Sunday, June 11, 2006

Happy Happy, Joy Joy

First, I wanted to thank you all for the nice comments about my gaudy blue yarn. Trust me, it looks MUCH better on your screen than it does in "real life". The camera muted the bright blues down to a much prettier color. That said, I have cast on with it and it's kind of endearing itself into my heart. It's my first attempt at dying, so it will always be special to me.

Speaking of dying yarn (ah, what a segue, huh?), I've got some great yarn I've been *dying* to show you. Since it FINALLY stopped raining here on the East Coast and we actually got some sunshine, I was able to get some worthy pictures of the treats my mail-carrier has been bringing all week!!

First up is the wonderful package from my Dye-O-Rama swap buddy, Jenny of Vertigo Wool!! She not only sent me a wonderful variegated skein . . . but dyed me up a self-striping skein too!!! She scoured my blog and saw I hadn't done self-striping socks, so she dyed the extra skein - isn't that sweet?? (Funny thing is, I saw the dying post on her blog and loved the yarn . . . never dreaming it was for me!!!!) And look at the great cow card and awesome Burt's Bees pack she sent along too. The whole package had the most wonderful minty smell to it. Great foresight putting it all in a water-proof envelope also. It was sopping wet when I took it in, but all the contents were safe and dry. I shutter to think of my beautiful yarn getting ruined in the storm. Thank you, Jenny, you were a wonderful swap pal!!

Up next,a package that arrived from Susie at To Knit, Perchance To Dream. I entered a little contest where she asked us to go wish her daughter a Happy Birthday. The birthday girl picked a random number for a prize to go to one commenter, and the number she chose was mine!!! The yarn you see is called Regal, and Susie dyed it specially for me!! Isn't it beautiful! I love the regal reds, purples and golds. I'm having a tough time deciding if I should make socks or a scarf or shawlette. And look, she included a pretty matching stitch marker . . . AND SOME ROVING!!! She also scoured my blog and saw the spindle I bought at the fiber fest. So she pre-drafted (is that the right term) some rainbow roving so it will be easier to learn to spin, and sent it along out of the goodness of her heart. How sweet is that. She's got plenty of pretty roving and wonderfully dyed yarn in her Etsy shop, so go check it out and get some for yourself!!!

The old expression "When it rains, it pours" applies to more than the weather here, because I'm not done sharing yet! I did a little blog button for Kathy B and look at the wonderful treat she sent along with my payment!!

It's a wonderful tank pattern from Blue Sky Alpaca!! It fits my style perfectly and I can't wait to cast on for it. Tanks are great because not only do I wear them in the summer, but I wear them in the winter too for ballroom dancing. (Dancing in long sleeves is way too hot, even in February!!) Kathy is a sweetheart (I've been reading her blog since before I entered and won her contest). She loves getting comments, so go on over and say hi!!!

Can you stand one more picture? Here's some yarn I just bought.

SWTC bamboo to make the Lotus Leaf Tank from the new IK (that's it on the cover). I just bought a new floral skirt at The Gap, and this yellow yarn will look great with it! I normally look for less expensive (read: Knit Picks) yarns to substitute for patterns, but I splurged on this with my Graphics Money (thanks Karyn!!!) and can't wait to knit with the soft, silky bamboo.

And that's why the mail-people have me singing the Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy song!!! (Do you all remember where that's from?) With all this great new yarn, I guess I'd better go get some knitting done!!!

21 comments:

Noeysmommy said...

Ooooh! That's the tank I'm making right now!! Wanna knit along?!!

Jenn said...

Yummy yummy yarn! And so glad to hear that y'all finally had a sunny day. Now if you could just send some rain to Texas!
And of course, Happy Happy Joy Joy is from one of the greatest television shows ever, Ren & Stimpy you eeidiot!

Lynda said...

oh yes - love Ren and Stimpy.... in all their grossness. Somewhere around here we actually have a Ren doll that farts when you squeeze him. Lovely... ;(

Love all your yarny goodness!!

Kathy said...

All three skeins of newly acquired yarn are just gorgeous. Enjoy them!

Chrissy said...

First, I just have to say that I love the genie cursor.

Second, What a lucky girl to get all that yarn. It looks like lots of fun!

Stephanie said...

I can see why you're stuck on that song with all of that yummy stuff. I've been dying to try that Bamboo but never seem to find the right pattern/excuse. I'll just have to look over your shoulder while you knit. :)

Dipsy said...

Now Karen, that's yarn porn to its fullest! You made me drooling all over when I saw the pics of all these amazing goodies! Wo - how! Yay for Mr. Postman! Do have a lot of fun will all this yarn - but somehow I know you will :)))

Chelle said...

I just bought that BS Fitted Tank Pattern! It's on my list of things to try and knit this summer!

Elizabeth said...

Ooh, roving! To think that I was there when you bought the spindle. We could tell then that you were destined to get sucked into the vortex of the spinning wheel!

What great stuff, and finally some sun. When's the next local fiber event? I'd love to get together again.

Nery said...

Nice stuff for a nice person!!! WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!

BTW, that's the tank I'm knitting, so cast on baby and I'll watch you!!! (I'm reading Karyn's blog too!)

I was in the hospital so I don't have much progress on my tank this weekend. :(

Sonya said...

You must be doing a huge happy dance over there with all that great yarn! The Lotus Leaf tank is so cute. I was just fondling some bamboo at my LYS last week. Yummy stuff!

knittinmom said...

You are gonna be lovin' that Bamboo! It is soooo soft and drapey - it should be illegal. Sometimes you just gotta splurge! You won't regret it!

I think your mailman deserves a big smooch for bringing you all that good stuff...

Jen said...

wow lots of great hand dyed yarn going on over there. Love it!

I was never a wren and stimpy fan, though many of my high school friends loved the show. sigh. the curse of being uncool...

JessaLu said...

Beautiful yarn! That tank is going to look great!

Ren and Stimpy would be the correct answer... ;o)

Ragan said...

Happy happy joy joy...Ren and Stimpy? LOL
I love all of your yarns (lots of drool here).

Crazy About Sox said...

What a great package from your dye pal!!! Lucky you... Let me know how that bamboo knits up please, i have a few balls of it from a pal swap, and have no clue what to make from it???

Katt said...

I use to have a Ren and Stimpy Happy Happy Joy Joy top when I was a teen! lol

The wool looks fantastic...The pattern gorgeous! Cant wait to see it all knitted up!

Katt

Lavendersheep said...

Wow! Looks like you got quite a few packages of awesome stuff.

I love that bamboo top too. It is on my list of things to do. I'm thinking the pink varigated, even though I'm not a pink person. It just calls to me.

Melissa said...

I'm jealous! All of that yarn is gorgeous!

ttbookjunkie said...

Happy Yarn Day Karen!

Kelly said...

What great mail day! All the yarns are beautiful.

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