So, I think I mentioned that I really want to knit the Tibetan Clouds Beaded Stole by Sivia Harding from The Knitter's Book of Wool? (BTW, that book? Seriously the most awesome book ever. I loved everything about it: the discussion of wool in general, the discussion of sheep breeds in particular, the patterns -- the patterns! I want to knit lots of them, which isn't always the case in a knitting book, you know? If you don't have it, go out and buy it. I'll wait.) So I've been poking around, looking for yarn, thinking that I'd just take my time since I really love that pattern in a sort of obsessive kind of way (beads! it has beads! 732 to of them, to be precise), and I want it to be exactly right (no pressure, though).
Well, it turns out that I secretly wanted to spin this shawl (who knew?), because I just bought 14 ounces of stunning brown alpaca top (the one in the middle, called "bark"). Oops. I also went to our local bead store to get beads for the girls' hats and to look for beads for the shawl. I bought a small bag of something that might work with the alpaca, although I’m not sure; I'll have to wait until I've spun up some of the top and then test it out. And then, just in case the beads don't work with the top, I also bought some copper wire that would definitely work with those beads because I’ve always wanted to try knitting with wire, and hey! $2.95 ain’t bad.
Am I the only one who has these problems?