how much of a heel am i?

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the mail goddess brought great stuff today, and good thing, too, because none of my knitting is that much further along to wow you with.

i did get a bunch done on the orchid scarf in classes today, but i won’t have nice picture til tomorrow.

so we’ll just have to make do with some great stuff from adam. about a week ago or so, i sent adam some tree scum handspun yarn, thrown in a brown box without adornment of any kind.
and today i received this

how embarrassed do i feel?? look at all this great stuff. yarn, fiber, chocolate, and coffee, too—whoa. i have GOT to hone my swapping skills, obviously. thanks, adam.

and how do you like that yarn? in person, it’s even better. it’s really nice. i picked a couple of colors—dijon mustard and charcoal gray—expecting somehow, to get two nearly-solid skeins. and he made a mixed colorway. that i love. serendipity to be sure.
he calls it “gray poupon”—ha!
it was going to be for david, but there’s plenty for me too.
adam, i hope you think about keeping this colorway in your collection; it’s pretty great. think of all the Falcons fans that need this . . .

the second color is “denims”, and i like its jeans-y feel; like the genuine article. this is his 900MHz weight; a fine, 100% merino sock yarn that knits up to about 9 sts/inch i would guess. the gray poupon is his 1500 MHz weight, which is heavier, and is a merino/nylon blend. and we love choices, right?

BTW, the roving is merino in colorway dallas; i haven’t had a chance to manhandle it yet, but it felt nice upon first groping . . . something else to try out on the new wheels.

and because he is so fun, and because i promised a picture of his yarn in my garden,

ok—and also because i could NOT resist its resemblance to a caterpillar . . .

and then, once i got out there, i just had to push the joke a little further (though the hangtags might give away the fact that they are not actual insects).

but wait, there’s more.

i SO was not expecting another package from ed and wanda, but there was one. just look at these trés delicate things

that is my pinkie finger next to ed’s latest—size 2 lace needles. now i realize that my little finger can hardly be classified as “little”, but these are still really tiny. just beautiful ed, and i thank you.

the join is so seamless, it deserves its own photo

it’s just great that ed is working so hard to make these needles perfect. ten years ago, you wouldn’t even have imagined a knitting tool for the general market that was made through a process of back and forth conversation between woodworker and customer. this is the beauty of the internet, bringing us simple premium tools for handcrafting from specialty producers who hand craft them.
technology for better lo-tech. i LOVE it.

31 thoughts on “how much of a heel am i?

  1. Adam’s yarn is lovely! – another example of the beauty of the internet- we are privileged to shop the world as if it were our own little village.

  2. I love the caterpillar pictures!! I totally see it. What a wonderful day for the mail, new yarn and chocolate. And those needles look too wonderful for words. Adam better really consider keeping that yarn in his collection, it looks awesome.

    And as for yesterdays post on your bee shawl, I’m absolutely taken with this shawl too! I’m feeling drawn in by lace lately. It’s your wonderful designs that are luring me back in to the goodness of lace.

  3. Gorgeous stuff! Adam is very talented. And your tree scum handspun is absolutely TDF! It’s my favorite color: yuck green! 😉

  4. Is Ed still doing these nedles in the small (lace) sizes as Beta only?
    His website lists 4mm as the smallest size, but everytime I see your little ones I just about swoon!
    I’m working Sharon Miller’s Nesting Shawl right now on 2.5 mm lace Addis and while they’re much better than all the wood points I’ve had before, they’re just not wood – you know?
    The points on Ed’s look so deliciously sharp. Just made for lace.
    Thanks.

  5. Is Ed still doing these needles in the small (lace) sizes as Beta only?
    His website lists 4mm as the smallest size, but everytime I see your little ones I just about swoon!
    I’m working Sharon Miller’s Nesting Shawl right now on 2.5 mm lace Addis and while they’re much better than all the wood points I’ve had before, they’re just not wood – you know?
    The points on Ed’s look so deliciously sharp. Just made for lace.
    Thanks.

