It's tricky to buy yarn on the Internet. Rarely am I disappointed with what I receive, but often, especially when it comes to sock yarn, what I receive is not exactly what I envisioned as I stared at my monitor, heart racing and wallet yawning, and clicked the buy-it button. So today I thought, in return for the favor you all did me last post with your lovely, lovely words of encouragement (I see more stranding in my future, definitely!), I would dissect a sock yarn skein for you. This skein is my most recent acquisition, and a skein I think embodies Pure Color Perfection. Seriously. I've been turning this thing of beauty over and over in my hands, on and off, for hours. I've gently pulled back outer layers to attempt to divine its inner workings. I simply can't believe that all of these colors exist so harmoniously in a single skein, but I'm here to tell you- and to prove that- they do. Let's start at the top.
My attempts to describe each of these colors will (snort) pale in comparison to their actual values, but bear with me. That yellow there is a true gold that blends to a gentle leaf green and then, unexpectedly but oh-so naturally into a robin's egg blue. The blue then takes on a bit of red and becomes the most glorious, sophisticated deep lavender, and as it twists and turns out of view here, it morphs into...wait for it...terracotta. How is this done? Beats me. Now for another angle:
You didn't need the label to know where such coloro saturation came from, did you? But there it is. This is the other side of the same end of the skein, where you can see the gold and leaf and more of the terracotta. Don't you just love the way this photo suggests that the skein is stretched out in the sun by a pool overlooking the Mediterranean? Don't you wish you were? Sigh.
Whoa! What have we here? Could this possibly be the the same skein? No way. Where did that pink come from? I know it's hard to believe, friends, but I'm here to testify that indeed this is the same skein of yarn. What you see there is the most glorious red- a deep cabernet red with purples and browns playing leapfrog over the base color, and then a splash of fuschia wrapped around a burnished gold finish mottled with notes of peach, brown, and wine. (Go ahead and gulp it down. This isn't one of those hoity-toity tastings where you have to spit.) Want one more?
And now for my latest trick. Yes, we had quite a photo session this morning.
People, I haven't even begun to do this yarn justice. And plus, there's that certain unphotographable quality to it- that every hank sold raises money for the fight against skin cancer. I'm about to cast on, for the first time, for some simple stockinette socks, because with these short color repeats there's hardly a chance of pooling, and any pattern would just be gilding the lily. Heck, I may just order enough heavyweight for another spiral baby blanket.
If you like what you see, go get you some.
PS- The cutest thing ever was watching Timmy read the comments you all left about his hat and his smile. Thanks again for those.