Thursday, October 09, 2008

How to make a Knitter's day

A couple of weeks ago a new coworker found out that I knit. She and I talked about it and she expressed interest in learning sometime. She told me that a friend of hers had sent her some yarn a while ago to try to encourage her to learn. She wanted to give the yarn to me because it had been in her house for a long time and she knew she wouldn't ever use it. I said sure (who wouldn't??) and didn't really think about it further. Today she told me she was going to bring me the yarn and I didn't know what to expect. I thought maybe it would be a skein or two, enough for a scarf or toque & mittens. I didn't know what kind of fiber to expect, but I can tell you what I didn't expect:

Gifted yarn

10 skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in Blue Gentian. Enough for a sweater.

(I'll wait a moment while you either seethe with jealousy or gasp in delight)

I was so excited and told her I would make her a sweater with it. She insisted that I wasn't supposed to make something for her with it, it was for me. So I told her if she wouldn't accept a sweater for herself made with this yarn, I would make her something with some other yarn instead (we argue back and forth "No, you're working too hard, let me help you" all day long. It's refreshing really).

So, I'm looking for suggestions for my windfall and also ideas for something I can make to return the favor. Any thoughts?


  1. I have no suggestion. But I wanted to comment to let you know that my response was to gasp in delight :D

  2. Lucky! I'd suggest any of several projects in Lisa Lloyd's book, A Fine Fleece; the Amanda jacket might be just the ticket.

  3. Sorry, can't think of any suggestions to help you because I'm too busy seething with jealousy and hating you for your good fortune. Man, my friends are crap. I never get this lucky.

  4. OMG. Who is that friend who sends Mountain Mohair? I want to be her friend, too.

    Maybe a gloves, cowl, and hat? It'll be chilly enough for all of them soon enough.

  5. What a coup!

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  7. I removed the previous post because I had suggested the $1.50 cardigan, and then I found that you had already made it! SO, my second suggestion? the Must Have Cardigan! (I'm currently in the process for choosing yarn for a Must Have. Such a classic pattern!)


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