I do not know about you but I will never forget my first “yarn love”. It will always have a special place in my heart and in my stash. I discovered Koigy by a happy accident a few years after I started playing with yarn.
It all began with the doctor’s advise after I complained that my hands were stiff and painful. He recommended knitting as “easy and cheep” occupational therapy. In the end he turned out to be right and wrong at the same time.
Right – because crochet and knitting definitely helped me to regain mobility in my hands. It was the “easy and cheep” part that he got wrong!
We were living on a dairy farm in Adirondacks and the only yarn I could find was sold in a craft store a county away. I bought a bunch of Lions’ Brand worsted and tried to remember my Grandmother’s crochet lessons. She tried to teach me when I was about 3 years old in an attempt to get me to sit still and stop climbing the trees or (much more problematic) political monuments. After struggling for a few days I was pronounced hopeless and to my and her relief released back into the wild. After that for almost 25 years my only connection to yarn was wearing lovely things my GM made for me.
Well there I was armed with Boye crochet hook, some Wool-Ease and an instruction booklet. It took me a while to figure out the instructions and I was worried that I would not be able to manage it on my own but when I actually tried crocheting it turned out to be no problem at all – my fingers remembered! And off I went crocheting a blanked for DS#1. And many other blankets.
Three years later we moved back to New York and at some point I run out of my Wool-Ease. So, with trepidation I had to figure out shopping for yarn in the Big City. What I found was a lovely store called Yarn Tree filled with fiber treasures the likes of which I could never have imagined.
And there it was lots, and lots, and lots of Koigy in all colors of the rainbow. I was stunned! I was in love! And I love it still.
This is why when I needed an emotional “pick me up” a few weeks ago I pulled out two of my precious Koigy skeins and proceeded to cheer myself up by knitting up a “Little Summer Scarf”.
In the process I checked out a few knitting ideas that I hope to use on a full size shawl. Some I liked, others not so much. We shall see what happens. For example I love wider than usual space between increases, but I think that plain stockinette stitch is too plan. So a cable… Or a lace panel… What do you think?
Meanwhile I got a lovely scarf to wear or to gift.