Greetings! I hope everyone is recovered from the holidays and ready to enjoy winter - what better time of year to knit?
Yesterday I received 8 colorways of HPKY's Precious: 60% silk, 40% merino. This yarn has a sheen that any fiber cognoscenti can identify as silk from 30 yards away. At 275 yards per skein, the price is quite reasonable. There are many more colorways and kettle-dyes available, so if there is a color you want that isn't in the shop, just ask for it.
Good news: I have decided to replace most of the Malabrigo with Manos del Uruguay. Manos has a worsted weight yarn called Maxima that is a dead ringer for Malabrigo Worsted, and the Silk Blend is a doppleganger for Silky Merino. And the Manos lace weight is heavenly - a plied blend of 70% baby alpaca, 25% silk, 5% cashmere; put-up is 439 yards per skein. I will continue to dye Yeti as a replacement for Rasta. I will be getting the Manos in by mid- to late February.
The Berroco rep was here yesterday, and showed me some of the new yarns for spring. Most notable and irresistible was Versa, a collage of two hand-painted ribbons held together. This is an excellent warm-weather yarn. It should arrive later this month. I also ordered some new colors of Bonsai and Seduce.
Purls of wisdom: Pennies do not come from heaven; they are earned here on earth.