December 31, 2009

New Year's Treat

Ta Da! as Lucy Darling would say. My first pair of stranded mittens successfully completed. It's all in the way you hold your mouth. I am motivated now to knit a different pattern for every day of the week that I go power walking.

Today was a day of New Year's treats.
A trip to the mailbox was rewarded with Charlene Schurch's Mostly Mittens: Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia. I had pre-ordered it eons ago from Amazon and was not expecting its release until later in January. I've had an older edition home from the library and it is great to now have it on my own bookshelf.

This afternoon, we loaded Lucy 1.0 in the car and headed to the Tangled Skeins in Dartmouth. It is a lovely yarn store. I wanted to get a couple more colors of Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport so I could cast on another pair of mittens. When I got there, the owner told me that their annual sale was ending at early closing time today - 3 p.m. Twenty minutes, she pointed out, remained on the clock!! The entire inventory of the store was discounted by 40%! Well! I was in knitter's heaven. I have never been in a yarn store where the entire stock was discounted by such a large amount. Being fit and spry and used to moving quickly, I lost no time in the business of gathering yarn. I took an armful of yarn to the counter with visions of Russian, Shetland, and Seluvotter mittens and gloves dancing in my head. The cash register total seemed like a song. There are balls of black, teal green, marine blue, white, heather brown, pale gold, brilliant gold, vivid orange, and brick red. Oh, the possible combinations and permutations are endless.


movita beaucoup said...

Oooh! A bowl full of treats!

Mrs. Otherford said...

I love that saying "it's all in the way you hold your mouth." I thought I was the only one who knew about that saying (other than the person who invented it) because whenever I use it, the person to whom I'm speaking always looks at me very blankly and quizzically.