I thought that joining a yarn club would also be great. A new skein of yarn every other month and a pattern designed just for that one skein of yarn. And of course It was clear to me that I would have time to knit all of them during the year.
Fast forward nearly 10 months now, and I have not knitted any of the patterns. This is not just because of Baby MiH. It was true for the first one (came in January and there was no chance of me tackling a lace pattern with a one-month old), but I was not really inspired by the other skeins. The yarn was amazing but not really my colours. I suppose this is what I found when joining quilting bees or yarn club I am not in charge anymore, and I don't like it (in other words I am a control freak). Someone else decides what I have to make and the colour scheme. And it does not work.
Until this month... A worsted yarn made it through my door, and did you see that colour. It is amazing. So the great thing about the yarn club is that you can also get an amazing skein you would not get anywhere else.
And I had to cast on then and there. This month pattern is also challenging - I have not knitted cables for a while, so that's also pushing me a bit. And suddenly I am reconciled with joining this particular yarn club.
I may not join next year. I am going back to work and I feel this will have its own set of challenges, but I will definitely consider it when we get into our new routine.
Have you joined yarn clubs or bees? What is your experience? Or more to the point I am the only control freak out there...
PS: I am in France this weekend, so it is my first time blogging through the Blogger app. I hope it works. I may have to edit later though... Has anyone used it?