Ho boy, Boris, do we have new loot! (Apologies to Natasha, Rocky the Squirrel, & Bullwinkle.) Yesterday I got a HUGE UPS shipment - 43 new books, plus 2 DVDs, and 70 pounds of Cascade yarns. Not only did I add colors to the 220 selection, I have added 220 Superwash Sport. There are several more colors of the worsted 220 Superwash, too.
The DVDs are Laura Bryant's Knitter's Guide to Color. In case you aren't familiar with Laura, she is the genius behind Prism yarns. I just ordered more DVDs, as well, covering topics such as crochet, rigid heddle looms, spinning, and of course, knitting.
AND TODAY I got a shipment of Feza Alp Premier. Some of you have seen the blue/pink/multi sweater I made with Alp Premier; I have gotten in 10 additional colors (of the 40 available colors), and this stuff is nice. The Alp Premier is 210 yards of hand-tied yarns in mainly worsted to heavy worsted weights. It is similar to the popular Alp Light I have been carrying for the last year, except it has more bling and more texture. This is nice scarf yarn, to be sure, but there is SO much more you can do with it than scarves. It can be used as a component in a crayon box sweater or the crayon box wrap pattern by Chris Bylsma; it can be used as a front panel on a dressy shell for holiday/evening wear (156 days to Christmas); it can be combined with complimentary solids (such as Cascade 220) to make a sweater with just a dash of novelty yarn. The only limit to what can be done with this - or any - yarn is your imagination.
Purls of wisdom: maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising food ans raising money to buy food.