A short time ago I won a blog giveaway that Jenny was running. The prize was for sock yarn and all my readers will know how partial I am to a ball or two *cough* of sock yarn in my stash. So I entered not thinking anything more about it, well, I won! (and became quite giddy that I had won) Jenny told me that she had posted it yesterday and to be on the lookout. It arrived today, not bad at all from Scotland.
Fully expecting a package weighing 100g or thereabouts, I realised that the box the present(s) were in was very heavy and (as all good present unwrappers should) upon shaking the box it rattled! Now, I don't know of any sock yarn that Rattles!
I became quite giddy, I unwrapped the first layer and came across a beautiful black box, already I have plans for it. Its just such a nice box on its own. And then I carefully unpacked that beautiful black box and lots and lots of purple packages came out of it.
Don't they look pretty, it was so exciting. I unwrapped them slowly savouring each and every gift.
Firstly there was a beautiful Easter card, so pretty.
Look at it all out of the box, how on earth did it all fit in.
There is beautiful sock yarn, Regia designed by Kaffe Fassett in a colour suitable for a boy or a girl. Jenny had offered to knit socks for the lucky winner but I had asked her if I could knit my own to get double the pleasure of the yarn. It will be lovely to knit this and remember my excitement at receiving all of these gifts.
An absolutely gorgeous linen tea towel by Portmeirion, far too posh to dry tea cups with. I shall save it for special picnics to wrap crusty baguettes in, it really is beautiful. And there was chocolate, I love chocolate through the post when you least expect it. All plans to be good are quickly forgotten as the first whiff of cocoa hits your nose and your hands greedily pull at the wrapping to just have one taste. As son no. 2 was with me and I was explaining how this blog giveaway had worked, (he was feigning interest but really he was drifting away) he thought the chocolate was an extremely good idea and practically claimed it as his own.
and yet more presents, Rose Petal Salve by Rose & Apothecary, I've just opened it and its evocative of the smell of crystalised rose petals that my grandmother used to make and use on her cakes and trifles. Its just lovely. There is L'Occitane soap with 20% shea butter and a tube of Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash by Liz Earle, I shall really enjoy using them, such lovely luxuries to spoil myself with. There is a smelly candle, which is fun because I can't exactly work out its scent but I am sure I am getting orange and cloves. Some pretty Cath Kidson tissues, just perfect for my next cold!
I nearly forgot to mention the pretty postcards, one of Greyfriars Bobby, I love the story of that little furry terrier.
I have tears streaming down my face as I watch this clip, it was one of my favourite films as a child. Who knew it was in colour, I thought it was in black and white and its only just hit me that this was because we only had a black and white television. Oh how times change! (giggling quietly to self)
And then there was a fierce Scottish pussy cat postcard and a lovely shaggy highland cow.
And last but by no means least, a new variety of courgettes to try this summer. That will be fun, they do look tasty.
I think I have remembered everything!
All crammed back into the beautiful black box.
Thank you Jenny for spoiling me. I've loved every moment of it. (and will enjoy it all again and again and again as I use these lovely gifts)
ECS 3 - A swatch/prototype in progress. The stitch is eastern crossed stitch. The yarn is Paton's Classic Wool. The gauge is 8 stitches per inch or 32 stitches ...
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