So I was perusing the KnitPicks website to try to figure out how much the bag I've been meaning to make for ages now would cost. I recently got new suitcases at a Sharper Image store-closing sale (my old one was literally held together with duct tape - that's what happens when you buy your luggage at Walmart) and I want a sharp new carry-on to go with them. I was planning on knitting this bag in two strands of worsted weight yarn, one dark gray, one in a dark gray/light gray twist; and I was also going to throw in a strand of blue/indigo heathered fingering weight yarn (this is probably my favorite yarn color EVER - it looks almost iridescent - and I have two balls of it, but I have no idea whatsoever what to do with it). The effect was going to be kind of tweedy - dark gray with flecks of light gray and indigo. Beautiful.
But doesn't it just figure that the dark gray/light gray twist has apparently been discontinued. So since Knitpicks has been adding new colors like hotcakes lately (so much for the dozen or so swatch cards I bought last year) I figured I'd see if any of their new colors struck my fancy.
I clicked on Shamrock, a heavy worsted weight wool yarn that's kind of tweedy thanks to the one strand of hand-dyed yarn that's twisted into it. Each colorway is named after an Irish clan. It's a nice yarn but I've never been really crazy about any of the colors (at least not for myself - this hat was double stranded Shamrock, but it was a gift) - but I figured hey, let's see if any of the new colors are any good.
Imagine my surprise when I saw that the name of one of their new colors is my maiden name! And get this, it happens to be the exact colors from my high school.
Unfortunately, I don't want a red bag so I'm going to go with Beckett, since it is pretty much exactly what I want! Dark gray, with flecks of my favorite colors. Brilliant!
Of course, I am so incredibly backlogged with projects that I have no idea when I will be able to get started on this one. I am not even close to being done with my MIL's Christmas present from last year. I may or may not have it done by Christmas this year. "A lace scarf?" I thought. "That shouldn't take too long! I mean it only uses one hank of yarn, after all." Riiiiiiight...
ETA: which fabric is better for the lining?
(or I could go to Walmart and get one of the hundreds of aloha prints [aka Hawaiian print] that they have for dirt cheap)
Leave It To The Pros
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