I recently finished my shiny penny cowl. This yarn was from my first shipment from yarnbox. My Mom gave me a six month gift subscription for Christmas. Although I'm rather picky about yarn, I really wanted to give a subscription service a try. I have a tendency to gravitate towards the same color palette (blues, greens, purples and neutrals), without even thinking. I thought yarnbox might send me yarns that I wouldn't ever purchase, but that I might actually like. Of course, my first shipment ended up being blue! Still, it was new kind of yarn (Titus- Ba Ram Ewe), and the amount of yarn forced me to knit something besides a sweater.
I've knit several items these past few months that never made it to the blog. The sweater I'm wearing is also one of my knits. It's been my "go to" slouchy sweater this winter. As my husband might attest, I wear it practically every evening.
One of my goals for 2015 has been to become a more patient and thoughtful knitter. I knit well, but I've never been a very good swatcher, and as I've worn my home knitted items, I've noticed that they will stretch gradually. The fit may be perfect initially, but the shape will stretch with use. Obviously, I need to swatch the yarn, and then block it and measure that swatch from that point. I've been purposely making a move towards a handmade wardrobe (especially after listening to woolful), and I must focus on fit if I ever want to make that goal my reality.