Saturday, January 26, 2008

Thanks Maryanne and Kasia

I'd like to thank you both for hosting a great swap. Here's a little gift for all of the participants - the bag I knit to Cheryl:



Monday, January 21, 2008

I recieved my Christmas package several days ago as I told you, and here is the picture! Finally! My camera has been dead for ages.

Again. Thank you so much for the gift :-)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Parcel received!

My parcel finally arrived!!!

My pal, Jennifer, mailed it from the US on December 14th, and instead of taking about two weeks (allowing a little extra for Christmas) it took about a month! My opinion is that the box arrived in Melbourne around Christmas/New Year and that it's been sitting in quarrantine waiting to be processed. I guess like many in Australia in January, they had lots of staff take their annual holidays *sigh*. I know it went to quarantine, because unfortunately they took out the pine sachet that Jennifer had included, but I still got to smell it when I opened the box.

Many thanks for my wonderful swap package Jennifer. Thanks for all the time and effort that went into putting it together for me. I love it. It was definitely worth the wait!

Check out my blog to see the fabulous riot of red/white goodies that Jennifer sent.

Thanks Kasia and Maryanne, I had tons of fun :o)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Danke Nicole!

Thanks to for a lovely package! I received it last week from Germany! See my blog for the details!


My package from Else

Else, thank you for all the surprises which are sending you.
I love the scarf our of the pink yarn, it will warm me on cold winterdays.
And also I love the 3 balls of red yarn. I think I use the yarn for my upcoming grandchild, if it will be a girl.
Also the package includes coffe, sweeties , a CD with Christmas songs from Norwegian artists and from Princess Märtha Louise.
Oncemore thank you and have a good time in 2008 and fun with your knitting and I hope I hear from you again.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

It Came - Oh Joy! Oh Joy!

My Christmas Around The World Box Came At Last - And Look What's Inside!

Gosh, do I ever have a boxful of goodies to show you today. My upstream partner in the Christmas Around the World Exchange has spoiled me worse than rotten. I almost dis-integrated when I opened this big box from Karen.
Karen had sent me an e-mail saying the package was going to be late that she was working on something. Christmas came and went, then another note saying she waiting on something to dry but that it would be delivered before the end of the Twelve Days Of Christmas and that she thought I'd be pleased and think it was worth the wait. Well, I AM PLEASED and it was Worth the Wait. Karen you have been so generous with your giving and that in it's self means as much as the items in the box. Thank you for both, you kind and generous heart and the wonderful goodies you chose for me. This is what I had to wait for, do you think it was worth the wait?
I certainly think so. The bag is gorgeous and big and the fabric is nice and heavyweight, knitted with double strands throughout. It has a beautiful lace design all around the top of the bag and the color is perfect too. Thank you Karen for all the time you took to make something for me that you knew I'd enjoy. I stuck some items on top of my 'stuff', I'm already using the bag, to hold it open in order for you to see a bit of the lacy part. I'm sure it will get lots of wear. (That's Mr. Maestro peeping in the door.)
Before I got to the bag, which was laying flat on the very bottom of the bag, look at all the other things I pulled out. And just as dear as all the wonderful items, was a handwritten note attached to each one of them - so special.There was knitting stuff (something to knit from and something to knit with) food stuff (taste and smell), music (for the soul; listening and relaxing), and a sock ornament to knit and then hang on the tree (something for the Christmas Tree). All requirements met - thank you. The knitting stuff included, a pair of size 13 Harmony needles from Knit-Pick's to go with the set I already have and a set of Harmony DP's to knit socks with. These have to be some of the most beautiful needles made and I love knitting with them. There was also colored rubber bands in all sizes to use as stitch markers (how unique is that?), colorful coils to hold needs together and a bucket of Lorna's Laces shepherd sock yarns and a pattern to make the socks. There is also a pocket sized lighted magnifying glass which will probably go in the glove compartment for reading maps in the dark since I use a huge magnifier that attaches to my lamp for knitting.
For taste there was German Lebkuchen Honey Cookies with an aroma that hit my senses the moment I opened the box, homemade and recipe included, yum they are. There was also a mix for scones using white chocolate and raspberries, and a German Stollen with cranberries, Trades Joe's lemon pepper spice, and chocolates ; oh, there was also nice long cinnamon sticks to stir in my apple cider or coffee (try it, you'll like it).
As if this wasn't enough Karen sent a CD of Christmas music performed by the church choir of an Episcopal church near where she lives. The music is beautiful, I love listening to the choir. Then last (Ithink) but not least is a whole page of Christmas stamps. Why Christmas stamps you may ask, Well this year's Christmas stamp represents knitting and Karen had the idea that the stamps would look nice framed. I agree, and will frame them to go in my sewing room, yups my bathroom. I sew in the bathroom, a large room with good natural and electrical lighting. There is a place just above the table that holds my machine where I will hang this picture for my enjoyment.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Package arrived!

