To start with, I might have a bit of a collar problem at the moment.
I've had one ball of this nutty Trendsetter Arabesque in my stash for years and years, and it wasn't until my recent collar excursions that I started eyeing it again. I've wracked my brain about this yarn for years: it was an impulse buy, and it's just fluffy and odd enough that it would be overwhelming as a larger-scale accessory, much less a full-sized garment. It's also sort of spidery and weird to work with, and well... it's eyelash yarn. (Enough said.) And yet, through stash purges and moves between and across countries, I kept it, because somehow, the flippy, impractical stuff still spoke to me.
So it sat, and it waited. And this week, as I knit my first collar, the seed of an idea began to form in my brain. What if instead of fighting against the ridiculousness of the yarn, I worked with it: paired it with another yarn with a more classic texture to create a fabric inspired by the flashy & classic pairings of a Chanel jacket trim?
So I grabbed some pink Kidsilk Night that I got from a friend's destash, held it together with the Arabesque, et voilà! Just the right balance of sparkle and substance - and finally, this stash orphan has found its purpose.