First of all the story behind this goes back a long long way. In fact it goes back to 2009, the year I knitted my first ever socks
which in turn led to my year of buying sock yarn. It was also the year that we took Mr A back to Scotland to visit some very special places and people.
While I was in Scotland I really wanted to buy some special yarn, preferably hand-dyed sock yarn, as a souvenir of our trip for me. Unfortunately it wasn't until a few weeks after we returned to NZ that I discovered Old Maiden Aunt yarns which has since become a firm favorite of mine. I adore all of the yarn Lilith produces and next time we are in Scotland I am definitely going to visit her studio and make sure I have some money $$ put aside for some stash enhancement.
Anyway 2009 was also the "Year of the Homecoming" in Scotland and Lilith's color range for that year was called the Homecoming collection. I may have got a little nostalgic and collected a few of the beautiful yarns from that collection
|Ae Fond Kiss|
|Fraoch - Heather|
|Red Red Rose|
To my surprise I had nearly finished the sleeves/back which I got out of my first skein of yarn with just a bit left over. Then once I made myself sit down and pick up all the stitches for the ribbing it was all go. I am so pleased I have finished this now and I can see it will get a lot of wear through spring/summer. The ribbing and the body are still slightly darker than the sleeves/back due to alternating the darker skein in but I don't think it is that noticeable and it certainly isn't a problem. With the wonder of hindsight I now know I would have just squeaked the whole thing out of the two original skeins but never mind.
So here it is my Whispering Blackbirds.