OK, I know. I said I wouldn't buy yarn. I relapsed. But let me just show you first what I bought and then I can make excuses for buying it.
Now that you have seen the pretty skein, I guess no more excuses are needed, right? I'm sure you understand why I had to buy it. And I only bought one skein instead of many, even though I liked many of the colors. I only bought the one I loved absolutely the most.
The real excuse, or not even excuse, the reason I bought the yarn is that I want to support small enterprises and local business owners. We have been visiting many fairs and artisans' markets during the summer and I've been complaining about the lack of people selling hand-dyed yarn, so it would have been a bit phony not to buy yarn when there for once was someone selling their own assortment.
I also like buying yarn from the places I visit; it's a kind of souvenir-thing for me. I like how the yarn reminds me of the place and the trip when I knit with it as well as every time I wear it. Like last year when we were in Italy and I knit two pairs of socks (the Rumpelstiltskin socks and Cadence socks), every time I wear either pair I remember the Tuscan views and warm sunny days. The socks are more than socks for me, they are not only knitted with yarn, but memories as well.
The yarn is Sukka-Puffa in colour Lilliputti from Puffala: it's fingering weight sock yarn (75% wool, 25% polyamide), and has 420 meters per 100g.