Some birthday treats from last week that I wanted to share with you:
Jennifer sent me some beautiful yarn, including her own sea blue handspun that I'd admired in one of her posts. I am so honored -- I've never worked with handspun yarn before. If I had spun yarn, I don't know that I'd be able to give it away.
My friend H in Australia treated me to some 1920s mystery novels, recommended to me a long time ago by Erika. She also sent a copy of Yarnstorm's "The Gentle Art of Domesticity," which is only available to US readers through the UK's Book Depository. I've started to read it a few pages at a time -- the photos are lovely and so inspirational. And Chris treated me to the genealogy book in the middle.
While not birthday mail, it arrived during birthday week -- my special swap spa package from Keri. The sheep slippers are absolutely adorable. Keri created a "pedicure" package of spa items for feet, and included tea, cookies, and the softest yarn I've held in a while, a lace weight Malabrigo. I've never knit with this yarn before, so I'll need to find a special project for it.
I feel so indulged. Thank you so much everyone. It really cheers me up and provides much-needed inspiration. A recent project I was working on did not turn out as I'd hoped, and I'm not feeling that "invincible summer" from my previous post right now. But we are on the verge of spring (at least in the northern hemisphere), and daylight savings time starts this weekend, when all things are made new.