Here we go!!! This is the STR as I received it. All pretty and squishy and... in a hank!!! The one of the left is the Romancing the Stone and the one on the right is the Azure Malachite. I hope the colours come through good. I have to admit that there's nothing to compare to seeing this stuff in person! It feels so soft!
This is the "after" photo. Strange how seeing it balled up changes the look of the yarn, isn't it? Also, both are actually centre-pull balls! If you look carefully you can see the yarn tail sticking out of the top of the balls. I did it by hand using a method I learned on KnittingHelp.com. I now have a button for them on the margin of the blog... check 'em out, they're a great bunch there!
So far I have resisted the urge to cast on with this yarn. I've even been so goos as to not decide on which pattern I'm going to use with it. I figgered that would make the temptation too great. It's 2 weeks today to Christmas... must not cast on... must not touch the yarn... must not cast on... must not touch the yarn... ROFL