The cranberry coloured laceweight wool is from Bendigo Woollen Mills, if you email them they will snail mail you their shade card with samples of all their yarns.
One of the great aspects of knitting for me is the buying of yarn. The internet has become a shop window on the world in this respect.
Here in Australia we produce great wool, but fall down on the value added component. Much of the clip is sent overseas for other countries to spin, to colour, to make it wonderful. We have some local mills, but I don't find myself as excited by their offerings as I am by many overseas spinners/dyers.
The attached photo is a very small part of my stash that I want to share with fellow MWK. The cranberry cone is Australian laceweight wool, the blue is Brown Sheep Cotton Fine for a T-shirt for me, the multi-coloured skein is Blue Moon Socks That Rock shade Fluorite, and my latest acquisition is Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight silk/merino 50/50, shade is cassis.
Just last night, I received my copies of the new DVDs from Lucy Neatby (http://www.tradewindknits.com/) These are the first two: Knitting Essentials 1 and 2. She covers everything a new knitter needs to know, with a lot of tips and techniques for more experienced knitters. She discusses gauge, cast-ons, cast-offs, seams, cutting into knitting, and much more! These are very well done in Lucy's clear, concise simple style. It is very well produced, with clear views of the techniques from the knitter's viewpoint (so necessary to understand what to do) which I particularly liked.
You may recall I mentioned that I had ordered some new DVDs from Lucy Neatby. Well, I got two of them last night, and had to skim through them.
WOW! So much in there, and really well done. I really like Lucy and enjoy her teaching style. She presents these techniques in a very easy, simple, clear manner. She has excellent views of what she is doing, really close-up, so you see it from the knitter's viewpoint, which is really necessary to know what is going on. She covers all the topics, from beginning cast on, through gauge, circular or dp knitting, seams, cutting your knitting....oh, it covers it all!