When I visit a new yarn shop, especially when traveling, I love to buy something to remind me of that shop and that trip. Usually, I restrict myself to a single hank or skein because of economics, but also because I usually choose a pattern and then choose its yarn, particularly with large projects.
However, when visiting Balls and Skeins in Sebastopol, California, this summer, I broke from personal tradition, and decided to stash for a sweater or cardigan. I went for some fabulously red Cascade 220, which is certainly not a specialty yarn, and something found in most yarn shops in my area of California, but the cardigan I eventually made from it reminds me of that lovely time afternoon with my sisters.
I had been dreaming of a cropped cardigan when I bought my yarn, and after a pattern search on Ravelry, I realized I had already queued the sweater I wanted to make: Miette, a top-down cardigan with a little bit o’ lace. I knit most of it up during my week of ICU at the vet school, which was surprisingly productive, as I spent a lot of time stuck in the student flat, without a television or computer. It felt like a week of summer camp. The other students may have teased me a bit, and called me an old lady, but as I now have a warm and chic red cardigan: in the immortal words of Alan Partridge, it was I who had the last laugh!