There should be a name for this condition. I have so many wonderful yarns yet for some reason I find it difficult to knit my very pretty yarn. This is generally a condition that manifests itself when I receive a gift of yarn from a friend, or hand-dye my own yarn, or buy an especially expensive skein of yarn.
Here's the perfect example. I've had this gorgeous skein of pink yarn from James's store J.O.Y. (Joy of Yarn) in New Zealand for quite some time. It's been sitting on my shelf making me happy every time I look at it. But I wanted to be sure to knit something very special out of it - not just a plain stockinette sock. So it sits. I give my pretty yarn too much power over me. I look at sock patterns and find them unworthy of the yarn. So insted of knitting my pretty yarn, I grab something that is less inspiring (e.g. that meets the qualifications for a simple stockinette sock).
But today I am conquering that inertia. I wound the Vintage Purls yarn in the JOY colorway and cast on for a pair of socks. I don't know if I'll make stockinette or decide on a pattern, but at least I've started. This yarn is simply too pretty to sit on my shelf.
How about you? Do you have souvenir yarn or yarn that is simply too precious to knit?