The last week has been a miserable one for me - I've been sick since last Tuesday. Didn't work on Wednesday or Thursday, felt a little better on Friday, and then was down for the count pretty much all weekend. The upside is that I've been home for nearly a week now, which has been nice. And look what arrived in the mail for me last week...
A package from Germany! It's the GGH Davos I ordered from Rikes Wollmaus for the Rebecca Embroidered Yoke Sweater.
I couldn't find this yarn anywhere in the US - online or locally, so I decided to be brave and order from a foreign online retailer. Boy did I get lucky! This is a terrific place to order yarn that you can't find in the US. First of all, the yarn itself cost about 40% less than it would have cost to special order it from somewhere locally. When I e-mailed them to ask about the yarn and overseas shipping, they were very responsive and helpful. The only downside was shipping. I had the package shipped parcel post for about $10, and it took just over a month to arrive. I could have paid $26 for priority mail, but I couldn't justify paying half of the yarn cost in shipping.
Here's a closeup of the yarn. For lack of a better word, this yarn is very squishy. It's not the softest yarn I've ever used, and after knitting with the alpaca silk, it feels a little like knitting with twine (ok, so anything would feel like twine after knitting with alpaca silk - that's not really a fair comparison). But wow, this yarn is squishy. I started knitting the sweater, and already there is drama. I'll post pictures and an update after work today.
Finally, here's the current status of Frieda. She got blocked yesterday, and is now drying. Not sure when she'll be dry, but I'm excited to start putting her all together! Hopefully by next weekend I'll have finished my very first sweater.