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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Looong Overdue

A long time ago -- well, actually, just before I went on vacation -- I got an email from a lovely lady named Roxie, a knitter and soon to be published writer who had found my blog via The Sisterhood of the Travelling Stash. She wrote to tell me about some laceweight yarn she had that was tired of languishing in Oregon and really wanted to come and live in Arizona. I thought that this was very kind of her to tell me about this yarn that was so discontented in Oregon, but I had a hard time believing that the yarn really wanted to come to Arizona. I mean, it's really hot here and all that stuff. But I wrote back to her and said that if the yarn was really all that determined, I would certainly try to provide it with a good home.

So what should show up while I was away? A surprisingly large box containing more goodies than I could almost comprehend. This lovely lady had sent me oodles of laceweight to delve into. Laceweight that she had just sitting around and wasn't going to be using and that she wanted to give to this laceweight-deprived blogger.

There's four skeins (600 yards total) of a white cotton/rayon blend fingering weight. A bolt of lavender handwoven linsey-woolsey, about 12" wide and in the neighborhood of 8 yards long. There are 14 balls of silk yarn; SILK! One ball is navy blue, 240 yards; 2 balls are a bright green, 100 yards each; and 11 balls are a dark green, 100 yards each. The yarn makes me think of a boucle; the yarn is from Belding Corticelli and seems to be fingering weight.

There were six cones of laceweight. The two on the left are a cream colored wool, cobweb weight as best as I can tell. The next one is a cream laceweight 50/50 wool/angora. The fourth from the left is a big cone of Italian wool/mohair that is extremely fine. It is definitely a cobweb weight. The last two cones on the right are a wool/poly blend boucle in ecru.

And the most gorgeous hank of laceweight I could possibly imagine! The camera doesn't do justice to the lovely pastels here, all the colors of the desert and then some. I estimate that there's about a thousand yards here, and I'm already dreaming about shawl patterns for this.

Roxie, you know that I can't ever begin to thank you enough for all this. Had I not been out of blogging range, I would have posted this a few weeks ago. But then, I wouldn't have been able to post the fact that you now have your own blog started up and running. So now everyone, stop over and say Hi to Roxie and welcome her to blogland. She's going to be a great addition to the knitnet.


Blogger JennyRaye said...

Pat, my girl--you just hit the jackpot!!!! The contents of one photograph would have been enough to have me jumping for joy, but all that wonderful laceweight!?!?! I love it all, but I'm trying really hard not to envy you the pastel yarn in the bottom photograph :o)

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Wow! That's a lot of wonderful goodies. How nice of her to do that. The generosity of knitters never ceases to amaze me. The lace weight on the bottom is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you make with it.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Roxie said...

You can see how much happier the yarn is now. It needed to go to a place where it was valued and wanted. I don't have the special patience and persistence needed for laceweights, and kept having to leave these lovely yarns languishing while I knitted up their thicker sisters, turning out fast hats and fingerless gloves, fat sweaters, and plump ponchos. but Pat will give this yarn a good home and transform every bit into something beautiful. Now the yarn is happy, Pat is happy, and - shazam - I'm all tickled and embarassed by all the nice things she said. Win, win, win!!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

You are the luckiest girl alive!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Oh I have to go meet Roxie now. Thanks. Don't worry Pat, I am finished your little Prize for last weeks ballgame fiasco. :)

12:36 PM  

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