Friday, November 30, 2007

Goodies from Emiko

Great package! It came yesterday, full of lovely things. Great coffee, I actually made a little last night, past when I usually do caffeine, and more this morning. So yummy.
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

Thank You Kristina!

What a wonderful surprise to find on my doorstep when I returned home after a long day at work...yarn and coffee! What more could a girl want (besides large diamonds)?! Kristina sent me 2 packages of Boca Java coffee, one is Ocean Breeze (which sounds SO enticing as I watch the snow fall) and the other is Tropical Kiss - "chocolate coffee with a smooch of coconut". I can't wait to try that out on my friends during our stitching day! And, of course, what would chocolate coffee be without chocolate macadamia biscotti?

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

it's a traveling box

Whew! My package to my swap pal, Steph, finally arrived via Fed Ex yesterday. This package has been a'travelin' from California to Pennsylvania--the first time I sent it out, it returned (who knows why); the second time I sent it out with a tracker number. Following eleven days (this is for the second shipping) and one failed delivery (even though she was home), it was delivered on the porch. I hope she finds it worthy of such pilgrimages.

Hello Mr. Postman....

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.....
Thank you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Feeling the Love!

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!

My partner spoilt me!

I have received the most amazing parcels of goodies from Amber

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

got my package today!!!

Thanks Mandy for the wonderful gift!

this was such a fun swap. i look forward to doing it again!

details on my blog

I recieved my package!

My package came in the mail about a week ago, but I've been busy moving so I've just now had the chance (and the means I went 2 weeks without internet, and I had trouble locating my camera) to post about it on my blog.

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

A package from Switzerland!

I received my package just before the Thanksgiving break and I was going to blog about it while I was home visiting family, only to find out that my folks had canceled their Internet service!

Just look at all the goodies!!

KCS package

KCS package-2

Thank you so much Andrea!!

Thank You Lindy!

This post is also long overdue. My coffeeswap partner Pearl's Mother sent me two terriffic packages.
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

Coffee from Canada...

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

My Coffee Swap Pal . . .

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

I Give Thanks for my coffee swap partner!

I've not had batteries for my camera or I would've posted before. Three days ago, I got this amazing package from my Knitters' Coffeeswap 3 partner, Jennifer!

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!

My Exchange from Deb B!

I received an awesome package from Deb B. on Monday. Not only did she include 2 delicious coffee blends from her local coffee roaster, she gave me a new coffee grinder! I was thrilled when I saw that. What a great surprise. Check out the coffee-colored yarn in the cool mug, and how about those stitch markers? Coffee beans and a coffee cup! Deb made them. Not only did she put them together, she made them out of clay. Wow. You can see them in better detail on her blog. Thank you for a wonderful package, Deb! And thanks to our hostesses as well for putting together this fun exchange.

Coffee packet arrived!

Ever since my Coffee Swap 3 packet arrived I thought I'd really install the camera software and upload some photos... but as my written exam is only 2 weeks away and the workload is killing me... well, some other time.

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
Thank you so much Tigerduck, you're the bestest pal ever! I hope to post pictures some time, you might have to wait till my (next) exam is over.


More thanks to Helen!

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 :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Spoiled Rotten!

My swap partner Becky spoiled me rotten!
When I opened the box there were several nicely wrapped presents waiting to be ripped open. If one didn't know they might have thought it was my birthday.

The Before Picture

The After 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 Laurie!

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

Package from the Fruity Sheep

OK 3rd time's a charm right? First time I tried to post this, I posted it in the wrong Coffee swap page (doh!), then the 2nd time, blogger decided to error out. Hopefully this attempt will work :)

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! :)

This about sums it up.

Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more--a grateful heart:
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose Pulse may be
Thy Praise.

~~George Herbert 1593-1633

Swap box received

I received my swap box last week from Martha and I apologize for the delay on getting her box out. As long as the Fedex delivery person doesn't take forever tomorrow (I'm awaiting a very important package) I'll be able to pick up the last item and get it out.

Thanks Martha for all the wonderful goodies and for being extra careful in regards to my many, many allergies! I apologize in advance for the craptastic cell phone photos. My camera is currently in China with my partner on a business trip, meh! The chewy ginger cookies were fantastic and didn't last long Now I need to find the time to make a batch of my own. Another new addiction is Anna's chocolate mint cookies, it's bad enough I'm addicted to their ginger snaps! I haven't had a chance to try out the coffee yet and I can't wait, sadly my little cheap expresso machine is dead! So I'm going to have to suck up for a new good one for x-mas. Oh and the yarn oh the yarn. Martha you are a godess! Coffee, yummy things and beautiful yarn. There was some Crystal Palace Maizy (corn fiber and nylon sock yarn), a cute hank of lovely Habu bamboo, and two hanks of Tilli Tomas's voile de la mer (fingering weight) silk/sea cell blend. Fantastic pettable yarn thanks so much! Also there was a pretty purple with butterfly travel mug (that my daughter wants to steal) with a cool travel sleeve made of Hempathy knitted by Martha herself and an pattern I have been drooling over since I saw her blog, which is the dragon scale scarf. Thanks so much for everything and I hope you love your package as much as I love mine!

