You can’t fall off the wagon if you weren’t on it to start with

So, I haven’t knit anything since finishing the Baudelaires, apart frommy test swatch (which I’m still intending to write up, but haven’tquite got round to). The only thing I have properly OTN is the randomlace jumper, which I got bored of just before I started the Baudelaires(these facts are linked). Technically, there’s clapotis mark 1, but Ithink I might rip it and go back to the drawing board with the cotton.

I’ve been mulling over what to knit next, and I’ve gone through severalattempts at adding stuff to my basket on various online yarn stores,only to lose my nerve and not complete the purchase.

I’ve been thinking about the clapotis again (did you notice the “mark1″ above?), and even seriously considered knitting one in Lion andLamb, because I love some of the Lorna’s Laces colourways so much, andthere aren’t many things I like knitted up in variegated yarn, but itadds up to over that psychological £50 barrier, and I resisted.

But I have now made a purchase. I wasn’t on the stash-busting wagon inthe first place, my stash is actually quite small, and I’ve somehowgot some spare money kicking around this month for some reason, and Idon’t know why I feel the need to justify spending my own money on anactivity that will both give me pleasure in the process and leave mewith wearable garments at the end, so I’ll stop justifying now ;-)

Just the other side of the £50 barrier is a clapotis-worth of Fyberspates‘ Scrumptious DK (in “reds and plums” of course), and unlike many ofthe other yarn subs I considered, it’s still got a lot of silk, so itwill hopefully drape nicely. I’ve been lusting after this yarn since Ifirst saw it, it’s gorgeous colours, and I wear a lot of wraps like theclapotis in the summer. I can’t wait.

If I’m buying something anyway, I might as well justify the postage(or, umm, take the order over into the free postage band), so I’veindulged my Lorna’s Laces craving with two skeins of Shepherd SockinValentine (which is a fantastic name, mostly because the combination ofthe colour and the name makes me think not of cute and fluffycommercialised declarations of love, but of (literal) bleeding hearts,and of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre (the card in Family Business,that is, not the actual event, about which I know nothing)). So that’ssome more socks for me, although I haven’t decided which pattern yet.

And finally, some Cascade sassy stripes sock yarn which will be Jaywalkers for someone else.

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