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Kick-Ass Mail Day

Did you happen to see Cristi’s post today? Well, Betsy was a busy little bee, because Cristi wasn’t the only one who got a special package in the mail from Adam this weekend.


Betsy conspired with Adam to have him create an Oz-themed colorway, just for me! It’s called “No Place Like Home”, and it’s perfect. Just gorgeous!


This is his new 950mHz merino, and it’s fantastic. Soft, but bouncy, and with just a hint of sheen to it. I have to come up with something REALLY good for this yarn. (The second picture is closer color-wise – better light)

Thank you both so much – Adam for making such a beautiful colorway, and Betsy for being such a fantastic friend and an all-around complete sweetheart. Smooches!!!

We had a little adventure this weekend. There were some pretty major thunderstorms on Saturday in our area, but we had some errands to run, so we braved the raindrops and went to Target. When we were ready to leave, it was pouring, but since it was the kind of rain that wouldn’t last (most likely), we decided to wait it out rather than run through the rain. We stood there for a few minutes, but it wasn’t letting up, so Kris suggested that we grab a cup of coffee from the Starbucks right there inside the entrance. Never one to pass up a Caramel Macchiato (only a tall, and with soymilk – I am trying to be vaguely virtuous), I agreed. So, we get our coffee and sit down at one of the tables, watching for a break in the rain.

After we had been there for a few minutes, one of the store managers came into the area and started asking people to move to the middle of the store, away from the windows. Apparently, there had been a tornado warning issued for the area, and they couldn’t let anyone leave the store until they got the all-clear.

Having grown up in Pittsburgh (not known for being flat and/or tornado-friendly), this was a new experience for me. I’ll admit to being a little weirded out, and worrying about the dogs and cats, who were of course in the house just a couple of miles away. Thankfully, the all-clear came through about twenty minutes later, and we haven’t heard of any actual damage, so I’m assuming that the area dodged the bullet on that one.

Other than that (and Kris and I being hit in succession with a lovely cold), it was a pretty quiet weekend. We celebrated a friend’s birthday Saturday night, and I went to my cousin’s for her daughter’s birthday yesterday (Kris was down with the aforementioned cold).

Oh, and I finished up spinning that DragonFibers roving today and plied it while on the phone with my mom. I’m debating running it through the wheel one more time to add a little more twist before I skein it and set the twist, but I may not. I ended up with a lot of leftovers one one bobbin, so I need to wind that off into a ball to ply it on itself. You’ll see it soon. 🙂

And this is my 400th blog post – how the heck did that happen? I’m not doing anything contest-y, but I might just when I hit 500, although that will probably be a while yet. 😀

14 comments to Kick-Ass Mail Day

  • Yes Betsy was busy! So neat!
    I love the name of the colorway! :oD

    Glad you all were safe and ended up with a low key weekend!
    Have a fabulous week!

  • PooterP

    I love the colorway…I need to get…some yarn from him…chat soon.pp

  • Oh, that is gorgeous! Yum…red!

  • Fabulous yarn for a fabulous gal!

    I’m glad you’re safe. I’ve never been in a tornado!

  • What a gorgeous colorway and perfect name too! So glad you were safe with the tornado warning!

  • So if you click your yarn three times do you go home?

    This just proves my point that tornados can happen *anywhere*. When we buy a house (no matter where) I’m getting one of those $4K tornado closets, I don’t care if we’re in a place that’s never seen one or not. There’s a first time for everything.

  • It’s so pretty! And perfect!

  • It’s so pretty! And perfect! I think the weather was just trying to stick with the theme. Good thing it didn’t work.

    (I did hear somewhere that there was a funnel cloud over Clinton, it just didn’t touch down. Might be what affected Bowie too.)

  • Yay, you liked the yarn. 🙂 That 950mHz is the new stuff and supposed to be quite fabulous so I am sure whatever you pattern you make will lead to a lovely FO. Adam was a good sport when I explained it had to be “ruby red”. 🙂

    Sorry to hear you got colds, but at least the house was still standing. We had a tornado come through about a month ago about an hour north of us and it flattened 22 homes. Scary. Like hurricane season isn’t bad enough…

  • love the color on that yarn!

    for a moment, I forgot you didn’t live near me. running to Target and encountering a storm is pretty common here (in the land of the bulls-eye). though I’ve grown up with tornados, I’ve never actually been IN a store when sirens went off. I’ve always wondered what they’d do (or how I would know I should pull my car over before it’s too late while traveling). glad the storms missed you.

  • Hmm…Oz inspired yarn and a tornado warning all in the same weekend. Interesting coinciding of events that is. It’s gorgeous. Glad you made it home safely. And will you PLEASE stop getting sick! What the hell?

  • It’s a good thing gifted yarn doesn’t break any yarn diets! 🙂
    Can’t wait to see the finished yarn.

  • We had a tornado watch from 11-5 on Saturday. It was freaky. We don’t do tornados in NJ either.

    Love the yarn. Soooo purty.

  • Tornado warning? In Bowie? Wow . . . hubby was working on his truck that day, although he did have the sense to come inside when it started raining.