I got my package and it is AWESOME

I blogged all about it and Nancy deserves some recognition for the awesome package she sent me. please visit my blog and see a description for everything.

Contest #4 Winners

Here are the winners for the Still Life with Coffee and Yarn contest!! All the photos were great and I'm so glad that I decided to randomly pull names from a hat because don't think I could have chosen!

1st place = Emicat

2nd place = Yvonne

3rd place = Meg

4th place = Mummymakespotos

The goodies will be coming separately as the prizes have been donated by various people!

April rocks!

It's been a long day at work. And I probably won't be out of here until close to 9pm, however my husband dropped off my package from April (all the way on the West Coast!) and I opened it after calming down from the requisite drama filled phone call from pre-teen daughter. Sadly I am cameraless here and the cell phone battery died..I'll take picks for my blog later but for now I wanted to follow in April's footsteps and link to the wonderfulness she sent.

First up she enclosed 3 hanks of Hacho Yarn from Peru in the dyelot 303! It's lovely and is likely to become a sweet pair of socks before long. April knew I am a tea drinker and I am currently sipping the most amazing tea from Two Leaves and a Bud. It is a chinese green tea called Jasmine Pearl and it's amazing (it also comes from the province next door to the province my daughter was born in). She also included a wonderful Vanilla Bean black tea from Mighty Leaf . There were also two wonderful bags, one a small felted tote perfect for a sock project and the other a great zippered pouch that I intend to fill with knitting notions. It came filled with yummy Ghiradelli chocololate!

Thank you again April for making a cold late fall night at work so warm and cozy!

the best box!!!

Okay, so I know I am jaded, but my box is amazing, and for me, the best! Mary, THANK YOU!!!!! Read more about it on my blog... Thank you, also to Knittymama and all the hostesses for running this swap... hope to see you next time around!


I received my package last week from Gretchen! I am just now posting due to many many things. But - YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE! She spoiled me!! I got the best smelling coffee from Indigo Coffee and tea. And some other fun flavors too! A beautiful bag, cookies (not in picture - I ate them all!!), Twizzlers, gum, choc., notecards, a wonderful smelling candle AND- YARN!!! 1 skein of Lang JaWoll and Blackberry Ridge (a local yarn near her house) in color: Sierra Madre that Miss Sophie helped pick out!!

For more pics, see my blog..



My package from Chicago has arrived!

I got a fabulous coffee package from Jodi yesterday!
Check it out!

Details in my blog...

THANK YOU so much, Jodi, for being such a thougthful and generous partner! :-)

Package from Alaska

I can't believe that the post from Alaska to Germany is so fast, but my package from Heather has already arrived! I'm totally spoiled with all those wonderful things she sent to me: two packages of coffee from her local coffee roaster, a vanilla topping, Italian biscotti, a big Alaska-coffeecup, bee lotion, a keychain sock blocker with pattern for a minisock AND gorgeous yarn: baby merino lace in a wonderful dark green and two skeins LL Shepherd Sock yarn. Now I really hope that my package the other way round to Alaska doesn't take too long...

It's here

Thank you, thank you, thank you Betty!! I just received the most amazing package.

  • Crocheted Socks! pattern book
  • Hawaiian Flowers calendar
  • Sockotta sock yarn
  • Peaches and Cream cotton yarn
  • 2 types of coffee + some sample packets
  • Starbucks Hawaii mug
  • some biscotti
  • Scone mix
  • Dora doll and candy for the kiddos

I'm soooo excited about the sock pattern book. I almost bought one for myself when shopping for you, but decided to pass and watch my pennies. :-) I wonder if the kids will behave well enough for me to try it out on our Thanksgiving trip.

You package was mailed via priority mail yesterday. So sorry that I'm so slow. We've had a sick kiddo and out of town guests. Hope you like it as well as I like mine.

ugh...can't get my photo to upload, but trust me...everything is GREAT!

Thanks, mummymakes photos!!

Thanks ever so much to mummymakesphotos, my parcel arrived safely today. What a great haul, I love everything in it. I got 2 lots of coffee from her local coffee shops, 2 different sorts of biscuits (the kids have made a start on the owl/cat ones already!!), a lovely cup, some yummy looking chocolate (hiding in the cupboard away from the little ones), some liqourice and not forgetting the lovely RYC Bamboo Soft in a gorgeous pink. Just my colour, and how did you guess I wanted to try this yarn? Thanks again.

