Ok, fair warning – this has the potential to be one of those never ending posts…but I have so much to say!
First up….all the way back in September, I received a package for the Knit One, Tea Too swap. It was a great package (in fact, I enjoyed some of the tea this weekend!) – but I didn’t know who sent it – she didn’t send yarn because she was going on vacation. And she didn’t tell me who she was because she wasn’t done. Frankly, the package was so nice that I didn’t mind the absence of yarn. But this weekend, I got another box. And wow. I was just stunned.
When my swap pal said she was sending something, I expected an envelope with yarn. But damn! This was a full fledged box – there was fruit tea from Hawaii….candy from Hawaii….notepads, mug…Hawaii. Can you guess where she went on vacation? Nice, eh? But see that yarn – wow. Its just beautiful. It is from an indy-dyer, and each colorway is named after a Washington, DC neighborhood. This is …..sport weight and freaking gorgeous.
But wait – there is more!
Isn’t this gorgeous? This handspun from fiber my pal bought at Red Barn Farm. Spun on a spindle (I am so amazed that people can actually make yarn on a spindle – the only thing I can do is watch it drop on the floor while I curse). Gorgeous. I love it. I don’t know what to make with it yet – thinking maybe a lacy scarf….fingerless gloves…but I will tell you that it will be for me.
So who was this most excellent swap partner? Rosemary from Spindlerose. Thank you so much, Rosemary! You’ve been a wonderful swap partner, and I really love everything. I can’t wait to use the yarn (and eat the candy!) – the tea has already been enjoyed…and the scones. Thank you thank you thank you!
I’ve been working on Clapotis – and can I say that this pattern is simply amazing. It finally made sense when I dropped the first stitch. Someday I want to design a pattern – I can’t imagine how she planned this all out. I’m loving it though and can’t wait to come home and work it. Except tonight – I think I’m ready to do the toe on the second sock for Maggie, so I need to finish that and send it off. But I’m a little whiny because I really love working on Clapotis.
So a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I was coming up on a milestone on the blog. I’ve been watching and waiting. Because I was coming close to 2000 comments! And this weekend I knew I’d finally have have a winner…. And I decided that I would send a present to the 2000th commenter….actually, I’d give them a gift certificate to an Etsy store. A yarn-y kind of celebration. And so on Saturday, I received it – the 2000th comment. And who was it from? My son – actually, in his words – my evil son, Dan. I couldn’t believe it! He never comments! He felt very strongly that he should get the gift – but wasn’t interested in the yarn – so we compromised on a hand-knit dishcloth (or two) since the ones I made when he moved out are past their prime. So Dan gets some dishcloths….and I get to celebrate it with the 2001th commenter….Hakucho who commented on the same day! I thought that Yarn Chef would be the perfect Etsy store since she has something for everyone – and her yarn is gorgeous. So congrats, Hakucho – and thanks for being the 2001th comment! (and thanks, Dan – I’ll get you the dishcloth as soon as I finish Clapotis)…..
And thanks to everyone else for reading and commenting – my little knitting mishaps are much easier to bear when I get such great support!
Have a great Wednesday – hopefully the next time will have finished socks!