Wednesday, February 19, 2014


I have loved this year's Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, for as long as I can remember. While I was never much for most pinks, something about hot pink -- especially with a tinge of purple -- just speaks to me body and soul. What an exuberant, happy color!

A few weeks ago, I decided to bring a little spring into my stash by purchasing some indulgent skeins featuring this fabulous shade, from Purl Soho. They arrived today and are beyond lovely.

Alchemy, Yarns of Transformation Kozmos is a luxurious 30% silk, 26% mohair, 13% wool and 31% cotton blend with a tweedy texture and soft hand. It only has 119 yards in the hank, but recommends a US 9 needle -- I was thinking of making a very simple hat that I can wear until winter is properly banished.

The other yarn is Manos Del Uruguay Alegria. Alegria means "joy" in Spanish, and I can only describe this superwash sock yarn as joyful. I can't wait to make a pair of simple stockinette socks out of this! In fact, I might finish up another project as quickly as I can, just to have an excuse to cast on!

I will certainly need these bright beauties in the upcoming days -- I heard on the news that a blizzard is heading our way (6 - 8" of snow in Des Moines alone.) Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but for today, there is lovely yarn.

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