Yeah, so between typing "Obsession" as the title to the last post and hitting "publish," I went in a completely different direction. Not that I haven't obsessed about those things -- do obsess from time-to-time, will undoubtedly obsess in the future -- they just weren't the consuming obsession on my mind at the time.
The obsession about which I intended to write, but didn't because the story must have been getting long or time was running short, is the knitting. Always very high on the list of interests, the obsession does sometimes show, such as on Thursday morning, preparing my departure for the airport to pick up my husband after a two-month absence, when it suddenly occurred to me that, with careful planning and a little hurry-up, I could fit in an opportunity for some fiber fun on the way! I've been recently fixated, for various reasons, on Opal's Hundertwasser sock yarn -- the whole concept of it just fascinates me -- the mere thought was like fuel on a fire, so I checked the PT Yarn's Shop Lists and came up with a likely Opal
suspect carrier retailer. Loops & Links in DePere isn't exactly "on the way" to the airport, but it wasn't too far out of the way, either. I'd never been there before, I could check out the just-opened, brand-new bridge and its shiny double-roundabout, there was a chance of yarn, and there's even a case for helping the environment by making it part of an already-planned trip -- all good reasons to give in to the obsession. ; )
Alas, they had the Opal but not the Hundertwasser. I indicated which colorways I was interested in, though, and they were going to check availability and let me know. I didn't really have time to check out the shop completely, but first impressions were very favorable -- I loved the location, the storefront, and the interior space -- and now that I know my way... I'll definitely go back.
Meanwhile, I was involved in a three-way perusal of the results of searching "baby hat" and "baby cap" patterns on Ravelry the other day and, while someone wasn't as enamored with the Sweet Baby Cap as much as I, and the other is directly responsible for the possibility of my two little nephews soon sprouting horns, my love for the Sweet was renewed (it was already in my queue) and the next thing on my needles turned out to be a little cap! I had a 50g ball of Kroy Sock Krazy Stripes and, really, what better use for it? As of last night, it is finished -- complete with a 12-inch I-cord tie on each side! The best part is -- the little one for whom it is intended will be in the house tonight! Woot!
The obsession is working overtime this week as I prepare for a Thursday morning departure to NY and my third visit in as many years (which makes it an official tradition, I'm told) to Rhinebeck. What to pack? What to bring? What to wear? Like Norma, I will not have a Rhinebeck sweater -- the Hand-to-Hand Aran will make the trip, but merely for purposes of comiseration and consultation. St. Brigid again? It might be fun to compare with Jody's stunner, if she wouldn't mind -- half-sister sweaters. Fib? Williamsro? Williamsro has never made the trip. Heh. Mostly, though, by the way things look, I'll be wearing a moisture-proof jacket with a scarf or shawl and mittens and maybe a hat. I hate hats, but I think I've got a Calorimetry around here somewhere.