In the search for cheap p and p on the new Interweave Holiday Gifts I found myself at K1 Yarns website, and had a bit of a browse. I spotted some hat kits which sounded intriguing but had no photos of the finished item, so I Googled "Old Maiden Aunt", the designer.
WELL! I have discovered a new (to me) UK-based yarn dyer / spinner! Tigerlilith aka Old Maiden Aunt sells sock yarn / laceweight / handspun / hat kits through K1 Yarns but also directly via her own blog. Have a look!
I love the handspun "Old Penny" but cannot justify shawl-money right now.
But there was no avoiding the "monster" page of experimental yarns where a skein of sock yarn screamed at me. "Brown eyes blue" is destined to be First Love's Christmas socks.
Health update: FL's energy levels continue to rise. No doubt this week's steroids are contributing, but he has been "buzzing". Today he is taking the kids to the cinema and then we are meeting up for a meal at a favourite inn. Our first meal out since he fell ill! So it is a belated celebration of the June birthdays and also of his return to having a life outside the sick room, slowly but surely. Back to the hospital next Tuesday when hopefully science will back up our hopes of improvement in his condition.