Abundance abounds

Local knitblogger Deb is thinking of opening an Etsy shop to sell her hand-dyed yarn. If you suggest a name for her store that she ends up using, you could win some of that same hand-dyed yarn. Leave your suggestions by June 4.

Had a good weekend up at the cabin with my brother and SIL and I even got a little bit of knitting done. Friday was 80F, sunny, and very buggy. It rained Friday night; Saturday was cloudy, breezy, and at least 25F cooler. Definitely fewer bugs. Sunday morning we awoke to lazily drifting snowflakes! Eeeeeeeek!!! No bugs, though.

I was one of numerous winners of Sachi’s birthday contest for my amazingly brief revised lyrics to Happy Birthday. Sachi sent me some of her gorgeous handspun (with beads!), a skein of Cascade Sierra Quatro (which I haven’t tried before), stitchmarkers, and some chocolate (not pictured). Thank you, Sachi!

“Is Neatnik reading? I know she likes pictures of my butt.” -Chaos

Local knitblogger Kelly sent Chaos and May some catnip mice that she made – you’ve already seen a couple of the pictures of how well the mice were received and you will see more, since one of the mice had Chaos cavorting like a kitten!

“Mmmm… stripey… Hey, wait a minute – I do not cavort. Whatever that means, I’m sure I don’t do it.” -Chaos

Check out what Kelly included for my refrigerator – thanks, Kelly!

Yesterday my Coffee Swap package arrived from (tragically blogless) Laura, who knows how to do an awesome swap package. She baked gluten-free biscotti for me and they’re very yummy! In the picture below, Chaos is trying to get into the bag of biscotti – no way, Chaos! Those are mine. Laura also sent me some Equal Exchange fair trade coffee, a wee bottle of wool wash, two balls of purple Jaggerspun wool silk and an Addi lace needle (with a note that she better see some lace on the blog soon…), dark chocolate truffles (not pictured…), black kitty statuettes, and stitchmarkers.

“I’m sure Laura meant to include a note that the biscotti were for me.” -Chaos

The stitchmarkers came in a cute necklace style bag, which will be very handy for holding markers as I need them… and keeping them out of harm’s (feline) way. There was one more blue kitty head marker that managed to evade the photo shoot.

The black cat statuettes are really cool, aren’t they? (No, I will not be getting another cat so I have a set that matches the statuettes!) Thank you so much, Laura!

46 thoughts on “Abundance abounds”

  1. wow what a great mailing day for you…

    and why not get a 3rd black kitty? You about the power of three right? I would think that power would be great because they would be black kitties.


  2. oh and what a great idea the stitch marker holder bag is! ok hope she doesn’t mind but may have to steal that idea lol…i have about 25 knitted cell phone bags that i didn’t know what to do with …now if i add a cord, some bead they will magically be transformed into stitch marker holders! woohoo….ty to your swap partner…and hope she doesn’t mind….or better yet does she have a blog? maybe we can ask her to share her pattern for her little bag? 😀
    (geez…we yarn addicts are thiefs huh? OH i mean sharing generous souls)lol

  3. Aww, there are so many stitch markers that you could share! I’m sure Chaos and May would appreciate it if you dangled one on their collar!

  4. LOL, Vikkie! Sharing generous souls… definitely sounds better than yarn addict thief. 🙂

    I love the idea for the stitch marker bag to keep the pretty danglies out of kitty reach. Only problem is, I suspect my Suzy would enjoy playing with the bag as much as the markers.

  5. I wonder why all the chocolate is followed by this:

    (not pictured)

    Could be to “protect” the felines – but I’m thinking there is something else at work…..

  6. Wonderful stuff! I really like the stitch marker bag/necklace. I’m inspired to go find my embroidery floss.

    Chaos, it’s OK to cavort! We won’t laugh (much)!

  7. Wow!! That is such a great swap package! You better be knitting up some lace soon! I wanna hear how you like the addi lace needles!!! 🙂

  8. Wow, what a great haul. I really liked the 8 thigns about Mayhem. It was fun getting to know the little fur ball better.

    Love the flat kitty picture.

  9. although it also made me very sad as I saw a little black kitten like her crossing the Mississippi River bridge in the middle of the interstate. I couldn’t stop to save her either, so I cried all the way to work. She was over half way across, so hopefully she kept hugging the outer bridge wall and stayed out of traffic.

  10. I’ll gladly grant you an honorary claim on my black cat Ophelia to “borrow” as your third so as to keep the Mojo balanced. She’s always fascinated with Chaos and Mayhem’s antics.

  11. Oh, you ALL just make me blush! The little bag is crazy quilted. All you really have to do is cut out 4 pieces of fabric, in this case, heart shaped, sew two pair right sides together, leaving about 1 1/2″ open. Turn, press, stitch openings closed. Stitch two finished hearts together with a decorative stitch like blanket stitch leaving top open. Attach a ribbon for around the neck and voila! Okay, so I was a quilter in my former life. Also, isn’t there something wrong with giving someone TWO SKEINS of Regia silk lace weight and what everyone goes dorky over is a little quilted bag??? I thought this was a knitting blog! Har har!!
    Chris, DH & I agree that the new third kitty should be named “Havoc.”

  12. Cool goodies! One of these days I’m going to try spinning with beads. It’s good to see Chaos is keeping up with his inspection duties.

  13. you can’t go wrong when a swap includes chocolate!

    i like how Chaos interjects his little quips. hopefully he’ll save some biscotti for you!

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