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I live in Marblehead, MA and love to knit and spin!  I host the Knitting by the Sea podcast on YouTube.  I am Saratogaknitting on Ravelry and Instagram!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Secret Pal Goodies!

My Secret Pal has struck again! The package came while I was at work. My daughter called me practically breathless to tell me that I had a package! I could almost HEAR how big her eyes were when she called me! And she told me she would make sure that I took pictures of everything. So here we are! The Holiday Issue from Interweave - I think I'll use some of my new Saratoga Llama yarn to make the neck warmer - I have just enough yarn in the skein. Then there is a lovely skein of Opal sock yarn, a beautiful hand made card and finally, a ball winder!!
The Rowing Cat pulled it out of the box and immediately set it up on the table for me. She ran upstairs to grab a skein of yarn that needed winding, and off we went! We even made my husband get into the act! My daughter was very miffed because my husband was actually much better at the winding motion. He said he just has "the touch . . ."

And here is the beautiful skein all wound and ready to go! I can't tell you how exciting this was. I kept thinking of buying one, but just never got around to it. Now I have one of my very own thanks to my Secret Pal!!

As for progress on my other projects, I finished one STR sock and have just cast on for the second. It really is pretty fabulous yarn to knit with. The skein I bought was the lightweight yarn - I think I'd like to try the medium weight next time just for comparison. And I'm about halfway up one arm of the sweater. I'll probably be able to cast on for the second arm this weekend but will have to get back to knitting the body!


Anonymous said...

Wow! You got some really great loot!!

Hooray for Secret Pals!

Nora said...

They ALL reckon they've got "the touch"... silly boys!!
(Although, that little yarn cake is lookin' pretty good from where I'm standing!)

Queen Frogger said...

That yarn looks great colours.Really nice secret pal bits! I was looking at your blog and you have made a lovely shawl.

AR said...

Ball winder! Awesome. I love mine. Way to go secret pal!

Kylie said...

WOW! Someone is a very lucky girl :)love the colour of the sock yarn.

MezzoDiva said...

Thanks for being a willing sock pattern test subject! Please let me know where to send the pattern. You can write me at "mezzodiva at sympatico dot ca".

There’s no deadline, though I’m aiming for three weeks or less. This is my first pattern (other than all my annotated adjustments to other people’s patterns) and though I think it’s very good, I don’t know whether I should submit the first one to any knitzines. When it’s ready, I will probably just offer it for free, link to it on my blog and maybe announce it on some webrings.

We just took some pictures to go with the pattern and I hope to finish all the editing tonight.
I think I made the pattern instructions very easy to follow, but you never know until someone else has a go at it.

Looking forward to your feedback!
Knitterly Regards,
MezzoDiva the Operatic Knitaholic

Anonymous said...

A ball winder! Hooray for you. Your secret pal is awesome.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're all having fun with the ball winder! I can't get mine to work for some reason; maybe you guys can come do it for me! SP9