A package of yarn arrived for me at my Mum’s. I ordered it just before I left for Edmonton and had it shipped here so I could play with it right away (and save a little on taxes!). I ordered some Noro Kureyon and Blossom from Wool Needle Work. I like ordering from them because they’re Canadian and they have great prices. Their delivery time is great too.
I had fun photographing the yarn in the garden – it was hard choosing the best shots! Kureyon 183 is on the left and Blossom 5 is on the right.
Since I wanted to swatch with the Blossom right away, I had to wind a skein into a ball. I don’t have my ball winder with me so I devised a nostepinde out of a toilet paper tube. I had seen it somewhere before and wanted to see if I could figure out how to do it. Here are the steps.
1. Cut a small slit in an empty toilet paper tube (or any other tube). Slip the end of the skein through the slit.
2. Start winding the yarn around the tube on a slight diagonal while slowly rotating the tube. At first it doesn’t look much like anything is happening.
3. Continue winding the yarn and you’ll see the start of a ball.
4. Here’s the completed ball before it’s pulled off of the toilet paper tube.
Finally, the ball of Blossom nestled among some of the lovely blossoms in Mum’s garden.