Thursday, August 13, 2020

Best Present Ever!

 It's not my birthday or Hanukkah or Christmas, but I got the best present in the mail this week:

Yes, 6 skeins of incredibly luscious Koigu sock yarn. And they came with a beautiful and easy shawl pattern: Annalise Wrap.

I have to thank Bridget. I am the beneficiary of one of her Christmas in July give-aways, and I could not imagine a more fabulous package!

Even though I'm supposed to be knitting monogamously on a poncho, I couldn't resist getting started on my Annalise:

The timing could not have been better. I'm working half-time at this point, and I'm sad to miss so much summer. When we had full union rights, we didn't work until the contract year began. But those are bygone days now in Wisconsin. I am enjoying seeing and talking to my colleagues. I've been doing a lot of meetings with my special ed team and the freshman biology team -- and I enjoy those. But mostly we have a lot of paperwork, and that isn't as much fun.

Still, I've been working for 40 years now, and I really love knitting and embroidering and drawing. I will be very happy when those things are my "work"!

14 comments:

  1. What a lovely gift. It will make a fabulous shawl too.

    Your comment on my blog about your son living in Phoenix and not seeing anyone wearing masks. I am shocked. Hubby and I have been out and about quite a bit and we see EVERYONE wearing masks where we go. Our numbers have declined quite rapidly and therefore we are no longer a hot spot for the virus. I am sorry to hear your son is in an area where people are not taking this virus seriously. We live in Mesa and have been to Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert and everyone is masked when out and about. 99% of our businesses are requiring masks for you to shop there too.

    Hopefully his move will be smooth and he will be much closer to you in Chicago. Which will be nice for you.

    Some of our schools are in person, some on line only and some offer both ways of learning. It all depends on where the school is and what their virus numbers look like. I know my Grand Daughter will be on line until after Labor Day and then they will reassess the situation.

    You will surely enjoy the day when your crafting is your 'work'. Hopefully that day will be soon for you.

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  2. What a lovely giveaway prize! The colors are luscious, too. I look forward to seeing the shawl progress. Be safe as you go back to work.

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  3. My heart is so heavy with the burdens our teachers are carrying. I just retired after 42 years in education and I am filling my hours with books and up yarn and it is a good thing. I heard on the news today that a lot of teachers are resigning rather than teach remotely. My hope is that we can see opportunities for education reform in all of this.

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  4. What a beautiful prize. I look forward to seeing the shawl you make.

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  5. congratulations on being a winner you deserve it and I cannot wait to see you knit with your lovely new yarns!

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  6. What a GREAT prize! I can't wait to see what you do with those gorgeous colors! :-)

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  7. She does have the best prizes!! That is quite the haul. That was so generous of her. Araignee

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  8. Nice score on the giveaway!!!! Beautiful. It's good to love what you do now and to dream about what you will still do. Good outlook.

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  9. I'm so glad it arrived safely and that you like it! I hope it gives you some joy in this weird time in the universe.

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  10. Lucky you! Can't wait to see what you make with it.

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  11. Wow! what a wonderful surprise package. The yarn is gorgeous and it will make a beautiful wrap. Enjoy!!

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  12. That yarn is so gorgeous! Lucky you! Bridget is the best, so kind and caring. Enjoy every stitch. Stay safe.

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  13. Oh my, what scrumptious yarn! It just glows. I'm sure your poncho won't mind if you work on something else for a bit.... :)

    Best wishes for the school year to come. It's such a difficult time for teachers. I hope things will go smoothly and well for you and your students.

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  14. What an awesome prize! Those yarns will make a beautiful shawl.

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