Years ago, I bought a bright red, cotton rug to cover a dismal linoleum kitchen floor in a rented house. Thus began my acquisition of red kitchen accent pieces — a variety of bowls and crockery; textiles including towels, placemats and tea cozies; small appliances including a toaster, blender and a stand mixer. No major appliances, yet.
Along the way, I realized that I love red — all shades, hues and tones of red. I branched out of the kitchen. I have a red wallet, journal, iPod, spinning wheel.
But I don’t wear red, so I don’t buy red yarn, usually.
When I was in Maine in early July, I stopped at Spunky Eclectic in Lisbon. In addition to meeting the author and proprietress, Amy King, I got to wander aimlessly amongst the hand-dyed fiber. I came home with four ounces of Portuguese Merino fiber in a colorway called Lobster — after all it’s Maine.
I made red yarn from the fiber this week. It will make a lovely shawl, I think.