Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Fuzzy feeling

Every once in a while, something happens that makes me smile and think that there are some lovely people out there...


Like a lot of crafty people, I love websites like Ravelry and Pinterest and visit them daily.  As well as being able to download patterns, they are valuable sources of inspiration as well as being a gallery to showcase your own work.


Recently, I was contacted by a fellow 'hooker' (hmm, probably not the best choice of words!) who had seen my gorgeous cardi and wondered if I could share the pattern.  Ironically, I had done the exact same thing a few months ago as the pattern booklet is no longer available, and instead of copying the pattern, VintChic sent me the booklet from the USA.  So when youbetterbehave aka Josy, asked me for the pattern, I was only too glad to return the favour and the pattern was soon winging itself back Stateside.  To return the favour, Josy offered to send me any patterns that I had had my eye on.  After browsing the current issue of Vogue Crochet, I asked for copies of the cowl and cardi shawl.  You people in the States are very lucky as you have much better crochet magazines the we do...


Imagine my delight when my super cool dude postie (seriously- always has his mirrored aviators on) bought me this tempting package to my door.  On opening, as well as a lovely note from Josy thanking me for the pattern, there were the two promised patterns PLUS two beautiful hanks of Berroco Peruvia in the most beautiful shade of teal.  I was speechless - how kind!  The cogs are turning as to what to use this treat for...


How is it that someone thousands of miles away can be so kind yet people on the street struggle to smile and say hello?  I love Ravelry and can't recommend it enough for anyone, whether you are new to knitting and crochet or an old hand, you're bound to find something you love.  I love the sense of community as all the members are of the same mind...


Couldn't resist including my enormous black cat, Baxter in the photos.  He's usually camera shy and scarpers as soon as he hears the velcro opening on the case ...


Also, these are the first flowers from the garden this year and its nearly the end of June!!  I'm usually picking sweet peas every day but the plants are barely a few inches up the cane wigwam.  Here's hoping for a few more days of sunshine...

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