My pal Al M surprised me big time on Friday night with a gift. She gave me a gorgeous Italian ceramic bowl (I’ve been eyeing these off for ages) and a skein of lace weight yarn from Handpainted Yarn. It’s a monster skein, 850 yards and what prices! Al also had some of the merino worsted weight. It is the softest merino I have felt for a while. Stunning. Think I’ll be back for more. The yarn comes minus ballbands, so Al made one, isn’t she clever.