I’m writing this to you from the kitchen at my Mum’s house. I’m here waiting for someone to pick some stuff up, the house is all but empty now, and it won’t be my mum’s house after next week. I can’t help but think, as I sit here, writing to you, of how many times I’ve done this over the years. I finished books in this house, I’ve written countless blog posts here, doing just as I am now, except usually I sat at her kitchen table – gone now. One of the fantastic things about working from home when the kids were small was that I was there for them, but it also meant there was often no quiet space when I had a deadline. My office was the kitchen, and it was all full of kids. When pressed, I would come here. Erin too, I think, and Ian. It’s just one of the thousand small ways that my Mum made things better for us, her influence being felt in our everyday lives. We were so lucky to have her.
You know what else I feel lucky for? You guys. Team Knit is edging towards our fundraising goals, and it’s all because you guys are awesome, we are so grateful.
Let’s spread the love around, shall we? Here’s a great place to start, Michelle, from Hagstone Publishing, is offering a copy of their great True Heart pattern, that she’ll be sending to Jennifer C. (Michelle sent a really sweet note explaining that this pattern was a labour of love between two friends, and I love that. She’s right, it’s very appropriate.)
Susan B went into her stash and found this gorgeous Abbey Yarns kit for Darlarna Snowflake twined mitts. (What a great kit, Susan, I don’t know how you’re giving that away.) I hope that Carrie J loves them!
Delores has the most beautiful skein to send along, 1 skein of Fleece Artist National Parks Collection in the Forillon, QC colours (grey cliffs of Mont-Saint-Alban and meadows of fireweed). Collection was created for the 150 birthday of Canada and was a special issue yarn. It’s going to go live with Kathleen R. (It makes me pretty happy that the random selection was another Canadian.)
Kate has two beautiful things to re-home. Three skeins of Malabrigo Bay Silkpaca in Archangel, those are going to fulfill their destiny with Lies S.
and one spectacular skein of Lotus Cashmere Fingering Weight in the most lovely sunshine yellow in the world.
(If that can’t fix your life on a cold and dreary day, I don’t know what it would take.) Pomme make something special, will ya?
The lovely Jill has two very nice gifts, she’d like to send this bag and it’s matching yarn to Nancy R.
and this beauty to Laura P. Three cheers for Jill!
Jasmine, from the delightfully nerdy Etsy shop Tesla Knits (go look. I’ll wait.) has this gorgeous Great Wave project bag, with a companion tape measure (also nerdy) and fantastic stitch markers, to go off to (hopefully nerdy) Jamie R.
Julia, Robynn and Emily would like to donate a copy of their amazing pattern collection – Lost in the Woods, to Mary Jo M. (I hope she loves it, I just spent 10 minutes looking at it, it’s gorgeous. Totally worth a poke through.)
Lily, who appears to have excellent taste in yarn, has two skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners 100% Wensleydale yarn that she’ll be mailing off to Rebecca S.
Look at this bit of loveliness! Anne, talented as she is generous, has four beautiful handmade (by her!) project bags and stitchmarker sets. I think they’re so pretty. This beautiful one is for Marji.
This one is for Stephanie E. (Not me, sadly, it’s so good.)
Anne E is I hope, going to really love this one.
And Susan G should enjoy this beauty.
Diane went into the stash, and when she came out, she inexplicably thought this great yarn should go to a new home.
2 skeins Audine Wools 100% Superwash Merino DK weight in Naturelle, will be going to live with Judith F. Thanks Diane!
Finally, you guys know I love TillyFlop Designs, (If you don’t know who they are, click and meet the genius that is Julie.) Julie’s sprung for a gift again this year, and it’s a charmer.
Her Stocking Stitch wrapping paper, some of her notecards and (I love this so much) a Stocking Stitch tea towel, will all be going to live with Lisa RR, who I think we shall all agree, is a properly lucky duck.
Ok! That’s it, I’m off. This weekend is a training deadline for us – all of Team Knit has to complete their back-to-backs before Monday, which means riding at least 90km both days. It’s cooled off a little, thank goodness, but it’s still going to be a ridiculous challenge. (I think everyone but Ken is a little behind on training. Ken got his back-to-backs done last weekend, sweeping rides as a Team Lead.)
I’ll try and instagram so you can tell if I make it.