Thursday, August 03, 2006

Better Late Than Never


Look what finally arrived from Germany after 10 weeks, the Opal Acapulco range, it was sent by boat which usually takes up to 6 weeks so I was beginning to think that it was lost. I bought it off ebay from Melanie who always pops a couple of lollies inside the parcel, yum. I wasn't in a hurry for this wool as sock knitting around here doesn't get in full swing until Summer when it is too hot to knit anything else. I have been doing plenty of sock stash enhancing in readiness for Summer, so much so that I am now officially on a sock yarn diet, only sock yarn mind, I would never ever put myself on a total yarn diet that is much too restrictive!!


The title of this post is called better late than never for two reasons, the sock yarn and showing off these lovely little stitch markers with my initials on them. Aren't they cute, they were made for me by the lovely Caroline one of the newest members of our knitting group. What a lovely kind thing to do, thankyou Caroline.

Now speaking of kindness, I received an email from the lovely Jessica asking if it was me who collected tortoiseshell knitting needles as she remembered reading it on someones blog. Well yes that would be me who collects tortoiseshell knitting needles so after this was established she told me how she had picked some odds up at an op shop and that if I wanted them she would send them to me. The fun part of collecting these lovely old needles is never knowing where you will find a mate for an odd needle waiting in my collection, so of course I was very interested.


So in the package I received yesterday were not only the prized tortoiseshell needles but some lovely Belgian chocolate which just so happens to be my favourite but also some Jelly Bellys which my children love, so I shared. I managed to pair up 5 needles which was fantastic, so thankyou
Jessica your kindness was truly appreciated and although you asked for nothing in return keep an eye out next week as there will be a little something in the mail for you as I believe that such a kind gesture should not go unrewarded.

Last night I finished the collar of the 1960's Cabled Jumper, which I decided not to make as long as the pattern said as it was going to be too big for my liking and there was a fair chance I might run out of wool. So today I started sewing all the pieces together so hopefully next time I will have a FO to show.

26 comments:

2paw said...

Oooh Acapulco, I have one of those!! What a lot of summer socks we will knit!!!
Happy needle pairing!! How kind of Jess!!!
Hurry up and finish the 60s jumper!! I can barely wait!!

trek said...

Wow, even I could swim from Europe to Australia in 10 weeks! Hope the yarn was dry ;o)

Cathy said...

Lucky, lucky Shaz.

The sock yarn looks divine.

Will it make an appearance next Tuesday?

More tortoise shell needles!!!!!!!!

Cathy

metal and knit said...

Gee I use sea mail for christmas to england and it always ends up about 2 weeks after i sent not the 2 months they tell me it takes.

sock knitting and summer just go like a horse and rider

Katt said...

How many pair of socks can you knit now with all your sockwool? Cathy and I counted hers today! lol. She has some gorgeous stuff in her stash.

Cant wait to see the 60s Jumper (hope the weather stays cold enough for you to wear it since we had a lovely day today).

Katt

Wool Winder said...

Great mail this week!

Jennifer said...

Look at all that yarn! yummy!

twig said...

What a great week you had with the post. I'm finding that sock yarn is easy to collect.

Diana said...

If your yarn diet is anything like mine, you will still gain!

Shelley said...

How lucky! The yarn is great...such pretty colours! And those needles, stitch markers, chocolates and jelly beans....lucky lady you are!!

Michelle said...

i'm droooooooooooooooooling!! so many balls of sock yarns!!!!

Miss Janelle said...

I am jealous of your great packages! Love the sock yarn (you can NEVER have too much!)

Ann said...

10 weeks !!! I have been waiting for 6 weeks so I have another 4 weeks to go :( Such beautiful yarn ... can't wait to see mine. I have been collecting tortoise shell & plastic needles for the past 2 years - hope to see your collection one day!

Lee-ann said...

such a lovely blog you have and As I see so many needles odd ones mostly at the op-shop I am working at I think instead of tossing them I have better keep them until its mate comes in.

You have a lovely blog and I am so glad I dropped in to see it today.

have a happy weekend

Fifi said...

There is something lovely about a kind gesture out of the blue, isn't there?
I'm admiring your Acapulco very much and chanting "no more sock yarn, no more sock yarn.."

Sometimes Unwilling Guru said...

Oh! theres hope for my Rainforest yet!!!!!!

BLACK DOG KNITS said...

WOW! All that sock yarn... BTW: What a good idea to knit socks during Summer!

Jessica said...

So much sock yarn.

Now I know why I have bearly touched my socks....... they are all waiting for summer. :)

Procrastiknitter said...

I am SOOOOOOO freaking jealous Sharon! That is too much Opal for you! I need to come over there to AUssieland and take a ball! LOL. Have fun with it!

Corrie said...

ohhhh those needles are great!!! I have 3 balls of opal on their way from ebay, 2 from petticoat range and 1 flamingo from rainforest range - I've never done socks before but that doesn't matter! my justification to hubby was that they are for xmas pressies!!!

msfortuknit said...

pretty! Sharon I was JUST looking at some of that yearn on ebay right now I was looking for opal gems but I stumled on that! Very nice!

Hope that everything has been well with you hun!

How has your Taylor been?

Kath said...

I love getting yarn packages in the mail. You will be busy this summer.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon,
I forgot my phone cable and just bought one. You have been busy as ever I see. The cable jumper looks great

Kylie said...

Thankyou for your comments.The yarn looks lovely.10 weeks is a very long time to wait you poor thing.

Knit and Tink said...

Hi Sharon...yes, I did have a class w/Cat. I took one last year, too....she is incredible. And she is sooooo encouraging! You just can't help but learn from her. She is always at this little trade show I go to and I told her I'd take a class from her every time, even if I'd already had it!

Mia said...

Cool stitch markers.. and a great blog you have!

I'll be back soon..

Knit on!