I get stuff

Not that I am milking my long-ago birthday for blog matter, oh no. But my dear little Ratchet made me this dear little cake (see how here), and seeing it on my mantelpiece every day makes me feel like every day is, in fact, my birthday. Which means that this six-weeks-after-the-fact post is practically timely.

In other stuff-I-have-gotten news, this yarn arrived from New York today. It’s Alchemy Silken Straw, it’s catastrophically expensive, and it’s the most curious and beautiful yarn I’ve handled in all my knitting days. As a knitter whose taste in yarn takes in the whole panoply of options from “DK-weight superwash merino” to “DK-weight superwash cotton-merino mixes”, this is a big leap into the unknown. In the skein, Silken Straw is glorious: crisp, faceted, richly coloured. But winding it (and lord knows I am glad to work in an office with a swift), you get to really understand its strange loveliness, well-evoked by its Rapunzel-ish name. Though it rustles like paper, it’s remarkably strong and promises to become a very special garment – something celebratory, I think.

4 thoughts on “I get stuff

  1. I can’t wait to see what those skeins of yarn grow up to be… I’ll be stalking you regularly (both in and out of work!) to see how you’re doing with it. no pressure you understand? x

  2. That yarn looks great, habu like stuff? Can’t wait to see what you make. Oh and happy birthday for back then again, just thought you’d like another birthday wish!!

  3. I know nothing about yarns, knitting or sewing (or any other handicraft), but I am going to New York for Christmas. If you want me to get you anything exciting and exotic in the wool way, let me know and I’ll do my best.

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