I have so much I want to talk to you all about but at the moment I seem to be struggling to find the time to post! Today I have a few minutes spare so I wanted to hop on and tell you all about the most wonderful package I received in the post last month. (if you follow me on Instagram @inspirationalyarns you will already have seem a peep!)
I took part in the yarn swap organised by Mina from the knitting expat podcast (Interruption here to go and clean cat mess off of Josh’s football!!! Cats are lovely all the time they do not use our garden as a toilet.)
Back again, that was totally disgusting. So, back to the yarn swap, it was such fun. The rules were that you were paired with someone from another country and that you sent each other yarn local to you and some other local goodies. I was paired with a lovely lady called Linda from California. I was so excited packing up her goodies that I completely forgot to take photos but I sent her various local bits, chocs, fudge, notepad, fridge magnet and a few bits I had made, a project bag, herb sachet and yarn dyed in her favourite colours and I can’t remember what else! What I really wanted to share though was the amazing package Linda sent me!
I have to start with the yarn, she was so generous and sent me two super-soft merino 100g skeins. The brown one is from a local dyer to Linda in California and the other was from Linda’s stash and came from Dubai when she lived there which I thought was really exciting as I now have yarn from two different countries.
Then of course there are the other goodies! The chocolate bars and See’s candies chocolates were again local and the See’s candies were just the best chocs I have ever tasted and the bars weren’t far off! Also some ‘original’ jelly beans which are made local to Linda. Then there was a very special notecard of handmade paper that Linda had bought from a local artist while she was abroad just two weeks before the area was hit by an earthquake which was rather special to receive and I just can’t bring myself to use it. There was also another notebook, two pencils and some sticky flags which are already proving very useful and two lovely bags, one with I love knitting symbols and a Trader Joe’s bag which started in California and is just perfect for my grocery shopping. Lastly there was a lovely soft hand knitted washcloth and soap saver. These are just brilliant. I have crocheted some for the children but I haven’t yet made any for myself so I was thrilled to get these. I have seen patterns for soap savers but never made one but they are fantastic, I love using it in the shower with my favourite bar of soap! Linda was just so generous and the package was just overwhelming.
So, what am I planning to make with the yarn? Well, I am hoping to design a crochet shawl pattern for them. I have just ordered a silver grey to use with them so as soon as that arrives I shall get started. I have a few ideas sketched out so I think my current design will go on the back burner as I would like to join in Mina’s yarn kal – knit along (or crochet along for me).
All you need to do to participate is to knit or crochet something with yarn from another country. Oh yes, I also sent a package to Mina as a thank you and included some yarn and a project bag for a giveaway and on her podcast last week she said that these would be used as a prize for the yarn kal. The yarn is the same colourway as the one I dyed special for Linda and is called ‘Linda’, so if you fancy joining in you have the opportunity to win some of my hand dyed yarn and a project bag.
I have my sister-in-law coming soon so I must dash but I hope you all have a lovely week and if you could spare a thought for my dear Uncle who had a severe stroke yesterday, less than two years after his brother (my Dad) died from a massive stroke. He appears stable at the moment but is unable to move one side or talk.