I have a special relationship with my postman. He doesn’t really know it but he is regularly awaited with certain longing, passion even. There are days when I look out the window, check the clock and get bitterly disappointed if he doesn’t ring my door. Truth be told I’m very happy to close the door the moment he hands over The Package. (No dirty thoughts please! Not THIS package, how could you?!) As much as I try to be good, budget my craft spending, there is always The Package. The little bundle of sunshine travelling from near or far I wasn’t able to resist.
So what happened recently was I had a birthday. I won’t tell you which one, needless to say it’s getting close to the Big One. I’m not a huge fan of birthdays any more, but the good bit about them is that more and more often people close to me just give me yarn credit. Yarn credit is soooo fabulous! I get guilt free small fund to treat myself to something squishy, scrumptious and fabulous. Hence my recent yearning for the postman. The postman who couple of days ago brought the first installment of the Spring Club from an Irish Dyer “Life in the Long Grass”. Seriously, their yarn is breathtaking, like artist’s canvas painted with flair and love of colour. I haven’t knitted it yet but saw it knitted and it is as striking in a skein as in a project. See for yourselves but don’t come back complaining of sudden Paypal lightness or that you are eating beans on toast until the end of the month. You have been warned.
The colourway is got as the first surprise shipment is “Hedgerow”. I’m expecting two more as part of the Spring Club. The colours make me think of bushes scattering the West Cork landscape with a sudden pop of of wild flowers, richness of browns of soil and rocks, Atlantic ocean in the distance and an unexpected break in clouds and flash of blue sky and sunlight. I’m thinking about designing a West Coast landscape inspired shawl, I think I’ll add a second hank of a semi-solid LITLG for it… watch this space.
Today the postman brought The Other Package. All the way from Blue Moon Fiber Arts from Oregon, USA. In a sock knitting Group Addicted to Sock Knitting I saw socks knitted in the Socks That Rock yarn and it has been calling my name ever since. Thanks to generosity of friends and family, including my lovely and thoughtful Mother in Law, these beauties arrived today to their new home. Between late morning and now one of them, the white skein, already inspired and acquired a draft of a sock pattern, the rest is still unspoken for. From the bottom the colourways are “Fire on The Mountain”, “Sadie Sue Tipsy” and “River Rocked”.
So much for my stash busting! One off the needles and into the pattern portfolio and wardrobe, 4 in… Oh well.
On another note, here is one of two reasons I’ve been so quiet in the past 2 weeks: race to the finish line crocheting a heart blanket as a gift for a very important little girl who joined our family couple of months ago and whom I’ll be meeting this weekend. The deadline is now but luckily all that’s left is the edging and I should just about manage that. I’ll post the full pictures and details of how to make this lovely crochet blanket after it’s been gifted.
If you are wondering – the second reason was much more prosaic – the early spring viruses attacked us all with vengeance and we had a very cranky, sneezy house! We are all better and I wish you all happy, healthy crafting and some spring sunshine.
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