They were inspired by this:
I'm doing a Valentine's Day mystery sock knitalong. One clue a week and if you do both socks each week, you have a pair to wear on VD:
Jimmy Beans Wool is offering special yarns from madelinetosh. They are called (I think) Quick Shots. There are only a few of each colorway. Some of them may be regular offerings later one but most will not. I went on a mini-binge and bought several colorways. They also will have those Addi sock needles I've been looking for, so I have ordered a pair of them.
I'm off to do embroidery for awhile. There will be much knitting (and knitting and knitting) during Ravellenics so I want to rest my needles until then.