...but what am I to do when one of my favourite Etsy shops is having a sale?
I love Elm Tree Yarns. Dianne dyes up some wonderful colours and the yarn is beautiful and soft. When I saw that she was having a sale there was no way my credit card was going to stay in my purse.
The first colourway I saw was Sunflowers. I'm such a big fan of yellows at the moment so this was love at first sight, I couldn't resist. I don't buy many blues but I loved the subtleness of Blue Fairy. This is from Dianne's Wish Upon a Star range from Pinocchio. Cherry Blossom is just so pretty and both this and Blue Fairy are on a silver stellina base for a bit of sparkle, though you can't really tell in the photos.
Ali from the Little Drops of Wonderful podcast is hosting a Strictly Come Dancing knitalong and I thought the twinkly Blue Fairy might be the perfect yarn to cast on with.
As I've said before, I love buying from Etsy shops as the yarn dyers are always so friendly and they usually pop little extras in the parcel too. There was a little handwritten note on the back of Dianne's business card, a sachet of tea and a little packet of sweeties.
This isn't all the yarn I've received lately though. I was also the winner of Donna's sock knitalong on her In A Pickle Knitting podcast. I was lucky enough to win a ball of Lang Yarns Jawoll Color Superwash. It's in the most gorgeous jewel green colourway. This yarn comes with a spool of thread to knit in with the yarn on heels or the places which need a little extra strength, isn't that a clever idea. Donna also popped a cute little stitch marker in the parcel. Thank you, Donna. If you haven't checked out Donna's podcast I would urge you to do so.
I just need to find a pattern now for the Strictly Sockalong and then I'll be all ready to cast on during the first show.