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! :)
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!
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!
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!
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..
Thank you SO VERY MUCH!! I LOVE IT ALL!!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
Wanna see what was inside? Too bad I missed the deadline for Contest # 4 --this would have made a great still life shot!
- 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:)
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:)
--Jenn from AR
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
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!
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.