Been waiting for more of the Cubics and Dreamz (both 5 inch and six inch) from Knitter's Pride? Me too! I've tested both these new needles out on my recent Opal Van Gogh Sunflowers socks (nearly finished), knitting the leg with US 1 Cubics and the foot with US 0 Dreamz, and I like them both. I actually prefer the less expensive Dreamz over the Cubics- partly because of the fun colors of each size, and also because they seem abnormally sturdy. Neither the Cubics not the Dreamz have bent with use, but I really expected the US 0 to bend, because they are so thin, and because all other wood US 0 needles I've used do bend somewhat quickly (I'm not easy on my needles when turning at the gusset). I will continue to use them as my go-to US 0 needles because I really am impressed with them, and the price and the color make them extra cool in my book. Oh, and if you want to buy the Dreamz and get a reduced price, I now have the Sock Set (six sock sizes) in 5" and 6".
And in the category of oops-I-meant-to put-these-colors-on-the-website-two-months-ago-but-it-totally-slipped-my-mind (othewise called the Baby Brain Excuse), you should really take a look at the Highlights line from Artyarns. They are dyed in a way to show off inticate patterns- ones when you don't want unpredictable striping or pooling to obscure what you're trying to achieve. I've knit Artyarns twice now, and really enjoy wearing pair I kept for myself. The stitch definition is wonderful, and the texture is definitely good for someone who says they don't like wool, when perhaps they've never tried wearing premium merino sock yarn.
And in case you're inspired to knit with the colors of the upcoming St. Patty's holiday, take a look at these tempting greens in the Highlights color line:
Want a non-yarn tasty tidbit? You should check out this recipe. I wanted to use up some apple butter in the fridge and found this Apple Butter Bread to be a very easy, last minute recipe. Half the loaf is already gone and I just baked the bread three hours ago!