I don't do much for myself, as I really don't need much. The kids are growing and learning and experiencing; it's much easier and nicer to do things for them. But, for Miriam's birthday in September, a wonderful yarnie friend from Ravelry gifted me a handspun skein of yarn that she created herself. I instantly knew what I wanted it to become. A hat. For me. There was only 90 yards, but it is a gorgeous 90 yards. I found a simple hat pattern, but as I was knitting, I realized that no way was 90 yards enough for a hat on my head. I started contemplating finding a coordinating yarn to add stripes to the hat, give it a little interest and extend the use of the special yarn.
Then, this past weekend, my mother took me to a small Llama farm/fiber studio that was having a great sale. I found this amazingly soft, cuddly, and perfect Merino and Mulberry Silk blended top in a perfect white color to go with the pops of white bamboo spun in the special yarn. I cannot wait to spin this up so I can finish my hat!!
Taken on the Manual setting (F/2.8 and 1/6 shutter speed) and edited in Picasa with Saturation.