So I have been finally prompted into doing a post about general yarny goodness by the sudden arrival of a surprise package on the porch. For me! It came from my mother-in-law in Chicago, which always says a lot about the fabulousness within. She happens to be a supremely talented rummage sale shopper, and she is constantly coming out of them with things that we only dream of here in the far less populated Northwest. But she doesn’t just find the fabulous kids’ clothes and funky vintage things that we swoon over all the time; she also has a mind that remembers random brands and names and things that come in handy when you are rummaging. In fact, I believe it is this talent that gives her the competitive edge in these situations. I should ask her to make me a set of flashcards, come to think of it, and start training now, in case I am ever there for the Winnetka Rummage Sale.
Anyway, here comes this box. Inside is a very sweet note: “Don’t worry if you can’t use it… I thought I remember you saying the name Rowan…. I paid less than $5 for it all…..” and lying beneath that note were (brace yourselves) TWENTY- SIX skeins of Rowan (I’m sure I did say it… I LURV Rowan) dk wool. YEE-HA! In case you have not run in the Rowan circle (make a flash card while you are thinking of it), each one of these little thingies is around $8. Yes – I got a $200 box of yarn unexpectedly (and very, very happily)! It was very much the Mother (in-law) Load. I fully intend to grow up to be a mother-in-law like this, which brings me back to the flashcards…..
But in other yarny news from my house, I have been working away on a little blanket for baby pinto (working more than the photo shows… this is one of those outdated pictures I took). Sometimes I go on a little sabbatical from knitting, and I crochet something or other. I started this little blanket, and then I made a couple of potholders out of some scraps I had left over from the blanket I made Titus a while back.
Then I needed to knit again. I have some yarn for a couple of little things, but when your brain isn’t on its best behavior, starting new projects at night (my only knitting time) is not very wise. Things happen. It takes too much thought. So I did what I always do… I made some dishcloths in the meantime.
So I have been filling up my little Easter basket with some new and very brainless dishcloths and potholders. I can hear you asking about who needs all these potholders. Do I? Not really, no. But the yarn is so cheap, and the colors so satisfying, that I don’t mind overshooting our potholder needs. Besides, these are just sitting around the house right now looking festive. Who really needs to use them?
I have been doing more sewing than usual lately also. It is a lot harder to squeak in. I usually have to work very hard for three or four days to get a good chance to sew, and I won’t do it at night (brain power shortages) unless I have it all ready, and I know exactly what to do next. But still, somehow I have gotten some fun things done. So my next post will be probably be a little rambly thing like this one (with a lot of parenthesis also) about some good old fashioned fabric goodness.