short days/happy package!

Well, summer time has officially come to an end, with the blessing of the US Congress. A week later than the rest of the world (don't quote me on that, but I do know it was a week later than Norway), mornings are brighter's completely black outside at 5 pm. Luckily something very cheery arrived late last week and I managed to use some of the earlier sunlight to photograph it.

What could be better than a package in the mail?

A package containing YARN, of course!

And what could be better than a package with yarn in it?

A package that I wasn't expecting at all!!

And what could be better than an unexpected package with squishy beautiful yarn in it?

A surprise package that not only includes luscious handdyed yarn, but a funky Japanese craft magazine, knitting themed notecards, not one but TWO mix CDs with great music (and pretty handmade covers!), and Japanese candy too!!!

Thanks to subliminalrabbit for totally surprising me and making my day!!

The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport and I am considering what it will grow up to be...

I know there has been a severe shortage of knitting related pictures but the light has been terrible and I haven't been home to see much of it anyway. Today was better. Here is the new pair of Fetching that I cast on for last night:

The yarn is Cascade 220 Heathers in Purple Jewel. Needles size 7 which is supposed to be the smaller of the recommended sizes for the yarn but a size up from the pattern suggestion. I'm hoping they'll just come out ok. It's good knitting for when you're on the phone or watching tv, since I pretty much have the pattern memorized by now. This is my first time using Cascade wool, how exciting!

In other knitting progress, the U-Neck Back to School vest is coming along:

I know, it doesn't look that pretty, but I think it will once it's being worn. It fits, at last check, in any case! I still want to rework the front neckline so I am knitting the back part first after I divided front from back.

And the lace leaf pullover is grafted and waiting its second sleeve and for me to work out the setting in of the sleeves and shaping of the sleeve cap. Luckily the IK winter issue arrived Friday and there's a whole article about setting in sleeves! I could follow the pattern but what with the liberties I've taken with yarn selection and gauge, I might be setting myself up for disaster. And hey, I have loads of time to figure it out for myself, right?

Riiight. Happy knitting!


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