Sorry. I just can't help myself.
This time my fascination with Noro yarns will prove my downfall. Oh, in times past I could be happy with a couple of skeins of Kureyon and a scarf pattern, or something felted... but no more. Now I really need a mountainous stash of the stuff -- and a winning Megabucks ticket probably wouldn't hurt.
I blame Jane Ellison. I happened into The Yarn Sellar in York on my way home yesterday from the computer shop (where I bought more RAM for the laptop and received much adoring attention from the two resident chocolate Labs). There I was in the yarn shop, admiring all of the lovely yarns and the enchanting shop samples...
And Then I Saw It.
The shop had a sample of the Fletcher Sweater from Jane Ellison's book Simply Noro, knit in that stunning flame-colored colorway #6 of Noro Iro. I fell in Serious Knitter Lust. (Yes, I'm capitalizing. It's not polite to shout.)
I must make that sweater, I tell you. Its construction is simple enough that even a novice knitter like me can make it, and the directions are equally straightforward. This project was Meant to Be. At $20 a skein and with the pattern calling for 11 skeins, this sweater should more properly be entitled "investment" rather than mere "clothing." I'm in love, though, and love is madness -- so much so that I'm willing to spend the endless hours, trolling for sale prices on eBay, whispering "Fletcher, must knit Fletcher" under my breath.