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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thank you, SP9!

A couple of days ago, my SP9 sent me note telling me to expect a package soon--probably today, but definitely by the end of the week. Well, the USPS came through, and look what arrived at my doorstep this evening during dinner. I finished my meal (gnocchi with four-cheese sauce--yum!) first, so I could devote all of my attention to the package and the goodies that lay within.

First I spied this trio of books. Two were from my wish list. Hip Knit Hats is a book I reviewed last month and have been longing for since I first laid eyes on it last spring. The other, Picture Knits, is one I hadn't actually seen in person before but knew I would love. I've had only enough time to flip through it quickly, and I am already starting to daydream about the many intarsia projects I will do this year! The third book, The Pocket Size Knit & Crochet Companion, was a delightful surprise. It's a small notebook with tabbed sections for notes on yarn, patterns, and other knitting-related topics. The inside back cover also has a handy table where you can record which needles (circulars, straights, and double-pointed) you have.

And there was chocolate. Not just any chocolate, but good chocolate. In my SP9 questionnaire I had mentioned a fondness for dark chocolate, but didn't say much beyond that. Well, my SP9 sent me two very fine examples from this category: a Ghirardelli Espresso Escape bar ("60% cacao dark chocolate with finely ground espresso beans"--yum) and a Scharffen Berger bittersweet bar (70% cacao). For those of you who haven't yet been initiated into the Scharffen Berger cult, let me just say that this is some very nice chocolate indeed. (Also, it's the chocolate Rose Levy Beranbaum recommends for pain au chocolate...which is where I think this bar is going to end up.)

At the bottom of the box lay a hank of yarn. I pulled it out to discover that it's Lorna's Laces Revelation. I've heard of Lorna's Laces yarn before (usually spoken of in reverential, hushed tones) but have never had any of my own. This is 125 yards of 100% wool (gauge: 3.5 sts = 1' on #10) in the Watercolor colorway, with dusty jewel and earth tones. It has a very interesting variegated texture (is that the technical term for it?): the yarn thickens and thins and thickens again, and seems to be "wrapped" not unlike a hair wrap. I love it! Now I just have to decide what to do with it. Suggestions, anyway?

Thank you very much, SP9! Everything you sent was just perfect!


Katie J said...

Yup, your secret pal knows her/his business!

Friday, December 22, 2006 11:02:00 PM  
Shelby said...

Now that is one fantastic package!! The yarn is really spectacular- I've never seen it before either! Now I will be heading to Whole Foods this afternoon and will buy a Scharfenburger chocolate bar. I've seen them on the Food Network but kept putting it off... It shall be mine today!

Saturday, December 23, 2006 8:19:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

Ah, Scharffen'll love the Lorna's Laces. The sock yarn is fabulous, too; all the chicas down at my LYS are doing socks with it these days. Yippee for you!


Saturday, December 23, 2006 2:10:00 PM  

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