Saturday, June 13, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Oh my goodness is it good to be home.  I don't know what it is, but there's something about Minnesota that is very comforting.  As soon as I cross the border and see the "Welcome to Minnesota" sign, there is an instant feeling of relaxation and excitement.  As beautiful as this view is,

after five hours it gets a bit monotonous.  I was glad to see the skyscrapers of the Twin Cities once again.

My little sister and my dog both gave me a very warm greeting, and then my sister came running up to me with a package that was waiting for me.  One of my other sisters, the one I always mention here, sent me a very generous box full of wonderful things to keep me occupied during the summer.  She sent me THREE 4 0z., um, bunches of merino top from J.Knits.




The box also include eight skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca in the Tanzanite Mix colorway.

I can't wait to make a sweater out of this one.  I've wanted one ever since I fixed up the sweater that my sister made for my younger brother (which he seems to never wear).  You can see where I even added length to the bottom because he thought it was too short at first, but he still doesn't wear it.  I may still steal it.  Don't tell.

There was also some fun Japanese candy in the box.  Yes, my sister goes a bit overboard and apparently loves to spoil me when she sends me packages.  I haven't tried these yet, but my little sister assures me that the mushroom ones are delicious.

I've also been doing a bit of spinning using the hand-dyed BFL that Anne sent me.

It's so fun to spin and I love the luster that this fiber has.  I'm really excited to see how it looks in the end.  I'm going to make this one a 3-ply yarn.

Also, sadly, the shawl is still not finished.  I'm going to have to zip through the border pretty quickly and mail it to my LYS (which, ironically, is now 5 hours away) as soon as I get it done.  Wish me luck! (1/2 the border to go...)


  1. Yay for care packages from ... err ... at home! That ought to keep you busy for a while. Love the colours in the Denver ... yummm.

    The sweater suits you; if I were you, I'd totally steal it. :-)

    Your 3-ply-to-be looks wonderfully even.

  2. I wish I had a wool fairy! If your sister were not an accomplished knitter, I would think was vying for a FO from you. Make sure you enjoy your summer! With all that wool, you should get a wheel, or would that just be enabling a bad habit?

  3. Yeah, I spoil you a little, but you deserve it. I am partially motivated by selfishness too: if I give you stuff to work with over the summer, that cuts down on the number of whiny emails I get from you about how you don't have anything to knit with! ;-)

    And I agree: you should totally steal that sweater.

  4. The new wool looks nice and cozy.

    The new Ultra Alpaca is awesome. I made my first sweater from that same yarn and colorway. I get tons of wear out of it.

    The green hoodie is superb as well. I think it should be yours.

  5. Oh. My. God. That Denver one? That is some sexy top. You are a very lucky man to have a sister like that. Now really, fess up, you're holding pie eating contest or naked baby pictures hostage, aren't you?

  6. Wow, awesome care package! I'd totally want to steal that sweater if I were suits you well.

  7. I covet the green hoodie, I would love it and wear it till it expired.

  8. What a lovely care package!

    Steal the sweater and finish the shawl.

    Love the spinning, btw.


  9. Welcome back. :) Nothing beats summertime at home.

    That is one freaking awesome sister. As if the wool wasn't cool enough - candies, too.

    That green sweater is great on you. I say take that thing and put it in your dresser. Now.

  10. i love that green hoodie -- what pattern is it?

    NICE care packages, i want a sister like that....

  11. The sweater looks great on you. You should just keep it... ;-)