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lovely suprises in the post

Not everything was a surprise completely, I was expecting the Ysolda yarn from Old Maiden Aunt but the colour was even more satisfying in the flesh. On the screen it had looked more grey but in real life it is a blue/green/grey so that was surprise no 1. Surprise 2&3 came in a package together, the spotty plate and a book of poetry by Adrian Mitchell. The package was a present from a very old friend of mine, Ian Taylor, a sculptor who knew Adrian Mitchell and the sculptor himself knows my obsession with knitting so he sent me a knitting poem and I liked that very much.

A favourite part is the bit referring to children’s mittens on rope
“so that the mitten cannot be lost
except by a mixed infant contortionist
with a stanley knife”

(excerpt from Poetry and Knitting by Adrian Mitchell)

It was an unbirthday present for me and it made me smile.

swatching and gauging

swatching and gauging

I’ve been up for a very long time today so shouldn’t be sat here at this computer typing, but it takes a while to unwind after an eventful day at work, meeting with the trustees, visiting the new studios, writing up a new knitting class all of which was lovely work but still not good after a limited previous night of sleep. I am writing up the pattern now for the snook daisy gloves and have gauged up three sizes, and one on the needles. Testing happening too and maybe the pattern will be up before my birthday.

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8 Responses to lovely suprises in the post

  1. Helen June 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Very exciting post day! I love the exerpt from the poem. Mittens on strings are an enduring memory of my childhood being a serial mitten loser.

    Snook daisy gloves are lovely – I’ll be queuing up to buy that one!

  2. skeinqueen June 15, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    Love the poem and the Snook Daisies. xxx

  3. Zoe June 16, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Wonderful mittens and fab idea for a workshop – would love to come but will have to work on thursdays.. poo. xxx

  4. Kiknits June 16, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Love the idea of the knitting workshop!

  5. felixbadanimal June 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Your mittens are absolutely beautiful. I think the colourway and the pattern you’ve made work so well together. That skein of Ysolda yarn is great too and the dotty plate… well, a girl just can’t have too much dotty kitchenware in my opinion.

    It’s always great to have a knitting poem.


  6. Alison June 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    They are gorgeous:-)
    I have some Olive Snook and these just make me want to start a project with it!

  7. alabamawhirly June 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    thank you, you are right – a girl can never have too many spotty plates

  8. alabamawhirly June 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    can’t wait to see what you make!

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