Just a quick one to let you know I have got my package now! Thank YOU!!! Pictures will be on my blog as soon as I get my camera loaded.

There was a beautiful cricheted angel in it, just wait and see :-)

Love Vigdis from Norway

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Postie is my prince!

The postie knocked on my door today with a lovely package! He informed me that UK customs keep gift packages received in December, concentrating on smaller/business post from overseas! Anyway, imagine my delight when I opened the box to see festive wrapping tissue!

As I unwrapped each piece, on my bed, I had buterflies. It was so lovely to see these delights emerging! So, for better pictures see my blog. However there was pretty, pretty sock yarn, Brittany DPN's, a cute Noro handknit hat,chocolates, the cutest glass mug (and mulled wine spices!)santa drawstring bag and some really cute tree decorations. Thank you Kathy, you have really made my day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Finally, I Can Thank Jana!

With no great thanks to Canada Post(not impressed!), I received this amazing package today. Thank you, thank you to Jana! I had to go to the post office to pick it up, so I decided to make it a true excursion and brought the parcel to a favourite coffee spot to open. Imagine my delight as I slowly opened piece after piece while sipping cafe latte. I'm in love with both the stationary and the cosmetic bag. The spiced tea smells gorgeous.
What makes the gift extra special is the fact that the stitch markers and the yarn come from her own White Oak Studio. This merino feels so luxurious that I can't wait to work it.
Lucky, lucky me to have such a great partner! This was a fun swap. Thanks everyone.

Monday, January 7, 2008

My lovely package ;)

Dear Heather,

thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your package arrived during our ice storm when I had no power. I actually jumped, shouted and cried for joy when I opened it. Thank you so much and for being patient for me to post about it. So without further ado here is my lovely package ~ btw, how did you know I wanted this particular Rowan magazine and Socks that Rock color? Did you peek at my letter to Santa?! ;D

~ some yarn to knit: Socks that rock in Ruby Slippers

~ something to knit with: Rowan #42 my wishlist item ;D

~ something knitted: Beautiful handbag made w/Tilli Tomas

This yarn is on my fav list when I saw it at our lys during a tour.

~ something for the soul: a donation to Heifer on my behalf

~ christmas ornament: a rabbit w/07 on it

~ some treats: Wildlife Coffee & delicious mints

Again thank you, I truly loved my package. ;D

~ Mail Call ~

Dear Partner Connie,
Again my apologies for the delay in sending your package but good news! Its on its way. I hope you enjoy the items I selected for you and can use the lovely knitted thing. ;D I really enjoyed this swap and I apologize to all of you for my not being able to participate as I'd like, but things are getting back to normal as long this current storm doesn't leave any damage. ;D
Happy New Year to you all!
Dawn ;)

Thank you,Thank you, Thank you

This is a special message for Irene. You are indeed a Xmas angel -thank you so much for all the wonderful things in my Xmas package (lots of chocolate, beautiful yarn, beautiful knit, and lots of beautiful, beautiful, items to share with my daughter). Your generosity is beyond words.

I cannot post any pics, the camera is broken, and the computer is broken and most of the goodies will be eaten before things are fixed!

All the best for 2008 and thank you for such a wonderful swap.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Merry Christmas to Me!

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and wanted to share the wonderful package I received from Annemeike. Oh Anne Thank You for your most kind and generous gift. Your thoughtfulness has started my new year with a very happy begining. Cheers and Happy New Year to you!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Christmas in January :-)

My package from Ingrid arrived today.
Boy did I have a partner who likes being Santa!

After fighting off my daughter...LOL...I opened all my little packages to find out the surprizes. She gifted me chocolate, chai tea, bubble bath, soap, potpourri, novelty yarn, a picture stand, felted slippers and the prize of all gifts...a handpainted angel ornament.

Thank you so very much Ingrid for making this swap so special!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Janee where are you? And Thanks Jane

OK, still no word Janee received the box sent out several weeks ago, how frustrating!

However the pics are on my blog of the package of goodies dear Jane sent me....I did want you to show you my beautful bag Jane designed and knit up for me.

Thank you so much Jane

Happy New Year - what a wonderful swap

I wanted to show a little of what JoShell included in my package. The swallowtail shawl from Interweave Knits, is as light as a feather and so warm and toasty around my neck. Included were handcrafted earrings, pumpkin bread, hazelnut cookies, an ornament for the tree, a scarf square from Turkey which is edged in beautiful handworked lace. Also included, two knitting books (which i had not read), and a skein of Jitterbug sock yarn (in a yummy plummby). I cannot thank her enough for making my swap experience so wonderful. Thank you also to the "mums" for organizing such a terrific holiday experience.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Thank You Jane

I received a marvelous package from jane and will post pics tomorrow. It was oh so generous and my hand knit item is ta die for. Thank you so much Jane