I’ve had a sweater-quantity of beautiful fingering-weight (4 ply) raspberry coloured New Zealand merino from The Wool Company in my yarn collection for a while now. The colour captivated me when I saw it, and I decided it would be perfect for a cardigan for me. But I haven’t quite got around to knitting it yet.
As you’ll have gathered, I’m an avid supporter of New Zealand yarns. And my recent purchase of some Australian-brand Shepherd had my conscience having unnecessarily niggly conversations with me. “Why did you buy that?” “Because it’s the right colour, it will wear exceptionally well, and it’s light!” “But you could have substituted it with some New Zealand yarn…” “BUT THERE WASN’T ANY IN THE RIGHT COLOUR!!!” “Well, you could have chosen an alternative colour…!?” “But I wanted to make it exactly the way it is meant to be!” and so it went, around and around. It was most discomforting.
Anyway, when I was in the shop buying the yarn for my daughter, I also spied and considered Naturally’s (NZ brand) fingering-weight merino yarn and I’d have loved to have used that for her project, but the colours weren’t quite right.
The other morning, I was looking at my lovely raspberry yarn, and it whispered “fair isle… … Naturally merino colours…perfect match…” And so… this had to come home with me today.
It helped to soothe the guilty conscience. And I have to admit to a bit of a fascination with fair isle at the moment. Those colours would make the perfect cute rose motif on a plain raspberry cardigan… I can see it in my mind’s eye now…
We can make all sorts of excuses can’t we?