Cwtch Speak Lesson 8: 'Yarn impotence'

Almost exactly a year ago, I ordered a single skein of Malabrigo Mecha (in Peidras colourway). There was a design idea in my mind for it, but when it arrived I was so stunned by the colours, all my confidence evaporated. What one earth could I make that would do it justice? How could I come up with something nice enough to use this beautiful yarn? I felt yarn-shy and I suppose it was a kind of impotence and for the last twelve months this stunning yarn has been sitting in a bag, partially knit into a swatch. 


Over the last year something in me must have changed. Whether as a person or as a maker of things I'm not sure, but when I re-discovered the skein today I had no such reservations -  it's absolutely gorgeous and needs to be used! I immediately ripped out the swatch, re-balled it and have already drafted a chart. 


There is just 120m to play with but tonight a new design begins. Something simple which will let the yarn sing. I can't wait to start swatching. 


Have you ever experienced this kind of yarn impotence? What was the yarn and how did you get over it? 

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  1. I have had 4 skeins of beautiful hand dyed sock yarn from The Old Piggery in my stash for over 3 years - as much as I like socks it seems a shame to hide away the colours.

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    1. Oooh - that sounds like the makings of a gorgeous shawl to me :)

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  2. I've loads of these in my yarn cabinet... I'll get to them eventually... When the days start being 38 hours long.

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  3. I've loads of these in my yarn cabinet... I'll get to them eventually... When the days start being 38 hours long.

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