I am completely unable to get the Hey Teach pattern out of my mind. Despite the reality that this garment may look truly hideous on me, and does not resemble any garment I have ever worn before I feel the most compelling urge to knit it. Immediately.
I think in part it is a reaction to the change of seasons. Suddenly knitting something from the current project queue seems kind of foolhardy. Don't get me wrong, there are quite a few things in the queue I am most keen to get on with and even have the wool lined up for, but they are mostly either giant heavy garments I can see becoming unmanageable by the time the warmer weather is really on us or things for the kids which won't be worn till next year and may even then get passed over since we'll be missing most of winter whilst on our great adventure.
There are a couple of really lightweight projects there - some things in bamboo from the sale yarn I bought earlier in the year, but I was kind of planning to wait for the real heat before I got going on them. And since I am still going on the Hanami I can't allow myself to start another lace stole. Because, you know, that would be really stupid, right?
But this leaves me with the serious problem that there simply is no suitable yarn available. While worsted weight yarns are dominant in the US, here in Australia they are relatively scarce, and I haven't found a single 10ply or worsted weight cotton at all (aside from the gorgeous Pakucho I used for my blanket which doesn't come in a colour I want for this project). And since I really really want to knit this garment, preferably in a nice grey and not in a warm fibre like wool I need some help.
If someone can recommend a cotton or blend yarn at 17 stitches to 10cm/4inch on a 5mm needle that I can get locally all the better and I would be very grateful. If not would someone in the US recommend something I can get shipped or even be prepared to do a swap of some kind for the yarn? I believe knitpicks makes a couple of possibly suitable yarns (though not sure any of the colours are right and they don't ship to oz), as does Mission Falls, as does Misti Cotton and probably a dozen other well priced and readily available brands. I'm not generally one to buy without at least touching, so some experienced advice would be very well received.
So there's that problem.
But bearing down on me is how fast Wednesday is approaching (that's my first commute to work day of the week) and I HAVE NO COMMUTER KNITTING PROJECT. Now that I have finished both Amy's socks and my mad hatter's hat (pattern coming soon) I am devoid of small scale carefree knitting. The thought that I might have a week of tramming with no knitting is, well, unacceptable. I may even get desperate enough to have another go of doing the Hanami whilst standing up on a crowded bumpy tram, trying to read my lace chart balanced between the edge of my handbag and my underarm.