Friday, 28 December 2007
I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and got lots of knitting goodies from Santa!
I am planning to do another round of this swap soon, so be prepared! I will be keeping it for Europe only though as I have had problems with sending things to the USA and I don't want anyone to be upset if for some reason they can't receive their package.
See you all soon!
Sunday, 23 December 2007
Friday, 14 December 2007
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Wonderful, 4 yarns of a soft cotton, tea, chocolate, a little mould, an embrodery book, circular bamboo needles and 4 little snowflocks... Thanks Süßstoff, I love everythig! I'll knit a scarf and I'll stich some hearts. I'll send you a pic of my works when I finish them.
This is my first swap and I'm a little shy to had sent so few stuffs to my partner. Forgive me!
And now I share this beautiful package from Portugal with all of you.
Let me point out that, in my haste and frenzy, I still took time to appreciate Portugal's beautiful stamps:
And then after ripping out the industrial strength scotch-tape, here is what greeted my eye:
I will admit that for a minute yarn was not on my mind. At all. I ruffled through the pink paper and found candy. I love candy!
And then I dove in and pulled out the following yarn. Let me just say that yarn wrapped in a bow is the equivalent of George Clooney wrapped in a bow for my non-knitting part of the brain: it rocks.
This skein is a beautiful strawberry pink and I think it will make a kicking hat.
This is the softest yarn I have ever felt and I am still not sure what will be of it. Whatever it is, it will be a pleasure to wear.
And last, but definitely not least, let's talk about Paula's mind-reading abilities. I have been knitting and crocheting flowers as Xmas presents with some Noro yarn that quickly ran out. What does she present me with if not basically the awesomer (I am making up words like a pro today) and way less scratchy equivalent?
Thank you so much for making jumping out of bed so early so much fun, Paula. I cannot wait for the next swap!!
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Monday, 10 December 2007
It felt like Christmas when I took out all of the lovely things Charlie Chuckels aka Purl City sent me.
I really can't thank you enough, Charlie. You certainly made my day!
There are some more pictures on my blog. You especially need to take a closer look at Charlie's gorgeous hand-dyed yarn!
And a big thank you to everyone in this blog. I hope to repeat this experience.
Sunday, 9 December 2007
My parcel came from Laura Nani (Diamanterosa) in Italy. She obviously looked over my profile carefully as there were some lovely things in there that relate to things I adore! There were two little soy sauce dishes with chopstick holders - so cute! And some rose napkins and rose and lavender air fresheners, plus, some lavender from her garden!
There was also a lovely pattern book and I just love all of the patterns in there!
I am really looking forward to trying out all of the yarns. Can you believe that there were 17 balls in total??!!! How lucky am I!?
Most of the yarn is Filatura di Crosa, which I have never seen before, I especially love the merino. There was also some Re Fa Baruffa Club, which again is lovely, it's so soft. There was also a ball of Martifil Diva, which is red with silver sparkles in is, which is great, I think I will make a slinky sexy scarf with that!
Thank you so much for such a wonderful gift! And thanks to everyone else for taking part and making this a great swap for everyone involved, especially since it was the first time I have hosted a swap. Thanks for the star too!
As I said, I plan to do another round in the New year and I hope that you will all take part again, it's so nice to receive yarns from other countries, sometimes you don't realise how much more beautiful yarn there is out there just waiting for us to get our needles into!
Saturday, 8 December 2007
...arrived here this afternoon! I was surprised to receive mail so late on a Saturday, we usually get the last delivery at 11...so...thank you so much to Serena aka Cosmicnail, our swap master!! How exciting is it to have as pal the very swap master??? Very, very exciting!
After opening the envelope (a bit wet, but thankfully just the outside and not the content!) I found these marvellous things:
- two skeins of burgundy Schachenmeyer nomotta Alpaka Fashion (so very soft!)
- one skein of Anny Blatt's Batik
- one skein of Zitron's Loft (I adore!!)
then, hidden in the skeins, were a bag of mixed mother of pearl buttons in green and sea colours (yummylicious!!)and a silver bag with inside 4 wonderful stitch markers, each a unicate, made of glass and china (I think?).
