Anyway... Let's go shopping. Since a gal can only buy so much yarn (or so I hear), there are a couple of other things I like to shop for.
For example, I have a thing for stitch markers. These are my new favorites from Hide & Sheep.
While I do like the dangling markers, they can also get in the way on some projects. These purty ones come in many sizes and are nice and smooth. No snagging!
If you're going to try Cat Bordhi's new sock patterns, you need alphabet stitch markers like these that I got from J.L. Yarnworks. (Why yes that is a Spiral Corialis sock in the background... but more on that later.)
While you're at Etsy, you should check out the stitch markers at Dragonlady Designs and SeeJayneKnitYarns too. Cute stuff!
I also have a thing for project bags and I love these little cubes...
The small cube is from Schrodinger and the larger one is from ZigZag Stitches. (It was very nicely priced and came with a little notions pouch which is great for scissors, needles, hooks, etc.)
So there's my shout out to some of the Etsy artisans who make my knitting world a little more beautiful.
Finally, I have a major thing for books. Knitting books and, well, books in general. Having time to read them is really just a preferable but unnecessary prerequisite. Much like buying sock yarn. These three came recently.
I'm really excited about 2-at-a-Time Socks because it teaches you to knit 2 socks at a time using the Magic Loop method. I've done it with 2 circulars before but all those dangling ends just made me loopy.
I've only glanced at The Knitter's Book of Yarn (you know I've been so busy sitting here waiting for e-mails to download and stuff), but it looks great. It not only offers a wealth of info on fibers, plies, and other yarn stuff, but also has an interesting variety of patterns featuring each of the different yarn weights.
Then there's Sensual Knits. Now honestly, I don't remember why I ordered it in the first place because when I think of wool and knitting, the word "sensual" really doesn't have a place. Maybe I just don't have a good understanding of the word... but, well, I'm just not thinking wool sweater when I hear it.
However, if sensual means feminine and classy, then the title is a perfect fit. The book is full of lovely designs knit with a variety of, dare I say, sensual yarns. Could that be it?? Here are just a couple of examples...
Okay, I think my children are playing with fire so I need to run.