Good Mail Days

I’m going to steal Andi’s title since both our posts reflect the same thing — good mail days aka NEW YARN!!!!!  Booyah!!!! 🙂

And before anyone asks about my cold-sheeping efforts, all the new acquisitions below were as a result of trades!  Oh man!  Trades are one of the best ways to enhance or change up a person’s stash without having to spend money (except for mailing the packages of course.  😛 ).  So I’m still ON my sheep!  😛

First up:

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I placed three skeins of my Madeline Tosh DK Twist in Neon Peach up for “Trade or Sale” on Ravelry and within ten minutes I was contacted by Betty.   She wanted them all and was willing to trade two of her DK Twist in Rose Gold (first picture) and one skein of MadTosh 80/10/10 in Tidal Basin (second picture).  The MadTosh junkie I am didn’t waste time … I agreed to the trade and got my goodies from Canada in record time.    They were here by last Friday!!!   Yummy!  😀

Next up are trades I made with my friend Erica.  I had two afghan lots that I wasn’t using and she had some sock yarn mixed bags that she got from her MIL.  Now that I’m turning into a sock junkie, I couldn’t say no to that so we worked out the trades.  Now I gotta say  — this chick is crazy!!!!  😀  When I trade, I like to consider the cost paid for the skeins in addition to the yardage.  This nut, my friend, promised me that the trades were fair based on my criteria and I stupidly believed her.  🙄

On Friday, I get a call from Reception that I had two medium sized boxes downstairs. In the boxes were these:

This woman sent me Regia and Madeline Tosh sock yarn!!!  In my mind, the trades weren’t even but her rationale — she got them free from her MIL so it’s more of a win for her than me.  I disagree but I wasn’t going to argue with her!  😛  I can’t wait to work with these!!!!!  Gotta love her!

I also got my roving for the quarter from indie dyer, Two If By Hand:

Although some events of the day weren’t so pleasant, Friday was a great mail day and I can’t wait to get started using these.  I have another trade in progress — some of my Gloss Fingering for Kathleen’s Palette.  She needed my fingering to finish a shawl for her BFFs birthday — I couldn’t say no that.  Great BFFs are treasures but my thoughts on that are for another post.  😀

Hope you each had some awesome mail days recently.  😀

Another Twofer: 21/52 & Craft Book Challenge

craftbookchallengesmall buttonI don’t even know where to start, so let me lead with the craft-book challenge!  If you haven’t read the post below, you wouldn’t know that I finally finished my first sweater!!!  I’ve had this pattern in my Ravelry library since March 2012!  I can now cross that off my list.  Although I didn’t do much else this month, this F.O. is so much of a success for me that I don’t even mind.  😀

I also wanted to:

I’m swatching the blanket today and beginning the shawlette and shawl this coming week.  Technically, they’ll still be started in May but since this is the last Sunday of the month, I’ll just move them to my W.I.P list for June.

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This week was a good week.  Although it’s been raining and making me feel like I live in Seattle I have much to be thankful for.

  • I found out why my ankle was swollen.  Arthritis!!! Can you believe it?!!!  I’ve had it in my knees since I was 11 but it never stopped me from running track (100 m dash sprinters stand up!!!  😀 ), climbing trees, playing volleyball, playing dodge, climbing this volcano 4 times, trekking through forestland and through my urban jungle (only God alone knows how many miles I’ve walked here).  I have never had a flare-up that’s affected my ankles … never.   With all the rain this week, my ankle has moved from the size of a small egg to one of a large grapefruit.  That says to me that the ailment is progressing but it’s not disheartening to me at all. Honestly, I’m just grateful that I know what it is and that it’s not something new I have to deal with health-wise.  I’m basically stuck in my apt this weekend because it’s uncomfortable to walk around for long periods, but hey … that means more crafting time for me.  😀
  • The elevator in my apt complex is finally fixed.  Thank God for that.  It was fixed and inspected by the city on the day my ankle was acting up the most and I’m grateful I didn’t have to take 12 flights of stairs that day.  Wooohooo!
  • I’ve decided that I’m not going to look for another rental apt.  Eeeeek!!!  I’ve decided to look for a condo to purchase!!!!  My goal is to move by the end of the year. When I thought about the predatory practices of real estate agents here (who the heck is a closer and why do I have to pay them a fee just for giving me rental papers to sign?) , the exorbitant fees and cost I’ll have to pay to rent a unit, the effort it takes to pack up, unpack, look for an apt in NYC … I just can’t do it anymore.  I want to be able to pack up, move to where I’m going, unpack and finally call some place home and not have to go through this jungle-like market that exists here again.  I’m over that, so a new journey is beginning for me out of this city’s rental dysfunction.
  • I GOT PRETTIES!!!!  I found spinning class that I’m gamed to take in July, but in the mean time, me and my spindle have some more pretties to play with.  😀  I have to admit that I haven’t been spinning as much but I’m going to try to practice for 15 mins. a day beginning this week.  Wanna see my new pretties?  😀

IMG_2600 IMG_2602 IMG_2603 IMG_2606 I got these all from Countess Ablaze’s Etsy shop!  Very affordable but you’ll have to wait about 15 business days for delivery since she’s shipping from England.  Definitely worth the wait.  I’m so excited about these pretties. 😀

The rain has made outside look so clean and brilliant.  The trees look extra green, the sky extra blue.  I hope you all are enjoying beautiful weather in your neck of the woods.  I’m off to draw the curtains, mess around with some crochet and watch some Miss Marple mysteries.  Yep … I’m a proud fuddy-duddy. 😀  I have fun crafting and watching British flixs.  😀

Happy Sunday and US readers, enjoy your Memorial Day break tomorrow.  😀 If you pray, remember to pray for our troops.