Opal has released it's 9th Rainforest Collection, eight colors that are vivid and gorgeous and do the work for you! If you need a knitting mojo restarter, love self-patterning yarn, or want a great movie-night-knit, this is for you. I started this sock the day after the yarn arrived, and finished half a leg while watching Hotel Transylvania with Joe and James the following day. I adore self-patterning yarns for making my life simple. Knit a plain ol' vanilla sock and allow the yarn to do the rest of the work. You never have to look down.
I'm really enjoying (bordering on needy obsession) knitting self-patterning and self-striping yarn lately. By the time the boys go to sleep at night and I get everything around for the next morning, my mind just wants to relax. Enjoying a conversation with Joe or watching a TV show together while knitting something super simple has been very good for me. I'm even gift knitting for the first time in years. I haven't had time to do that for a long while, and I've given myself permission to knit simple, colorful items for people rather than try to impress them (or myself) with my knitting prowess. I love that no matter where I am in life, knitting changes with me. That it's there to be my meditation when I need that, or my challenge when I want that. I think that's why knitting isn't just a fad- that it's a craft that sticks with us our whole lives, providing socks in the winter and baby sweaters for our wee ones.... whatever we need, whenever we need it.