The postman was very good to me yesterday. Well, I suppose he was just doing his job, but I like to think he was being generous. (I cannot type 'postman' correctly first time; it always comes out postamn or something. The spellchecker suggested 'tampons'.)
He brought this delicious skein from Natalie at the Yarn Yard: it's not a club yarn so I can show it immediately. In fact, she's sold out of it, so yah. It's called Byron Bay.
It's a beautiful combination of blues with a little grey and some pale green, which I simply cannot get the photographs to show properly. All my favourite colours in a softer and more restrained blend than I've been acquiring lately. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, now that I have abandoned any pretence of being a sock knitter, but something frothy for around the neck I think.
And all the way from Wisconsin, came this lovely treat.
It's a prize for telling an unseemly story on Cheesehead's blog comments. The pink is two delicious balls of Louet Gems merino fingering in Baby Coral. It's beautiful. I think it might be a baby hat soon, although I suspect I will use it doubled since I'm not the daintiest knitter.
The blue and the undyed are washcloth cottons that Cheesehead added as a piece of Americana to widen my knitting experience. I can remember knitting a dishcloth once in my childhood, but it was a white stringy thing which is better forgotten. I am looking forward to following the ballband instructions and finding out what all the fuss is about. (Scroll down to 2 June.)
And there's two finger puppets too; a sheep which in the photo is trying to escape from the box and an alpaca.The sheep is my favourite. She is covered with bobbles; I get very impatient if I'm expected to knit bobbles and will only do it for people I love very much and who wear small garments. See right.
So I am very impressed with anyone who knits tiny bobbles on tiny finger puppets.
Cheesehead is running, not a knitalong, but a Hunker Up and Get Your Craft On, which is meant to help us meet those Christmas deadlines so if you think it would help, or if you just want an excuse to sit and do unalloyed knitting, surf over and join up.
I have read so many Thanksgiving messages today that I feel slightly disappointed that I won't be sitting down to turkey and pumpkin tonight, but a Happy Thanksgiving to those of my readers who are.