Part of my job at Interweave Knits is keeping track of all the yarn. I order all the yarn for the projects and for any articles that have a yarn component. I keep track of all the yarn as the articles move through the publication process and I prepare the Sources For Supplies page at the back of the magazine. I spend every day surrounded by tubs of yarn.
This is my desk. Many of these tubs and boxes are spilling over with skeins and balls of yarn. I'm a happy girl.
Invariably, the subject of a favorite crops up, "do you have a favorite?" I must admit, I'm rather fickle. My preferences change with every turn of my head. Take for example the Spring issue of Interweave Knits. We had a wide variety of yarn from a bulky wool to a lace weight silk/mohair blend; we had yarns made from cotton, linen, bamboo, silk, wool, mohair and even buffalo. How could one pick a favorite? I'm reminded of a saying attributed to my husband's grandmother when asked by one of her children who was her favorite and she replied, "you are each like one of my fingers, which is my favorite?"
I am lucky, I am surrounded by yarn. Some call to me more loudly than others, they whisper to me of projects, they taunt me with their bold colors, they cajole me with their incredible feel. I enjoy each new encounter and I love visiting with old friends.
I will share some interesting yarn with you as we go along, whatever I happen to be playing with at the moment. Right now, my needles are empty. I just finished a pair of socks I started over a year ago using an alpaca yarn, in various shades of purple and I can't decide what I want to work on next, another pair of socks, a vest, . . . and then, which yarn? I'm hopelessly indecisive. I have my notebook out and am trying to design my next project, but I'm struggling with the knitter's equivalent of writer's block.
In the meantime, I continue to work on things to bring you in the pages of Interweave Knits. We're putting the finishing touches on Knits Summer 2011 so in my next post, I'll switch gears and start talking about that.