I believe the ennui has mostly past. I used a three-pronged approach.
Prong One: Madrona
Lowell and I drove down to see the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival’s marketplace.
I loved seeing the knitters and spinners in the lobby There was even someone there with a big loom! (I give it only a few more months before I learn to weave.)
I bought some yarn and some alpaca/silk fiber:
2 oz of an 80% black alpaca/20% silk blend from Hood Canal Yarns. I’m not confident in my ability to spin colors reliably, so I’m going with exotic fibers. This was hard to photograph; the fiber is such a rich, deep green with streaks of pewter. It’s got some sparkle too.
60% superwash wool/30% bamboo/10% nylon sock yarn. Pretty much my favorite blend of fibers for socks ever. I love the shine of bamboo and the wool keeps it stretchy. The above is BooFly from Angora Valley Fibers. I wish I had taken a picture of this before I wound it, it was really pretty.
This was just a quick (relatively) in and out trip. We walked around the marketplace and then headed home. Lowell wanted to find and kinnear the Yarn Harlot, but I said that I’d already stalked her enough.
Prong Two: Getting Crap Done
UFOs were piling up and starting to overwhelm me. What’s the obvious answer to that? Finish things. I made a huge effort to finish some projects, including a pair of socks for submission to Knit Picks and the pair of stockinette socks that I started over Thanksgiving. I don’t know why getting those done makes me feel better, as I’m planning on casting on another pair of stockinette socks immediately. Lowell’s scarf and sweater are still unfinished, indeed untouched during all this, but I’ll get back to them.
I knit five inches on this sock yesterday! Today I finished the toe.
Prong Three: Olympics
We’re heading up to Vancouver tomorrow. We’re going to be seeing four Olympic events: two hockey games, a speed skating race, and men’s short figure skating. This is pretty exciting. I’ll be bringing that new skein of BooFly and casting on a new pair of stockinette socks to work on while I’m there. I’m also bringing a sock that’s slightly more complicated. I’m only bringing enough yarn, total, to make two socks. I know, I’m shocked too. No worrying about running out or if the project isn’t right for the trip. Two socks. That’s all. And I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should only take enough to make one sock. But, I might knit another five inches in one day. Too risky to only bring one sock.