As May approaches, I've been told that many of you are preparing for a summer of gift knitting. Those of you who are teachers or work for the school systems will have a few months off, and it's right about this time that I get calls and orders for larger amounts of sock yarn as you prepare for your time off, and get much of your holiday knitting started. I think that's such a cool way to plan your summer- going through Ravelry, matching the perfect person with the exact yarn/pattern they would like, and then anticipating those last few weeks (or 27 days in Joe's case!) before your summer projects can begin.
Awhile back, I post about the yarns that I find are perfect for gift knitting. They come in a wide array of colors and are machine washable and dryable, even if thrown in with towels, and you can give items without worry. Since I know many of you will be gearing up for gift knitting, I have some new colors and restocks coming next week in Opal, Trekking XXL and Berroco Sox. None of those have to be treated specially, just wash and dry, and I rarely notice color fading over the years.
Take a look at what's coming to the store soon in Opal and Trekking. Hopefully this will tide you over til the yarn arrives next week. And I couldn't resist putting captions with some of these... please feel free to leave your own in the comments.... the sillier the better.