I want to post some more swaps and things before I post the yarn I've dyed. Still waiting to see someone to gift them some of the skeins I dyed before I do that entry though.
This past week I made the most expensive single skein of yarn purchase since I've been knitting. It's not even linked on Rav for whatever reason. I'm not bold enough to start the link of it myself... besides my picture is crappy. Anyway, it's Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets. The yarn is called Carrera (660 yards of 50 silk/ 50 merino) and its in the Spice Grove colorway. I was immediately drawn to it. I wanted to spoil myself some last week because I had been sick and had a (good) dentist appointment on Wednesday. Don't tell anyone I said it was good though, especially my mother. But still... it was the dentist. I should get some yarn. I had recently decided to knit myself a Clapotis
. I know.... I know... everyone and their grandmother already has. The truth is I thought it was ugly. Ugly as sin, initially. It grew on me. Very slowly. I saw a girl wearing one at the Homespun Yarn Party that she had made in some fingering weight yarn and it was the perfect size, the colors looked great on her... and that's when I knew I was going to knit one. A couple other girls got the bug as well so we're kind of doing it in a group. I'm really happy with how it's turning out so far. I've done 3 of the 6 increase sets in the pattern. The colors look amazing knit up and it's incredibly soft. I know it will be quite drapey as well. No pictures of the project yet but I did take some crappy pictures of the skein.
Oh yeah. It was 57 and some change. I got it from the wonderful Crazy for Ewe
in Leonardtown, MD. I actually realized after getting it home that I already have some Ellyn Cooper to make some sock or something else with in the same color way :) Its also fingering weight, can't remember the exact type of yarn though. Its in my stash on Rav if anyone cares.
I've also gotten a couple more swap packages in, both mentioned from the last entry. My Favorite Color 3 package was pretty much the most amazing thing ever. It was filled with items from Holland, Norway, Germany, and I'm pretty sure Switzerland.
The yarn is Wollmeise Fluffy. My friend Matt said the colorway is called Stormy Night or something along those lines. I'm REALLY looking forward to knitting it up into something really soft. It was the biggest pain in the ass in the WORLD to wind that bitch into a cake though. GOOD GOD. The yarn was so slippery, which was really surprising, that after it got to a certain point it just kinda wanted to wobble off the winder. Then I got a knot in it. I'm pretty much the least graceful person on the planet. Its all caked now though, and sitting in time out next to the ball winder. I also got some really, really amazing smelling LUSH bath product. I used the soap the other day in the shower, but not the bath bomb yet. I'm going to use it tonight (because I desperately need a bath... pretty sure I have strep again. Again because I just had it in December). Seriously looking forward to it. Its actually made my whole apartment smell amazing... just sitting on the side of the tub and sink.
I also received a swap package from the Four Seasons Spring Swap I did. I've decided I definitely won't be signing up for the other seasons but this one was fun. My partner sent me a lot of really great yarns to try.
Some TOFUtsies, which I already have but really love the idea of. I picked out a pattern for the color SHE sent me instead of the stuff I already own :) Its a SWTC pattern. I probably won't start till summer time but I'm ready. She also sent me some Natural Silk Aran. It looks kind of tweedy, which I really like... but of course it feels like silk. Really nice stuff. Its probably going to turn into a hat for MYSELF. Last, and probably my favorite, was some Berrocco Nostalgia. Its in green, of course. But kind of a variegated green and its got a shiny strand plied in with the yarn. It'll look fantastic knit up into a scarf. A couple other fun things too... Amelia got some toys, I got a cute new mug to add to my collection. However, my creepy Abe Lincoln mug I got in Virginia last year on my road trip will probably forever remain my favorite. I also got some really pretty stitch markers. Great package.
Last little bit I'll mention, sans pictures for now, is my order from OnePlanetFiber. I don't know if the mail lady knew it was yarn? But she actually walked it up to my apartment. They never bring packages to your apartment, the USPS that is. They normally write you a little letter in the mailbox and make you come to the belly of hell to retrieve it from the College Park post office. This is why I ship pretty much everything to my parents house. But this was yarn I'm going to give to someone. I'm really happy with the packaging, the customer service, all of it. I put a button in my info, so if any of you plan on ordering anything from there or just want to go check them out use my button! They also gave me a 10% off coupon for my next order over 50$ which definitely isn't hard to do.
Now it's time for the bath and loud music... because that's how I roll.