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?