I have been fiddling with small projects. It's a vain attempt to stop myself from casting on another shawl. I can't seem to control either my Stephen West or my shawl impulses. I keep envisioning myself swathed in them in front of the fireplace, while the snow falls. I don't know where I think I live but apparently although physically I am in the middle of a hot summer in the southern states of the USA, metaphysically I am in the Arctic. I would shake my head and sigh, but there's no point.
So the last project of my Bare Naked Knit club (from the wonderful Knitspot people) turned out to be unusual. It was everything I never normally knit and yet it was perfect.
It consisted of a flax yarn, and some very fine cotton yarn. And beads.
The flax yarn was from a company called Ecobutterfly (see here) and the cast on was all interesting and beaded and the project was delightfully quick. A backscrubber. Quick, easy, gratifying and destined for me.
Project 2 with the cotton yarn ( also from Ecobutterfly) was for washcloths. I have never bother with washcloths because it just never seemed worth it, but this time, with the fancy cotton yarn (so, so, so soft) and the idea of indulging myself, I went for it.
And so now, in my shower I have 2 handmade washcloths of the finest cotton and a beaded flaxen back scrubber. It's so indulgent. I'm not going to be making things like this on a regular basis but as a special treat, it was fun.