I'm not supposed to, of course.1 I think that makes it all the more delicious-er.
Anyhow, I went yarn shopping: first to Michaels, to pick up some good old Patons Classic Wool for a current cardigan.
This Michaels happens to be oh-so-close to my LYS; I don't know how I got there. It might have resembled the (now really rather old) commercial with the Fruit Loops "Follow your NOSE!" toucan.
So I arrive at the LYS.
"Got to go in with a plan" I tells myself, I do.
"I'm heading for some warm-weather yarn. Just looking at the cotton. Cotton. Yes. Go for the cotton."
Where's the cotton?
Well, the cotton is on the far side of the shop. I have to wander through the other rooms; rooms filled with colourful sock yarn, shimmering silk/wool blends, and the grand dame mother of them all, the Tosh section.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at madelinetosh yarns.
My dilly-of-a-pickle yesterday was the torturous conflict I found myself caught in: which of these two colours do I purchase?
Here, Teddy Bear.
The conundrum was this: I like both colours, I really do. Both appeared to be good colours for me (there's a handy, very large mirror right next to the yarn, incidentally).
The issue is: I knit to design, design to knit. I rarely pick up knitting that isn't going to become a published design. And, part of publishing designs is choosing yarns that people will find attractive.
Sometimes, that helps me rule out colours. I love me some orange, but it might be a contentious colour, and apt to turn some people off rather than on.
Pink and a neutral brown are pretty safe bets.
So, I'm still standing there, arms full of both yarns.
I figure the brown is the "safer" colour to go with, the pink most beautiful.
Safe, or beautiful.
SAFE or BEAUTIFUL!
I was harsh with myself, and put down half my lovingly-cradled horde, retained the other, and sped away quickly to the cotton so as to avoid further indecision.
I ended up taking home the Teddy Bear.
Which would you have chosen?
1I'm on a yarn diet, you see. I have plans for my upcoming cash, and unfortunately, yarn buying isn't, or rather shouldn't, be a part of them.