But it is not over yet... I found also 4 bags of assorted teas (how did you know I love teas in all variations??) and... roll drums...a little jar of hand balm (just what I need in the cold season for my very dry hands!) and finally, a cute bee-decorated retractable measuring tape, both with cm and inches!!
I feel so spoiled it's unreal... thank you so much Serena!!
It is a bit early to reveal plans for the yarn, however I think that the two skeins of Alpaka will be nice combined with some lilac/pink noro blossom that I have somewhere in the house. I was thinking of long mitts (a bit like Berroco's Annlina) or a scarf from the Norah Gaughan series... hmm...decisions, decisions...
I so much would like to upload pictures of all the goodies, however right now I am "separated" from my camera, which I have lent to my other half, today out and about. Tomorrow, when the light will also be better, I am hoping to upload a pic or two, and more will follow on my blog, which really needs updating!
In the meantime I would like to wish you all a happy second advent tomorrow, and leave with you this picture of Carl Larsson, one of my fav painters :)
Friday, 7 December 2007
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
My parcel is in the post! I got my camera ready to take a picture of it before giving it to my husband to send off but by the time we had firmly wrapped it up and addressed it, I forgot to take the picture!!
In the end the parcel didn't go into the post until Monday as I decided to put in some last minute extras over the weekend!
I really hope Seussstoff likes it!
I can't wait to get my parcel, I'm like a child waiting for Christmas!!
Take care everyone!
Monday, 3 December 2007
I look forward to hearing my partner's thoughts on what I sent her.
I will hopefully be starting a round 2 of this swap in the near future....
I had to get armed with umbrella & waterproof coat for the heavy rain, a woollen hat and gloves against the cold wind, and then put the parcel into a large plastic bag to avoid it being sopping wet during my 3 min walk to the PO...well, I fought all the way but it was worth the "exercise". Now, I am going t sit down with a nice cup of hot chocolate, relax and wait for the parcel to arrive!
The woman in the post office jumped to the side when I explained that I needed to take a picture - even though I told her she wouldn't be in it... (I might have reacted the same way!)
Saturday, 1 December 2007
Here it all is. Twilleys Freedom Spirit I know is perfect for felting. There is a skein of Noro Iro and 2 different shades of Mission Falls 1824 wool which tone with the Noro - I must try to think of a way of incorporating them all together -any suggestions? There is also a great notebook and 3 toggle buttons who were camera shy and hid while the photo was being taken. But wait...what is that.....
It is silk, but not just silk...beautiful, beautiful silk from Teo's shop on the Isle of Skye. I really love this and can't wait to finish the boring Grey cardi I am knitting for my daughter's boyfriend's Christmas present.
Oh and then there was
This card with a rosette made from Scottish tweed with a vintage button which looks perfect on a red cardigan. Thanks so much Fiona.
Now how about another round of this swap as the Secret Pal big swap is taking a break?
I didn't get a chance to get the package in the post today but it will be off on Monday. I just hope my partner likes what I bought!
Friday, 30 November 2007
The package for my pal is coming together these days. I spent quite a while in my lys today after I got some very helpful tips from another swapper. There are just very few items missing.
This is something not knitting related I had to buy for myself the minute I saw it and I figured my pal might like it too... so I bought two!
If I don't manage to get my package to the post office tomorrow, it will certainly be on its way on Monday. I'll try to take an action shot as well and post it here the minute I return.
Happy swapping everybody!
Today it arrived, my wonderful package from Rome / Italy!! Beautiful yarns, delicious chocolate, teas, and my absolute favorite highlight: a small sheep in which is hidden a tape measure in cm and inches!!! (Did you make it yourself?) Fabulous! I´m very happy!! Thank you so much Carla!
Thursday, 29 November 2007
It's Charlie from Manchester, England here..........I have been away in Florence, Italy for the last week so this is my first chance to post on here.
