Well, you see, I had planned to blog the day after I said I was going to last week but in my defence I’ve been ultra busy with those training sessions. I’m about halfway through now and the two big groups I talked loudly and enthusiastically to about their tasks this week seem to have understood and are getting on with them. It was a little weird to be complimented by real teachers and one of the students said she is coming back again for the same training tomorrow because she enjoyed the class today (???). I even got to go out for lunch today with MrsSJT which was really rather nice as I’d skipped it altogether or cut it short quite a bit lately but it did mean I could get a gift for pao’s birthday which is rapidly approaching. As far as writing goes, I’ve written 700 words so far so really not too good going but I’m going to try and get on with it during the weekends and evenings after work. Enough rambling – I bet you’re really here to see the swag.
I promised last time I’d show you the gorgeous birthday gifts that Lynne sent. She has an excellent memory and remembered that I’d been surprised at the idea of milk yarn so she sent me some Vicki Howells milk yarn which has quite a lovely texture. I’m interested to see how that knits up. Look at that gorgeous hand-dyed she sent with it – it is such a beautiful colour. I love it!! Lynne is a very talented dyer indeed and she is starting up shop again – hooray! Thank you, Lynne!!
But the gifts didn’t stop there. Last night, pao handed me a rather large box with a smile on his face. It was from Sarah (if you click on her blog – make sure you check out her most awesome Hemlock Blanket)! She and pao had been doing some plotting and she sent me this amazing gift. Not only did she send the cutest kitty box bag and some really soft and gorgeous fibre from Sweet Sheep (colourway Harmony if you are interested) but one of the drop spindles her dad makes. I really really like her dad’s drop spindles because they are so beautifully made but they also have a very neat little groove which will definitely make a difference when spinning. Mine is made of cherry wood which is so warm and beautiful. I found some photos of other spindles he has made on Flickr – what an amazing talented family. Thank you so much, Sarah (and pao the plotter)!