Its a Wonderful Life is a classic Christmas movie starring Jimmy Stewart that explores the theme of healing. The character, filled with despair at his failures in life, must experience a dark night of the soul, only to be saved at the last moment by an inspiring experience that fills him with hope and teaches him the true meaning of the holidays.
I always felt that genre of movie was a bit old fashioned, but now that I have had my own little yarn epiphany I suppose I have to admit that it is relevant for me after all. I came down with a severe case of food poisoning in November and had to take two months’ unpaid leave from work. The month of January I will still be working on an extremely part time basis until I get better, which I hope will be very soon! It has been rather depressing to be confined to home, and unable in many respects to do the things I love. What makes severe fatigue challenging is that all the time you are doing something, a voice in the back of your mind warns you not to enjoy it too much lest you overexert yourself and have a relapse. And relapse I have once or twice. However, at the moment of my greatest despondency came an astonishing gift which reminded me of how unexpectedly life can change for the good!
Do you remember the contest that Rowan yarns hosted on their facebook page back in November? Love Knitting offered to give away £250 worth of yarn to one lucky winner who was a Rowan member and who signed up for their mailing list:
I have never won anything in my life but I had free time on my hands during my illness, so I took the plunge and entered in my email address. I had forgotten all about it when I received an email from Carly at loveknitting right before Christmas!
I could not believe my eyes when I received this email. Miracles do happen after all! How did I get so lucky? Apart from the other stress going along with my illness has been the realization that my yarn budget for 2014 would be severely curtailed. So this prize from loveknitting really was like a dispensation from above!
I can still hardly believe it. £250 translates to over $400 american dollars. And when I first logged onto the Loveknitting website, vibrating with excitement, I also discovered that they offer discounted prices on many Rowan yarns, so in the end I was able to get a staggering 53 balls of Rowan yarn! It was not easy to choose, and I spent so long making and remaking my yarn list that I had to take a nap in the middle of my order because I had exhausted myself. Anyway, I’ve been taking a fair number of naps. But in the end I pushed the order button and committed myself. The package arrived in a surprisingly short amount of time. Can you imagine my excitement when the package arrived?
Here is my amazing yarn hoard:
The yarn just arrived a day ago and I still don't know if I'm on my head or on my heels. But one thing is certain, there will be some wonderful Rowan sweaters to be made in 2014! Here are the details of this delectable treasure trove:
A) 10 balls of Rowan Kid Classic in Royal, a gorgeous smoky purple color:
B) 10 balls of Rowan kidsilk eclipse in Virgo, a shimmery gold color:
C) 11 balls of Rowan felted tweed in Hedgerow, a heathery meadow green:
D) 5 balls of Rowan felted tweed in Seafarer
E) 11 balls of Rowan fine lace in Bellbusk
F) A few odd balls of Rowan kidsilk haze in different colors and some essential knitting tools. If you like to seam sweaters using the mattress stitch, these curve-ended Chibi needles are the best! And I use the stitch markers to separate out sections whenever I do lace knitting.
As you can see, the kittens are just as excited about the yarn win as I am!
The yarn came very quickly and the whole process was seamless. Once I am back up and working again I will definitely consider ordering yarn from loveknitting, I had such a good experience. I had thought they were a British yarn company, but they have an American site as well here and shipping is often free:
I will have to post again soon once I figure out how to put this yarn win to good use! It is time for New Years Resolutions, and this will clearly be the year for me to knit from stash. And what a stash it is!