Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sealed Signed Delivered Yours

Oh my goodness. Warning - this is a very picture-heavy (and therefore long) post! (But everything is work safe, no worries!)

Is there anything more fulfilling than coming home from a HORRIBLY long day at work and discovering, on your placemat, something that you didn't even know was coming? Even better - something that you knew was coming, but not when, and were very very excited to get? If you've ever had such an experience, then you must have been a member of the last Malabrigo Swap. Because I know of no other addiction that can yield such satisfactory and surprising results!

My swap partner this round - Barb, sent me pretty much the most gorgeous, wonderful package ever. No, seriously. There was a thirty dollar minimum on this swap and she went overboard. Above and beyond in the stalking and searching and locating and exact picking - it's fantastic. Okay, so although there is never enough chatter and praise for this wonderful event, my wonderful partner, or this wonderful gift - or better yet, the wonderfulness that is Ravelry - I will move on and show off all the awesome knitting swag.

First off, I opened the package to reveal three skeins of yarn and the Magic Yarn Ball (MYB - it's a ball of yarn that contains hidden prizes!) The MYB was made of Seleccion Privada Malabrigo Merino Worsted, in a colorway simply dubbed 'S'. It's a maze of yellows, greens, and blues, and I'm not sure what I'll make with it - but whatever it is, it'll be fantastic. With the MYB was a skein of Hollyhock Malabrigo Merino Worsted. Hollyhock is bright purple-pink and I'm pretty sure it will be a cowl. Or something else. I haven't actually decided yet.

After that was a skein (yes, actually, there is more yarn!) of Andy's Merino II. This colorway was 'Shamrock', a very very bright green and yellow (I'm pretty sure Barb had a lot of fun picking out bright colors). I've used this yarn before for a Koolhaas I knit a long time ago for Bennette - which he's sure to love, but hasn't been sent yet. I still like touching it too much, and he's in North Carolina and won't need a hat anytime soon anyway. He's down with it. I asked. But now that I have my own skein, his might actually make it's way into the mail!

Okay, so there was one last skein of yarn, and perhaps I was saving the most beautiful for last. I just purchased my first laceweight fairly recently - from Sandra Singh, and it's Malabrigo. Before that, I had never really considered laceweight. I mean, I don't wear shawls or anything. And it is hard to knit with really tiny needles. Maybe I was holding off because I was afraid. But after Barb sent me some Laceweight from No Two Snowflakes, I am going to have to get on the up and up with lace knitters. This stuff is gorgeous. In fact, even the packaging was gorgeous.

On the back of the tag, it says:
"No Two Snowflakes presents one-of-a-kind handmade art for individuals. Each piece and product has its own unique story, and no two will ever be exactly the same!"
Item: 'Unfurled'
Material: Wool/Silk
Yardage: 440 yards
Weight: Heavy Laceweight

This stuff is incredibly soft and fantastic and gorgeous and everything. I love it.

So, what else could I do, after seeing all this, but unravel the MYB? And discover two types of ribbon from The Ribbon Jar. The first is a lovely silk in a blue dye, and the second was a chartreuse and chocolate Harlequin pattern!

As well as some buttons! First, some lovely brass buttons, then some little bitty bone buttons! I'm pretty sure some of them will get used for my Coraline Pattern - which Barb also bought and sent!

She also included a cookie-baking book by Martha Stewart! I haven't had a moment to go through it yet, but it looks divine and I can't wait to begin baking - if I could only stop having 8 hour work days! Thank you so much, Barb - it's gorgeous and wonderful and I had the best time unraveling everything! I look forward to finding something to do with all this yarn!

Oh, and PS - there's another little something that came in the mail today from Molly, but you'll just have to wait and find out tomorrow!

1 comment:

  1. What a red letter day for you!
    Sandra Singh


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