I wasn't expecting this shipment to arrive until Wednesday! It is always a delight to get another box of gansey yarn from Cornwall, England, and this is the largest order I've made so far. Being a commercial handknitter is actually a downside when it comes to shopping for yarn - most knitters eagerly go off to visit local yarn stores when they want to start a new project. Because I buy my yarn wholesale in large amounts, I get really really excited when I break a circular needle or lose some stitch markers - I get to go to a yarn store! But receiving a big box from England with new colors for new designs and projects more than makes up for it.
I am still new at being a "cat person". We got Midnight the day after our 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier passed away last March, and I was pretty concerned about how a cat was going to fit in with my life as a traditional handknitter. I keep my yarn out on shelves because it is beautiful to look at, and fortunately Midnight leaves it alone and has become my beloved daily companion during many hours of knitting. He "helped" me unbox my new yarn this morning and immediately made himself comfortable in one of the boxes. He was thinking, "Quick, get the UPS guy back and we can visit Frangipani!" We still have to visit online: www.guernseywool.co.uk.
Pam Connolly, owner of Beannaigh Traditional Handknitting, is a hardworking single mom with an old-fashioned cottage industry.