Randomly one May day, my grandma calls to tell me my aunt gave her a bunch of yarn for me to do whatever I want with. My grandma then took the initiative to have me make her something from said yarn, which was fine by me because this particular yarn was not my cup of tea. I’m not a fan of novelty yarns, in fact I hate them after working with an awful boucle and those horrible eyelash yarns back when they were super popular and I was young and overly ambitious. I asked her what she wanted me to make and she recited a laundry list of requests: a shell, scoopneck not too low, loose and everything else was up to me.
At this point, I didn’t know what I was working with. I didn’t expect my grandma to fully explain what this yarn looked like over the phone, and it’s not like she could whip out a smartphone and send a picture. It wasn’t until my sister sent me a pic about a month later did I know the horror I would be facing. I really shouldn’t be groaning over the yarn because it’s actually quite lovely, especially for an acrylic/rayon blend, but the puffs of acrylic really turned me off. When one deals with novelty yarns, it’s harder to find decent patterns to knit with because any detailing usually gets lost in the yarn itself. I personally didn’t want to knit a basic shell because they’re extremely boring to knit. Plus, for whatever strange reason, there weren’t any free basic shell patterns that I could find and I wasn’t about to pay $5 for a pattern I would never use again. In hindsight, I could’ve taken a sleeved sweater pattern, not knit the sleeves and add the neck and armhole bindings. Whatever.