A beautiful ball of yarn from my Magic Yarn Ball Swap
The group has be planning and hiding and wrapping for about 2 months. The gist: you hand wrap the skein into a ball, all the while hiding little (or not) treats inside. Depending on the price of the yarn and goodies, some people got tons of little things, or just a few big things.
Here's what I sent out to dovely:
Lots of little goodies
Wrapping it up
I of course didn't think of taking pictures of things before or during wrapping up. But here's what I sent: a group of stitch markers from my soon to be shop (each wrapped individually for more things to open), a Bridgewater candle, a Soap Rocks soap, a mini Camille Beckman lotion, needle connectors/tip protectors, row counter, jeweled notebook. I think that was everything. I was able to put extras in because I got a couple things at the card store (yay employee discount!).
Back to my package. Here's what BlueLatitude sent me:
The yarn is from Fearless Fibers in the colorway Feel the Love. It's 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon.
As soon as I opened the box I smelled it: yummy coffee aroma wafted up at me. Unfortunately, I had to wait until the next evening to unwrap the ball and find it.
There's someone hiding in my yarn!
As you can see, I started getting bored unwrapping the yarn so I had a little photoshoot with my sheep.
Finally got it all unwrapped and balled up (more on that in a bit). The coffee (smells delish) is Outpost Rost Coffee Organic Bay View Brew.
Yay for coffee and yay yay for it being organic! Sweet :o). My swapee is from Wisconsin and I guess cheese wasn't going to ship well in the yarn. I like coffee more than I like cheese so it's all good with me. The yarn is so so amazing feeling and the most perfect blend of reds. I think Gillian (BlueLatitude) was hoping I'd knit some socks (and I did queue some from Ravelry) but I think this ball of stubborn wonderfulness wants to be the Land of Oz Shawl. I had been so excited about making a purchase from Flocks of Yarn that I didn't take the time the check gauges and totally intended my Malabrigo Lace for that. I'm not a shawl or lace knitter so I can't even explain what I was thinking for that. I do have a project for the Malabrigo but my Oz Shawl has been waiting to be made. I haven't decided yet though. Any thoughts?
Back to the Fearless Fibers yarn... What a bitch! I officially don't like sock yarn. Between this skein and the Knit One Crochet Too I used for Tijah's argyle hat I'm a little put off. Maybe it's me. Maybe it's the ball winder. But I just could not get this stuff to stay on the damn winder! It took me forever to get it wound and it's still not wound in as tight of a ball as I would like.
There's my little sheep friend snuggling up in the loosely wound ball.
I actually think it's the ball winder. I feel like the piece the yarn winds around is so thick that there's always such a big hole in the middle of my balls. Guess ya just gotta make do with what ya got right?
Before today, I was going to use naming the little sheep as part of my birthday giveaway (hint hint- coming up so keep an eye out). But I decided to name my little sheep friend Rebekkah. I was listening to some Stitch It Podcast episodes (I've been listening from old to new marathon style) and Meghan kept saying the name Rebecca and it just stuck. I like my spelling because it's traditional but with a kick (the extra "k"). I love this name. So now I have a little sheep named Rebekkah. Funny though, when I was trying to figure out if this was actually a spelling of the name I googled it and was sent here. The name means "to bind." Ha.