From now on, I will seek out only those projects that use fingering or lace weight yarns. No longer will I need to purchase heavier yarns for a "someday" project. In actual fact, I hardly ever use them for anything but always find a use for my sock yarns. And let's face it, sock yarns are often the best looking yarns and most inspiring in a shop.
The benefits of this are many:
- Yarn stash takes up less space
- It narrows my yarn choices making it easier to shop
- Less needles needed
- Less patterns needed
- Less notions needed such as large stitch markers
|The Shetland Trader|
While I was considering this idea, I wandered into a yarn shop. I considered a few pattern books, a couple by one of my favorite designers (of whose books I love to buy but never knit from) when I came across another intriguing book, The Shetland Trader. The name caught my attention because it is one place I'd like to visit when I go to Orkney again. I debated. It was $7 more than the other pattern book and smaller. Yet it had a little bit of intro about The Shetland Trader company, I always like a little story in a pattern book, blame it on my love of Elizabeth Zimmerman. And then when I got down to it, the book had patterns in sock and lace weight.
So my thoughts of minimizing my knitting have come to fruition. When next I go through my patterns and yarns, it'll all be a lot easier to weed out what I don't need anymore. I'm not saying that I'll never knit with larger weight yarns again, just that I will only focus on the finer ones.
Finer things in knitting - that's something that I can get on board with.