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Tuesday, February 27, 2007


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.



Anonymous Eva said...

Did you realise that HK has been on sale at Amazon this month??? It is the new version too, not one of the used ones and coming straight from Amazon.
I've ordered mine a week ago... couldn't pass up the good price :) I am still thinking about ordering some of her other patterns, but I want to see the HK book up close and personal first LOL.

cheers Eva

1:49 PM  
Blogger Abby Franquemont said...

Ooooh, you'll have to let us all know what you think of the Hap Shawls book! I love HK and use it frequently; that and Susanna Lewis' book are my primary lace knitting references. And to further say "Sharon Miller is great," last year I found what seemed to be a misprint in a chart in my copy of HK, couldn't find anything about it on the web site, so I emailed to inquire if there was an erratum for it -- Sharon mailed me back almost immediately, with 2 new charts. Far more than I expected!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

The royal post is amazing. You can leave out almost half of the pertinent details on an address and magically it still arrives, usually without any delay. At least in London there are post offices everywhere so you never have to wait a long time like back home (1 post office for 50,000 people = long waits.)

3:37 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Those lace books and patterns look delicious!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

By saying the Royal Mail, I am assuming that you are speaking of the UK? I have fond memories of my postman there! Do you know that they don't deliever the mail just once a day, but throughout the day as new mail comes in. Near Christmas, I used to get an average of 4 deliveries a day. I think they are beginning to change it though, to a standard once a day like us. (not happy about it, loved it the way it was..... even if I don't live over there anymore!)

Now, I shan't say another word, as not to spoil your delusions about what else they do!

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Buy Viagra Online said...

as ever, girls...you can't blame them for this, all the girls in this world have something similar to this, a box with a lot of memories, the first boyfriend, first kiss, Quinceanera party, all this and more.

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