Friday, June 20, 2008

More Excitement

Well, I've had yarn coming at me from all angles this week. It's been wonderful.

On Wednesday my parcel arrived from Norway from my Nordic Knitters swap partner. We were linked up via Ravelry and have been planning a summer swap - 100g of yarn plus anything that reminds us of summer where we are. It's been great fun. I have sent her Knit Picks, as she can't get it over there and she sent me the most wonderful sock yarn by Drops Garnstudio called Fabel.

I really enjoyed putting together my parcel. I found some MarketSpice tea bags from Pike Place Market in Seattle, some M&M's, a beaded stitch marker, a card showing the Seattle skyline at sunset and some packets of Kool-Aid, which I'm told are great for dying yarn as well as being a summer drink. I dread to think what they do to our insides though if they dye yarn so wonderfully!

My parcel from my pal contained some chocolates, iced tea, beaded stitch markers, coffee and some seeds - a real summery package:

The same day my yarn from Yarn Forward arrived in the mail. I'd bought this several weeks ago as I started making a blanket for my niece last Autumn and, not quite getting a handle on the whole Imperial and Metric thing, managed to run out of yarn. My LYS no longer carried it, so I ordered online from Yarn Forward in Canada. At last I can continue my blanket. I'm so relieved. The plan is to knit in both yarns alternately to try to avoid getting a line across the work caused by different dye lots.

Yesterday, the pull of "Let It Rain" closing its doors was too much and I just had to go back to that yarn store to see what they had left. I'd debated last Saturday about getting some lilac Cascade 220 and some gorgeous Frog Tree 100% alpaca in cream. They were both still there so I have added them to my stash. I now have enough projects to keep me going for some considerable time!

As to the Little Guy's socks? I've started working on a pattern for them. There's been a lot of scribbling in a notebook and studying of pointed versus flat toe seams, but I'm getting there. It'll be interesting. Now I'd better go and plant the tomato vines that are growing out of control on my kitchen windowsill!


Kathy's Hands Create said...

What is "Let It Rain"? Is it your local yarn shop and why is it going out of business? Just curious, because I work in a yarn shop.

Rudee said...

Nice stash enhancement. Love your cascades colorway.

wildethymeknits said...

"Let It Rain" is a yarn store, but not my local one. I'm not sure why it's closing, but I suspect from its location it's something to do with the overheads. Rent plus the community in which it's situated are perhaps not conducive to profits. Aesthetically, it's a lovely location, but I suspect expensive with no passing trade.

Rudee - that colorway was the only one left. I couldn't believe it was still there. The colour is so me and to find a complete bag at that price was a gift.

Kimmie said...

I'm curious as to how you use the Kool-aid for dying yarn .... I'm sure it would work the same way for paper :)

p.s. you're awfully optimistic to try tomatoes in these parts, GF :)

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