Last weekend, we went up to Concord, New Hampshire to see Okkervil River play. We stayed in the fabulous Centennial Inn. It is a beautiful Victorian, redecorated in a classic modern style. Our room was beautiful. The food was excellent, and reasonably priced. The bathroom had Gilchrist & Soames soap, shampoo, AND conditioner. And of course, the concert was fun.
I had joined the Mystery Stole 3 Knitalong, but I didn't have any shawl yarn. So I decided to order Kauni Effektgarn (the theme is black, white, or grey, so I chose the black and greys colourway). I ordered it from Astrid's Dutch Obsessions. Astrid is amazingly sweet, she has great customer service. And she gave me chocolate in the order, this is always a plus.
Anyway. The KAL started 4 weeks ago, but my yarn had not yet arrived. Saturday we stopped at the post office on the way out of town, and what should be there but:
What choice did I have but wind it in the car (yes, I was only a passenger). The people driving by must have found me very entertaining.
Now I had a yarn basketball. This is like I don't know 200g of yarn or something.
The design called for optional beads. I wasn't sure about wearing a beaded shawl, but I never tried knitting with beads and wanted to try it out. I started it in the hotel room while Ingi was resting. I wasn't really thrilled by the look of the rough natural-looking wool with the beads. He even said "It looks too fake." So out went the beads.
Now I have 4 weeks of shawl to catch up on. I am almost done with the first week's clue.
Sonja has another samprjón coming out, so I have all kinds of projects in process and in the wings. I have another almost finished project with the Polygonum Persicaria stripey yarn to show soon.
While we were in New Hampshire, I bought an Yma Sumac record. It's from the 50's, but it's still playable. That woman has an amazing voice.