  6. Now why don’t I have insects like that in my garden?… possibly because I don’t have a garden? 😉

    Wonderful, wonderful colours, I’m really looking forward to seeing what you knit with those.

    Also a very beautiful needle, aren’t wood to fagile for such small sizes? At least that’s what they thell me in the local yarn shops here in Copenhagen (it could be of course, that we are waaaaaay behind in comparison to you)…

    Best wishes for knitting and spinning
    Karen

  7. Okay, now you have me drooling over Ed’s needles… sigh. If only the refrigerator hadn’t decided to fry its computer chip (in a fridge??) and spew 5 gallons of water on the floor yesterday, I might have been able to persuade myself I could have some…
    Meanwhile, the link to Adam seems to be broken? I would love to see his site too…. your yarn pics are a delectible teaser for it. (hmm, did that start the drooling?)

  8. Wow! That’s one insect I hope finds its way up here!
    Adam’s yarn is beautiful! I do hope he keeps the colorway.

  9. I am a firm supporter of the power of the net. I think of all the wonderful folks I would never ever have met without it!

  10. The yarns are beautiful. Enjoy!

    And,oh…those needles look absolutely perfect. I hope he makes those for sale to the rest of us soon! : )

  11. Oh, you’re my kind of swapper! 😉 Really, when I see what people get in swaps, I realise that I’m so totally the one who wouldn’t think of adding all those little extras in the package… so while I’m drooling over the content of such a package, I’m also taking mental notes! Actually, I’m doing my first little personal swap right now, and I was quite happy that my partner was sending her stuff first… and she simply sent the stuff only, in a simple enveloppe, so I don’t have to worry too much about the content of my package. Now, I’ve got to finish that handspun I promised her!
    And *wow* once again on those needles!

  12. At the risk of revealing my ignorance as a spinner/knitter – what is MHz? My engineering-school mind can process this only as “megahertz”, but as much as the idea of 1000 megahertz yarn fascinates me, I doubt that’s what you mean.

    Also, love the caterpillars. 🙂

  13. LOVE the yarnapillar! Can’t wait to see how the yellow and grey yarn knits up. Maybe it’ll make wicked cool stripes! Those sure are some tiny needles. I recently (like, tuesday) acquired some size 2 dpns and know full well how small they are. It seems like wooden needles that small would be in too much danger of breaking. Ed must do some pretty special treatment on them.

  14. LOVE the yarnapillar! Can’t wait to see how the yellow and grey yarn knits up. Maybe it’ll make wicked cool stripes! Those sure are some tiny needles. I recently (like, tuesday) acquired some size 2 dpns and know full well how small they are. It seems like wooden needles that small would be in too much danger of breaking. Ed must do some pretty special treatment on them.

  15. Glad you like the yarn Anne, I think it came out great! And the caterpillar pictures? Priceless!!!

    Oh, and Kathy, to answer your question, MHz is definitely supposed to be interpreted as megahertz. Because I’m a super nerd (and an Electrical Engineer) as well, I use a MHz scale to describe my yarn weights. e.g. 900 MHz is fingering, 1500 MHz is sport and 2400 MHz is worsted. Strange huh? 😉

  16. I love your caterpillars 🙂

    The new needle is fabulous as well. Mental note to self: Buy some of Ed’s needles soon. Blame any over-spending on Anne 😉

  17. What can be better than yarn, choc. and coffee… Nothing! Well, anyways 😉 Truly lovely swap gift.
    The needles are great and I’ll definately have to get me some of these.

  18. Alright now, Anne. Stop it! My bank account can’t take the temptation of more yarn. I’ve already given in to Ed’s needles.

    Simply lovely stuff. I like what Hpnyknits said about the Internet having become our village.

  19. love those nifty caterpillars.
    AND… Ed and Wanda sent me my very own needles to play with … yippeeeeeee… they are awesome! What total gorgeous craftsmanship from those two. Now I have to go and find a project worthy of knitting with these amazing circulars.

  20. I love the multicolor yarn in the coleus, and those needles are beyond exquisite. I know now what my next needle-collecting binge is going to be of.

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