Monday, August 20, 2007

The kindness of friends

One of my friends was in NYC recently and stopped into Habu. She picked up this Fique for me. Three skeins! It's made from a plant that's a member of the pineapple family. Gorgeous but tough. I'm thinking maybe a market bag. There's one in the Vicki Squares Folk Bags book. She also brought me a "grab bag" of other Habu yarns (that I forgot to photo). What a great friend,eh?

But it doesn't end there. When she and another friend were in Idaho recently they chose this fantastic home grown, hand spun, all natural skein of alpaca. This stuff is so soft that you just want to carry it around for company all day. Thanks G and E.

Since the a/c guy couldn't finish the installation on Saturday I ended up with a couple of free hours. I hadn't planned on going to the fishbowl sale at Unraveled. But since I had the open time I decided to just go over and see if there might be something I could use and see what kind of a discount I'd get when I drew my number from the fishbowl.

There were these eight hanks of Koigu. Not one of my usual color ways but, you know, ya gotta try new things once in a while. You get two tries when you draw from the fishbowl. First try, 20%. Second try, 75%. Woo Hoo! Eight skeins for just over the price of two. I think it's going to be another Spanish Dancer. I really enjoyed making this shawl even though it seems interminable while you're working on it. But looking forward to the attached knit cord and the ruffle made it fun.

5 comments:

mary said...

75%!! Woo hoo! It's so great how the deserving people are getting the high percentages this time around!

Anonymous said...

You are so funny, Larry. You know that I warmed up that bowl for you...So glad that you scored the koigu. Unravel is going to have completely bare shelves in a couple of days. I may have to go back. Have fun with the fique, and that bit of alapaca. Gifts go both ways, you know. Thanks for yours, in the form of patience...geo

Monika said...

You are so lucky!

sue said...

Wow what a score that yarn was at 75% off. The yarn looks gorgeous, and so do the gifts that your friends gave you too. I cant wait to see what you make out of it.

Anonymous said...

greetings from Baja...sorry I missed seeing you get the 75%....that would have been almost worth missing my trip (not)....