Grrrr. I'm angry at Dream in Color right now.
I've been making really good progress finishing up sock projects that only had one finished sock, and now, NOW they make me start a new project. Afterall, when a huge shipment of this color arrives at the shop on a Friday afternoon, of course I have to spend the better part of the weekend knitting a cowl out of it. I mean, I would be insane not to, right? RIGHT? I'm only human. There's only so much I can resist. DARN THEM.
Something came over me when I saw the Dream Club for October. A super-sized (over 6 ounces!), worsted weight Classy skein dyed in vivid yet deep autumn colors and paired with the Cruzado Cowl pattern- the effect was intoxicating. There was something about the color and the idea that I could get this project done in a week, well, I nearly immediately went home and started.
But there was the problem of feeding and caring for the kids. And the husband. That does get in the way of knitting once in awhile. So I did what I had to do and set the gorgeous cake of yarn aside until 8:30pm when I finally had the kids in bed and Joe was fed and had the entire evening and weekend ahead of me to knit knit knit.
I sat down on the couch, finally looked closer at the pattern, and realized that I didn't have the right needles. I knew I'd be doing a mobius cast on, because I did look briefly at the pattern before I left the shop. But what I didn't think about was that I'd need a 40" US 8 circular needle, and I just had a 24". I may have even called Heather around 9pm with my problem, hoping that she had some sort of magical solution. She did not. I think she may have laughed.
So what did I do? Well, I couldn't handle the idea of not casting on until I was back in the shop after the weekend. So I instead chose another pattern. I went with this one, and while I do like it very much, I'm still more-than-slightly bitter that I didn't plan better. I love a good drop-stitch pattern, and the Cruzado Cowl has that and more. It's a pattern you'll get for free when you purchase your Dream Club skein this month (you'll get a Ravelry coupon code in your box).
So here's my warning to you. When you buy your Dream Club skein this month, make sure you have the right needle. And if you don't, get one so that you can start immediately. Because you'll want to. PLEASE be smarter than me.