Today, I am full of Pride! Pride in myself for the patience I've shown with this club and with waiting for this shipment ;). Pride in this club for coming through with a great shipment and copious amounts of yarn, as well as a great pattern. And pride in my photoshop skills for getting the colors as close as I could to the originals (at least with the very meager amount of experience that I have).
Yes, the theme of this shipment is Pride, and here it is:
The extras were few but, as I'm not in this for the extras, that was quite alright with me. I thought they were clever and useful (a mirror compact/hairbrush, a translucent vinyl bag for toting around your project, a handful of assorted candy; can't go wrong with candy, a 15% off coupon for WoolGirl, and these adorable stitch markers from Mama Llama in colors which I will explain in sec.).
The pattern is a lace wrap called Syncopated Lace by Merike Saarniit. In the booklet she explains that she is Estonian and extremely proud of her heritage, and learned to knit while growing up as part of her heritage. The lace pattern is an adaptation of two different Estonian Lace stitches and has a cabled border from the mind of the designer herself. The stitch markers included with the kit are in the colors Blue, Black, and White; the colors of the Estonian flag. The pattern is gorgeous and will be my first TRUE lace project. I'm very excited to start!
The yarn is The Unique Sheep Luxe (75% Superwash Merino/25% Tussah Silk, 200 yds/skein) in the Pride colorway. This is another gradient color scheme, starting with oranges and reds, and ending with deep pinks and purples. It looks like it's going to be great to work with, and I may have to use the coupon to get enough to make Jeannie!
The next contest for this club is a photo contest, in which we're supposed to take a picture that symbolizes one of the Deadly Sins. I've got a few (okay, way too many, and most require a wardrobe I don't even come close to owning!) ideas and think this will be a fun contest. Maybe I'll even win this time! ;)