|Auld Mill Alpaca yarn|
I was given some very nice presents for Christmas this year - several books, and some alpaca yarn, amongst other good things. The yarn is from a farm in Scotland, near Elgin in Morayshire - two 100g. balls of it. Each ball-band names the alpaca the yarn came from: Jasmine is a sort of cinnamon colour, and Eartha is a slightly darker brown. (The Auld Mill Alpacas web site describes Jasmine as "mid fawn" and Eartha as "light brown", which seem very boring colour names, but evidently they have specific meanings to alpaca farmers.) The yarn is so, so soft - it needs to be worn next to the skin, so I'll knit something like a scarf with it. I'd also like to show off the two different colours - it needs some thought.
|Christmas books (and DVDs)|
One of the books is Sandy Black's Knitting: Fashion, Industry and Craft. I have coveted it since I saw it at the In the Loop conference in September. I was also given A History of the World in 100 Objects, by Neil McGregor, Director of the British Museum, based on the series of radio talks he did in 2010, and Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. That is a seriously hefty book - I'll need a big, straightforward knitting project to do while I'm reading it. There are a few more on my Christmas pile, too, not to mention the books I'm reading for my two book groups - I'm looking forward to a lot of reading and a lot of knitting.
Happy New Year.