Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
You can also see the following yarn on the top of the box. It was hand dyed by Allena for me and the colors are wonderful. The colors I see when I look at it are aquas, greens and rusts. There are two skeins of it which is 100% Peruvian Wool and the color/dye lot is called Jelly Bean/2. Each skein is 220 yds and 100 grams to be knit on a size 7 - 8 US needle with a gauge of 5 stitches /inch. It is hand wash and dry flat. AND AND AND that is not the only yarn I received. I also received two skeins of Jane Ellison's Marisol Misty which is 100% baby llama. It is the deep blue tweed color despite the photo looking like a light blue. It is so so so soft!! I have been eyeing it since I took the Jane Ellison Workshop at Ram Wools this past fall. Of course, this being a coffee swap I also received coffee. HMMM HMMM The coffee she sent me was from a local roaster in her area and it is called Morning Buzz. It is beans which I can grind as needed.
I also received a very tall large mug which will be my new coffee mug now for morning coffee. I will let company use my previous favorite coffee mug. The mug came with a tin of coffee mints (red and white stripped candies) and a small packet of coffee). To go with the coffee I received treats. YUMMY Treats. Allena sent me almond butter crunch bars which are now gone, milk chocolate covered cappuccino beans which are almost gone, flavored Splenda which I have not only never seen but never heard of, and fudge covered graham cookies.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Today I received my Coffee Swap 3 package from Kitty in Switzerland!!! I was so excited because I have been waiting to see what was coming!
In my package was: Scottish traditional hand baked shortbread, Highland Coffees "Costa Rica Tarrazu" coffee, a very awesome ceramic coffee mug made by Kitty's husband Joe , a bar of "Green & Black's Organic Milk Chocolate" and a bar of "Green & Black's Organic Maya Gold" (which OMG is awesome! It is described as "dark chocolate with orange & spices"...freakin' awesome!!
I also received two balls of "Lang's Soft Shetland Wool" one ball in green and the other ball in blue (very soft! I love wool!), a set of Vintage size 6 knitting needles (very cool, I will have to find more!)...
A Hello Kitty tin coin tube (goes quite well with my growing collection! Did you or Joe make the ceramic buttons inside Kitty?), 2 knitting related buttons and a Vintage coffee card (OMG Kitty has the coolest hand writing, I'm so very jealous!)
Thank you very much Kitty for my great swap package! It was great having you as a first time swap mate and learning so much about you and your lovely family!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Lovely hazelnut coffee, some dark chocolate which is my fav, some lush cookies and a cute coffee mug. Thanks so much Chrissie, it was all fab...You couldn't have chosen better, Hopefully Chrissie's parcel will be with her very soon, depending on royal mail that is!!!!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I will put a more complete description on my blog momentarily but suffice it to say that when Gill posted my package, we were in another holiday season. Check out the candy that she sent, they are little jack-o-lanterns! Very tasty little morsels they are too LOL Thank you Gill for a wonderful swap. I look forward to seeing what you do with your new laceweight yarn. Good luck in your new job.
I got my awesome package from Dorothy on Thursday but have been behind in posting! Thanks so much--such a great package full of yummy pumpkin yarn, a pound of delicious Sumatran beans, elegant notecards, and some yummy treats. As a super bonus, she crocheted me this beautiful scarf!!! I feel totally spoiled!! Thanks to Dorothy and everyone else for such a great swap!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I've had my package for a while now, but life has prevented me from posting about it. Which doesn't mean that I wasn't happy with it! I'd been eagerly anticipating finding it on my return home and I wasn't disappointed, it was crammed full of goodies. My favourites were probably the yarn and knitting book (projects for two balls or less, which is great as I have a habit of buying one or two balls just because I like the colour/texture but not knowing what it's going to be for), and the coffee - French Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple. Unfortunately at the beginning of the week I developed a rotten cold and lost my sense of taste, I couldn't even smell that it was coffee, so I'm leaving them well alone now until my taste has properly returned and I can appreciate them! I did taste the French Vanilla which was lovely...
