Here is the necklace photo as promised.
I wish I could figure out how to remove the date/time stamp from the photos. It's my DH's camera and my DH and DS are out of town for the day and I am too impatient to wait for their return to post the picture. I'm an instant gratification kind of lady. The large, silvery purple beads are from www.glastonburyglassworks.com. The silver is a crackled foil within the glass. They are gorgeous. I wish my photograph did them justice. The rest of the supplies came from a small, local bead shop called Beadville USA in Chaska.
I did some shopping for yarn while in Marshall. There was a little yarn shop called the Purple Iris Yarn Shop on Main Street. She had yarn on sale for 30% off and I picked up two skeins each of purple, black and a dark blue tweed Lang Yarns Jawoll for socks. It's probably a good thing she doesn't accept credit cards yet, or I would have gone crazy. I didn't take my checkbook and had a limited amount of cash along.
I think I've mentioned before that I love hand-knit wool socks during hockey season. And my DS's team colors include purple, so I'll have to make the purple up special for playoffs this year. I'm not quite ready to turn the heel on the other Widdershin sock yet but love the pattern and will probably never go back to the cuff down style. This sock pattern (the heel flap, especially) rocks! If you haven't checked it out at www.knitty.com yet, do so.
Time to go be the Proverbs 31 woman and keep cycling laundry and start supper. Sometimes the most profound act of love is an act of service. Especially when you have been up since 4:45 am and working non-stop and would rather take a nap. Fortunately, I hid some easy meals in my freezer before the trip, so I can just put them in the oven and forget about them while they cook. So I might be able to sneak a nap in, too.