The postman rang

have been avidly stalking my letterbox on the instruction of Stephcuddles , knitter, clay artist and blogger extraordinare, after having been lucky enough to have won her recent blog giveaway.  Now, I have entered a fair few blog competitions in my time but I am a serial loser.  You make your own luck, and the luck that I generate is always bad!  Maybe you only win if you want it bad enough – OK, that may be true of a competition, but this is a game of chance and so that doesn’t count, yet somehow, the morning after I knew the giveaway had been drawn I lay in bed thinking ‘I wonder if I could just have won that draw’.  And I know what made me think that, because only one thing could make me so irrational…

Oh, Zauberball, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…  No, too many ways to count.

But wait, there is something even more charming that was also part of the giveaway.  Stephcuddles has recently turned to polymer clay modelling (a love I can understand as it is another favourite past-time of my own) and as part of her blog competition asked entrants to name a favourite animal and fruit/vegetable.  Well, I was never going to say an animal other than monkeys, was I?  And fruit…  Surely there is only one companion fruit that a monkey would even consider…

Can you believe how cute and well-formed these little guys are?  I have been awaiting autumn so that I can cast on for a very special Monkey Scarf with my monkey knitting needles and now these stitch markers will definitely be used for possibly the most monkey-ish project ever to be conceived.

A second ring of the doorbell heralded the arrival of a box I had been awaiting…

Lots of fresh yarn, ready for dyeing.  I opened up the box and plunged my head in for a few seconds, like one big meatball in a bowl of yarn spaghetti.  Now I have regained my senses I have lots of dyeing to do.  Once I have finished for the day I shall just sit and admire my zauberball for a bit and try to imagine what it should become.  I have decided to wait until I have finished my two current works in progress before casting on any more, and then I think I will be putting Lisa’s Shalimar sock and Stephcuddles’ crazy zauberball forward for two sumptuous and indulgent new projects.

Stephcuddles has a lovely little blog here so do drop by and say hi to her, she’s rather lovely.