I owe one of you an apology.
The other day, the Toddler Twinnage and I emerged, blinking and bleary-eyed, from our quarantine in the plague-house, to shuffle over the road to the village shop for the first time in many days. (Um, that probably sounds a little more (melo)dramatic than it actually was. I do realize that there are people out there with proper illnesses who really have something to complain about. But thank you all for all of your kind comments on my last post – they were a very cheering comfort between episodes of vomiting and poxed-twin-comforting.) As we stepped out, it’s fair to say that we were looking a tad ashen-faced and scruffy. So to the lovely woman who came up and asked, “Excuse me, are you The Twisted Yarn?” I would like to say SORRY for not having been more conversationally competent (or human-looking). It was lovely to meet you. My name’s Phil, and I’m sorry I didn’t get as far as asking your name. And for all that you were self-deprecating about your own yarn-wielding, I was getting a strong vibe that you’re one of those people who could knit/crochet me under the table, any day. Besides, you’re producing finished objects for far worthier causes than I am. Thank you for saying hello.
Anyway, I’m well enough to pick up my hooks and needles again, just about. The secret-big-house-crochet project is quietly plodding along, but may I also show you this knitting?
It’s the early stages of the Cladonia shawl, but that’s not the point. Look. At. That. Yarn. For reasons that I hope are abundantly, stunningly, obvious, it’s a colourway called ‘English Landscape With Yarn’. It’s a sock yarn, so 75% soft merino wool with 25% nylon because feet are bastards (just in case any of you aren’t sock-knitters and are not acquainted with this fact), but it’s so beautiful that I want to show it off in a shawl. I must confess that no, I didn’t pay for this yarn, BUT that’s irrelevant to the fact that I’m saying that it really is truly lovely. Here’s the thing: WOULD YOU LIKE A BIG, CHUNKY DISCOUNT FROM THE INDIE PRODUCER OF THIS WONDROUS STUFF? WOULD YOU LIKE THE CHANCE TO WIN A 100g SKEIN IN A COLOURWAY OF YOUR CHOICE, REGARDLESS OF WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU ARE?? Well the producer and I are just putting together a rather fabulous offer/giveaway, which I’m going to put out here within the next day or two. Trust me, you’ll like this stuff.
By the way, I did pay for those elegant stitch markers, which I bought a couple of years ago via Etsy from this colourful crafter.
And after the luscious giveway, there’ll (soonish) be a crochet house/garden to show you. I’m working on it, honest! 🙂
Caroline Fox Betts says
Your stitch markers are gorgeous! The yarn is totally like a woodland – mosses and ferns and last year’s fallen leaves with little peeps of blue sky between the branches. xx
So glad you’re on the mend. The yarn is truly gorgeous. Looking forward to the offer/giveaway almost as much as I’m looking forward to your crochet housey reveal.
Lovely yarn – and I am especially delighted and educated to find you using sock yarn for a shawl – I have often wondered if it would be possible…… would the recipient know they were wearing sock yarn about their shoulders………….. I am heartened. Lol on the poorly meeting. I am sure the poor woman was nonetheless completely charmed!
That yarn is so rich and gorgeous. I love it.
Loving that English landscape yarn. The colours of the allotment ?
The Twisted Yarn says
…If I hadn’t neglected aforementioned allotment. 😉 (You are who I think you are, right?)
Carol McKibbon says
Is this the same people that do ‘Parliament of Rooks’ and ‘meltwater’? They’re such super colours, I love them.
Sock yarn. It never occurred to me that there was “sock yarn.” Just that there were yarns you would use for some things and not others. Mmmm. The mind is boggling. Looking forward to the house project.
Happy to see you and your boys are getting well!!! I missed your posts ??? and the giveaway is so yummy….
Gorgeous yarn- and even though I’m an avid sock knitter, I think it’s too nice for socks, even if it is practically screaming ‘socks’ at me!
You’re right, that yarn is totally gorgeous and I’ll bet it’s perfect for a shawl! Glad you’re feeling human again, even if your surprise fan wouldn’t have thought so at the time….
Good to hear you feel better. Love the green yarn, green is so pretty …
Sharon - creativityandfamily says
I’m so glad that you are feeling a lot better 🙂 The yarn is gorgeous. I love those colours, it really is English countryside! x
Elsie Pop says
Love the yarn – my mum’s always on at me to find her “earthy” colours – can’t imagine anything more suitable! xx
It is absolutely gorgeous! I love it!!
Thread Forward says
Truly a gorgeous yarn, it makes me think of my Granny who lived in England loved to go for walks in the countryside!
Jenny - prettycolumn (@riley_jl) says
ooo I’m excited for a secret house update, and a give away! awesome 🙂 and the yarn is not only beautiful, but has the most wonderful name as well 🙂 jenny xx
Andrea @ This Knitted Life says
Gorgeous yarn and super cute stitch markers. Glad you all are feel a bit brighter. Pox and puke. Yuk.
I’m glad you and the twins are well and are getting back to being total healthy again.
The color of that yarn is so pretty. I know your shawl will be lovely when it’s finished.
Wishing you a great week of good health and happy knitting. 🙂
So glad to see you emerging into the light again, hope you’re all completely better now, or soon anyway! x
Cricket Fox says
I love that color. I do a lot with earth tones, south west colors
I love the yarn, the pattern and the stitch holders! 🙂
Oh and the needles! Do you find changeable needles reliable? By that I mean: do they sometimes unscrew themselves from the cord?? 🙂
The Twisted Yarn says
Generally, yes they’re reliable, as long as I’ve taken the trouble to really make sure I’ve screwed them in properly using the key provided in the first place. Occasionally one will start coming undone but I always notice before it comes completely undone, thus avoiding disastrous loss of stitches! Hope that helps. The needles I use are all Knitpro, so I can’t speak for other brands.