I'll post more details on my blog when I've dug my way out of the sea of tissues that we're living in right now, but just wanted to say thanks here to Cetta for such a lovely swap parcel and giving me another interesting blog to read regularly :-)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Details can be found on my site, but the bottom line is that this packaged saved me from a coffee-free morning and a dessert-free dinner! Thanks MEG!!!! Heal up that ankle and get training for that marathon!
Happy holidays to everyone.
This is also the time when a couple of poor swappers start to wonder if they will ever get a package. Don't worry that it might be too soon to tell us. I promise you're not being a bother:-)
Since packages were supposed to be sent out by November 17th, you all should have gotten yours by now.
So, if you're still waiting, please e-mail your hostess so we can get things taken care of. It's helpful if you send us your partner's name, e-mail, blog and last contact. We'll try to get in contact with them to see what's up. If your partner did indeed flake on you, we'll get an angel set up for you. I'm hoping to get all swap business wrapped up before Christmas.
Monday, December 10, 2007
So here's my package!
Joy sent me a great package with biscotti, two kinds of coffee, a calendar, a felting guide and yarn and a great coffee mug! The card was really cute too! Thanks Joy, I love it! More details here.
When is it safe to say your partner flaked on you?
Maybe when you haven't heard from her since she e-mailed you saying she "received the lovely package" and "yours is on its way" ...
My gut told me this one was ... Ceme somber ;o( Oh well, as I'm alwaying say, "snap outta it!" ('slap')
Keep the lovely pics coming.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Here's the loot:
Yummy coffee, hard candies, chocolate (my kids have absconded w/most of the chocolate), cool yarn, a calendar w/a photo of my favorite soccer player, Michael Ballack (he's German as well), and cute little coffee bean stitch markers. You can see them peeking out behind the colorful yarn. Here's a closer view:
Aren't they cute? They're already being used in a Christmas knitting project.
Danke schön! Eva!!!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I picked up a fantastic package from my shop partner, Chelle today. Apparently the package had been here since Monday, but I didn't get a notification of attempted delivery. Fortunately, Chelle had a tracking number and alerted me that the package was here. All ended well and I had my first cup of delicious coffee this afternoon with one of the roasts Chelle sent me. The package contents were wonderful, full of good smelling coffee, bath ball, and lotion, and beautiful yarn. More details are on my blog.
Thank you for the wonderful swap, Chelle!
Also, a big thank you to the organizers of this swap. It was one of my first swaps and I had a great time!
Thanks Knittymama for hosting this swap.
Monday, December 3, 2007
*This package arrived early but due to my lost usb wire for my camera this picture was held hostage until I found the memory card reader this past weekend.*
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
My thanks to the swap organizers for running a great swap, and to Susan for being such a fabulous swap partner!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Plus licorice, coffee soap, a nice book and notepad, and gorgeous red Smooshy yarn.
Check my blog for details!
Thanks to the organizers and my partner for a great time. Can't wait for the next round.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
And then there is the yarn. Oh my!! 2 skeins of a beautiful teal Gem sock yarn which I already have a plan for, 2 skeins of Felt It in Wildflowers, and an absolutely gorgeous yarn called Tropical Island. (Do I see a tropical theme going here?) Kristina, did you hand dye it? It's absolutely incredible! Now...what can I make?!?!? It's pretty darn cold outside. I'm thinking Tropical Island would make something to keep me warm and dreaming of tropical breezes. I also received some great stitch markers which were handmade and a handle for a bag. I've never tried felting before but have been itching to try it. I now have no reason not to!
Thank you SO much Kristina. You've been the best swap partner!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Still waiting for my package.... I know my swap partner sent it off a while ago.... wonder if my postman has taken up knitting.... he does look curiously awake lately.... hmmm. In case you are reading, Mr. Postman, my door is very easy to find and I might even brew a cup of lovely smooth coffee for you if you bring me my swap package!
Here is a picture of my door. I have subtly marked it with some knitting of mine.....
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
See this beautiful package I received from Miss Lucy today. The most glorious yarn to make a lace hat and an entrelac scarf. If I eat all the chocolate tonight and drink the coffee, I'm definitely calling in sick tomorrow so that I can just sit and knit. I Love Lucy!
