You should be very proud of me.
Yes, I'm several inches into my SECOND Madder rib sock. Don't worry -- I'm shocked too.
The real problem that now I never want to knit with any other yarn besides STR. Unfortunately, there is that pesky issue of owning more sock yarn than I care to announce, and nearly all of it is non-STR, so I will have to get over it. I'm sure that one of the gazillion gorgeous colorways in my stash will be calling to me soon.
Speaking of those gazillion colorways: I have finally managed to procure my white elephant yarn! Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s Mount Pleasant colorway. If you're unfamiliar, all of Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s yarns are named after neighborhoods in D.C. For any new-ish readers out there, you may not know that I spent a very tulmultuous two years living in Mt.P. I found out about Neighborhood Fiber Co. about 2 days after I moved to Pittsburgh. I saw the Mt.P. colorway, and fell in love. I've been trying to get my hands on some ever since, to no avail.
For about a million reasons, I will never forget living in Mt.P. This may seem like a weird thing to say, but it's true: despite the fact that nearly all of my darkest moments happened in that neighborhood, I have nothing but the fondest of memories of those times.
Yes, I was horribly depressed. Yes, I made many mistakes. Yes, I came terrifyingly close to ruining my life. All true. But I didn't ruin my life. With a lot of help, I got myself (and my life) straightened out. I'm far from perfect, and there are still moments where I feel decidedly not-okay, but I'm hanging in there.
It kind of feels weird to talk about it --even in very general terms -- on the blog. The point is, that all the emotions I feel when I think of that time in my life, I feel about this yarn too. Boy, that sounds really crazy, doesn't it?
Anyway, I finally got my hands on some thanks to The Loopy Ewe.
Now: Go over to Earthchick knits. She's having an amazing contest, and if you're half as sappy as me, you'll get a little teary when you read why.