Monday, May 6, 2013

Excitement unending

Wow, was I surprised when my Knit Picks order came in!  I'd ordered the same yarn like, six or eight months ago -- and got to thinking it might not be enough.  So I ordered more, knowing I'd probably have to alternate between the first batch & second due to them being different dye lots.  This is not going to be the case, because the second order is from the same dye lot!!  How cool is that!  I've already sent hugs to the Customer Service folks at Knit Picks; they are my heroes.  I got in some more books from ThriftBooks, very inexpensive and hey, these aren't meant to be "coffee table" books so I don't mind if the dust jacket has a piece missing, or if the spine is a little worn. 

Come to think of it, I've never shared all the goodies that came with me from Texas.  I did in fact make purchases at The Yarnivore the day Pup & I visited: some sock yarn (doesn't count, right?), a shawl pin in dark wood, and a pack of Clover cable needles, just like the other 2 (or 3?) I had at home, but which I forgot to pack even though I was working on a cabled project.  The Monday before I came home (aka Tax Day!) I stopped at Hill Country Weavers in Austin, which is way too much fun.  I bought some gorgeous alpaca lace yarn pour moi, and two skeins of a Berocco yarn for MeMaw's scarf -- which should probably be a cowl, and needs to be very smooth and light, something she can use to keep scratchy collars off her neck.  I have since reconsidered the yarn, and bought something else.  I also picked up several Mission Falls booklets, which were "free to good home".  But I'm getting things out of order -- Sis & I went to the Half Price Bookstore at one point, and I got three terrific and BRAND NEW books for a song.  One is Reversible Knitting, full of curious ideas about ways to wear their knits.  It's not so much that the knits can be turned inside-out, but that they might be turned topsy-turvy or sideways.  Rather an adjusstment to the viewpoint, than to the patterns. 

I got another terrific surprise, and yes it  involves yarn (what doesn't?!?!).  I'd commented on an interview in Yarn On The House, for a giveaway that I thought would be a pattern and three skeins of yarn.  The pattern's in my Ravelry library, and I was waiting on the yarn -- and thought I'd likely have to buy six more skeins (Spud & Chloe Sweater) for the size sweater I wanted for the Princess.  The giveaway yarn arrived in the mail, and it's all NINE SKEINS needed for her size!!  I am floored, just gobsmacked I tell ya.  And I love the colors -- I did pick them out, but hadn't seen them "in person" before the box hit the mailbox.  Now I need to get it in gear so she can have this sweater before she outgrows the largest size.  The Princess isn't going to be a small gal, but will likely not have an extra ounce of fat on her.  She's very athletic!  I guess she takes after her mama's "gymnast" side; Miss A has her mama's musical gift.  Hmm, just had a thought: the Princess collects American Girl dolls (actually both girls do); wouldn't it be too cool if I could make a sweater for her dolls too?  I will have to look for patterns.

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