Sorry for the abrupt silence. Lots of things have happened, but - let's just get caught up, shall we?
1) I overdyed the yarn for Vostok. In its natural state, it's a vivid reddish-purple. I had to overdye it twice to get the right shade, but now it's a slightly darker, bluer violet.
2) I learned how to hand-wind center-pull balls. I didn't have my ball winder on hand, but desperately wanted to start knitting, so I looked up how to make my thumb a nostepinne. It takes a really, really long time - especially with laceweight! - but having a ball of yarn for a thumb for several hours is actually surprisingly fun. As long as you don't need to do anything that requires an opposable thumb.
I love the apple-like shape of the resulting ball, too - very distinctive and unlike a mechanically-wound cake at all.
3) Yarn from Germany!
I had to talk Bandit out of buying all the purple yarn for me, but in revenge he went to the DyeForYarn Etsy store and secretly picked out yarn for me. And then categorically refused to tell me anything about it other than that it existed. I thought I would burst from curiosity and impatience, but as long as the wait seemed to me, its arrival was timed perfectly - it finally reached us on our two-year anniversary.
The light fingering teal yarn on the left is already slated to become something for Luna's birthday.
4) I did not get to work more on the Slide socks. Sorry!
5) Estes Park Wool Market! More details in the next post.