a) so I would have the time/focus to finish the log cabin
b) because I had sock-knitting burn out
c) so I could get some reading done
d) because I developed a minor obsession with quilting
That being said, summer has started - all 67 days of it! - and I need something portable that I can bring with me to the cottage and the park and all that. A few weeks ago I received my Friday evening newsletter from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. It usually pops into my mailbox about 6:00. I took a quick look while I was cooking dinner and was interested in reading their article about a limited edition jacquard from Regia. I can't find the whole story - the writer talked about a pair of socks she had made from this yarn years ago and how the socks were still going strong, outlasting every other pair of handknit socks in her sock drawer! I took a quick look at the colours (gorgeous!) available and promised myself to check it out after I had put the boys to bed. Two hours later it was totally sold out!
I wasn't too fussed about it to be honest - I'm quite serious about working through my stash this year - but I was interested in the free pattern they offered to go with the jacquard yarn called The Longstocking Muffler. I liked the description of "effortless and fun" and was intrigued by the description:
Self-patterning and self-striping sock yarns are engineered to pattern at a sock circumference. Our Longstocking Muffler employs that same circumference minus that sock-specific heel and toe!
It took me a second to figure it out, but basically this is a long tube, knit in the round like a sock. My favourite part of sock knitting without having to worry about measuring or foot size or turning or making one the same as the last. It sounded perfect AND I had the perfect yarn for it!