I don’t even know where to begin. It was a fun, full weekend, and we’re not done yet. Go grab a cuppa’ and a snack, and then we’ll see how much I can cram into one post.
First, we have to slip back to the contest prizes. More have arrived!
It’s not a great photo, but it’s been rainy and/or overcast here since I honestly don’t remember when. The sun almost made it out yesterday for a while, but not when I was at home. The yarn is a custom colorway from NH Knitting Mama, just for this contest. The colors are some of my favorites, as noted in my recent coffee swap questionnaire. The stitch markers are from InsanKnitty, and while the photo is inadequate, there’s a cute basset hound and a bone amid the ruby red beads. Thank you so much Amanda and Michelle!
Speaking of Michelle…
We had a great weekend. Friday night, we went out to dinner, hit the grocery store, and then sat up late knitting and talking. Saturday, we headed out for Carodan Farm. It was a pretty drive through the countryside, with redbuds and blooms galore, but Caroline was as accomodating as ever. I wanted the April Tofutsies yarn and pattern, so she kindly walked over to her home, unpacked a skein or two, downloaded the pattern, and brought it back over. While Michelle had no trouble finding yarn, I touched everything and yet, I wasn’t moved to buy much. I had this feeling I was leaving something behind. When Caroline asked if she could help, I jokingly asked what she would feature in the shop newsletter that would find me saying “Shucks! I wish I’d seen that!” She laughed, and left the shop again, returning with Online’s new cotton sock yarn, the whole box, so I could see all the colors, and with some Elsebeth Lavold Bamboucle (which for whatever reason, didn’t make it into the photo).
I love that pattern too. The sample was done in Koigu, which of course, I have in my stash thanks to my Red Colorswap pal. I was torn between the Anne and the Heather yarn, but the Anne came home with me. The Bamboucle is a must-see. It’s not so boucle, and it’s actually cotton, bamboo, linen and nylon. I think it will be a little scarf, but who knows?!
It would truly take all day and dozens of photos to show you everything Michelle had in this basket. There were treats for the dogs, shortbread which the Knight is sure were for him, teas, flavored syrup… and three new magazines. I am going to take a moment to mention that I’m sorry I let my suscription to Creative Knitting expire. They have a new editor, and the whole feel of the magazine is different. (Yes Jessi, that’s Spin Off, and a subscription is in order.) Knit Simple is always a good choice, and the assortment of “tee shirts” they offer is sure to have something for everyone.
Then, there are the highlights from the basket. I mean, everything in there was obviously selected by someone who know me well, especially my requested candy-coated sunflower seeds, but these are the things I thought the rest of you might appreciate and/or “need.”
Love this very sleek mug. Can’t wait to drink from it, and it might get a quick wash for that early evening cuppa’ I’ll need after this long composition. Yes, it’s slightly assymetrical, but that’s part of its charm. I like brown a lot too, so even without loose tea packed inside, it’s a keeper!
Next, there’s a treasure I think some of you will have to special request from Michelle’s shop. (She is indeed the InsanKnitty linked at the top of the post.) It’s a yarn cutter, taken off the chain, and slipped onto a clip, with some very “me” charms added. I’m still thinking the blue teapot needs to move over to my charm bracelet. This little baby is going to be clipped on my project bag, and it will go everywhere with me. No more worrying about my scissors on planes, as Caroline pointed out when we were looking at the cutters in her shop.
I loved Pez dispensers as a girl, and this little one delights me to no end. Could it be any cuter? It has a hook to be a keyring, but I know that with my life, it would be dirty dingy in no time, so I’ll have to think of a nice, clean place for it to live.
The folks at Lindt are so clever. Isn’t the little black sheep precious? I hate to rip the foil, but you can bet that if I don’t, the Knight will.
Can you guess what this is? Yep! It’s the cutest tea ball EVER. It’s now offical; I’m going to have to collect novelty tea balls. I had no idea they made anything fancy or silly, but isn’t this fun? Even the metal “tag” on the end is a little slice of citrus.
Michelle had been taunting me all week last week about her secret project. Sigh. It was worth the wait! She hand felted this adorable little rooster, bless her heart! He’ll have to find a very high, very safe perch, because Sissy’s reach expands a little every day.
Michelle also made me a very sweet cloth with a “profile” head shot of Winnie the Pooh, but I just can’t get a good shot of it. It’s hard sometimes to get a good photo of a cloth, and you know I’m not a great photographer.
There’s so much more, but this is already very lengthy, so I’ll stop here for now. There’s a photo of Michelle and me just before she left this afternoon, and much more about tea and friendship, but the Knight wants to take me to dinner, so you’ll just have to wait!
PS – Where did spell check go?! WordPress, what have you done!?