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Thursday, August 18, 2005

what my Friend did on her Summer Vacation…


Being trapped in the Cul-de-Sac that is the MidWest sometimes prevents my brain from tripping naturally around the greater North American region. Not So for my good friend Lorri, who just returned from a fabulous biking adventure up (see what I mean) in Nova Scotia!

One of her stops was River John. And what happened in River John? Why she scooped up a treasure of souvenirs for her little buddy in Chicago: MOI :)

Isn’t this the most beautiful yarn ever? AND it is coupled with some handmade Birch Swing needles – all this came from the Lismore Sheep Farm – crafted by John Crawford…

The very best thing about this is that Lorri gave me a paper sack in the lobby of the building where we both work. I pulled it out and started weeping! Why the tears? (beside the usual sentimentality between good friends?) well – my two oldest friends are not knitters – and for Lorri to NAIL IT like this just blew me away!

b.LIMEY, Mate! I am the luckiest girl alive!

21 Responses to “Thursday, August 18, 2005”

  1. Sarah says:

    That is a wonderful gift and your story is sweet.

  2. Libby says:

    Green with envy.

  3. Terry says:

    A wonderful story – a very good person/friend there! Hmm, I guess we’ll all think twice about brown paper bags and what can be inside…

    I literally kept my mouth open in awe when I saw the yarn and needles – been wanting some of those needles for awhile. Let us know what you do w. it – it wd. be wonderful to see knitted up.

  4. Tanya says:

    What a sweet friend! And how wonderful that she’s in your life and thinks so much of you. Hurray for girlfriends :)


  5. Marg says:

    I’m droolin’…and bein’ a Canuck, I’ve seen this stuff at my LYS. Grand, ain’t it?!

  6. Terra says:

    I get so excited when my tiny province shows up on peoples’ knit blogs! I live in Halifax (the capital of NS), around the corner from a LYS that carries Fleece Artist/Handmaiden – beautiful colorways. Would you believe that I’ve NEVER been to Lismore Sheep Farm (despite the fact that my husband grew up down the road from River John in Tatamagouche). I think a road trip is in order sometime.

  7. Bonne Marie says:

    I am really excited about your area too! I think I’m going to try and visit next summer – it will be fun planning the trip over the winter…

    The more I talk to my friend the more beautiful it sounds -

  8. Beverly says:

    What are “swing needles”? How do you use them?

  9. Ellen says:

    I’ve never heard of swing needles before. How are they different from regular needles?

  10. suzanne says:

    Handmaiden yarn – yummie ain’t it! I ordered from RAM Wools a kit for the silk shoulder wrap after seeing Harlot’s blog about the Silk Vee she made for her mother. Had to get me some. It worked up beautifully – the color amazing and I feel like a million bucks with it draped over my shoulders!

  11. Jewel says:

    Hooray for you! Gorgeous yarn, nice needles, nice friend too! Let us know what the yarn becomes.

  12. Teresa says:

    Are you from West Michigan? I am here in Jenison-go ‘Caps! Beautiful yarn, and I am curious about swing needles as well. What a great a friend you have, even if she doesn’t knit! ;o)

  13. Tiffany says:

    That hank is a thing of beauty, truly inspiring.

  14. Liz says:

    Ooo, nice gift. I just cast on for the same scarf in a colorway called Dragonfly – h.Pinky ;>

    Go for the first pattern that involves the varying wrapped stitches. It come out very wild. I’ve done a scarf in the style of the darker colorway on the pattern card and it’s gorgeous but not as much fun as the dropped stitch version.

  15. Sally says:

    You are a luckey, lucky girl. It made you cry but it’s making my mouth water. What a bee-you-tiful gift.

  16. Stella says:

    Hi Bonne,
    I’ve never met you but I think of you every single time I see lime green. That yarn is perfect for you.

  17. Wanda says:

    Beautiful yarn and such a great friend! That color is totally you too.

  18. Dee says:

    Wow, that yarn is gorgeous! The colors are so deep and rich I’ll be waiting to see what you end up knitting with it. You are a very lucky girl to have such a thoughtful friend.

  19. Mary Collins says:

    Splendid yarn – am very lustful. On a totally different topic of a few weeks ago, was just reading Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman, and in the back in the How-to section, she had directions for a slightly better SSK – slipping the first stitch knitwise and the second stitch purlwise. Apparently tucks the second stitch in behind the first one. Worth a shot!

  20. Becky says:

    That yarn was definitely made for you. Lime green, a touch of sparkle…very elegant, very you!

  21. Liz says:

    That is a beautiful gift! It’s nice that your non-knitting friend appreciates you and your craft.

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