This is my first swap and I hope I don't disappoint. I have been stalking my victim via her blog (!) and I really hope she likes the goodies I am parcelling up to send to her!
I really want to spoil the recipient as it is always a joy to recieve a parcel of goodies from far away! I have spent quite a few hours deciding over the contents of my box and now I am trying to cram it all in.
I will take a picture of the box and pop it into the post tomorrow!!
Love to you all!
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
The alpaca is very soft and beautifully coloured in variegated browns and golds. Now, how did you know that the pale blue /green mohair is one of those colours that is so integral to my wardrobe? And the deep blue wool-cotton is lovely and soft as well as pretty. There were also chocolate, almond pastries (really yummy!) and some grape-bilberry (sour grape type smell) vegetable soap which is already in my bathroom! Thank you again Typesetter, I shall be stalking you on Ravelry too!
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
I have some good ideas about the other things I want to get and saw something a while ago which I know will be perfect, now, if I can only remember where I saw it...
Sunday, 25 November 2007
I will be off shopping this week for my goodies, I'm really looking forward to it, although if I find some extra special things, I might end up having to buy double so I don't get jealous of the things I'm sending and won't be tempted to keep them for myself!
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Anyway, the package is insured and trackable, so I'll start my OCD routine of checking it every 25 seconds.
I cannot wait for my recipient to get it!
Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I'm Claudia, or Clau, from Germany. I'm rather more of a paper artist than a knitter, but I recently rediscovered knitting and really enjoy it. I focus on small projects though, like socks, scarves or hats for fear of losing patience ;)
Thanks to Natural Born Knitter for setting up this blog. It' ll be so much fun to see what everybody chose for their packages. I already started to look for some goodies, but haven't bought anything yet. I like Gabriella's idea of also adding some special Christmas related things and I'll probably adopt it :)
With so many Italians taking part in this swap I'd like to say: Ciao a tutti, buona giornata e Happy Swapping!
Friday, 23 November 2007
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Good afternoon everyone,
How exciting to be in another international swap! I am particularly thrilled to see so many Italians here :)
I have already started putting together the goodies for my "victim" and it is so much fun... such a shame not to be a fly on the wall and watch the ceremony of opening the parcel ;-)
With Christmas approaching, I think I will add some special English xmas goodies to the box, which reminds me of something important: what about food allergies? I hope everyone has included these in their profile, or maybe could create an extra entry in this blog?
Now I have to get back to work, but firstly I wanted to say thank you to our master aka swap organizer cosmicnail for setting up this blog :) I hope it will also be used to upload piccies of the goodies we are going to get, in due time :)
Gabriella, a Sardinian in exile in the UK ;-)
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
I am Carla and I knit and live in Rome. I have trouble keeping up with things (as is witnessed by my every day life), so forgive me for my randomness and inconsistency. I have been forcing myself to write a blog, but it's slim-pickins. This is my first swap and I cannot wait to go shopping for it. I love the sea too (ciao gomitolina!) and lived in Sicily (Ragusa) for 2 years. My parents are both from there, so I spent every summer in Marina di Ragusa. It's been a while since I've been anywhere that wasn't boring nor flat (hello Ohio!). Anyway, I digress (I had warned you people!). Off I go to wear socks (handmade socks) and brave the cold.
Hi everybody! My name is gomitolina, and I have joined the swap. My blog has been written in Italian until now, but I'll manage to write it in English too... it will be a good experiment for me: I've not been practising the language for a while, so I apologize since now for the foolish things I'll write!
My nickname, "gomitolina", means somewhat like "little skein" or "little yarn ball", which is what I actually feel: soft but sometimes inextricable...
I live in Palermo, Sicily, by the sea, of which I'm fond of, and I think that soon I'll start a group on Ravelry (where you can find me as gomitolina) for Sicily lovers. I love knittins socks, lace patterns, stranded... and I sing in a gospel choir!
I can't look forward to knowing my secret knitting pals! ...if you receive some sicilian goodies, it's me.
Don't forget that the send date for this swap is 3rd December.