I have a huge stash of yarn in my basement. I don't know where it came from, maybe it crawled in one day when I was inattentive and left the cellar door open, I've had that happen with snakes and toads and maybe that's what happened with the yarn.
However it happened, I have skeins and skeins of yarn! The colors are not very attractive and the texture of most of it is questionable. Why some company produced yarn that feels like kitchen scrubbing pads is beyond me but it's there in my basement, lying in wait for me every time I go down there.
It usually looks accusingly at me, as if to say, "Why do you hate me and never let me see the light of day?" I've tried to ignore it, but it's getting harder and harder. I feel bad for the poor stuff, even though it's ugly and scratchy and no one in a million years would want to wear anything made from it.
And I was successful in ignoring it until a couple of months ago. That was when I came up with the brilliant idea to try and design a shrug pattern. Most of the shrug patterns I've seen are simply rectangles of knitting with parts stitched up for the arms. Is that the route I took when designing my pattern? Oh no, not me! I had to have one with fluted cuffs and different stitches to give it texture and a nice big ruffle around the neck line!
So down to the basement, where the yarn is kept contained in plastic tubs. I did that so the yarn doesn't get out and try to strangle me when I go down to do laundry and so far it's worked! Anyway, I pulled the tubs down and cautiously opened them.
All the yarn started clamoring for my attention. "Pick me,pick me!" they all shouted.
After doing battle with some of the more unruly skeins, I headed upstairs with my choices. I picked a florescent orange, don't ask why, I don't know, maybe it yelled louder than all the rest, a variegated yarn with the appealing name of Chili, a raspberry colored yarn and a large skein of Christmas red. Then I started knitting. I won't bore you with the details but it took me quite a while to finish this piece and I did so in the middle of July so I can't even wear my creation for months, but oh well, I will get to wear it eventually.
And now, what you've all been waiting for (if you've had the courage and stamina to read this far), here is my shrug in all its glory!