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Sometimes, I get yarn and use it right away. Either because it’s for an item with a deadline or because I was smart and only bought the yarn once I had the project planned out. Other times, ok most of the time, I buy yarn that just grabs my fancy. It can be a color that catches my eye or the yarn may just have the most wonderful feel to it.

I’ve picked up quite a few of these skeins over the years, and sadly they almost never make it into actual projects. For several, I couldn’t find a stitch pattern I liked that played well with the variegated yarn. This frustrates me some, because I want the yarn to get used. I want the yarn to have a purpose and become a finished object.

I was rummaging through a box of yarn yesterday and came across one of those skeins. My immediate reaction when I saw it? I smiled. It’s such a beautiful yarn (a yarn made from sugar cane in the softest rainbow of colors). So, you know, maybe it’s ok if it takes a few years for the yarn to tell me what it wants to be. One day it will turn into something, but for now I can still pet it, admire it, and take joy in it.