I have a confession to make. During my temporary indisposition my knitting appetite was very weak so I drifted around, browsing through pattern books, sorting my stash and generally being idle and listless. But now, my desire has returned and the thought of all those yarns and patterns and possibilities... oh my!
So I have cast on this:
Ann Budd's Undulating Rib socks from Interweave Knits Favourite Socks in The Natural Dye Studio Alpaca Merino. I bought this from Amanda, the dyer at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace last October and had a long and very interesting conversation about how different fibres take up dyes in different ways with this being much more muted than a pure merino would look from exactly the same dye bath. Fascinating. The colourway isn't one that I would normally have chosen but it reminded me of the colour of Chewits, those orange and lemon flavoured sweets we had as children.
I also cast on this: I thoroughly enjoyed everyone's comments on my defense of the colour yellow and am glad to see I'm not entirely on my own on this one! True to my word I thought I would cast on a pair of yellow socks and found this rather lovely but simple pattern in the 2007 Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts. They are Socks for Veronik by Mona Schmidt in Oxford Kitchen yarns Blue Faced Leicester sock yarn in gold. The yarn has lovely subtle shading in the dye but is not as soft as I imagined it would be. The stitch definition is very good, however, and it may well bloom after washing.
I also cast on this...
With the bit firmly between my teeth by this time I also cast on this:
Picture me, therefore, reclining on my sofa surrounded by all these little woolly objects, started with enthusiasm and tossed aside in my lust for something else new and gorgeous.
I feel for that fox...