Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Comes Early
by Vickie

I was on the phone with my mom when there was a knock on the door. Guess who it was? It was Santa Claus...well sort of. Santa was dressed up as a mailman. Isn't he cleaver? I thought so because I have been waiting for what he brought.

I have already showed what my basket looked like that I sent to my Secret Santa Swapee and now I get to show you what I got. I have to say I was a bit nervous but I wasn't disappointed at all. Check out the pics.

I actually showed great restraint and grabbed the camera for this shot before tearing into the gift. I can't believe I didn't open first, put it back together and then take the photo. There was nice book in the bottom of the box. I will show more of that later.
After tearing into the basket I set everyone out to take another pic. There is a lot of stuff here. I was surprised at how much came in the box. Let me list the items:
1. A reindeer bath mitt
2. Peppermint Life Savers
3. Tons of different teas and even a box of tea bags
4. Handmade wreath and Christmas tree beaded ornaments
5. Jasmine and Vanilla Bath Soak
6. One ball of Berroco Comfort Sock yarn (color way #1812-needs a cool name)
7. 2 skeins of Araucania yarn (colorway Copihue)
8. 2 Maroon square candles
9. A magnetic tape measure (it's too cute)
10. Creative Couture Yarn Traveler
11. Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles
12. Stitch counter for needles

I love to knit socks but usually use only dpns. Now that I have this book, I might have to re-think that.
These are the handmade wreath and Christmas tree beaded ornaments. I have not done any knitted beaded anything. This inspires me to give it a shot. They are very cute.
In all honesty, this is the icing on the Christmas cake. I loved the yarn. The colors are so me, fall with no blue or pink!! I just love the yarns. I am going to make socks as soon as I can from Berroco. The Araucania is destined to be fingerless gloves. I hope that I can find a pattern that will use the same yardage. The label says about 48 yards. I am not sure if I will have to buy more or do two different yarns to get the gloves but I am determined to make myself a pair so I can learn how to do the thumb part. I have been thinking about making a pair while knitting a new pair of socks I am working on right now.

I haven't done a swap in years and years because I got burned so I am very pleased that this one turned out well. Thanks to Amanda from CA. You did an outstanding job!


Leigh said...

Oh, what fun! That should keep you busy for awhile. :)

Wool Winder said...

It's all so nice!

vlb5757 said...

Leigh-I sure hope so. I went and bought some more yarn to help extend the yarn that I got for the Clara Parkes fingerless gloves.

WW-I was thrilled with the yarn. The colors were perfect as well as the fact that I got some sock yarn! One can never have too much sock yarn.

Tina T-P said...

Wow, what a fun gift! They really crammed a lot in there for $40!

It was nice to see your comments on my blog the last couple of days - I've been so busy trying to finish all my Christmas caps that I haven't had a lot of time to read blogs lately. Did you finish your yellow lace socks? T.

vlb5757 said...

Tina! It's nice to see you too. I was so excited to see your fleeces that I had to leave a comment. I do come by but mostly don't leave a comment.

I feel like I got a lot for the $40she spent. I am going to try for those fingerless mitts. No, I haven't done a thing with the yellow socks. I am going to take them with me on vacation and mull over what to do. I am just sick that I might have to tink them back. I hate to do that but I want to finish them soon or they will be throw into the UFO pile for 2009. It was sure nice for you to come by!

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