I've been blessed by the yarn fairies in recent weeks, and realized I hadn't shared my good fortune.
A while ago I commented on my friend Marnie's blog - Gingersnaps with Tea - and she responded by sending me a lovely gift of sock yarn. The day it arrived happened to be one of "those" days, in the middle of one of "those" weeks. I'd been feeling both run down and blue, and altogether quite done in. Then I opened this bit of delight:
From MeanBean, this is "Broad Bean" Exclusively for Woolgirl Alice Sock Club Members. There is a really lovely zippered project bag featuring Alice and the Mad Hatter's tea party. Inside are two skeins of Shibui Knits Sock in colour 7347, which is a mix of light creamy taupy browns and pale blue. There was also a very pretty beaded stitch marker. I've never knit with Shibui sock yarn, and am quite looking forward to making something nice with this. It is so soft and lovely, both in hand and in colour, that I may go with a scarf pattern instead of socks... Thank you Marnie, you are wonderful and thoughtful and generous!
Then just this week, and despite rotating national postal strikes, another package arrived in the mail. This one from the Guerilla Knitter herself. Last time I wrote, I was pining for a simple, lightweight cardigan. Several suggestions appeared in the comments, all of which were lovely in their own ways, but none really worked with my stash. Then I opened the mail and found this:
Three skeins of Americo Yarns: Cotton Flame in colour #K224. This picture is fairly true to colour - it's a soft mid grey-blue. It just happens to be the perfect amount of yarn for a perfect light summer cardigan. I'll be casting on Amiga this weekend. Thank you Beryl - you have a generous heart and I'm blessed by your friendship.
Just because I have the close ups, and I know you want another look at these beautiful yarns...
I've been working my old lady hands pretty hard lately and haven't really been knitting. I finished the Sunrise shawl a while ago, and gave it to a friend for her birthday.
I've sort of been kinda knitting a row here and there on the neverending green Lost socks.
I've even been spinning a few yards at a time on my drop spindle, which is cool.
But I need a new project. Something fun that will overcome these knitting blahs.
I want a lightweight cardigan that I can throw on in chilly mornings or evenings, that looks pretty enough to wear out in public, but that isn't so complicated that I'll never finish.
The stash has some KP Andean Silk in chocolate brown - lovely, worsted weight - and enough for a cardigan. There's also a pile of Patons Classic Wool in a light grey - but that just feels like winter to me. KP has a sale on... unless Canada Post goes on strike which would make ordering yarn kinda pointless.
I dunno. But about 25 knitters a day read this blog - or drop in from Ravelry to check out my free patterns. (Which, by the way, I'd love know know if you actually knit anything with them.) I wonder if anyone out there has an idea for a cardigan with a little interest and a lot of style. I'd love to hear your ideas.