Monday, May 2, 2011

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Took a little trip up to the mountains with Mother this past weekend. Although many, particularly in Alabama, were still suffering from the storms and tornadoes earlier in the week, the weather for our little jaunt was perfect; clear and not too warm.

Since we went through Franklin, NC, I managed to stop and buy a little skein of yarn at Silver Threads & Golden Needles. A lovely shop with many nice yarns.

I came away with one skein of Manos Serena. I was simply bewitched by the lovely colorway (#9796) Mermaid. This is 60% baby alpaca/40% pima cotton and is ever so soft. Too bad it is absolutely not suitable for the little hat pattern I had in mind. I should have stopped and thought. [I sometimes find that hard to do when surrounded by lovely yarns. Do you??]

There is no stretch with the yarn and not enough body for the pattern. Sigh. I was also quite bothered by the laddering I was getting. It is a wonderful yarn and, with the right pattern, would be simply divine.

Now I'm bewildered. Whatever will I find to do with just 170 yards?

"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" Lorenz Hart ... his birthday today.


trailbee said...

The 60/40 combo is very interesting, since they both don't really have that much give. I had made a chemo hat from alpaca two years ago and found it had no give, just like my yarn guru had predicted. Cute hat, great pattern, but also quite disappointing.
BUT, if you take that into consideration before you start, well, how about an elegant large doily? They just lie flat and look great. :)
BB&B - Do you remember Pal Joey with Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak? Whenever I hear that song, or the title, I always think of that piece of fluff. It was great. Thanks for the memory.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Hart!

Sheri said...

Oh, my favorite yarn shop and little town. Love walking around Franklin and that yarn shop.
I guess you could find another similar yarn and make one of the striped scarves/shawls that are on Ravelry. There are several and lots are free.
Happy Spring!

Yesterukes said...

I just looked up Franklin, NC. It's only 2-1/2 hours from me and I've never been. Sounds like a trip I need to make.

When I read about your yarn experiences, I realize how much I do not know.

Glad you had a nice outing with your mom.