When we go to TNNA as a shop, my mom and I tend to make most of our decisions about what to order together, with one exception. Each of us has a small budget with which to invest in a yarn that we believe is truly exceptional - something that we really feel strongly about selling to our customers. I picked a rambouillet, two-ply by Knitted Wit - Welterweight Rambouillet. The yarn really spoke to me as a spinner, since rambouillet is one of my favorite fibers and creates a soft, bouncy yarn and fabric. I picked a bunch of bright colors for the shop and they arrived a couple of weeks ago, at which point I cast on for one of the first projects on my 'knitterly challenge list' - a Norah Gaughan sweater from Volume 9 called 'Parlan'.
I'm only one repeat in and it has it's challenging moments, but honestly, I'm quite happy with my progress, the yarn and the pattern. It's about knitting while thinking critically, it's about counting and spacing and using my skills - cabling without a cable needle, reading charts, etc. And it feels great.
Side note - I can't believe that so many people have viewed and pinned and shared my Custom Sock Knitting Chart! I am in progress getting some posters made so that if you want one we can have them for purchase!