A few months ago (coinciding, not coincidentally, with Christmas) I found myself with some money that was designated for yarn purchase and made the shocking discovery that I no longer have any idea how to spend money on myself.
I wanted something special. I had just made a sweater. I couldn’t buy more sock yarn because the dresser drawer I keep my sock yarn in doesn’t have any more space whatsoever. Nothing seemed right. Sam was restless. I got super stressed and finally asked Stephanie (the shop owner) if she had any cashmere that was heavier than fingering weight (which is exactly like sock yarn, though I don’t know that I’d use cashmere for actual socks). She had some, a worsted that came in a beautiful shade of grey. $26 per 82 yard ball. I grabbed two.
I knew I wanted that cashmere as close to my face as possible, and decided on a tight-fitting cowl (Ravelry link). I held off on it as long as I could stand, and cast on a couple days ago.
Saturday I tried working on it while we were driving out to Vasquex Rocks, but I encountered a knot. Yes, my $26 yarn had a knot in it. OK, I can live with that. It’s handspun, after all. But I discovered last night that cashmere does not spit-felt (at least not the way I was doing it), so now I have two extra ends to weave in.
Last night I picked it up again and got far enough that I can really see how it’s coming along. And frankly, it looks too small. I’ve made this pattern before and the sizing was great, maybe even a bit looser than I like. The needles I’m using this time are a hair smaller, but I think the thick-and-thin yarn is the culprit here. I’m worried about getting the thing over my head, and I’m worried that it doesn’t look as pretty as it ought to.
I bought the cashmere because I wanted a real treat. I understand why it is expensive and believe it is, in general, totally worth it.
But good grief. For TEN TIMES the price of wool* I really think I should not be getting this much grief from my dang yarn. I think I need to work on a different project.
*this stuff is 32¢ a yard, compared with the Cascade 220 I used for my sweater at just over 3¢ a yard.