Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Blog Hub Swap -- Day 7

It was inevitable, I suppose, that I would eventually come to the end of the giant, shiny, prettily wrapped gifts that have been piled on my counter for the last week.  And what a week it's been!

But before I go getting all nostalgic on you, we have time for one more present.  The Grand Finale.  One of the requirements for this swap was that we include 100 grams of yarn for our swapee, so I've purposely saved the yarn-shaped package for last.  And here it is:

It almost seems a shame to open it, but let's be honest:  The anticipation is killing me.  So off comes the wrapper, and inside...

This! It's a skein of Posh Yarns Sylvia 4-ply, 50% merino and 50% silk.  It's exactly the color of the ocean in a thunderstorm, and it is, I kid you not, the single softest thing I have ever touched.  Ever.  I am absolutely awestruck at it.  Wow.

Chrissy's note (and a peek at Ravlery) tell me that this is a tough yarn to get your hands on, and I can absolutely believe it.  It's by far the nicest skein of yarn I've ever had, and you're talking to a girl who just picked up her first skein of Wollmeise. 

It seems only fitting to arrive at this lovely skein on the day that I'm dipping my toe into the Stitches West marketplace for the first time.  I'm hoping to bring home lots of new friends for this little skein, and maybe a few who are worthy of its company (But probably not.  Seriously.  This yarn.).

I can't tell you how much fun this swap has been, and if you were on the fence this year, I wholeheartedly encourage you to jump in next time.  It's been all kinds of awesome.  It's also a ridiculous amount of work, and so I want to shout out a special thanks to Chrissy at Stitched Together who has spoiled me rotten over the last week.  The amount of time, energy and thought that went into this package is staggering, and I appreciated every last second of it.  Thank you, Chrissy!  You are indeed the Wonder Woman of Swaps.  I hope you had as much fun as I did.

And with that, I'm officially beginning my vacation.  If something exciting happens, I'll pop in with a quick post while I'm away, but otherwise, I'll catch up with y'all next Wednesday when we get back into the regular groove around here.

Hope everyone has a spectacular weekend!


  1. I am so pleased that you loved the yarn as much as I did. I can tell you it was tough letting that skein leave the country. However, I feel it was my duty to spread the Posh Yarn love across the pond! Enjoy knitting with it, or just stroking it, whatever you want ;-) Since buying this skein I have bought myself two skeins in the same base in a pale green to be part of knitting my first 4 ply Lily's Slice of Pi shawl. I can't wait. It will give you an idea of what it might look like knitted up, when I get started.

    Hope you have lots of fun at Stitches and I can't wait to see the photos of the goodies that you get.

  2. Hooray for Chrissy being so awesome.
    I'm sorry if you've said this and I've missed it but how do you join the swap?
    Have a fab break.

  3. That is once seriously good looking skein of yarn! Have a great woolly vacation. Still. So. Jealous.

  4. Have a great vacation, I cannot wait to hear all about it! I'll miss hearing about your swap adventures every day, but all good things must come to an end.

  5. I just read through all seven posts of your Blog Hub swap while mentally kicking myself in the butt for not participating. That yarn is beautiful and I had a serious case of the wanties when I saw those button soaps! Hope that you are having a fun time at Stitches West. Can't wait to see what yarn goodies you bring back.

  6. Oh wow. That is some stunning yarn! From everything I've heard about Posh Yarns, that stuff sells out fast so it must be good stuff!

  7. Ooooh, lucky you, that's gorgeous yarn! Fabulous colour too :)