Well, that was another doozy of a day yesterday. In the ongoing Bamford Disaster saga, Tony’s brother was rushd to hospital yesterday with a suspected heart attack. We sat in A&E for hours waiting for the doctors to decide what to do. Eventually they decided that it was probably angina, and they would keep him in overnight to do further tests. We stumbled home late last night and collapsed into bed. Drama, drama, always drama!!
But, to offset all this bad stuff, I had three beautiful surprises in the post yesterday. Firstly, Leslie Wind, who makes these incredible gold and silver shawl pins, contacted me last week to say she would like to send me one. You can imagine how I jumped at that opportunity!! And yesterday it arrived, and oh it’s gorgeous. Look:
I’m very fussy about jewellery and accessories, preferring the sleek and simple, and this fits the bill perfectly. It holds onto the shawl well, without pulling at the delicate lace, and is beautiful without being so ornate that it clashes with the shawl for attention. Thank you Leslie, I love it!! (For those wondering, the shawl in this photo is the one I was wearing in the photos earlier in the week, its the Fir Cone Triangular Shawl, knitted in Sophia 2ply.)
My second parcel was from a lovely customer, Annette, whose felted wool balls I had been admiring on Ravelry. Annette was kind enough to send me two, with a note saying that she hoped Jaffa would love them. Oh, he does! He’s a very keen little footballer. Thank you, Annette, you are a sweetie. And by the by, don’t you think one of them looks like a planet in the photo below?!
Finally, I’d been telling Robynn earlier in the week how much I was lusting over the Pattern Tamers she’s recently started stocking. They are so cool, fabric covered magnetic strips that you use to mark your place on charts. As someone who is constantly losing her place, using scraps of paper, and slowing my knitting down even more than usual due to wondering where on earth I am in the pattern, these will be invaluable. Plus, well, they’re so pretty! Anyway, Robynn was a darling, and sent me some as a gift. Thank you so, so much, Robynn!
Preparations for the show are hotting up, Tony has been steadily dyeing his way through an enormous pile of yarn. I’m going to filch some of it for this week’s update, but I’m not sure when the preview will be ready, as yesterday’s hospital visit set us back a bit. Watch this space. I’m hoping that we have wildly overestimated how much yarn we will need for this show, and that we’ll be bringing a lot of it back with us. If we do have lots left over, I’m going to do a week of updates, one each day at 6pm, and maybe one early in the day for our poor Australian and New Zealand customers who currently have to get up in the early hours to shop with us. I’d like to do a week of small updates, because hopefully that would give everyone a chance to get some yarn. We’ll have to see how things go at the show, but that’s the goal.
Mmm, I think that’s everything for now. Ooh, don’t forget, Ravelry users, we’re starting the Swallowtail KAL next Tuesday. Yep, that’s everything. Have a good Thursday!!