Last summer, I bought some yarn. Some really beautiful yarn. Not very much of it...just two balls. It was expensive at $13.00 for 60 meters. This always happens when I go to my LYS, Fiber Art, Inc. There's a forcefield that draws me first into the Noro room, then into the sock yarn room, then I begin wandering all of the other little rooms becoming more and more indecisive because there are just so many "shiny things", and I end up with an armload of yarns with no definate plans for their use. But they look really nice stacked into my antique cedar armoire and I WILL use them. They're insurance. The yarns and the patterns I've collected (my 3 inch binder is almost full, plus 2 dozen knitting books and this just since I restarted knitting in May 2009 with my sister's shawl as the first project) are and affirmation of life. I intend to use all of them someday, and I'll have to live forever in order to do so.
The yarn I selected that day last summer was Noro Silk Garden Chunky in a purple/green/blue blend of 45% silk, 45% kid mohair and 10% lamb's wool. Before I'd ever heard of Noro, I borrowed a book from the library called Knitting Noro: the magic of knitting with hand-dyed yarns by Jane Ellison. I was awed by the beauty of the colors in all of the pattern projects, but I couldn't afford the many balls of yarn needed to knit a whole sweater (let's see, 60 yards per ball and I need 900 yards or so, that's 15 balls at $13.00 for $195.00). A very small project would be needed. I found one on Ravelry and I can't remember exactly how, it was a happy accident. The pattern is called "Deep Sea Flower Dice Bag". Apparently people make little bags to carry their dice. I'm not sure why...Yahtzee enthusiasts?...in case a game of craps pops up at the office? Dunno. But it's a little bag and it does kind of look like a flowery thing that might grow out of a coral formation. And it used hand-dyed Noro yarn. Just one ball of it. Perfect. This pattern required learning how to handle 5 double pointed needles (someday...socks) and making I-chords. Piece of cake! And it was fun and fast. The silk blend yarn felt wonderful in my hands. In just a few hours, I had a bag. Now, to decide what it might be used for and who would I give it to? I had to take a picture. I took several with my trusty little Panasonic Lumix. Then I looked at the camera and looked at the bag. It seemed that the camera would fit right in. I didn't have a camera bag. The fit was perfect. I now have the most unique and beautiful camera bag ever. And I made it myself. Life is good.