Aidan has been wanting to learn Greek, and I've been wanting to knit a sweater. Today we both got our wish!
I'm going to come right out and say it. I'm too cheap to be a real knitter. I'd like to say I'm too poor to buy yarn, because it sounds more pitiful, but the truth is I'm just too cheap. And indecisive, and unsure, and overwhelmed by all the possibilities of patterns, colors and textures. Every once in a while I get up the nerve to jump into a knitting project, and I check our budget and convince myself it's OK to splurge on yarn. Then I get to the yarn shop, get all sweaty and nervous, and leave empty handed. What if I don't like the color of the yarn once it's knitted up? What if the pattern doesn't fit right or doesn't look good on me? Why am I knitting a sweater anyways? My sweater drawer is full to bulging. Do I really want the responsibility of a hundred plus dollar, handmade sweater? Most of my favorite sweaters are two dollar thrift store finds.
So today when I found a bag of wool yarn at the thrift store for five bucks, I decided it was fate. It is very rare to find wool yarn at a thrift store, let alone a bag of it. Plus it's vintage and a color I can imagine wearing. As soon as I got it home, I scrolled through pages of patterns on Ravelry looking for a match to the weight and amount of yarn I had, found a free pattern on Knitty (the Tappan Zee Cardigan), and cast on to check gauge using the only pair of size 6 needles I had. Since it's impossible to knit a sweater on sock needles, I rode my bike down to the yarn store, splurged on some Addis, came home, built a fire, and cast on - just before the thunder began rumbling and the hail started pounding.
And that is how thrifty knitters yarn along.
P.S. Shannon reached her Kickstarter goal! Thanks to all of those who helped! Now I have yet another reason to visit Vermont (not that Diane and Tara aren't reason enough!) - I'd love to spend some time in Shannon's yarn lounge. Especially if I saved my pennies and could splurge on her handspun farm wool. Congratulations Shannon!