That is the trip these pretty skeins of yarn took.
I “met” Marianne of Frisenvang via the great wide web. It all started when I started to follow Marianne’s journey to Peru on Instagram. I loved learning about the alpacas and the breeders and the yarns that they produce. All done naturally and sustainable. It was absolutely amazing to see all the gorgeous pictures.
I wanted to order yarn, but was wary of getting a package with such precious goodies via the postal service, as I was worried it may get lost. So when my son in law announced that he may be working in Europe this year for a bit, I quickly asked him if he would not mind bringing home a few skeins and balls. He smiled and said yes, of course, knowing that he would be getting a hand knitted beanie or two for his effort.
I placed just two orders. The first one was off course with Marianne of Frisenvang. (I will tell you about the second order in a separate post) Selecting just a few was extremely difficult. Every skein looked prettier and softer than the other. And the shades of brown that was available were just as stunning. But in the end I settled for a blue and green order.
I placed the order and the payment was a breeze. The yarns were packed and shipped within a day. How super excited I was. But I had to be patient. The yarns went to Antwerp in Belgium, where my son in law got them. Then they travelled to Germany (Hanover, Einbeck, Hamburg) with him where he was working and finally the took a long train ride to Amsterdam and a flight to Johannesburg.
They arrived safe and sound. And I got a lovely postcard with the beloved alpacas, breeders and yarns. I put the postcard up at my office. And Marianne sent me a collection of samples too. Oh so very tempting. The browns and greys are so lovely.
The texture of the yarns that I received is amazing. They are super soft and has a wonderful feel between your fingers. The blue yarn is slightly thinner and more delicate. I have a pattern for a scarf that I got from Marianne a little while ago, that I may use for some of these. But every pattern I look at now looks like it is just perfect for casting on with either of the two colours.
I will probably start something with them around Fall, as it is heading into summer here now and I am crocheting a bit more than knitting.
And incase you are wondering what my son in law was up you 🙂 He was invited as a South African Street Artist (Graffitti) to Einbeck in Germany to partake in the StreetArtMeile. The piece he did is 9,02m high and 4.9m wide. One storey off the ground. (3.78m) Here he is in action, and the finished piece, super cute and colourful turquoise goldfishies and a big shark! I am so very proud of him.