So of course I gave in and bought a skein of the delicious* handpainted yarn being sold by Debbie of Skein Queen in Reading last week.
The Mongolian cashmere and alpaca/silk blends were off limit due to "the Rules"** but fortunately Debbie's "Blissful" sock yarn uses a bfl base from UK sheep so I was in the clear.
And it's so pretty!
The colourway is Ring a Ring o' Roses (love the name) and it's the colour of tea roses and fresh green leaves.
Now I just need to search out a suitably dainty lace sock pattern to match the yarn.
* and talking of delicious it turns out that Debbie was also responsible for the amazing coconut and lime cake that I had a slice of.
** For the last year I've only bought yarn and fibre that has been produced in the UK from British sheep breeds.