Squee! I got a package!

I have been waiting on the mail delivery each day – I am expecting yarn for a sample knit and I am really looking forward to it. Frequently the mail truck can be heard idling at my mailbox and I assume that they must be getting out a package for me, even though most of the time it turns out that the mail-person is really just getting the street together. Anyway, each day this week there was something interesting in there, just not exactly what I was hoping for. On Monday it was potatoes, Tuesday it was a creatively packaged sample from vocalpoint, yesterday there were some catalogs and today the yarn for the sample knit (which I can’t share just yet! New colorways!).

My mom brought me a package from my grandmother that was an unexpected surprise. My Gram’s friend Ellie is a knitter, but is sorting out some of her things – she sent a bunch of pattern pamphlets to my gram and gram gave them to me because she doesn’t knit anymore. There was a HUGE box of goodies – pattern pamphlets and books! Now I want to spend my afternoon on ravelry looking up these things!
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I’m kind of intrigued by that Afghan Stitch book – tunisian stitch.

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The Fleisher’s Baby Book is from 1957!

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See the shell sweater pattern in the upper left corner? That had a note attached to it – “Do not substitute any other yarn. I made 4 – sold one for $100 – they were absolutely beautiful.” It’s a 1986 pattern from Bernat – I think this is it on Ravelry! The yarn of course is discontinued. Sorry Ellie!

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Love the hair do’s. I am also now kicking myself for not picking up that bag of Blarney Spun Irish Yarn when I was in Ireland a few years ago – now I have a pattern book!!

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Books, including an Alice Starmore one! Ooooh, challenge project!!!

And now that the new yarn is here I should get back to work on my other sample knit so I can get on to the winding and swatching for the next one!

I love Mail.

I have had several good mail days in a row – and that’s probably it for a while. I feel like the delivery truck idles at the mailbox just long enough to make me believe that they must be shoving a fantastic package into the mailbox (regardless of whether or not I am expecting anything).

My new planner arrived:
Rhodia
I swear, working in a stationery store spoiled me on paper goods forever. I am very particular about the quality of my paper. I have a few notepads from Rhodia and they are fantastic – smooth paper for pens or pencils. I was quite excited to see the 2010 planner – it lays flat even without a spiral! It’s got the days of the week on one page and a graph paper grid on the opposite side. Love love love. Even though I don’t have a whole lot of planning going on – it’s small stuff like “SnB” and “Donate Blood” and “Breakfast with family” etc.

I traded some yarn for some stitch markers (Acid pH stitch markers – those are little water molecules!):
Acid pH stitch markers
Clarissa sent me a message on Rav asking if I would consider a swap of my yarn for her stitch markers – I was so excited, as I have admired her stitch marker work for a while 🙂

I treated myself to a spot in the Odd-ish Creations “Non Club” group, look at these goodies!
"Non Club" Goodies
There is a pattern for Migration socks, House Hippo, 2 skeins of yarn from Oddish Creations – the blue one (really a blue-green-teal) is Painted Toes Lightweight Merino / Nylon “Stormy Days”, and the purpley one is “Red Cabbage Salad” – Lester Toes, a sw BFL / nylon blend (both are gorgeous!). And there is a bag from Sunshinewalks and a little dachshund stamp and a lobster stitch marker from Yarndemon – so cute!
"Non-Club" goodies
This “non-club” reminded me of some of the WoolGirl kits – you get a lot of bang for your buck, and Kata tailored the package to the buyer, based on a survey she had us complete. Love love love.

I also did another trade, yarn for yarn and received this lovely skein of Malabrigo Sock, color cote d’azures:
Malabrigo Sock

And then, the Intention Yarns club shipment arrived – it’s an assortment. Mini skeins are so flipping cute!
Multiple Intentions
It’s pretty. Beachy.

I think that covers the mail. What else can I share? I made another round on the granny square:
Granny Square
I don’t know if I should stop or keep going. I’ve done this one, but feel like an expert now 🙂

I’ve got a dead Monkey
RIP Monkey socks
Gah. Hole in the toe. Don’t feel like darning it – wondering about reclaiming the yarn (like Ina did. Same yarn too, spooky!)

I’ve got half a crocheted headband to finish, 3 blanket squares are done but I want to block them some before showcasing them, one project that is hush hush, and several others to wake from hibernation. Next post I hope!