Saturday, December 23, 2006

Thank you Secret Pal!

This is really late, so massive apologies for Maylin, who stepped in as my "Angel" in the One Skein Secret Pal exchange after my original spoiler mysteriously vanished! Maylin has been great. Anyway, this parcel was despatched to me yonks ago, but took absolutely ages to get here (thanks, Royal Mail!), and once it had arrived I'd lent my camera to my Mum so couldn't post about it! Finally, I have the camera back, so here we go!

It was all in a box, absolutely PACKED with things - this photo shows:
- soaps - olive oil and hemp (which is just the sort of thing I'd have chosen for myself!)
- two scented candles - a big one in the tin on the top right, and a smaller lavender one.
- a notebook and address book
- fridge magnet
- glow in the dark pebbles (so cool!)
- a place card holder for dinner parties etc (can also be used for holding a knitting pattern!)
- chocolate (well, there has been a considerable delay between the parcel arriving and my camera coming back, which explains why the chocolate doesn't feature in the picture...)
I'm not sure how well they come out in the photo but several of the items are from the M.I.L.K. project, which are really sweet photos. M.I.L.K. stands for Moments of Intimacy, Laughter and Kinship and the photos are quite moving and very cool!

The parcel also contains two skeins of Maylin's own handspun, in a wonderful shade of purple (much more purple than it appears on my screen anyway!)

And, finally, a One Skein Wonder! I'd seen this pattern but never got round to making it - now I have one to wear! I'm not sure what the yarn is she used, but it's great to wear and fits perfectly. Not that you can tell in the picture below where I ran into the usual problems of living on my own and the atrocious daylight at this time of year!

Anyway, this shot came out better! Aren't those colours fab!
Thank you Maylin! You've been a wonderful Angel!

I'm now getting on with Christmas preparations. It's all a bit crazy, the supermarket last night was complete hell, it looked like a famine was about to break out and people were panic-buying like mad (why? We're not about to run out of food!). There were fights breaking out in the car park as people tried to park (I gave up and went and parked at the railway station and walked back!) and the queues at the checkouts were all at least 20 trolleys deep. People are always so arsey at this time of year. At least it's not just here, sounds like it's just the same (only rather warmer!) with Happyspider in Australia. Or I could have small children to take care of, I swear Anne and Nic must be saints. I have enough trouble just organising myself.

And another thing I hate about this time of year:

the weather. Grey. Dingy. Drippy wet. Bloody freezing. Freezing fog when you want to drive anywhere at all, never mind long distances. Although Farli has provided a very useful link to Chris's British Roads database, which I wish I'd known about ages ago as it has little pictures of all (?) the British motorway junctions, so you have some inkling what it's going to look like before you get there. Look, you can even look at pictures of the M1! Maybe now I can stop having nightmares about junction 24/24A of the M1, which I regularly drive round two or three times in the wrong lane.

Right anyway. I returned home to find rather a lot of emails waiting, which I haven't really got time to do anything about now as I have a friend coming round for mince pies. Which don't exist yet. But that's OK as he's currently in the air somewhere between New York and Heathrow, so plenty of time for mince pie making, especially with the current fog/traffic/airport chaos. And I need to make the spare room habitable as Mum is coming tomorrow. So the laptop is being relegated to the study and is being ignored over Christmas!

So, wherever you are (and I bet the weather's much nicer there!) have a FANTABULOUS CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

and I'll be back sometime.


Piglottie said...

Wonderful One Skein angel you got - what gorgeous presents!

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas, and all the very best for 2007.

PS: Thanks for letting me know about the pop-ups on my blog. Hopefully its now sorted as I've got rid of the webstats thing.

Farli said...

And a very happy Christmas to you too.

I am not sure about the weather being nicer here though.

Seahorse said...

So glad your angel came through - what a special person!

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful angel - you received such beautiful items.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas!

Anonymous said...

LMAO!! Your post made me laugh :o) Especially making mice pies for a friend in the sky!
I hope you have a great Christmas, I think your card is probably in the post ( see, I'm not a saint, actually terribly disorganised and still haven't finished knitting my scarf pressie.....)
WOW great One skein pal you had!! I loved my one skein wonder. Only worn it once though!!
See you in the new year.

happyspider said...

Have a very happy christmas Daisy :)

Susan Hird said...

And a merry Christmas to you too. Have to say, that Christmas here in Melbourne is goind to be quite cool this year, which is much better than stinking hot. And at least we aren't smogged out with smoke from the bushfires as there is a breeze. See, wherever one is, we can find things not to our liking.
Wonderful one skein pressies, very lucky girl.

Rain said...

What a fabulous package, she really is an angel. The OSW looks great on you.

Mary Anne said...

Merry Christmas, kiddo and enjoy your time with family and friends.

angie cox said...

Happy Christmas to you that "One skein wonder"

Anne said...

Very very nice parcel from your One Skein angel :-) :-)

Have a lovely Christmas - see you next year.

Anonymous said...

So glad you liked the OSW and sorry I never gotround to answering your email of ages ago. I don't have the same excuses as everyone else as this part of France seems relatively sane still. But yes the yarn is Colinette Tagliatelli (90% merino so hand wash I am afraid) It took just a few metres over one skein.
Hope the tonsils are recovered and you are not still relegated to eating scratchy stuff.

Have a great Christms and the very best 2007

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful parcel! Have a happy Xmas, Katie. xx

nanatoo said...

Hope you had a lovely Christmas Katie. I love what you got in your parcel, your angel is very cool indeed :D
OSW is a beauty!