The first contained some Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, now, this is a yarn that I pick-up and fondle regularly at my LYS, it's beautiful. Also, there were 3 Brittany Birch Cable needles, they are just the perfect size.
The second parcel came directly from Amber in the US and WOW, she spoilt me!
Two mugs, a variety of coffees and biscotti and chocolates, all of my fave things.
The really strange thing is that the Yarn parcel came from Perth (on the other side of Australia), the parcel from Amber came from Virginia in the US and they were delivered to meat the same time. The knitting pixies must be looking after me!!
This has been a great swap and I've enjoyed getting to know Amber and being able to send Aussie animal goodies for her gorgeous daughter Audrey, I suspect that they may be sick of learning about Koalas by now.
Thanks Amber for being a fabulous and thoughtful Swap Partner.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I love my package. It was perfect. I was so excited and so surprised when I opened it up. Thank you so much Cynthia. I hope you like what I sent you as much as I like what you sent me.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Just look at all the goodies!!
Thank you so much Andrea!!
The first one was straight from a yarn store. She sent this yummy cashmerino (100% merino wool yarn that is soft like cashmere) lace weight yarn in charcoal grey - love love love. Along with 3 lace patterns and a cute stitch marker (this is my first stitch marker - thank you). This was such a thoughtful treat. I mentioned that I wanted to try some lace, but didn't know where to start, so she took all the guess work out of it. I am so excited to start on this - after the holidays. I am planning on doing the middle shawl :).
Then she sent a separate package with goodies from Australia - coffee, plastic knitting needles (I think these will be Audrey's first real pair of needles when she is old enough to learn), dark chocolate - yum, a cute stuffed Koala, three kids Koala books and a cute Koala ornament. It has been fun learning about Koala - now we will have to check our zoo.
Thank you so much Lindy!!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
This fabulous package arrived from Tammy of Knit one, Insane 2 and came all the way from Canada. Check out all the yarn - 6 balls of Sirdar Luxury Soft Cotton and some of her hand-dyed yarn that is 100% Australian Merino. The yarn is sport weight and is in the "Chaos" colorway. I am sure that I can find something really nice to knit up with this yarn. Plus I get to try some Canadian coffee. Two bags from Cupper's Coffee & Tea which is Alberta's very own micro roaster and came with rave reviews from Tammy. Sadly, they only ship to Canada. The Lindor chocolates and the Smarties were quickly eaten, but I am taking my time with the chocolate covered coffee beans.
Faery Fiber yarn
This is the great package my pal Wendy put together for me!
She sent me some yummy Mexican chocolate, a couple of delicious pralines (a Southern treat we don't see much of in Oregon!), some wonderful coffee only available in her area, a beautifully scented soap, and of course, very cute yarn for a pair of socks!
It would be hard to decide, but it might be that my favorite things in the package were the adorable stitch markers, and a very sweet tiny handspun skein keyring! This was so much fun, and Wendy was a great swap partner for me--perfect match!
Friday, November 23, 2007
What wonderful spoils! I was crowing as I opened it - everything wrapped in red tissue paper. And the smell is just heaven! My husband doesn't drink coffee, but every year or so he'll try it just because it smells so good.
I had to laugh because she sent me a pound of the same coffee I sent her (Sidamo from Starbucks) and she also sent me another pound of another coffee because she couldn't decide. We were so well matched- I sent her another pound of coffee as well because I couldn't decide! The second pound I cannot wait to try - Hemingway's Hair of the Dog from Baby's Coffee from Key West, FL. How cool is that??? And a mug from the same shop - ooooh I LOVE it!
More goodies - Jelly Belly jellybeans in cappucino and French vanilla, a knitting themed card (with a personal note inside) and a postcard.
But the thing that had me screaming and squealing - Noro Silk Garden! Two beautiful skeins of it! Wow oh wow oh wow oh wow! I have been wanting to try it for soooo long. It's gonna make a really smashing scarf......
There's even more that hasn't arrived yet - she's giving me a "pre-loved" coffee grinder (she told me she forgot to put it in the package. JOY! More mail with wonderful things for me.
