Now that I've sent off my entries to the Think Outside the Sox contest, I can finally start working on some of the other things I've been wanting to make.
I have gotten some of the most gorgeous yarn this year that I haven't even been able to swatch with yet. Yarn like this...
The much coveted Wollmeise. Cupcake got this for me for my birthday, along with the Perwoll Wool and Silk wash, which makes the yarn smell so yummy. It turns out that she is quite the yarn stalker. You can read about how she managed to obtain the gorgeous yarn here. This is the second installment for my "Yarns from Around the World from Cupcake".
The first was when she brought me this lavender/light pink laceweight mohair from Italy.
This is one ball of the two that she brought me. I have been keeping my eyes out for the perfect pattern and have yet to decide on one. I have enough to do something really cool, so I'm having fun looking around.
I also have some really cool fiber that I have laying around waiting to be spun up. Chief Executive Babe hooked me up with this Cashmere/Soy Silk blend for my birthday. It's so soft and fluffy it feels like air. I haven't decided if I'm going to try to dye it and then spin it, or spin it first then dye it. A fun dilemma. :)
Then of course, there are my shipments from the Rockin Sock Club. I've only made two of the six shipments that came because of the socks I was designing for the contest. Some beautiful patterns with beautiful yarn that I haven't been able to touch. This was the last shipment.
I felt some urgency to start this one since I saw the Yarn Harlot's post on hers. I feel kind of sad because I don't think I'm going to sign up again for next year because I have so much yarn to knit up. I loved the kits, the little hanks and the extras that were sent. It was a real pick-me-up when one came in the mail, and not knowing what was coming was kind of fun.
And last but not least, Big Bertha has been wound into a monstrous ball. I think I'm going to check out some designs from Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits. I've had the book for a little while and am anxious to try out some of the techniques.
Oh, and I'll probably try to get my Christmas shopping done too. And Christmas cards...I think I'm a lost cause this year.