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Kindness

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I've been diligently working on improving my spinning.  But until recently, hadn't knit anything with the yarn I've made.

Handspun_hat_2

Surfing around blogs on Sunday I was inspired by HPNY over at When the going gets tough, the tough get knitting!.   She made a simple hat from her first spinning.  I immediately decided I had to do the same thing.  I even went so far as to copy the way she knit a soft band on the inside.  This was clearly the best choice of finishing since any other edge would take more yarn than I had.

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Handspun Hat.
Two-ply yarn spun from Superwash Corriedale from Perchance to Knit on my Golding drop spindle.
Knit top down until I ran out of yarn.
Inside edge knit with Manos Striata.
Needles US 10.5 - I should've used 11's but once I started knitting, I didn't want to stop to rip out.

When we returned from our trip to Miami on Saturday, I was greeted by some lovely birthday gifts in the mail.

Susan, who was one of my first commenters on this blog and has since become a friend, sent some gorgeous hand sewn coasters that she made, along with a sweet card.  As a crafter it is always so special to receive a gift that someone has taken the time to make - and they are so beautifully sewn!  Thank you for your kindness Susan!

Coasters

The ever generous LaVerna sent a birthday package as well.  She included more roving (from Funky Carolina) to fuel my new obsession & the pattern for the Spring Things Shawl.  I am constantly amazed by how LaVerna always knows just what I'll love!

Roving

After seeing my photos of Lenten Roses, LaVerna decided to also send her latest package from Sundara's Petals Collection!!   Having fought with myself to resist joining the Sundara's Sock Club, it is such an indulgence to have LaVerna share this with me.  Lenten Roses (or hellebores) have been one of my favorite flowers for years.  Sundara beautifully captured the color of the darkest varieties, which I so admire, in her yarn.  The lacy sock pattern that is included with the package is equally glorious.  Thank you once again LaVerna!

Lenten_rose

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Those are wonderful gifts.

Beautiful! That roving would be a beautiful Spring Things Shawl.

Wow, beautiful photos of wonderful gifts! And I love the handspun hat. The colors are gorgeous.

That is one snazzy hat! I like it!

What a lucky birthday woman! I actually meant to comment on how much I loved your birthday picture you posted. It was exactly how I pictured you -- happy and a little quirky in a good way!

What a lucky birthday woman! I actually meant to comment on how much I loved your birthday picture you posted. It was exactly how I pictured you -- happy and a little quirky in a good way!

That hat looks great - you're becoming quite the spinner! And that Sundara yarn, swoon. That colorway is delicious.

Cute hat! What great presents!

Your daughter looks gorgeous in her handspun hat! You're a good mum...

Those are some wonderful gifts! You are a lucky woman to have such friends. And you have lucky children who get pretty handspun hats. :)

I love both the socks and the hat. And what beautifully spun yarn. So hard to resist. You need to pet it for awhile before knitting it into anything.

Love the hat...socks....gifts...~sigh~ All good!!!!

i love hellebores too! beautiful flowers . . happy birthday!

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