Gosh, it has been a while since a yarn grabbed me like this. I found some really pretty ruffling yarn advertised in a catalog from Mary Maxim. Most of their things are way to cutesy for my taste, but they had several varieties of this self-ruffling yarn that I wanted to have a look at "in person" to see how they worked. I went to every craft shop in town, and of course, none of them had any of the types - not even the Red Heart version. Sigh....
So, I went back to the catalog and tried to place an order for the least expensive version - Red Heart Sashay - and it was out of stock! Bigger sigh...
So, I went for the higher priced version and placed an order. Hope it arrives soon... it looks so nice in the pictures.
Of course, with all that yarn shopping a few skeins followed me home. I found this lovely, fuzzy Patons Lace with Sequins in the Amethyst colorway:
I'll swatch it later on, since I seem to have caught the "cast on" bug in the last little while.
Here's the beginning of my next sweater - at least I hope it is, the swatch is feeling a little light and loose and it isn't at gauge yet. But here's the picture of what I'm planning for the next sweater.
Since it takes two strands held together for the tops, I wound off a small ball of the sock yarn, trying to match up the patterning so there are some coherent stripes on the tops. I like the effect I'm getting so far. The match isn't perfect, but with two yarns running together the stripes are softened a bit. So far, so good. I'm just starting the top of the foot on the first slipper. These take me about twenty hours from start to finish. The yarn is Wisdom Yarns Phoenix in the Hayden colorway. Superwash wool and nylon blend. Cast on with size 7 needles and switch to size 4 for the tops. I'll use my leftover Wool of the Andes Worsted in Fairy Tale for the heels and soles - I had a few balls left from the sweater and they match this yarn pretty nicely.