I’m doing a bit of design research in the vain hope that it will help me to avoid a fiber related accident, the fiberphiles among us are fully aware of what I speak. This accident occures in one of two senarios: You are in a yarn store and trip as you are falling to the ground some how your credit/debit card is swiped through the POS (Point of Sale) machine causing you to buy some yarn you had no intention towards when you entered the store. The second senario actually happens in the (presumed) safety of your home, generally the victim is innocently window shopping at some online retailers, occasionally adding items to a dream shopping cart when their attention is drawn away from the computer and they return only to discover that the cat/dog/small child and or House Boggin has not only added more items to the cart but also entered the credit card number, mailing address and you are now staring at an invoice. Because I am wise to these pitfalls I’m working very hard to be vigilant. So far it seems to be working, but I nearly ended up with a new Kromski Sonata before I had saved up the required funds!
The design research I’m doing right now is a bit of pre-planning for when my Royal Fleeces come back from Lindenhoff. As I have mentioned before I bought a dark natural coloured Corriedale and two Lincoln fleece, the Lincolns were a bonus fleece so I didn’t have a project in mind for it yet, however the Corriedale was destined to become a yoke sweater a la Elizabeth Zimmerman from the get go. I have narrowed down the list of possible designs to a simple design like the moon phases, something a bit fancier like celtic spirals or stuff the stranded work all together and knit the Burma Rings Pullover from the Winter 200/01 issue of Interweave Knits (the pattern is available though their subscriber only section).
Does anyone have any other suggestions or opinions? And for the record the fleeces coming to live with you is not an option!