Last night I had a bit of trouble falling asleep (could it have been the 1-1/2 hour “nap” I took when I got home???) and my mind was racing with some big issues I’ve been trying not to deal with lately (hence, the aforementioned nap), so I tried to turn my thoughts to knitting. I started thinking about the next project (Singular! Only one! I’m a monogamous knitter now! (Kind of.)) and I decided to finally knit a friggin sweater for myself. I’ve been getting down on myself lately because while I have *technically* known how to knit for over 5 years, I have not *actually* been *knitting* for 5 years. So when I see people (who have been knitting for less time than me) knitting up their umpteenth sweater, I start to think… What do I have to show for all these years of knitting? And what have I been doing with my time? But whatever… I’m just not the type of person to have a piece of knitting in my hand every second of every day (Hi, Gramma! Hi, Mom!). And that’s fine.
So anyway, I decided to finally go ahead and try the Rusted Root. It looks like a simple enough pattern (I’ve done cables… they’re not too hard) and I just love short-sleeved sweaters. (I love sweaters, period, but short-sleeved sweaters are sweaters you can wear in the SUMMER! Which means sweater season is all year long!!)
But I digress. I had actually bought this pattern weeks ago, and I went into my LYS last week to see if they carried the Cotton Fleece yarn and they don’t. I forget which yarn they carried instead, because I really wasn’t listening to the (very nice, very helpful) woman. I want to knit my first sweater in the yarn called for in the colourway shown.
So then this morning I started looking online for Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece and all the friggin Sedona Red is sold out almost everywhere I looked! I finally found a place that sold it for $8/skein, but then I felt a twinge of remorse for all the LYS’s around me that I’m not patronizing with this purchase. Not only do I want to support local merchants, but I also want to touch, see, and feel the yarn I’m about to knit with! So I called around this morning to check and see if any of these shops carry it and no. one. does. I couldn’t believe it! Some don’t even carry Brown Sheep period. What’s up?! What’s so wrong with Brown Sheep that no one carries it? It’s not like it’s Lion Brand!!!
I did some Flickr searches and read what other people thought about the yarns they used, and I realized that all my faves were knit with the Cotton Fleece. So I did some more Googling and finally found Paradise Fibers had my yarn in stock, in the color I wanted. Yay! Hopefully I’ll get it within the week and I can cast on just as soon as I’m finished with T’s gloves.