As those of you who follow this blog know, Amanda and I have been working hard this year trying to finish our (many) unfinished projects.

I find it has been helpful to to divide my UFO’s into several categories: I will finish now, I will finish soon and I will frog this project because it’s never going be finished.

This exercise has made me aware of something – I have no business buying yarn anytime soon.

I have a significant stash. I have a significant amount of UFO’s. If I were to ever get through knitting all of it, I will be a grandma. Well, maybe that’s exaggerating, but you get the point. I don’t need any more yarn!

The problem is I am in the yarn business. And I love yarn. I’m lucky enough to attend a lot of yarn shows and see some truly unique, special yarn that it would be a crime not to buy.

So that is why I am confessing right now that this February, the month of finishing, I have not only not finished the majority of my UFO’s, I have actually added to the problem by increasing my stash.

There’s a good reason for it though. Really! Here’s the back story.

In January, Amanda and I traveled to Long Beach, California to attend our very first TNNA. It was amazing – we learned a lot and met many of our knitting heroes, but one of the most fun things for us was seeing the booths from Vancouver. SweetGeorgia Yarns was there with a stunning booth of course, as was Pollika, who sell beautiful knitting accessories and yarn. One line they distribute isĀ Ancient Arts, a Canadian favourite of ours and a Cashmere level sponsor of Knit City 2013.

Pollika was debuting Ancient Arts’ latest collection: the Meow Foundation Yarn Collection. It was LOVELY. Here’s a peek:

If you haven’t guessed already, the yarn is inspired by cats: the colour of their fur, their unique markings and their eyes.

I am the first to admit that I am not a cat person at heart. I’m more of a dog person. I know that is not very knitterly of me, but it’s the truth. However, this beautiful collection still spoke to me in many ways. The way Caroline Sommerfeld of Ancient Arts captured the essence of our fluffy friends in her yarn is stunning and completely original. And for every skein sold, Ancient Arts will donate $4 to benefit stray and abandoned cats in need.

So I bought some! Can you blame me? I just got it in the mail. Blue Persian and Tabby Cat. Aren’t they pretty? I can’t wait to cast on. Here they are:

 

What should I make?

For more information about Ancient Arts and the Meow Foundation Yarn Collection, please visit here. Ancients Arts is sold locally at Three Bags Full, and wholesale inquiries can be made through Vancouver’s own Pollika.