The postal carriers have been good to me this week. To start, Tuesday’s mail brought (at long last!) my new Bosworth Book charka. I am so in love with this tool! It is efficient and effective–two of my very most favorite qualities in anything. Then the mail at home found me with a big box from DMIL Maggie Alexander, including a nifty fair isle sweater kit with variegated and plain mustardy-yellow yarn, a big bag of alpaca, mohair, border leicester and angora blend that she’d had processed, and a Barbara spindle from Elizabeth of Greensleeves fame. And special books for Hannah and Luke.
Today’s mail brought the Twisted Sisters sock book (god, I love the colors!) as well as the next Star Wars movie. Break out the popcorn!
And I’ve been making progress with the felted purse I’m making for DMIL for Xmas. I’m using some of her wool/mohair blend, and made a sample over the weekend (check Techspin for the bowtie shaped felting saga). I’ve gotten some great hints so far for dealing with my felting problems, including sewing the bag up (into more of a tube-shape) before felting (advice from Deanna, who says it comes straight from Judith MacKenzie), and excellent instructions on how to roll it up around a broom stick and felt it that way from Sue Cote in New Zealand. Pretty nifty that two folks from so far away (does it get much farther away from here than New Zealand?) had such great advice.
I’m a little less of a basket case now than I was this morning contemplating Luke’s surgery tomorrow. It’s only tubes in his ears, but the general anesthetic part of it is scaring me to death. I guess I sounded pretty upset on the phone this morning to the surgery nurse who called to verify Luke’s patient history–she had the doctor call me back to reassure me. Makes me feel a lot better that they acknowlege my concerns and treat them so seriously and attentively. I will still be a basket case tomorrow, but I am definitely feeling better about things, especially with all the kind words from Sheepthrillers on and off list.
OK, time to go back to work. Thanks to all who have been so helpful!
–Annie (who spun all the cotton roving in her desk yesterday afternoon, demoing for all my office mates)