A week ago I had none! Zip! Zilch! Nada! Still I joined A Long, Lacy
Summer. One can knit lace without knitting lace-weight, yes?
On Saturday DD and I went, as usual on the third Saturday of the month, to Knitters' Guild. This month should have been no different; no alarm bells were ringing. In fact, we were having no workshop, just spinning for anyone who wanted to try this mysterious form of fibre art! [Not me, baby, pedalling that thing causes pain in my knee. Besides, why go all the way to a Guild meeting when a spinning wheel lives in my house - albeit only for another fifteen weeks or so?]. What made this Saturday different was the retail member invited for the afternoon - Virgina Farm Woolworks. They sell fleece and spinning wheels [that's where DD got hers] and dyes and ... you get the idea! But this week, they had lace weight yarn - merino - in an off-white, ivory colour. Guess who has an ivory wedding dress? Guess who wants mum to knit a lace stole in fourteen weeks? So, yes, two skeins of Artisan lace weight merino in ivory came home with us.
On the Knit4Charities message board I read that Tapestry Craft was having a sale - a minimum of 30% off everything. The sale commenced on Saturday 18th October. Since we were already going into the city for "My Fair Lady" we stopped in for a visit - and I'm glad we did. I bought DD's Christmas present - it's what I had always intended to buy her, it was just a pity she was there with me! WM bought me a new wool winder - I don't know if it's a Christmas present so perhaps I shouldn't be saying anything. *sh*
Out of character, on a whim, I bought myself two skeins of Filatura di Crosa Centolavaggi lace weight merino. Those of you who've been reading my blog for a while would know that I generally knit for charity in inexpensive [some would say 'cheap'] yarns and rarely buy more expensive yarn - not for me or anyone else. But I fell in love with the colour and softness of the purple skein and bought the white one to dye a colour I'd like some time in the future [when I know what that colour will be]. In the meantime, I need to look through my lace books and see what the yarn wants to become!! *drool*
And, as if that wasn't enough, yesterday I got home from work to find a package addressed to me [packages don't often arrive here and rarely for me]. This was from Deb - I had won the prize in her Blogiversary draw. Guess what it is? Yeah, don't be smart - what colour? What brand?
I wasn't going to open the package, I was going to wait for DD to come home and share the joy and excitement but, heck no, she was out with her fiance and I was at home alone and feeling a bit down. I opened the package. I read the card. I put my hand into the post pack and felt what was in there - soft, smooshy, squishy, yummy! I pulled it out. A skein of Re Fa Baruffa - pure wool merino laceweight! Thanks, Deb, I love it!
From nix to five skeins in four days! I think this summer was meant to be for lace knitting - whee-hee!!