This is yarn and it was photographed in a 'garden' - well, strictly speaking 14,000 acres of Hebridean wilderness, but who would not use a location like that as a backdrop if they got the chance?
The yarn was an unexpected but greatly appreciated present from a friend. It is all alpaca and was bought at Spring Farm Alpacas (they don't appear to do mail order but are nonetheless a very interesting site - agistment caught my eye, though I think they are a bit too far, sadly!). Anyway, to business and what we have here is white suri 2 ply (100g), brown huacaya 2 ply (100g) and fawn huacaya dk (150g), all wonderfully soft. I don't have yardages but what would you suggest making with it? A lace shawl or scarf, perhaps; maybe a cowl? It deserves to be something special.
But speaking of casting on, Clem asked (in a comment) for suggestions of patterns for men's fingerless gloves suitable for a beginner to tackle. I immediately thought of the hand/wrist warmers in Last Minute Knitted Gifts; I've made the women's ones and they were very quick and simple, but the men's version looks even more straightforward.
Red is a colour seldom seen on these pages, and I hesitate to enlarge the picture as when I did so in draft it seemed slightly out of place! But you can click to make it bigger, and you'll see the fuchsia and the chocolate cosmos alongside the traffic light/pillarbox/Guardsman's tunic scarlet yarn.
Visiting the writer Mary Hoffman's site the other day I read that she dislikes blue "except in the sea, the sky and flowers". My whole life would be dressed in shades of blue if I didn't consciously pull myself away from it to look at other colours and include them - which I do. I even wear this shade of red sometimes!