Here's another look:
Thank you thank you thank you thank you!
Anyways, my pal Tigerduck spoiled me rotten! She sent me
- 2 packets of gorgeous coffee beans from Whole Foods (Espresso Sierra and French Roast) - those beans are almost too perfect and beautiful to grind
- 2 hanks of wonderful Blue Skyes Alpaca in a 50% alpaca, 50% silk mix which is incredibly soft, in a rich emerald green
- beautiful stitch markers in a matching green
- 2 little packets of white beads (after all, I'm planning on making Grumperina's Odessa some time)
- a coffee mug
- shortbread cookies
- chocolate chunks
- scented candles
- a postcard with a sheep
What a fabulous swap! I got two pounds (She really spoiled me!) of Starbucks coffee, a medium one and a bold one, in whole bean form. She also sent two balls of Rowan Calmer which is one of my all time favorite yarns in a lovely latte color :) There is a ball of coffee colored Trekking that will make me a lovely pair of socks.... I did one Pomotomous for my first Hurricane Sock Swap partner (wonder if she ever made the second) and I did it in Trekking, I LOVED the yarn but never managed to get another ball, seriously yummy stuff. The postit's with a J on them have already been put to use (I'm a big "post it on the front door to remind me to take something with me in the morning" kind of gal) and there is a great set of stitchmarkers that are very cubey :) I am so glad that there are so many of them too, people always tend to send 3 or 4 and this is a big set that will really be useful! Perhaps my favorite thing in the package is the blue and white print coffee cup with a mug cozy! It is beautiful and has a really great celtic looking button! I can't wait to use it.
Thanks so much Helen! I loved every bit of the package and I promise your second package will be going out tomorrow! (Helen doesn't have a coffee grinder and I just knew that she'd love coffee even more if she had freshly ground beans, so I checked with her to see if she'd mind me sending her a "pre-loved" coffee grinder that I used but no longer needed because me fab coffee pot grinds the beans for me now. In true Jennifer has ADD fashion, I forgot to include the grinder in her package :( Woe is me :)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The Before Picture
Let me begin by saying the smell that drifted up from my packages was most delicious!! I received two very soft yarns both in the color blue. I think I am going to knit up a hat and scarf for myself. I got a Stitch 'N Bitch page a day calendar which I almost bought for myself two weeks ago but decided to wait. YAHOOO!! A recipe for Becky's favorite snowy day soup....yummmmmm. A recipe for Cinnamon Schmear Scones....yummmmmmmmmmm. I got some Wild Berry Plum Decaf green tea (which I LOVE!!!). Two packages of Sipping Chocolate and a small whisk that goes with them. I got a MUCH NEEDED coffee scoop. I got a package of Vanilla Almond coffee and three different flavors from Steep & Brew. They are Toasted Nut, Hazelnut, and Becky's favorite.......Icing on the Cake. Becky thank you so much. I love everything you picked out for me. I can't wait to try the Icing on the Cake coffee.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
I got my awesome package from Laurie yesterday! Such lovely, lovely goodies! There were two kinds of coffee- Almond and Georgia Pecan, a chinese take-out box full of holiday cocoa, some yummy pretzel balls, some amaretto cookies, and a tin of Godiva Chocoiste pearls, which I've been wanting to try. Non-edible goodies included a sheepy pad of Post-its, foamie needle point keepers, a pretty journal, some much-needed cuticle cream, and a super-cute bag with a crow on it.
The yarn- wow, Laurie was super generous! Two skeins of Cascade 220 in a black tweed, two skeins of Crystal Palace Musique in Moss, two skeins of Crystal Palace Fling in Roses, and a skein of Lang Pearl in a pretty purple color. Just spectacular yarns! I'm going to have to make something special for my girls with all the pretty yarns!
Here's a closer look at the yarn-
Thanks again to a great swap partner!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I got back home today tired from an office move to find my swap package from Lia (The Fruity Sheep).
You can find more details about the package here.
Thank you again Lia!!!
I'd also like to thank Knittymama and the co-hostesses for a great job this round. This was my 2nd time participating in this swap and I had a lot of fun. I look forward to the next round next year! :)