Since I work from home, the UPS truck is a frequent visitor to our house. And since I absolutely detest shopping and do nearly everything I can online, that only adds to his frequent visits. Honestly, he's part of the family. But still there is a sort of giddy excitement that fills me when the truck pulls up of late. Could it be . . .
The rumble of the truck and the lurch of the brakes is a dead giveaway he's stopping at our house. Then you hear the refrain through the house, "The UPS guy is here!" You open the door and there it is, a package just waiting. And in an instant I know two things--it isn't work and it's from Patons.
I have to resist the urge to snatch it up off the mat, clutch it to my breast and say, "Oh, my precious. My precious." It scares the kids when I do that. However, once the box is in hand, I make a rush to the kitchen. Then my office. And finally the art box looking for a pair of scissors with which to open the box. We own three pair of scissors. Do you think I can find a pair when the box is from Patons? But once I have them in hand, the box is opened (remembering to go carefully, because I also have a reputation for visits to the emergency room for stitches) and I discover my next two projects tucked inside.
Two skeins of Patons Classic Wool in the new color of Royal Blue for a pair of Moccasins for Him from Family Felting. Yes, like I said in my last post, Father's Day is coming and I am reminding all of you (and myself) early to get knitting now. In my new box of Precious excitement, I got out everything I needed to knit the moccasins, and put them together, so they would all be in one place when I got ready to cast on.
And yes, I am still knitting my Lacy Top, but with Father's Day just around the corner I wanted to get a jump on it and knit something fun for Dad. And while I promised myself that I would finish the Lacy Top before I started anything new, I couldn't resist casting on just a little. I think that is like the phrase, "a little bit pregnant." Then I had to knit a few rows, because I was planning on using a pair of my grandmother's old needles and I'd never knit with them before. Then, before I knew what I was doing, I sat down and knit one of the bottoms in an evening.
You know, in my defense and before you judge me, I believe that it is important to try these new projects out before you get serious. Just to make sure you want to knit them. Just saying.
Okay, who am I kidding? I love casting on.
Now if you take another gander at the open box, you might notice the skein of Patons Kroy Socks in the new colorway, Sailor Stripes for a pair of socks from Next Steps Four - Socks and Slippers. Totally cute, huh? That is my next project that I can't cast on until I finish my Lacy Top. Honestly. And I'll tell you why this time I might even stick to that pledge. As you will notice, there is only one skein. There is supposed to be two. The second skein has gone missing. Now I have to wait for the replacement skein to arrive.
As for where and how that second skein went missing, I completely suspect the UPS guy. I mean, it is a really pretty colorway. But if this is the case, and he's pilfering my precious Patons, then he is out of the family. I mean it. My precious.
So, if you got a box from Patons, what yarn and project would you want to find inside? I won't even ask you how long it would take you to start casting on. 'Cause I don't judge that way.