Winner!

Wonders never cease.

A couple weeks ago, I was reading a lovely blog I follow called NothingButKnit and she had just updated the template her blog was using. I’m in the process of doing the exact same thing on my blog – working through branding, trying to identify ‘my reader’, and generally figuring out how I want my blog to look. Anyway, as part of her update NothingButKnit2 was asking for feedback and as a bit of an incentive to comment, she decided to make it into a contest where the winner received a skein of yarn from her stash. Since I’m rarely without an opinion on something I took some time and wrote down what I thought but I never win anything and honestly, that really wasn’t the incentive to comment. But as it happens, I won!

The package arrived today and oh, it’s absolutely beautiful. I was thinking I’d probably be frozen by indecision if I had to pick something out of my stash to send to someone I don’t know but she made an inspired choice. The yarn comes from a local-to-her but new-to-me dyer called A Hundred Ravens. This is 400 yards of 2-ply, fingering weight, 100% superwash merino. My favourite. The colour is called Koa and it is so perfectly me. The colours aren’t quite true in the picture, the sections that look plum are actually quite green. It’s absolutely perfect!

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As if this weren’t enough, she also included a set of stitch markers in matching colours which were made by her husband! Aren’t they wonderful!

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I’ve had some good mail days recently, but I think this is the best. Thank you NothingButKnit, for such a lovely and thoughtful package. Now to find the perfect project.

Stalled

I’m stalled on all my projects. I’m waiting on a response to a reported error in the big test knit I’m working on, am waiting for swatches to dry for a design project, got the wrong colour yarn for a shawl that is half finished and am bored with a fussy cardigan for a little person. Couple this with seeing all the lovely things from Edinburgh Yarn Festival (the Perth I live in is nowhere near Scotland, let along Edinburgh so sadly, I did not attend) and I snapped.

I cast on another project.

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This is Antipodes from Truly Myrtle Designs of New Zealand. I did a test knit of Gingerbread, a recent pattern of hers and liked it enough that I’m knitting something else from her. This is a slim crescent shawl that I’m working in Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk. This yarn is an 85/15 wool/silk blend and is lovely to work with. I knit a pullover out of this about 4 years ago and had totally forgotten that I had a leftover skein of yarn in my stash. I love it when I find the perfect thing tucked away in a bin!

I’d like to have this finished for a trip which will likely happen around the end of April – I’ll tell you more as plans firm up but I can tell you that it is to celebrate two big birthdays in my household. Both my husband and son are having milestone birthdays within a week of each other so we’re taking a trip. We used to travel all the time when we lived in Asia and realized that we’ve been back in Canada for almost 10 years and haven’t gone anywhere as a family.