Apparently, the way to get much anticipated packages to arrive is to blog about them.
I found two boxes sitting on my front porch just before lunch today, and I was so excited that I let my lunch get cold while I opened them. The first was the package from Butterfly Girl Designs with my new top whorl drop spindle. Based on the look I got from Lexie in her booster seat, I gave a little squeal of delight when I saw it. Can you blame me?
I adore abalone and mother of pearl and other similar colorful and luminescent shells and stones. I knew I’d love the whorl, but it’s even prettier in person. What I wasn’t expecting was the carving on the shaft, which gives the spindle a really delicate look. The only aspect that took me aback was that the whorl is a little looser on the shaft than I expected; I can move it around and I’m not sure if that’ll affect the balance when I spin. Can’t wait to give it a try to find out!
The other package was from Castle Fibers. As I began to cut the tape open, I suddenly felt a very strange certainty about the contents. I had no idea where it had come from, so I shook it off and went back to opening the box.
There was one skein of Banshee, described as “screamin’ pink;” it’s a bright pink without being hot pink:
And then there my favorite, Deep Bruise. After 35 years of life as a real klutz, I’ve seen all of these colors on my extremities at one time or another; I just never thought they’d make pretty yarn!
Since I’d been buying those limited edition colorways, I’d decided to take advantage of a sale Rita was offering on some of her sock yarn, and picked up 2 skeins: Really Red and Denim Days.
But it was as I was lifting the bag with those yarns out of the box that I found a surprise. That strange certainty I mentioned earlier? Well, when I was first looking for a drop spindle, I asked Rita if she had any for sale; she’d previously had them stocked in her store. She said she had and would list one for me, but when she didn’t before shipping the yarn I assumed she was just too busy–she’s had 3 limited edition colorways to dye up in large quantities, after all. Yet, as I was opening the box, I suddenly knew there was a spindle inside, even though I hadn’t purchased one.
Under the yarn, this is what I found:
I couldn’t have been more surprised, pleased, or touched at the gift. When I’d been shopping around, I’d been looking for a relatively heavy spindle. Everything I’d read indicated that for the heavier weight yarns I wanted to spin, I needed a heavy spindle, around a couple ounces, to get a proper twist. I couldn’t find one as heavy as I wanted, so I got the heaviest I could find. The one from Rita has got just the heft I wanted.
That’s not the crazy part, though. This is: hummingbirds are my favorite bird. I love their color and how they move. When we were stationed out in Monterey, California, the house we lived in had a huge picture window that looked out into the back yard. I put my desk right at that window. We had lots of hummingbirds in the area, so we hung a feeder for them in the tree right outside. I spent a lot of time just watching those flying jewels dart to and from the feeder. The one I saw the most, and the one I loved the most was the ruby-throated hummingbird:
Obviously, I love it.