Sunday, August 27, 2006

Pal Packages and Woad

Do you want the good news or the bad news??

The bad news....in order to dye with woad, you need about 1/2 a pound of leaves or 32 ounces. How much did I have? 2 ouncesPhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting, obviously not even close enough. But all is not lost, I had ordered a pile of dye-your-own yarn from Knitpicks in lace/sock weight and worsted weight. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Once I pried Zoe off of the yarn, the girls and I did some dyeing with Wilton's frosting dyes and Kool Aid but more on that later,

The good news...In the space of 4 days, I received packages from my August Birthday Pal, Eva, and my SP8 pal (Ok who are you, I am clueless!!). Here's my birthday pal package...Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Dontcha just love Lorna's Laces sock yarn? Those delicious skeins on the right are Valentine. Eva lives in Slovakia and that reddish skein is Sockenwolle Unipo which is made where she lives. More sock needles are always welcome since I leave a trail of them everywhere. Poncho's and Wraps: A Knitter's Dozen has been on my Amazon wishlist for a while so now that's taken care of! The green floral tote is just darling! Ironically the card comes from Ikea. I sent my August birthday pal a set of floral boxes from Ikea! And I love the little lady ornament. Thanks again birthday pal!

My sp8 pal also sent an awesome package. Look how beautiful everything was wrapped...Photobucket - Video and Image Hostingand here's the loot...Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting. As Jenny says to Clare in Dragonfly in Amber, un embarrasement de richesse!! More Lorna's!!! 2 skeins each of Sand Ridge in Lion and Lamb (Which I am LOVING in my clapotis!!!)and a teal and cream blend in shepherd sock!! I've been lusting after some light-up needles and my SP8 pal provides with a set of Knit Lite #8's, a great new way to embarrass my family! She probably doesn't know it but the I heart NY mug is great for my hubby since he's from Long Island (Bellport). I love the pen, my girls are NOT appropriating it! The zephyr stitch markers are, to quote my knitting friend, Mary, just great knitting jewelry. Ummm, the chocolate is almost 1/2 gone, how shocking after the crushing woad disappointment. And finally, more needles, are always welcome so I can keep knitting along and leave my trail! SP8 Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

In knitting news... I made a blue and white ball band dishcloth Photobucket - Video and Image Hostingfrom Mason-Dixon Knitting (It's turning out to be one of my favorite books) and I also tested the felted boxes Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting as a possibility for Christmas presents. That's the box in it's prefelted state. I used some leftover Noro Kureyon doubled and some leftover red Brown Sheep Bulky also doubled. The Noro was thinner than the Brown Sheep, not surprisingly so I'll be curious to see how they felt out.

Well I still have a lot to tell about my dyeing and the holiday grand plan but I'll wait on those for a post later this week. Don't forget to bid on my lot of Lion Brand- 34 skeins!! TTFN!

9 comments:

Jenn said...

It's so nice to see the person who spoiled you get spoiled well too! Yippee for fab packages!

Tawana said...

I'm sorry Lisa, I (Your SP8 pal) thought I put a card in there when I was sending out your package. It might of got mixed up or left out when I was at the post office. Anyhoo my name is Tawana of Rooted in Knit-Reality. I am so glad you liked everthing!!! Happy Belated birhtday!!! That is what the card said in addition to revealing my identity.

Carrie K said...

But Zoe looks so comfy! and goes so beautifully with the yarn.

Nice swap packages!

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Tanya said...

I just want NEWS! :-) I am looking in nearly every day, Navy Knitter Wife, and waiting with anticipation for a new post! ha ha! I LOOOOVVVVEEE the woad incident (not bad news, not bad news!) because ANYTHING involving woad is going to be intriguing at the very least. Imagine the SMELL involved with all those required ounces! ha ha ha! Okay, so regarding the spinning group here, I got Mary Lou's spun fiber, and Mary Lou got MINE. Won't she just LOVE knitting up my bumpy, slubby, uneven, haze-gray wool? There should be some very colorful comments coming my way......t. PS: have you been to Patty's Japan blog? Recentlyoverheardonthekantoplain.blogspot.com/

Patty said...

Lisa where are you? I love reading your blog. Please update soon. Things here are going great. I'm surrounded by NORO :) By the way....GO YANKEES!

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