I spent some time in Morris and Sons and met a fellow Raveller. The yarn I had, while darkish, did not really match the yarn she had been knitting with. However, it seemed identical to another skein from Ailsa which she had been given. So the problem was solved. She would use those two skeins for her project and frog the first knitting. We traded and I now have some of Ailsa's very hot pink supermerino sock wool to replace my Tokyo Rose. I was also given a ball of Online Supersocke sock wool as a thank you. It feels lovely and has bamboo, wool and nylon in it. 420 metres, so plenty for socks. Pictures hopefully tomorrow.
I also bought from Lynne at Yarnivorous two skeins of Socks That Rock in a destash sale she had. Posted yesterday from Victoria, DIL brought them home from the PO box today. Sometimes Australia Post is very quick. Again, pictures tomorrow.
While I was in Morris and Sons, I browsed through a gorgeous book called Knits from the North Sea. It has sixteen patterns of beautiful and practical knits with lots of Shetland patterns. The blurb says for laceweight, but really, I'd try many of them in fingering or even eight ply. I know books are expensive here. They are mostly imported and the market for knitting books is quite small in terms of other countries, But the book was $65, so I replaced it on the shelf. On arrival at home, I checked and ordered from the Book depository. You can see it here and see a very favourable review too. You can also see the book in Australian dollars, $26.50. I ordered it, of course.
Just as well too. Later that afternoon I had a lovely email telling me I had won some blue laceweight pure cashmere from M1K1, Jennifer, at a Little Bit Crafty. Thank you very much. Just as well I'm feeling more like knitting now. I have lovely yarn to use and no shortage of new patterns to try.
Right now, I'm busy on some Christmas decoration socks, pattern by Jean Greenhowe, for a charity Christmas stall in a couple of weeks. I made quite a few of these two years ago and am now doing more. Go to whoa in under 30 minutes.
I've also just started yet another Travelling Woman shawl in some Lush merino/cashmere yarn in shades of grey. I'm about to start the lace, first part.
It's good to be feeling back in the groove.