I'm not much for jumping on the knitting bandwagon when a pattern goes viral. Not because I don't want to, but because I'm working on other things, or I don't have the right yarn. Then by the time I get to it, there's a new hot pattern.
But not this time. I've admired the Color Affection Shawl. I love the concept, the short rows, the color possibilites, but I wasn't drawn to knitting it. Then I went to Stitches Midwest and fell down in the Miss Babs booth.
For background, I always fall down in the Miss Babs booth. In fact, many years it is the only booth I buy from and always where I spent the bulk of my money. What can I say, I like what I like. Look at my Ravelry projects. I like Babs.
This year, Miss Babs made Color Affection Kits. Crazy beautiful kits. 3 skeins of Yummy (my all time favorite yarn) wrapped together to look like one big luscious skein. I stopped. I petted. I oohed and aahed over the various color combinations. But there was this one...lime green, coral, sunshine yellow. I don't know if all the other packs of this combo were sold out of if this was a one of a kind. I just know there was one and only one and I could not walk away. I talked about walking away. I told my friend that I was too busy and I don't wear that much color. She pointed out that I was clutching the yarn to my chest lest anyone try to touch it. Ummm...she had a point. I bought it. I started knitting and only stopped because I had work knitting to do. Hmrph.
Tell me though, is this not the most gorgeous, loud color combo ever?