The plan of attack was that if I bought yarn, it had to be pre-planned and it had to work with something I already had in the stash. It couldn't be a whole project on its own. So, the thinking began. What do I
need want in my wardrobe that I did not have yarn for, and that I had a reasonable chance of finding in the store on any given day. And the deal breaker was that if they didn't have exactly what I was looking for, I could not get anything else.
Ever since finishing Mr. Needles Lichen vest, I have wanted a colourwork vest made with Cascade 220 for me.
There were a couple of lovely things in Folk Vests, my recent constant companion.
I checked out a favourite, Scandinavian Star. I checked Ravelry to see what others had done. Right there, without looking any farther, I saw perfection. A lovely blue and white version. Sigh. Breathtaking.
I have a bunch of white Cascade 220 in my stash. I have the the book and pattern. All I needed was a nice icy blue.
Cascade 220 is a fast moving product. If you see what you want, buy it and buy it now. It isn't going to be there the next time you go in. I knew the blues that I didn't want, but was a whole lot less certain of what I wanted. I wanted really soft blue. I wanted cool. Not pastel.
I winned! Planning worked so well, I think I will do it again.
Perhaps a plain sock yarn? No. Too easy.
Ahhh there it is. I have a lone ball of Fritidisgarn in a soft oatmeal colour. I'll use it with some of the Cascade Eco on hand. A gradient sweater perhaps? The New Zimmermann book has one that is firing up my imagination. I don't have quite enough Cascade Eco to get on with, but with the addition of a couple balls of oatmeal, it will be just right. The price is right on Fritidisgarn too. Under 5 dollars a ball. Perfect.
Here is hoping they have the oatmeal colour I want. Otherwise I am toast.