In a twist of fate I should have seen coming, the Fifi pattern and the denim yarn arrived here on the very same day. Faced with the tough choice, I decided to make Fifi first. Kate isn't ready to start the skirt yet, and we're going to knit it together. Besides, I have been itching to start Fifi as soon as I saw it!
I made a mad dash to Yarn Haven on my lunch hour yesterday to get yarn. The pattern calls for Rowan Calmer, but I knew I'd substitute another (cheaper!) yarn. The French Girl website lists a few suggestions for yarn substitutes and Yarn Haven carries some of them, like Classic Elite Wool Bamboo. I was about to buy some, when Dale came over with another suggestion.
The is Plymouth Yarn Royal Silk Merino and I just couldn't resist it. It is so pretty, and I love to wear red sweaters. It is 51% silk and 49% merino, so it is soft, shiny and bouncy. (Now I sound like a shampoo commercial) I think it will work well, we'll see. I was a good girl and knit a gauge swatch, so I'm only on row 3 of the sweater - pictures another day.
Crazy weekend ahead of me. I'm taking my older daughter and a friend to New York City to look at some colleges. We are driving to Philly today, and then taking the train to the city tomorrow. Should be quite an adventure. I am a small town girl from Arizona who hates crowds, so I expect I'll face some personal challenges. *gulp* Say a little prayer for me.