowl pullover in black, and while I already had to frog it once, I'm excited about this pattern and am now enjoying its rhythm. I made a few minor mistakes when starting the set-up row and then fudged it but as Gigi of the Knitmore Girls always says, if you don't like it now, you won't like it ten rows from now. My goal is 2013 is to be a more mindful knitter and as this sweater will count towards my 2013 collection, I best start being mindful now.
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