I got a box of goodies from the Royal Post yesterday! Am I the only one who loves the sound of the Royal Post? Maybe it just sounds so magical, clean, and possibly jewel encrusted to one who is used to the good old USPS where the line is 25 people deep, there are 5 people working, but 3 of them are on break and one of the two who is working is new and has to keep asking the other one questions. Gotta love it! (Please don't tell me that the Royal Post is anything less than spectacular - I'm allowed my delusions, the doctors said so.)
OK, so back to the goodies. I've been shopping at Heirloom Knitting, home of Sharon Miller's extraordinary books, patterns, and very tiny yarns. I have known I needed a copy of Heirloom Knitting (the book, not the website), for a while now, but I kept putting it off. If you buy it directly from Sharon Miller, she'll give you a free pattern. If you buy it through one of Amazon's sellers, you get a better price. So, back and forth I went, better price vs. free pattern. Then she came out with Shetland Hap Shawls Now and Then which is only available through her website and the fact that I wanted several of her patterns made up my mind. So last week I went ahead and ordered. I got both books and 5 patterns (two were free!) and she sent along a bookmark with yarn samples of the very tiny yarns she carries - Kid Silk Haze is one of the thickest. So now I am in lace heaven! The only pattern I showed in this picture is the Melanie Shawl (how could I not get that one?), but I also got the Spring Shawl, Blue Diamonds, Green Moss, and the Dove Shawl. There is a possibility that Opalessence and Frostrosen might become a couple of these shawls - the one's that call for Kid Silk Haze probably. After seeing the size of some of these very tiny yarns, I realize I've got a long way to go before I'm spinning things like that.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sharon Miller's designs, she wrote the pattern for Birch, which was in one of the Rowan books, it was very popular all over the Internets and is also the first lace knitting I ever did.
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