After any audition, win or lose, I usually buy myself some sort of reward. I got this idea years ago from Don Greene, Ph.D.. Dr. Greene is a performance coach, and when I was a fellow at the New World Symphony, all musicians were required to work with him. I found a lot of what he had to say to be a little bit over the top, but the one thing that stuck with me was his idea that a person should always shop after an audition to reward herself for working hard. For years I bought shoes after auditions, but these days I head straight to the nearest LYS or my favorite online yarn retailer. As luck would have it, Blue Moon Fiber Arts launched their new website and put up new colors right before my audition. After hours of perusing the various yarns and colorways, I chose three skeins of Socks that Rock and one big skein of WooBu, a new yarn I hadn't tried or even seen in person.
STR Lightweight in Dixie Chick and Rockstar. STR Mediumweight in Tigers Eye.
WooBu in Farmhouse
Dixie Chick isn't a colorway that I'd normally gravitate towards, but ever since I saw it knit up on the Yarn Harlot's blog , I've coveted a skein of my own. I chose Rockstar because it seemed appropriate given my audition success and Tigers Eye is one I've wanted for a long time. I've never knit with anything other than STR and Silkie STR from BMFA, so I thought I'd try one of their other yarns. I settled on WooBu because it comes in a massive 620 yard skein and I thought I could make some sort of nice lacy scarf or wrap with just one skein. In person, WooBu is soft and a little bit shiny and because of the bamboo content, it takes the dye less vividly than STR. While I really love knitting with brightly colored yarns, I tend to like to wear more muted colors, so I think that I'll really enjoy whatever I end up making with this. If anyone has any brilliant ideas in this department, let me know.