Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Today the mailman was kind to me

I got an announcement today from the post office that they have a package there waiting for me. I knew immediately what package it was, since couple weeks ago I won a giveaway over Knitting Knoobie's blog. It was the first giveaway I have ever won, so I was naturally quite excited. Here's what Susie sent me:

"Mommy, I'm so tired with this modeling thing. Please give me a break."
The book is "Strip & Knit with Style" by Mark Hordyszynski. I still have not read it through, since I just got it, but I already know that my mother would probably love it. She's not into knitting, but she likes crafts that use recycled materials. I can easily imagine her knitting pillows from old clothes. Obviously she would need some serious help with the English language if she actually wanted to recreate some projects from the book, but I think it's enough for her to get inspired simply by looking the pictures.

Susie also sent me a skein of Tofutsie sock yarn. It's 50% superwash wool, 25% soysilk, 22.5% cotton and 2.5% chitin. And because it's "light fingering", I can actually start knitting my third lace shawl sooner than I thought! Even though we live in Espoo, which is a relatively large city right next to Finland's capital city, Helsinki, we don't have any proper yarn stores close to us. The closest decent yarn store is in Helsinki, and it takes time and effort to travel all the way there. I'm so happy that I got suitable yarn for the shawl without having to make that trip.

I read from Ravelry that the yarn can be quite splitty, but I'm actually quite positive about this. There were more than one commenters who said that they had no problems with splitting when they were using extra sharp knitting needles, like Addi's... And I just happened to give the Addi Turbo Lace circular needles to J.R. and he's not using them at the moment.

Colorway 726 One Foot in Front of the Other
By the way, I was quite surprised to learn that on the other side of the world, Addi knitting needles are considered as "luxury" needles and KnitPro's as a cheaper option. Here it's the other way round. I would like to try KnitPro's too, to see why people think they're so great. I just find the weird rainbow colors somehow disgusting.

Finnish summary: Voitin pari viikkoa sitten Knitting Knoobien blogissa arvonnan, ja tänään posti toi paketissa kirjan ja kerän lankaa. Kirjaa en ole ehtinyt vielä selaamaan, mutta se vaikuttaa ihan sellaiselta, että äiti voisi tykätä siitä vaikka ei kutomisesta erityisesti välitäkään. Kirja on tosin tietenkin englanniksi, mutta kuvia katselemallakin voi saada kierrätysideoita. Kirjassa idea on siis, että kankaasta tehdään lankaa ja langasta kudotaan erilaisia juttuja. Tofutsies-lankakin oli tosi kiva yllätys, kun se oli niin ohutta että sopii seuraavaan pitsihuiviin. Ei tarvitse tehdä erillistä reissua Helsinkiin pelkän langan takia.

1 comment:

Nina said...

Ihana arvontavoitto!

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