Knitting and London life. Not necessarily in that order.
Thursday, April 19
Not-at-all secret pal
About ten days ago, visiting Natalie's blog at the Yarn Yard I discovered she was in Japan. To be precise, she was desperately seeking yarn in Osaka, having had a disappointing visit to a store she had lined up. I did a quick Google-around and found Avril, posted the link and thought no more of it, just tried to make a mental note to check back in a few days and see if Natalie had managed to find it.
Imagine my surprise, as they say, when I got an email about a week later from Natalie, asking for my address and saying that she had brought me back a small gift from Avril as thanks for the tip off! This has to count as one of the most wonderful and rewarding benefits of the internet - that total strangers can interact like this, and build relationships through nothing more than a chance encounter. Sometimes the anonymity of meeting people in this way can be a curse, allowing them to exploit or abuse one another without recourse; when it is used like this, however, it really brings a warm glow to my heart!
This evening I arrived home to find a package from Natalie - a beautifully-wrapped cone of the finest, most fascinating yarn I have seen for a long time. To call it eyelash yarn would give you all the wrong impression of it, however. It is not garish and vulgar in the way we think of eyelash yarn - it is fine, graceful and subtle in its colourways. I think I will combine it with some other yarn, as Natalie suggested, to produce some kind of drapey scarf or somesuch.
It was a really lovely surprise, a generous thought, and something I will remember for a long time!