Brief entry today, but I had to thank my Dye-O-Rama swap buddy (sounds a bit more kinky than it is) for this, which arrived yesterday:
It's self-striping: how cool is that? After an unfortunate experience with a very long skein, some chair legs and an overactive toddler, I have not played around with self-striping, so this will be a real treat for me. Amy blogs here so I will be sure to add that one to my Bloglines. (She's working on a gorgeous Mermaid sweater, by the way.) If you're interested in dyeing, you should browse through Amy's archives; she's done some excellent posts about the process of planning out her yarn, including experiments with miniskeins, getting a board to wind the yarn around, and so on. A zillion thank-yous to Amy.
And while we're on the subject of swag, allow me to show you a few photos. (Perhaps the reason why I'm so exhausted and feverish this week is because I had to carry about twenty extra pounds of swag home with me from TNNA. Not that I'm complaining, mind you.)
Would it be in poor taste to also show you these?
Please note, however, that Melissa Leapman's new book is NOT there, perhaps because even though we waited in line for quite some time (and did I mention I have Lyme Disease?), she ran out of books right before us. And -- get this -- her publicist refused to take my home address so she could mail a copy to me later. Hmph.
Melanie Falick, one of my longtime knitting idols, did not run out of books, however. She was signing copies of Handknit Holidays, and when it was my turn she peered at my nametag and said, "Your name sounds so familiar. Why?" Without thinking, I replied "Probably because you personally rejected an item I designed for this very book!" She tried to recover, saying, "Was my rejection letter nice? People say I write nice rejection letters." [Nice try, Mel. Isn't "nice rejection letter" a wee bit oxymoronic? "My fiancee sent me a 'Dear John' letter, but I really didn't mind that she shat on my heart and broke our engagement because it was so nice!"]
Why am I starting to feel like the Kathy Griffin of TNNA?
Oh Geez, did I leave you hanging all week:
Answer to Monday's Reader Challenge:
Friday night: black-and-white tweed jacket, pastel sweater, black shoes of undeterminate ilk, dark pants, watch with something on face
Saturday: Kureyon vest, brown collared shirt, beige clogs, white jeans, yellow/turquoise handbag
Sunday: grey clogs, black pants with applique, white collared shirt, yellow/turquoise handbag
Off to take a huge nap before Tom gets back with the kids.