My thanks to everyone who commented on their colour preferences for the blanket to be. I really appreciate the help! Lisa even suggested that I try making it with northen animals on it instead, so perhaps deer, bunnies, bears….ooooh moose. I know that Lisa would have lots of ideas! However, my daughter has been stating her preference for the elephants and girraffs…..and I’ll have to live with her pleas as I knit this blanket.


Girraff Art Elephant Art


Zebra Art


Well, the outline of the zebra didn’t scan too well, but you get the idea. Sorry to subject you to the above jouvenile art, but our four year old daughter is so proud of it, and I’m a very proud “mama”.

 So anyway, I think I’ll stick with the girraffs and elephants for the blanket, if they’re so popular with the wee ones. Your comments yesterday overwhelmingly showed a preference for option #3….the green/yellow/taupe. So, I ordered the yarn in those colours and it’s on the way! Once again I’ll be knitting in green, just the way I like it. You all have me very curious about option #1 as well though. I wonder what a blanket in those colours would turn out like? I think it’s a riskier choice, especially as I haven’t seen the yarn in person, but I still wonder about it.

Speaking of green….I’ve been doing some stash enhancement.


Louet Gems  Louet Gems


This is Louet Gems merino in the Sage colourway. I purchased it, and the other following sock yarns at the Loopy Ewe. This was my first time buying anything from there, but now I know why everyone speaks so highly of it. It’s an online shop, but nevertheless personal service abounds. My real reason for ordering there though, was the cost of shipping. The cost of shipping from the U.S. to Canada has increased sharply. I was looking at Sundara’s website, as I have a gift certificate to use, and she’s now charging a flat rate of $17.00 for shipping. That would be what…about $20.00 Canadian. To top it off, the last time I purchased 4 skeins of yarn from Sundara, it cost me $21.00 in duty. So, to order again would mean approximately $41.00 on top of the price of the yarn. That’s $41.00 that I’d rather be spending on yarn! This is not to pick on Sundara in any way, because what she’s charging for shipping seems to be the norm at the moment. I’m just using this as an example.  However, on the other hand, Sheri, at the Loopy Ewe is only charging a $10.00 flat rate for shipping. She took a great deal of time to research a way to do it more affordably. There is a way to do it, and I really appreciate that effort!


Claudia Hand Painted

  • Claudia Hand Painted Yarn – DF Green Colourway


So, I made my yarn order from the Loopy Ewe and guess what happened next? Sheri immediately emailed me to thank me for my order, and to inform me that the actual price for shipping would be $5.00, and she would reimberse me for the other 5 bucks! I was stunned. Really, how often does that happen in today’s world?


Panda Cotton

  • Crystal Palace Panda Cotton – Faded Jeans Colourway


The yarn was sent immediately, and I received it in very good time. All’s well that ends well!