Actually I came in under budget. I spent a grand total of $5.00. Try not to fall over from shock. I purchased this Kougi mill end (my first kougi ever) which was close enough to WhiteWillow's Lime in color and weight that I can actually finish my second sock of my second pair of Hederas. You know the sock which I can not put down. The book was already in my possession.
Look at the tiny little skein it makes next to a quarter. Happy little skein.
And for some reason Noob came home with much more than my one tiny skein. For the life of me, I can not figure it out why. I'm sure it's not at all related my unrelenting pressure she purchase her first sock yarn and needles (bottom) or the fact that I picked out my own Christmas present of 100% Merino mill ends in scrumptious fall colors (top).
She really wanted to pick out a boring, old, plain, solid brown, but I talked her out of it. Everyone knows that you have to have an interesting yarn to keep you interested in the next 7 inches of sock that to fit around your leg. I think she picked out a wonderful color. Don't ask me why but it reminds me of the colorway Aslan from Lorna's Laces. Yes, I realize that the only similarity is the brown.
I feel I should also mention that I am perpetuating project adultery. She now has the original learn to knit garter scarf (in cream) on one set of needles and this sock on another. We are starting her on a simple 2x2 tube sock. How's that coming Noob? Has the scarf already hit the wayside in favor of the much more wonderful socks?