This lovely yarn is Angel Yarns hand-dyed sock yarn. The shade is 'Chocolate Plum'. It's a rich, raisin-y shade, with a very subtle tweed effect if you look closely. I've had this in the stash for quite a while, saving it for the right pattern to come my way.
As you can see, I've cast on; the yarn is going to be a pair of socks from the fabulous 'Sensational Knitted Socks' by Charlene Schurch. I eventually decided to try a lace pattern. Lace seems to have found its own way into my knitting this year, which was completely unexpected. What next? Knitted toys?