Warning: This post is link-heavy and enabling-heavy:
I have spent some money lately. I regret nothing. My friend, Sarah, of "The Canadian Knitter" Podcast introduced me (and all her other viewers) to these totally adorable yet functional DPN holders from Shelby at EINmade.
KnitPicks, and while functional, they are not nearly as pretty! Also, the cardboard tubes have a limited life expectancy, in my experience, and are a bit fragile. I always knit my socks on DPNs because I am set in my ways and inflexible, but I think these little DPN holders would work for circs as well; next time I have a portable project on circular needles, I will let you know.
Having pretty DPN holders unleashed my craving for pretty project bags. Usually I say things like, "I would rather buy yarn with the money I could spend on pretty project bags" and "My Ziploc bag works just as well as your pretty project bag", but secretly I lust after pretty project bags and after 40+ years on this planet am beginning to accept that I am more of a visual person than I have previously been willing to admit. Also, a fellow knitter from the Tuesday night knitting group I attend totally enabled me when she gave me a beautiful project bag by ZigZag Stitches.
So I also ordered this from MadameColibri:
And then I ordered this from DragonFibreBags:
Here it is holding a sock, sock-in-progress, knit kit and pattern:
To top it off I went the a local fibre festival (The Gathering in Port Hope) and 'The Black Lamb' (also in Port Hope) and picked up these beauties:
DyeVersion yarn (sidenote: it is BFL and I have never knit with BFL sock yarn before). The Black Lamb yarn is my favourite colour so I had to have it. I will have to come up with something extra special for it!
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this post are my own. I have not received any compensation or consideration in exchange for posting links or opinions - I just like nice things.