That's the sound of my ass hitting the ground as I gleefully fall off the wagon. Yes, the great Yarn Diet of 2007 is now over, long live the yarn diet-less 2008. I celebrated by rushing around the corner to Windsor Button and dropping a fairly substantial chunk of change in about 15 minutes. Although this was my first opportunity to buy yarn in 365+ days, I did not go for the bags of Cascade 220 or 1824 Wool. Instead, I was looking for (of course) sock yarn and also for some special laceweight for the Bee Stole. Here's what I came away with:

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Lang Jawoll Color Aktion, colorway 132.0209, 75% new wool, 25% nylon, 420 meters, for the Rainbow Socks from Magknits

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Araucania Ranco, colorway 101, 75% wool/25% polyamide, 376 yds. Gorgeous kettle dyed purples and greys (the pictures do not do it justice). This is the only thing I don't have immediate plans for, but I think it will make gorgeous thick socks or something washable for a kidlet somewhere along the line.

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Plymouth Yarn Co Happy Feet, color 5, 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, 384 yds for the Tiger Eye socks (Ravelry link) from Socks, Socks, Socks. Soft squishy red, maroon, magenta and black, and not as bright as this photo.

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J. Knits laceweight in Pueblo, 100% extra superfine alpaca, 4 oz/1200 yds for the Bee Stole (maybe). A beautiful greeny grey color. I swatched for the Bee Stole in the fingering weight alpaca I got from Peru this summer, but I'd like to try this too - that many black stitches might do in my already poor eyesight. I loved the Tupelo Gold colorway on Anne's blog, but not for me - I'm not really a yellow kind of girl. We'll have to see if this will work out.

We're still up in the frozen north, so regular posting will return next week with a list of goals for the year and final pictures of Christmas FOs. Happy New Year to you all!