Spring has sprung . . .

(Yep, those are the cherry blossoms!)
But I can only assume it then tripped over its own feet and fell back into the hole it hibernates in during winter, because, despite being the first day of la primavera, it is decidedly less than spring-y here—very windy and in the 40s. Sigh. Who wants to go to Easter mass dressed like it’s Christmas? (Incidentally, do you know how they decide when Easter is? “Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox.” I had no idea the Church was so earth mother-y, following the cycles of the moon and sun.)

Yesterday I had the evening to myself since Josh was off playing basketball, but I somehow managed to spend all my time on the computer researching yarns for future projects, rather than doing any actual knitting, or anything else productive, for that matter. After wasting 2 hours debating the merits of a bamboo silk blend versus a cotton bamboo blend, I finally settled on yarns for my Lotus Blossom Tank (cheaped out a bit and decided to try Valley Yarns Southwick) and mom’s Lutea Lace-Shoulder Shell (Cascade Pima Silk). I also bought 2 skeins of some random worsted weight yarn to bump my purchase total over the requisite $60 so I could get my 20% off—it may become a Koolhaas for Josh.

I’ve also picked out the yarn I want to use for my sister’s Henley Perfected, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Lava, but I haven’t come to terms with the price yet ($7/skein—that’s a $50 sweater for my sister, who will more than likely accidentally throw it in the washing machine the first time she wears it), so I’ve been scouring eBay and the Ravelry ISO and Destashing group. No luck yet, though. Fortunately, I’m not scheduled to knit this one until much later in the year.

So, I now have (or will soon have) in my possession yarns for at least 6 different upcoming projects. In theory, this means no more yarn shopping for a while. In theory.

And as usual, I’ve been putting more thought than time into knitting—I crafted an essay about the wonder that is Ravelry and submitted it to Blue Hands Fibers’ essay contest. She’ll be awarding an All Raveled Up Sock Club to the winner, so go check it out!