Oh look at that beautiful pottery yarn bowl, made by Wendy Fowler. It's just perfect, with little holes to rest your needles when you leave your knitting in the bowl and even matching yarn! Well you see, I had a visitor on Saturday: my dear friend Helen (Josiekitten) came to visit bearing, cakes flowers and birthday gifts! As you can see, she knows me very well and has been very generous.
Those gorgeous skeins have already made their home in the roomy bowl. In the foreground is a beautiful skein of Fyberspates Nef Sock; unbelievably soft and such a pretty shade. It's 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk and 10% cashmere. I suspect it will make a snuggly neck warmer rather than toasty socks. Hiding behind is a skein of Eden Cottage Yarns BFL sock in a lovely soft grey. It's 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool.
Heavenly hands come in the form a Lo-Lo Bar, all the way from America, but worth every travel mile! It's just the best hand moisturiser ever and ensures no snaggy yarn from rough or chapped hands. It also smells absolutely divine: Vanilla Moon is my favourite!
Next up is one of the loveliest project bags from Three Bags Full. Michele's bags are just the best ever! This one is a Valet, with plenty of space to hold a sweater project. Such a cute design!
As dear Josiekitten knows, the lining is also of the utmost importance and this one is just purrfect!
It's finished of with a beautiful glass bead on the zip pull and a sturdy carrying strap.
There were also some really lovely 'yarn' cards which will be very useful for swaps etc. and a cute little needle gauge; not forgetting those gorgeous flowers. I was well and truly spoiled and we had a lovely couple of hours sitting in the garden and catching up.
Oscar is always pleased when his 'Aunty' Helen comes to visit and rushes to find his smelliest toy, usually a stinky pheasant, to present her with. Yesterday was no exception, except that we had Scott, Oscar's half brother, staying for a few days whilst his humans (our son, daughter-in-law, little Sophie and little Jess) were at the Latitude festival. Scott was NOT pleased to see her and did NOT bring a stinky offering. He DID bark and grumble for almost the entirety of her visit. Now I know she's not really a doggy fan and I know Scotty is definitely NOT a cat fan, so my reckoning is that Scott could smell dear Flo (Josiekitten's beautiful pussycat) and decided to get the point across that cat smells were not allowed!!!! ;-)
The postie came calling as well this week, with the first instalment of Anne Hanson'e Purple Passion club yarn. You can read all about the yarn on the label above. It really is a very rare cotton and although it can look brown or even deep red in some lights, it really is the most lovely, subtle, earthy purple. I loved the pattern too, but as I am not a triangular shawl wearer, this pretty cotton will become Wandering Thyme.
At long, long last the final three days of this academic year are almost upon us and on Wednesday we finish for six glorious weeks of rest, recuperation and fun..... lots of knitting and a bit of spinning too.
Next Saturday, Josiekitten and I will be heading off to Fibre East for the day, so come back next Sunday for a round up of all the latest news!