I promise – no pics of me posing with this hunky hank ‘o yarn… I couldn’t stop laughing when I pulled this out of the surprise package that my brother sent:
Not seen on shelves in these parts that’s for sure! It’s a hank of 100% wool, handspun & hand-dyed in Spain. Love it! As for the yardage, it has to be a lot. I’m sticking with “a lot” for now. Seriously, would you pull this apart just to measure yardage? Not me!
The back-story is that my brother & SIL were roaming the streets of Barcelona on their honeymoon when K spotted the yarn store. They both speak Spanish & so the owner quickly understood that there is a sister in Canada who knits like crazy & spins. So, now I have this new prize for the stash. Micro-spun, European 2 ply wool. Woo hoo! The idea is this will be great for a Jamaican-themed ital project that I have in mind. In the meantime, it will be making me laugh over there in the den.
Also priceless was gift no. 2. A vintage photo of a random boy all dolled-up for his First Communion. Normal right? Well, the photographer has an awesome name & it’s gilt stamped on the front of the pic. There it was just sitting on the top of a pile of photos in a flea market in Barcelona as the happy couple strolled by.
All of this good karma comes as I start the Christmas knitting. As per MIL’s request, a green cowl is now on the needles:
It’s the Noble Cowl by Emily Kausalik. A free pattern from her site over there. This gift was fast becoming a leetle problem – I needed a push. Ravellers have come to the rescue. A group, Ontario Knitters Unite inspired me with a good list of free patterns in their Christmas knit-a-long. As Martha would say, “A good thing.” So, I have joined my first knit-a-long & now am happy to say that a direct request for a knitted object will not go ignored. The yarn is Fleece Artist Sea Wool. It’s thinner than the pattern yarn, so I hope the pattern will show well. If not, well, I’ll cross that bridge later.
Speaking of bridges to cross… Fall at our house. And this is after 2 bags have already been raked.
There’s more to come off that tree & another yard to rake as well. Funnn.