Lots of yarny goodness

Kidlet is home for the Shavuot holiday.  She came bearing a gift…as her house at the boarding school was going through old cupboards and throwing odds and ends away, she spied a lone ball of yarn.  Purple yarn.  Being the good daughter she is, she grabbed it and yesterday brought it to me.   (I typed  the sentence “I’ve trained her well”….but she saw that and yelled “how dare you!”…so I deleted it.  Heehee.)

Feels like wool, or a wool blend.  Soft.  A nice stash addition.

My Cuppa Tea “Starts with a T” swap package arrived from Gerry in Massachusetts! 

Lots-n-lots of yummy yarn, including some ultra-soft (purple) alpaca/silk, and some natural Texas merino. An adorable Knit Happy notions bag for my knitting Tools, and a Knit Happy wallet of very useful post-it notes. Patterns for Towels and other kitchen accessories, with yarn to knit them. A magnetic note pad. A fantastic handmade bookmark (Gerry is a librarian!) with a Tea charm.

And an amazing Table Topper cloth, since she has a new sewing machine and is having fun playing. Check out some of the detail on the reverse side – purple flowers with tea cups and tea bags:

A great package! 

The Chiaogoo red lace needles have also arrived.  I’ve cast on for a secret project – secret because its a gift.  So far I’m really liking the stainless steel needles, especially since the yarn is very dark and it shows up plainly on the needles.  

But the real plus is the circular cable – very flexible, and it has no memory!  No kinks or curls, no need to use hot water to straighten it out.  Yes!

Only one new swap – the alphabet swap.  I have to put together a package and figure out how to get it to Canada despite their mail strike.  Hm.  Maybe the strike will be over by the time the package is ready to mail.  We can only hope.



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