This week has been good to me :-P
Firstly, there was the long-awaited box from Amanda with my birthday goodies. There’s nothing quite so good as getting MORE yarn and MORE fibre just when you thought the birthday was over. I’ve left everything at work so I will elaborate later, with photographs.
Then, yesterday, the rep from Lantern Moon came around to see the shop - and gave us free stuff! There are serious perks to working in a yarn store, it’s not all about getting to stare at Koigu all day long. I spent some time drooling over his catalogue… I want this and this and some more of these! I will definitely be stopping by their stall at Ally Pally on Saturday.
Last, but not least, I met up with a friend tonight, also here for The Knitting and Stitching Show this week and all the way from Sweden. I met Johanne earlier in the year at Stash and we’ve kept up since through blogs and emails.
She brought me this:
Swedish yarn from Finland - or is that Finnish yarn from Sweden? Either way - it’s scrummy and is going to grow up to be lace (the 2 skeins of dark blue) and colourwork socks (the green and pale blue).
I love this about the internet. You can meet someone once, maybe twice - or not at all even - quickly swap email addresses/blog names and you’re friends for life. How often have you said “Are you on Ravelry?” to a newly-met knitter this month?
And when you do meet up for a little Malaysian food and a little wine at the neat bar-come-lounge around the corner, how cool is it to be able to say, “so how is that shawl/sock/mitten/sweater… going that I saw on your blog last week?” And I know that she’ll be checking out what I knit with my Finnish/Swedish yarn, and I will be stopping by to see which things catch her fancy at Ally Pally. And there’s always the next knitting show in Stockholm, and maybe a little vodka to be had in a neat bar around the corner.