Yippee! Thanks, Amysue!

My sweetie informed me while I was at work yesterday that my package from Massachussetts had arrived! Just had to get through a few hours and a very anticipatory walk home to see what Amysue sent my way. Unfortunately I'm without an internet connection at home and I didn't want to wait to share until I could get somewhere to work with my photos. So, I'll be good with hyperlinks, instead :)

I'm was very excited to receive some delicious sock yarn from Sunshine Yarns in one of my favorite colorways of blues and browns. I've been wanting to have a stab at the Jaywalker socks and this yarn will be perfect! Amysue also spoiled me with two roasts from Armeno Coffee Roasters; in my pre-swap questions I said I'd like beans so I can finally get the necessary motivation to purchase a bean grinder, and these delightful African roasts have done the trick! Amysue also included a sweet treat of chocolate that was immediately demolished upon opening, a tin of tea for the times when coffee won't do (yes, I have those times), and the most excellent little handmade bag to carry my upcoming sock project in. She used a supercute Japanese print that just makes me grin (sorry, can't find a link to the fabric).

Thanks so much for a great swap, I hope to be back next year!

Monday, November 19, 2007

My box arrived!

WOW! After a crazy day at work - how nice to come home to a FABULOUS package waiting for me from Rachel! Full details on my blog.....

Here is a group shot of all the goodies - talk about being spoiled!!! I LOVE it all!

Everything from yummy yarn to tasty coffee to handmade coasters and hanging (the sheep!!) to chocolate! And even some homemade ginger snaps! Stitchmarkers and a magnet of my artwork and the coffee swap logos - WOW!!

Thanks Rachel - I hope you like your goodies as much as I do!

I got my package today!

My swap box from Laurie came today. Oribel was full of help. For all the details, my home blog would be the place to look.

What goodies!

My package arrived from the wonderful Cybele!

Coffee Swap Goodies!

Thank you SO much! I love everything!


What a great package I got today from my swap pal, Necia! Check out my blog for details, okay? Thank you for a wonderful swap!!!

A nice surprise!

A big thanks go out to my swap partner Jeremy!! I found the package sitting on my doorstep today right after I got back from mailing her package. Inside was three skeins of Cascade wool (which will most definitely turn into something felted!), two bags of yummy coffee, biscotti, candies, a cheery smiley face mug and a pattern for some felted clogs. I think I will be sipping on this coffee and dipping the biscotti on Thanksgiving morning! Thanks Jeremy!

Package received - Thanks, Julie!

I got my package today!

Coffee Swap Received (Clickable thumbnail)

I love the yarn colors and can't wait to try out the two patterns Julie included - Snowflake Lace Socks by Melanie Berney and Rococo Socks by Lisa Parker. The coffee and mug will get "christened" tomorrow morning and I'm sure it will be a great way to start out a vacation day! "Knit's End" is just too funny - I was in Barnes & Noble just this afternoon and picked it up off the display, but then put it back since we were in a rush and I didn't want to have to go through the check out. What a treat to come home and find if on my doorstep!

Thanks so much Julie!

Thank you so much

I received my prize package and it was just wonderful. Beautiful alpaca yarn in shades of brown and some very pretty sock yarn in blues and pinks and white. There were also some goodies of the chocolate kind. Thank you so much!!

I got my package!!!

I received my package from Teri and it was awesome. It was filled with purple bamboo yarn and green merino yarn. It had two clear glass coffee mugs, latte spoons and coffee measuring spoons. She also sent me some fancy chocolates and scone mix. As for the coffee she sent me some illy coffee and ghiradelli double chocolate coffee. She has spoiled me!!! Thank you!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Package Arrived!!

I was so happy upon opening my package from Marisol -- she sent me the perfect combination of sweets, coffee, yarn, roving...and even a hand/nail care kit to help stave off spinning-induced dryness (which is indeed an issue):

And look at the card -- the image on the front is real knitting!!

Thank you so much, Marisol -- you've been a the best Coffee Swap partner!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Thanks Michaela - You are the best!

A most awesome caffinated fiberiliscious package arrived here in San Francisco this past Thursday! Michaela sent me a very metropolitan saavy box goodies. Some items were from Freeport, some from Maine and some from Manhattan! Even Soho!!! Boy do I feel spoiled:)

Wanna see what was inside? Too bad I missed the deadline for Contest # 4 --this would have made a great still life shot!

