Normally, I see a pattern I like and I look in my stash or buy yarn to suit it. Very rarely do I buy the yarn first and then pick a pattern. There are too many variables – will I have enough? – and it cuts down on stashing massive amounts of yarn that may never get used. (The one type of yarn I break this rule with is sock yarn because I know that one skein will make me either a pair of socks or a small shawl.)
But this yarn…oh, this yarn. I saw this yarn at the wonderful little yarn shop we frequented while visiting Asheville last spring. (Yes, we were only there for 3 days. Yes, we were frequent customers at a yarn shop. What of it.)
I fell in love with this yarn. I didn’t buy it at first because I was being practical and as much as I loved it, I knew I wouldn’t wear it. Being single ply, it wasn’t ideal for socks either. But c’mon…look at this yarn!
Then it struck me – E needs a shawl. Did she really need a shawl? Eh. Did she need a shawl made of tosh merino light? (In Mansfield Garden Party, if you’re wondering.) Hardly. But she was always trying to steal my shawls, and I did want desperately to have a reason to buy this gorgeous yarn. So.
The pattern is the Little House Shawl and it is super simple and child sized and was absolutely perfect for my needs. I’m selfishly rather pleased that it didn’t use the entire skein – it means I can keep a tiny skein of it around, just to look at. Guilt free.
See the details of mine on Ravelry.