My first days off in ages - and all the pretty new books I ordered have arrived in the meantime!!
After settling down to flick though my parcel, I couldn't put this lovely book down - Icelandic Handknits, by Helene Magnusson (There were lots of little extra symbols in there, but our british keyboards do murder them). It's filled with gorgeous knits I'd want to keep forever, along with stunning little items I'd be happy to make as gifts.
The pictures inside were just so captivating, all the snow & ice & warm lovely jumpers. After thinking about them all day, I sat down to hand-dye some fleece to spin & knit into this heirloom shawl. I'm so happy with the result!! It's a merino/bamboo mix and, though I'd hoped the bamboo would only absorb a little bit of the colour for an icy effect, it took in none at all, staying gloriously crisp & white - like little icebergs on a deep cold blue sea!
The little foxy stitch markers have been stolen from the shop stock - they were too adorable to resist. Mine. Mineminemine. Oh, and the little blue milk jug? It's another of the lovely little wren pottery collection.
As ever, I may have spent far too many hours bothering the lovely people at The Yarn Cake. And I fear I may have scared some customers - though they did stay for coffee so I really think I helped, in the end.
So they walked through the door. Cautious, wary, the intrepid novice yarn explorers.
Quicker than a spinner to a pile of silk I was upon them. In retrospect, it may have been a tad overwhelming. Discounting the fact that I don't work there, I had within a couple of minutes elicited who he was buying for and found her on ravelry. It's not stalking if it's helping. We shall not discuss the fact that Antje and I may or may not have been
stalking detectiving educationally & helpfully looking people up earlier in the day.
None of this happened within five minutes... It wasn't a whirlwind of two scary ladies getting really excited over someone else's birthday present...
I blame the coffee.