I've been training for a half marathon, bookcrossing, knitting (no! never!), painting, reading, walking the dogs, socialising (a bit) and catching babies.
In the picture: Beautiful ready dyed alpaca wool for spinning - Ever the optimistic one, Terri (no, not me, my secret pal) had read of my intention to attend a two day spinning workshop at my LYS and thought I'd be ready to spin this lot immediately. I need to practice practice practice before I embark on something so lovely. The red thing at the back, centrally, is a knitting bag. This has been in constant use, making walking the dogs and kntting socks at the same time a breeze. The yarn goes in the bag (which is made of rain resistant rip-stop) and a draw string stops it falling out. A small tab with a popper slips through my belt loop where the bag and yarn hangs feeding my sock yarn as I knit (or I can loop it round my wrist). How cool is that? And it's made by knowknits.com . ON top of the red knitanywhere pouch is a box of beautifully presented stitchmarkers. Bright red. These are currently in use on a new wip - Duck egg blue Debbie Bliss cashmerino DK cable cardigan (design free on Prima magazine's website). I'm knitting the jacket all in one, as far as poss - have knitted one sleeve - and am now knitting the back and two fronts altogether, so the red stitch markers mark the dividing line where the seams would have been IYSWIM. There is a generic glove pattern. It's ALWAYS good to have generic patterns to play with and adapt - and Terri sent me some trekking sock yarn to knit aforementioned gloves with. Now - an inspired addition - 4 bamboo sock needles! How did you know I was having trouble with the fiddly finger part of the gloves I'm knitting? The dark packages and the red tin are full of different fruit teas. When I'm not supping black decaff coffee (made twice as strong to try and convince myself there's caffeine in it) - I drink fruit teas. These come with bits of fruit still floating in the teapot - Yum. The magnetic pad with attached pencil is on the fridge door, with shopping list on. The candle is gently scented and there is a packet of thimble substitutes. Terri worries and cares about my hands.That, and the card, was my lot. Or so I thought. Then under the sofa, I discovered two more little packets: one, a green glass nail file which is the best nail file I've ever used. NO, I kid you not. And the other little package was full of curly little brightly coloured knitting needle holders.
Bonus goodies! Thanks so much for being fun and I'll write you in snail mail, Terri, to thank you properly. (When I stop procrastinating that is)."So", says Syd, "was there really nothing edible in there for me?". "No, and you're a labrador and all you ever think about is food, so go away until suppertime and don't look at me with those great big soppy eyes."
I also got sent this scarf in the ISE4 swop, from Kimber She is a beginner at lace, so did really well to knit this scarf for me. She also included a Fiber Trends pattern for a shawl, with the most lusciously soft alpaca yarn to knit it with. Thanks Kimber! Ccompletely off topic: Kimber has a one eared dog. I kid you not.