Monday, May 26, 2008


I know, it's been way too long since I posted but I had to take a little time out and blog about yarn. A dear friend in Australia is going to the hospital for a tricky operation. She's a member of the writing list I'm on and we decided to do something a little special for her. She's passionate about knitting, but lives in the Outback, so doesn't have access to all the fancy-shmancy yarns that some others do. Instead of a bouquet of flowers, why not send a bouquet of yarn? There's a yarn shop where I live that has quite an amazing selection. I don't know a lot about yarn, but even I could tell this was quite a cool place (it turned out to be internationally famous).

The other writers on the list got behind the idea and gave me an enormous budget to do the shopping. This meant I could get the really, really good stuff. The store owners helped me out in a big way, giving great suggestions. They even threw in a knitting bag with their logo for free. Wonderful people. I'll call them today and let them know that the yarn got to Australia and was everything we hoped it would be.

My favorite selection were two very small skeins of hand-dyed cashmere. I was assured this was the best stuff made and I believed it. It was the most expensive in the lot and it was also the very first thing I purchased. I wanted to make sure she got something spectacular and one touch told the story. Beautiful, beautiful stuff. I learned a lot about yarn while I was there and enjoyed the experience immensely!

So to my friend, Bron, I wish you a wildly successful surgery and good health from now on. To Edith and Merrill at La Knitterie Parisienne I give you my sincere thanks for all your help. And for all the batty folks in my writer's group -- what an incredible bunch you are.


Grace Tyler said...

Beautiful stuff, Joanna. Thank you for doing that.

Bronwyn Parry said...

Joanna, thank you and everyone for such a wonderful, touching gift. If you haven't already phoned La Knitterie, please add my thanks to them.

I've blogged about this lovely gift - with photos! - at my textile blog

Joanna Sandsmark said...

Thank you, Grace.

Bron - I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I didn't call today because it's Memorial Day (forgot that when I blogged this morning) but I'll call this week. I love the pictures in your blog. I'm happy that giant box made it to you okay. What a monster! Just shows how much you're loved, kiddo!

Anonymous said...

Joanna, yer a peach. Lots of )))unhugs(((.

Dulcie Anne

Lee L. said...

I know this is an old post, but, hey, I'm an old reader. So there! I'm glad you and your friends were able to do such a wonderful thing for another friend. And what is it about writers and knitting, huh? Seems that those who knit with good yarn can spin a good yarn, too! Hmmm, maybe I should take up knitting. Might help my writing!