Whee! I got a wonderful box of goodies from my Secret Pal today! Thank you so much, Pal!
It’s chock full of fun stuff. The back left corner is a bag of Cadbury caramel truffles.. mine! All mine! In front of that is a snowflake shaped box of bath confetti; I can’t wait to try this out – it’s toasted almond scent and the little confetti flakes look like snoflakes, too.. this is pr’bly the only way I’m going to get a white holiday this year, so that makes it even better! In front of the bath confetti is a “Bi Tien” handblown, handpainted (from the inside) glass ornament.
It’s really lovely and I’m thinking I should pick up one of those little mini shepherd’s crook things that will sit on a suface to hang it from because it deserves to be displayed more than just for a few days. The little box it came in is also very neat – it’s fabric covered and lined the perfect size to hold small treasures when the ornament isn’t using it.
If you click the picture to make it big it will orient properly, too.. not sure why it won’t in the thumbnail.. Anyway, the little bits are adorable – the one of the left is three mini skeins of yarn and tiny little knitting needles and the one on the right is a knitting basket with more tiny yarn and needles. I think the journal needs to become a project journal for me – I’m terrible at keeping notes on things I’ve made and I inevitably end up trying to remember if I followed the pattern exactly or not when I’m making the second sock or sleeve. Maybe a journal will remind me to take better notes..
The real jewels, though, are these gorgeous handmade stitch markers that my Pal made for me. I have to admit, I’m not usually a fancy stitch marker kind of girl, but after seeing these up close and personal, I just might be a convert. I’ve already got them placed in Peek a boo and they are *SO* much prettier than the little white plastic ones (and they don’t dig into my hands when I hold them on the needles). And they really just look so lovely that it makes me happy to see them as I’m knitting. The pink ones are a little smaller (presumably for smaller needles) and just so delicate and the bluegreen ones remind me of bright, sunny skies and the ocean (yes, even with the mitten charm!).
This lovely gorgeous soft lusciousness is baby camel and tussah silk top roving. *drool* It’s *so* soft, and the color will complement the camel down that I got at the state fair, I think, so I can’t wait to spin them both up and contemplate something truly luscious to make with them. I keep sticking my hand in the bag to pet it and it’s really gorgeous stuff. Definitely motivation to dedicate a day to spinning as a New Years Resolution!
The little splash of color in the top photo that stretches across the roving is a set of four (three now) flower suckers. They’re very cute and quite tasty!
Thank you again! It’s all wonderful and made this grey dreary day so much brighter!!