As you can probably see, both these yarns came from The Laughing Yaffle which is one of my favourite sock yarn dyers. Both yarns are in her "Starling Sock" base which is 75% merino, 20% nylon and 5% stellina. I'm not planning for either of them to become socks :-)
This one is "Fire Opal" and is probably my favourite of the two, but only just. It's got pinks, turquoises, greens and purples. Lovely.
The other one is called "Sky High" and is a mixture of blues, teals and purples.
Now as gorgeous as these yarns would be knitted into socks I'm fancying something else. I'm not sure quite what yet whether it's some sort of scarf/shawl/cowl or wrist warmers or even a hat. I'm looking forward to having a look on ravelry when the children are back at school and I've finished one of my other projects.
Does anyone have any favourite hat patterns for sock yarn? I tend to prefer baggier beret style ones rather than beanies but I'm open to suggestions :-)