I've just received a fresh order of Blessed Juno soaps. My goodness, Laurie has a way with scents. I'm not fond of perfumes and colognes, as they often give me a headache, but essential oils and naturally-scented soaps, if done right ... whoa, yeah, baby. Sensual and brain-awakening.
This order includes a bar each of Lavender Grey, Lavender Oatmeal, Sunshine, Gentle, and Sachet. The package, when it arrived, included a sample bar of Aweigh. Aweigh is, to my surprise, anise-scented. Holy cow. I probably wouldn't have ordered it without smelling it, but now I want an entire order of that one alone. These lovely herbal scents make my brain sparkle. I'm asking myself how fast I can use up this soap so I can order more. Nice.
Vermonter Home Girl Pippi (didja know she has a book deal?) sent me a gift of a cheerful skein of exquisite softness over the weekend (colorway: "Mermaids").
She is unabashedly working on tempting me to knit more socks, and when I said, "Don't forget, the socks I've been knitting are small and in worsted weight," she said I didn't scare her; and not to forget that she had some worsted weight hand-dyed yarns too! Well, when I received this, I immediately thought "Abigail." The shade of royal blue that dominates this skein is one of Abigail's favorites. I'm thinking a hat, not socks, and not Dulaan. I'll work on finding a pattern that I feel is right for Abigail. Thank you, Pippi! Your aesthetic is beautiful, bold and bright, and makes me so happy. I can't wait to see the book.
Speaking of socks (or not, heh), a few weeks ago, I purchased one of the last skeins of the original Real Vermonter sock yarn from Jessie. (she has a new version now)
She named the color, "Girls' Night Out." I might call it "Cape Codder." It is the color of the cocktail, sans the lime garnish. Come to think of it, maybe that's what Girls' Night Out refers to. This will make a beautiful
pair of warm socks something (maybe not socks) for me. The soft all-Vermont 70% mohair/30% Romney/Corriedale wool content will make it extra-warm, and the color will be a joy to look at.
We are lucky to have so many talented folks among us, with such lovely products on offer.
In other news, I'm busy warming up my boxing gloves. I'd like to punch a few people's lights out.