About three years ago, I had a protracted love affair with Claudia Handpaints. I made two pairs of socks out of their fingering weight yarn and loved them, then bought two skeins of their silk laceweight to make a blouse. I love their variegated colorways, and the yarn is absurdly soft. The two pairs of socks bit the dust while I was in Japan, thanks to that cranky pair of shoes, but both of them lasted about two years - pretty impressive!
These two skeins, of the colorway Desert Dusk, are likely destined to become socks too. I might flip through my copy of Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn to find a pattern that does the colors justice. I love how the yarn could be a pretty neutral tonal variegated, if not for the ridiculously bright blue shots throughout. The colors are definitely Southwestern, and it will be nice to have a little bit of sunshine on my feet in the middle of all this grey summer weather we're having.