My latest pair of finished socks though, have been made with some yarn I bought at least five years ago. I know I bought it on sale from Get Knitted and I also know I haven't bought from that yarn store for quite a while.
The yarn's Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino, which is a bit of a mouthful, so it's often referred to as KPPPM (not surprisingly). The yarn looked pretty in the skein and was pretty once wound into balls (I know it's been around for a while because it was in two 50g skeins and these days skeins of sock yarn are usually a minimum of 100g).
I used the toe-up pattern that I came up with (rounded toe and with an elongated gusset on the bottom of the sole rather than at the sides). This time, instead of doing a slip stitch heel, I did an Eye of Partridge pattern. Eye of Partridge is like the slip stitch pattern, but staggered, so instead of doing slip 1, knit 1 on row 1 and purl on row 2, row 1 is slip 1, knit 1, row 3 is slip 1, knit 1 and rows 2 and 4 are plain purl. I think the idea is that the resulting fabric looks a bit like a bird's eye. Anyway, it makes a nice, harder-wearing fabric for the heel flap, so it doesn't wear out when it rubs against the back of the shoe.
There's not much else to say about them really. I didn't block them (I never block socks; they adapt to fit my feet when I wear them), but I'm happy with them as the KPPPM is a higher-quality sock yarn that has a very nice feel to it and is high twist, so gives good stitch definition.
As well as being a sucker for a pretty skein of sock yarn, I also seem to have unwittingly started a collection of shopping-type bags. I've been trying for several years now to remember to take bags with me when I go to the supermarket, even before the government bag charge came into force last year. As a result, I do have a tendency to buy a new one when I spot something eye-catching. Certain types also make good project bags, especially for larger projects. If I'm going to be walking around the shops (or haven't driven), I do like a bag with longer handles that I can carry on my shoulder and these jute bags from Seasalt fit the bill nicely. I did have one that DD2 commandeered for her Barbie clothes and accessories and I won't be getting that one back any time soon, so I bought these two a couple of weeks ago:
I find these bags to be good capacity-wise, as well as strong and durable and they're good value (I think) at £5 each or on offer at two bags for £8. I love daffodils, so that was an easy choice to make, but the one on the left? That was a no-brainer when I spotted it on the Seasalt website. POLDARK!!!! (which seems to be pronounced Pol-daark in the new series). I loved the television adaptation in the mid-1970s and I love the current series. I've even got the books downloaded onto my Nook e-reader (but don't want to read them until Season 2 has finished airing). Eleanor Tomlinson (who plays Demelza) had a hand in the design process and 50p of the proceeds from each bag sold gets donated to the Fishermen's Mission. I'm not going to use that one for shopping though; I don't want to get it mucky, so it'll be a project bag.