finally, something that has (albeit briefly) lifted me out of the bleahs... my package from the knitty sock swap arrived today!!
my lovely pal bryghtrose sent me a parcel stuffed with goodies - roving from spunky eclectic (which i've always wanted to try), hand-dyed sock yarn, dark truffle chocolate, and of course the pair of socks she knitted especially for me. she even made up her own pattern for them based on a "lily-of-the-valley" lace, with sparkly beads!
the close-up picture on the left is a better representation of the yarn colourway - it's blue moon socks that rock lightweight in "pop rocks". & if pink & sparkly socks can't lift me out of the bleahs, i don't know what can...
& here's the socks i sent to bryghtrose in exchange - i've just found out she got them safely so i can post a picture now without ruining the surprise.
the pattern is monkey from knitty, and the yarn is cherry tree hill supersock in colourway "cabin fever". the socks were a great knit, & i liked the pattern so much i'm already planning a pair for myself - maybe with my new sock yarn?