Contents included:

  • 2 Skeins of yarn one fingering Gemstone Silk from Halcyon yarns - Beutiful Espresso color and 1 Organik naturally pure: Merino and silk in the Crater Lake color from Purl Soho
  • Some delicious biscotti from "Once Upon a Tart" in Soho - Manhattan
  • A pack of very nice coffee themed cards
  • The most incredibly rich tasting coffee from Porto Rico Importers
  • Some yummy chocolate espresso beans
  • all of this came in a cool canvas bag from LL Bean:)

Thanks Michaela,

You sure know how to spoil a girl rotten! I LOVE everything and am feeling might spoiled over here in S.F.

A huge thank you also t KnittyMama and gang! This is my second coffee swap and I have been blessed twice over in meeting great people and exchanging fun and delicious goodies:)

Package is off overseas!

I managed to get my package off to Jess, right up to the deadline as per the norm for me! i hope it gets to you safely and quickly, and you enjoy the contents!

Package Sent!

I sent my package to my pal today--just barely made it under the wire...but one thing I was making hung me up a bit. I received mine, but I keep missing the UPS man, so I have to go pick it up from the station on Monday, drat. Fun times!

--Jenn from AR

Package aloft

I sent off my package to Pheelya. I have to admit, I'm feeling a bit insecure about it (we *really* do not have much in the way of knitting OR coffee swag here in Switzerland, unfortunately), which was not helped when I went to wrap the items up and realized I'd ... forgotten how. I haven't wrapped up a present in at least 3 years, and apparently it's not like riding a bike!! This swap was so much fun--I loved the contests because the posts and pictures were so interesting!! Thanks to all the hostesses!

Contest #4 (for fun)

Heck, I'm a day late and a skein short, but I had some fun with my Photo Booth this morning, so here's my still life with yarn and coffee. This has been a great swap so far- thanks to all our hostesses and contributors! I love seeing everyone's contest entries and loot shots!

Friday, November 16, 2007

buzz of caffeine, rush of fiber

Steph sent me the most delicious package full of fiber and coffee! The coffee will be brewed this weekend...the magazine already has sticky notes...the fiber has been carefully stored until after the holidays. Check out my blog for complete details...but I must tell you, Steph sent me some of her own hand spun yarn {squeal}, as well as wool and linen! Thank you so much for the amazing parcel.

Once again, a special thank you goes out to Knittymama for organizing and orchestrating such a fantastic swap. I must also thank all the co-hosts for whom, without their help, it would have been impossible to have such a large number of knitters joined together to celebrate fiber, caffeine, and autumn.

Phew!!! just under the wire.

Ok, Tournesol, you're package is sealed and will begin the long journey tomorrow. Can't wait for you to get it. I so hope you like it!

Contest #4

A little last minute, and no real time for great composition or lighting (mainly because hubby and my chum wanted to enjoy their lattes instead of allowing them to be part of a wondrous photo shoot! ...also the camera batteries were failing after the first shot I took, ah well!).

We enjoyed these lovely lattes at our favourite cafe, Ki:lau in Aberdeen (it's where we knit every Wednesday night...well we try and make it there every Wednesday anyway, and often we talk too much to knit!)

The Ki:lau baristas like to doodle in the steamed milk, however the sugar swirl in the latte on the left is my DH's own handy work, he was being artistic and also impatient!!

The yummy yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Winterberry which my lovely mummy brought me back as a gift from her recent trip stateside. The needles are two of my five Lantern Moon Ebony DP's which she also brought me back! Mummys are fab!

Happy weekend!

Contest #4

Here's my entry:
Coffee is a yummy one from India from the sampler my swap pal Cathy sent me, in one of my favorite mugs, with cute penguins all over it, which I found at Target.
Yarn is Yarn Pirate in Malamute.
Penguin is Pasha from Knitty.
coffee and yarn

marvelous goodies from Maine

Tricotine sent the most lovely and generous package!
Fluffy blue yarn (my favorite color), a handknit dishcloth and bag, and the holiday issue of Knit Simple, which features some great cable patterns:Oodles of goodies and coffee! Dark chocolate, biscotti, fancy European cookies, coffee-themed tea towels, a scented candle, all sorts of marvelous things...
The best parts? 1) It's Green Mountain Coffee, which I love and have a hard time finding in Chicago! 2) a really cute snowman mug (not pictured since I already used it and put it in the dishwasher). 3)these really cute coffee-themed stitchmarkers.
Many thanks for such a wonderful parcel, Tricotine.


Thanks, Marsha!

Marsha was my Coffee Swap III partner and she sent some great goodies. Gluten-free snickerdoodles, a coffee mug with coffee beans all over the side and coffee-colored yarn in it, Regia Strato (I love stripes), a funny magnet (not pictured, whoops), and enough espresso roast coffee from Porto Rico in NYC to keep me awake for quite a while. Thanks, Marsha!