Today was another very good mail day. Whenever there is a package too big to fit into the mailbox or one needing a signature, the mailman backs his truck into the drive and honks. Usually twice. In a house with 4 dogs in it, this is tantamount to declaring war. You do not truly understand the saying, “the hounds of hell” until you have seen 4 dogs completely off their rockers from wanting to get outside and rip him to shreds for having the audacity to come onto their turf and honk. Funnily enough, if they do get outside while he is still here they just bark for a little bit and then wander off and pee on something!
Anyway, we were treated to a full rousing chorus of doggie death threats today as there were 2 packages in the mail for me. The first was from my friend Tini in Germany (who, by the way, has a bunch of new podcasts up that I keep forgetting to link to [naughty blogger me!]). In it was all sorts of lovely stuff including a Eiki shawlette made in Wollmeise!
There was a partial ball of sock yarn to add to the blanket. (Donations to the blanket are always welcome here even though it is on a bit of a hiatus as I still try to figure out where all my stuff is in the storage unit.)
There was also a long knitted tube that Tini gave me a heads-up on before I received it. It was her gauge swatches from a number of different pairs of socks! This is being put towards the blanket as well (though it’s almost too pretty to unravel!)
There was a beautiful butterfly pin. I love jewelery with insects on it. Someday when I am a famous entomologist (stop laughing!) I want to have something to jazz up my ultra boring wardrobe with. I want to be the Madeleine Albright of the bug/horticultural world!
There was a solid handbalm (good for someone walking around outside in the middle of the night with wet hands after having made formula for a certain baby!) that smells yummy.
There was a cool lizard bookmark…
And the shawlette came packaged in a fun little clear plastic zippered case that is perfect for little projects!
And last but not least, there was a tiny package of GUMMY SHEEP!!!! Oh my are these little guys cute! I don’t know if I can actually bring myself to EAT them:-)
The other package is a bit of a mystery. It came from Knit Picks and it contained 3 books. Knit Noro Accessories, Weekend Hats, and Interweave Knits Accessories were all on my wish list, so it would have been easy for someone to pick them out. However, there was nothing in the box to give evidence to who they were sent from. If it was you, please speak up and thank you!
Funny enough, I’ve been sucked into another Dutch Knitting Design project, this time it’s the Kaleidoscope Vest which was published in (what was then) Yarn Forward Magazine. I stayed up far too late last night working on this (again) and this is how far I had gotten this morning.
It is an easy knit, but for some reason I frogged this piece before and I don’t remember why. I think it might have happened around the time of my move, so who knows! I had a chance to wear Marleen’s sample vest (I think it’s the one she’s wearing in the bottom picture on Ravelry) and it is really cute. I got lots of compliments that day and I had to explain to many Dutch knitters that no, I didn’t knit it but the person who designed it was right over there….. I’ve been on a serious knitting jag of late but I feel a spinning jag coming on. So stay tuned folks!