I broke down! I couldn’t resist. The lure of yarny deliciousness was too great. I have a good excuse, though: it’s my mum’s 60th birthday and (I don’t think she reads this, but in case you do, Mum, AVERT YOUR EYES!)
and I’ve really been wanting to make her a shawl. Not just any shawl, but a shawl containing Really Impressive Lace. I am still undecided on the pattern, but I now have the perfect yarn:
Isn’t it dreamy?! And: button! It’s Countess Ablaze alpaca/mulberry silk lace weight — these images do not capture the colours properly (but they are near perfect in the CA shop). The colourway is ‘Softly Softly’. (I’m pretty sure it was named that on purpose: we’ll just ease you back into stash enhancement, Emmms… nothing to be scared of… softly does it now.)
It is amazingly soft and sheeny and the colourway is just divine. It also came in perhaps my favourite packaging next to our ziplock lunch bags:
She brown-bags the yarn!!! Yes, now I too can at least attempt to hide my dirty little stash-increasing secret. I cannot WAIT to cast this lovely yarn on.