If you’re like me, getting stuff put through your mail slot is really nothing exciting and certainly nothing worth sharing. Bills and junk mail mostly sum it up. Social media and email have certainly outweighed the need for me to receive real mail and if it was humanly possible I would get rid of the paper mail all together. (I mean no offence to the postal service industry, I think you are all hard-working people I just would like to lighten your load a little. Please keep delivering the mail I do receive) So, the fact that
stalking waiting for the postman (actually a postwoman in our case) to drop the mail off last week was kind of exciting and fun either indicates that my week was incredibly boring (which I can assure you was not the case at all) or that pretty little bits of sock yarn ends were making their way to me. The anticipation of waiting for boxes full of colour had me way more excited than the thought of coming home and tossing the mail on the table beside the door. And there is also a certain level of comfort in knowing that there are at least a few other people who share in your insanity and think that it’s perfectly normal to knit an entire blanket out of pretty little ends.
The first package arrived on Tuesday and it was a complete surprise. Shelly over at the Heathen Housewife is the Godmother of this wonderful idea and the very first blanket is her own creation. She is the founder of this ever-growing tribe of EBI (Epic Blanket of Insanity) knitters. There are directions on her blog to create your own blanket and they are the directions that I am following. Anyway, way back in the autumn when I first posted about the blanket I contacted Shelly on Ravelry and asked her if I could use one of her photos on my post (since I clearly did not have any EBI photos of my own at that point). She not only agreed, but asked me for my address and hinted that she may have something that could help me get started. So I thanked her and sent off my addy. And then this past week I came home and found this sitting on the side table waiting for me.
I was thrilled and shocked and forced my husband to stop what he was doing to come and look at the package and then I had to explain who it was from and I think he thought it was pretty darn cool too. (Or he was humouring me, but I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s cool.) So, I just wanted to say a big Thank You Shelly. That package really made my day and my blanket will be just a little bit prettier because of it.
Thursday brought another package. This one was from Suzy over at Twisted Stitcher and was part of a swap that we arranged the week before. (She received the package I sent her the following day and we’ve already figured out a way to do another swap later in the year.) It might not have been a surprise, but it didn’t make me any less happy.
So thank you to Suzy and I can tell you that some of those ends have already been put to good use!
The last day of the week brought one more swap package, this one from Randipants over at bigmonkeypie. (I’m not sure if she’s received my yarn yet.) She was very sweet and made sure to include the end that I had made mention of during our Ravlery exchanges (it’s the green and brown one and it’s just as super yummy as hoped it would be.) I think it’s awesome that she took the time to include that for me so you get a big thank you too.
The saying is true, good things do come in small packages. All three of these packages were a little box of happy at the end of a work day.
And then, just when I thought that this week couldn’t get anymore colourful I went to the Knitters Frolic (more about that this week) and found a booth where they were selling these.
I realize that my stated goal for this blanket was not to buy any new yarn, but when I came across batches of mini skeins that are perfect for the blanket how was I supposed to resist? You wouldn’t be able to either.
So now both my basket and my blanket are exploding with colour and my blanket love is growing exponentially.
If there are any other potential swap buddies out there you can find my on Ravelry. I’m Harleagh.
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