“an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence”
I’m a binger, I’ll admit it. Especially when it comes to colors, all of a sudden everything must be the same color. This past summer it was red; everything I bought, be it shoes, makeup, vases, or yarn, had to be red. Lately it has all been about purple. How else would you explain my new shoes?

yoga shoes, though I don’t practice yoga

and, umm, these?

these look like mini work shoes to me

My obsession carries over to my yarn stash as well.

merino in velvet grapes

I obviously have some sort of problem. To remedy the stash kind, really the only one I can fix, I started knitting the yarn up. After a two week hiatus I finally picked up the needles on Thursday. A sane person would have picked up one of their wip’s and gone their merry way. I think we can agree that sane I’m not. Sure I could finish a sweater I already started, but somehow I decided I needed a quick project (shh, don’t tell me how if I actually worked on things I started then they would be quick and finished. we don’t take kindly to that sort of talk around here). A sweater maybe? How about a cardigan?

I usually wouldn’t use a variegated yarn for a project with cables, but I love how this one is working out. This is Glampyre’s Bulky Cabled Cardigan that I’ve been wanting to knit for months now. The yarn is hpy’s 6ply bulky merino, which I originally was going to use for one of those UO/Craftster shrugs thing, but my hatred for ribbing kept me from casting on. I’m glad I didn’t, this sweater knits up pretty fast (I already have the sleeves on scrap yarn) and is giving me my cable fix. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to work on it tomorrow either (I’ll explain why tomorrow night) so maybe it won’t get done till next weekend or the weekend after that. >

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  • Chris January 7, 2006 at 11:12 pm

    Purple’s a consistent favorite of mine, and I love that 6 ply bulky merino. Yum yum yum.

  • tina January 8, 2006 at 12:09 am

    Stop…knitting…things…I..want.(not really!) I just want to knit everything you make, now I’m looking for a yarn for it.

  • Iraida January 8, 2006 at 12:31 am

    Beautiful yarn color! I love the pumas. I

  • Elspeth January 8, 2006 at 12:43 am

    I love the purple shoes! I’m still into red but I suspect my color of the year is going to be steel grey/silver. I have bought a lot of purple yarn myself lately, though, I wonder if it’s the color of the season?

  • Whit January 8, 2006 at 1:00 am

    That yarn seems a perfect choice for that pattern. I can’t wait to see the finished project.Love. The. Shoes. But, I am a shoe nut.

  • caitlyn January 8, 2006 at 1:06 am

    I *really* look both pairs of shoes!! And the yarn is beautiful and looks lovely for the cabled cardigan. Looking forward to seeing more of it!

  • illanna January 8, 2006 at 1:17 am

    I think I need some yoga shoes. Not that I practice yoga either, but still.I’m making a Bulky Cabled Cardigan too, out of the blue Polar. I’m up to the body, but I haven’t worked on it in a while. It looks super pretty in the colorway you chose.

  • eunny January 8, 2006 at 1:20 am

    Oooh, dig the shoes, dig the yarn, dig that pattern. But…they make shoes for yoga?

  • Brooklyn Handspun January 8, 2006 at 10:15 am

    Ohh hoo I love all the colors…especially that yarn.

  • tara January 8, 2006 at 10:18 am

    I actually don’t like purple…so why am I seriously considering going over to that website and purchasing velvet grapes? Because I love some yarn porn!

  • tabbytuxedo January 8, 2006 at 10:49 am

    I love everything purple and thus I wholeheartedly approve of all recent purchases. That yarn is gorgeous!

  • Leah January 8, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Those yoga shoes look so comfy! They are perfect in purple!!

  • Lolly January 8, 2006 at 11:56 am

    We are on the same wavelength, girl! I have been having purple on the brain too 😉 I am starting the Glampyre cabled sweater as soon as I finish Kris’s man sweater… soon! Guess what color it is going to be?

  • Keridiana January 8, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    Me too! I’m in a purply obsession!

  • Purly Whites January 8, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    Mmmmm, purple. Normally I don’t like variegated yarn for cables, but you are right, this is working out really well. What does HPY stand for? I’m drawing a blank.

  • Liz January 8, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    So I loved those yoga boots so much I went and found Puma’s site to find them. Too bad they don’t have more variation in colours, but I’m getting me some purple ones. And the Merino? HPY? More details plase…

  • geeyouknit January 8, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    ohh it is so weird that you love purple because i feel like it is the creepiest color ever. eek! it is my mom’s favorite and she keeps asking me to dye her shawl in progress purple but i can’t stand the though of having purple all over my kitchen!but i find i knit with a lot of greens and yellows. i had no idea i was so into green until someone pointed out all of my green knitted items

  • Amanda Woodward January 8, 2006 at 9:09 pm

    GAH!!!!!!! That is a GORGEOUS CARDIGAN!!!Even better are those purple yoga shoes!!!!! I’m like, almost falling over with jealousy. I adore pumas & man oh man do I adore those little cuties!!!!

  • Julsey January 8, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    Its like someone went grapestomping and dipped the yarn in it…I love the colors…and those yoga shoes sure beat the Ugg trend! EEEW, Uggs…

  • Angela January 9, 2006 at 3:05 am

    That purple yarn is gorgeous! I got some new shoes too, maybe I should post them as well, hee hee.. =)

  • joy January 9, 2006 at 8:43 am

    Nice bingeing! 🙂 Love all that purple you’ve got there!

  • carrie January 9, 2006 at 11:06 am

    your cardigan is going to look super. i have been coveting that pattern for a while now, too, but MUST FINISH other things. so jealous!and there are few things better than a good shoe binge…

  • colleen January 9, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    Yarn=pretty! That’s going to be a great sweater. I might try to make the collar smaller (but I live in Boston, where it’s very cold).

  • Tara January 9, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    Ah, that colorway is one of my faves from HPY….I did my Cathode in it! Can’t wait to see your cardi!

  • tammy January 10, 2006 at 11:51 am

    Chris is making me take yoga with him… does this mean that I will NEED a new pair of shoes for the gig? weeeee

  • megan January 11, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    Love the purple 🙂

  • Mmmmrissa January 11, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    I love love love that color, I might have to place an order over at hpy.

  • KnittenKnots January 12, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    Cute shoes! And I love the grapey yarn – it’s knitting up really nice.

  • Annarella January 13, 2006 at 5:00 am

    All those colours rock my world – how wonderful! Especially the yarn (but then I would say that, wouldn’t I)?PS: I owe you an email, but my Thunderbird has been playing up, so I hope to have it fixed by the weekend.Have a fab day!xxx

  • Annarella January 13, 2006 at 7:07 am

    Forgot to say that you’ve been tagged: Meme tag on my blog entry of 12th January 2006