OMG! I'm getting completely distracted from my distraction blanket knitting this week. First, yarn arrived from eat.sleep.knit (don't you simply love that name for a yarn shop?) which had me casting on for this shawl/scarf immediately, then more yarn arrived in the mail and I found myself casting on and knitting another cozy coaster. All the while my blanket is looking at me saying "You just have to knit one last ring Ann. Finish me please!" I can feel myself justifying the switch to the scarf as I "need" it for my trip at the end of the month, then the excuse to switch to the coaster is that it is small and wouldn't it be great to actually finish something. Indeed it would, now if I can only focus!
Both new yarns are golden yellow and super soft so I'm thinking that has something to do with it. Minnesotans really need bright color in February, or at least this Minnesotan does. The first yarn is from Handmaiden and it is a lovely blend of half wool half silk. The best part about this yarn is that it was free. Yes, free! Eat.Sleep.Knit sends out a scratch off card with each of your orders and you can win lots of lovely prizes. Now, I never gamble but yarn scratch off cards - yes please! I've won a skein of yarn and a couple $5 store credits before, but this time around I won a $50 store credit! It's been sitting in my account for almost two months as I schemed and planned what to purchase. I pretty pleased with my choice and there's still leftover credit for something else in the future. The second yarn is from Frog Tree and is a sport weight 100% Alpaca. I'm holding the yarn double for the pattern and using larger needles as the original coaster I knit last year was so tiny it didn't even cover the bottom of my mug. It's another double knit pattern like my mittens, but knit straight back and forth on a double pointed needle so much easier on the mind as well as the hands.
So, you can safely say startitis has come to roost at my house, but with no more yarn coming in the mail I'm hoping this next one will have me settling down to at least finishing one project.