But I'm still honoring my agreement to use only stash yarn for the Must Have Cardi.
Yesterday afternoon I swatched with the raisin Mission Falls 1824. I didn't get gauge on the first try and it wasn't telling me it wanted to be Must Have. Not at all. As of 1 a.m. this morning, I had all but decided I would fall back on the Peacock Patons Classic. I thought must be I was "supposed" to be using this yarn because it is, after all, a Patons pattern and I should perhaps honor it by using the called-for yarn. But it wasn't exciting me. I considered ordering a different color, but I knew that would be a copout.
I got up this morning and announced to my husband and one or two other people that, copout or not, I was going to go to Kaleidoscope and buy some Cascade 220 in one of the colors I've been eyeing. No sense knitting a sweater that is a challenging knit for me, and one that I hope to get a lot of wear out of, in a yarn that was not "doing it" for me. For lack of spending approximately $45, wasn't I being penny wise and pound foolish to use a yarn that wasn't exciting me? I shouldn't be settling on the yarn for this sweater. I didn't have to spend all outdoors, but at least I should get a yarn that I could live with.
I left the computer this morning after checking my email and bloglines, to head for the shower and drive down the road to buy my new yarn. As I was walking through the study, my eye was caught by the wool I bought last summer from Cottage Craft in the color Live Lobster. Wow. Not a sheen to be seen with that wool -- very rustic, scratchy, New Brunswick fisherman's style wool. But the colors -- oh, the colors! (everything but the kitchen sink, with an overall dark olive green/brown feel -- just everything you would expect to see in a live lobster -- fanTAStic)
I decide to swatch. No go on 7s, but close. Try again on 6s and I get gauge. I decide this is the yarn I'm going to use for the Must Have. I love it.
Then what happened? I don't know, but I suddenly remembered an obscure yarn I had in my stash, a lovely rust-colored tweed Italian merino that I got for a steal on eBay last spring that I had wondered what in the WORLD I was ever going to do with. I didn't think it matched the gauge of any modern sweater (which turns out to be a wrong assumption). This yarn is discontinued, and I think it would qualify as "vintage." A lady was selling off her mom's estate, and her mom had had a yarn store, and if I'm reading the label right, it might have even come from the '70s. I love this yarn. They called it red, but it's closer to orange. It's called Amawalk tweed, and I.GOT.GAUGE. On the first try. On 7s. Spot on. And it is so beautiful I can hardly stand it. Spicy, interesting, complex, tweedy, soft. Perfect. I think I have 20 balls of it, and it's 115 yards/ball. I have enough to make a sweater and a bunch of accessories to match if I want.
I even washed the swatch, and although it lost quite a bit of dye in the water, it held its gauge, and it is fabulous. See? And see the Kid Silk Haze in the photo? It's hard to see, but that color is in the tweed. A snazzy accessory all ready to go!