Don’t get me wrong, this week hasn’t been a ‘bad’ week, but it has been tiring and at times quite emotional. The light at the end of the tunnel has been the prospect of a delayed birthday treat – one of my friends had a significant birthday and our birthdays are a few days apart so we decided we would plan a little yarn escape in London. She is much more familiar than I am with the big yarn stores – I have ventured into Loop with her before but she tells me there are other places where yarnheads are welcome and this weekend she is taking me on a guided tour.
Now, before you say ‘what about your yarn ban?’, it is still in place. I am restricting myself to taking a limited amount of cash (which will not go far in London!), and I am mainly looking for interesting patterns and maybe that very special skein of yarn. But its really going to be about spending time with one of my best friends and having the time and space to concentrate on making stuff in the evenings. Something to re-balance the head and heart as the madness of work starts to spiral once again.
In shawl club news, I have finally decided on the design for Shawl #5 and I am really pleased with it, both as a pattern and an item. So I may play around with ideas for the final shawl in my first series of shawl club this weekend. I think I want to go with something really special and unusual, so London will work as a bit of a research trip to inspire me, I hope. Otherwise it will be all about the stash busting. I wonder if I should set myself a challenge of how many KGs of yarn I can get through before the autumn?
On the topic of stash busting, I am also going to learn to knit brioche – I am going to make a massive brioche wrap this summer so that it is done in time for the colder months, and it should use up some of my DK stash, including some random scraps from leftover projects. Using up scrap ends of yarn makes me feel faintly frugal and virtuous (I am neither of these things) so it has to be something to be embraced.
I will try to keep you updated on my London exploits via my Instagram feed. Come and follow us – it could get both fluffy and messy all at the same time.