YAY!! It's finally here!! Laura Jane is from Needles, Pins and Baking Tins blog. I can't remember if I found her or if she found me, but once I read her site I was hooked! She's more of a quilter turned crochet/knitter and I'm a knitter trying to do some quilting. She also has the EXACT same sewing machine that I have! How cool is that?? We're also both math type people, which is cool to find. :) Totally kindred spirits!
So of course, one thing lead to another and we began emailing back and forth. The idea of a swap was brought up and I jumped at the chance! I love swapping with my international friends. :) We set a deadline for sending out our packages on December 1st. Mine somehow got to her at lightening speed and she wrote about it here , and for some other random reason mine took until today to get here! And let me tell you... it was WELL worth the wait. I've totally been spoiled!
I was impatient and didn't take a picture of the pretty box! You can see Popeye climbed in the pretty stripey paper instantly. hehe The yarn was all wrapped up in some some CUTE reindeer paper and there were hand written notes!! I love a great hand written note. hehe
Oh my goodness there are SO MANY yummy goodies in this box!! I'll save the yarn to show you last. ;)
Some traditional marmalade, orange and strawberry, then finally some awesome scraps of fabric to start building up my stash! Even some from Laura Jane's baby blanket that her mom made her way back when! It's these personal details that make swaps the best thing on the entire planet. I could not be more excited about all of these things!!
Then... The yarn. Does this face say it all?
There are two balls of Sirdar Eco Wool, 100% undyed virgin wool. It is soooo much softer than you think it might be. I LOVE this! I think I could buy undyed for absolutely everything and I'd be perfectly happy.
Laura Jane sent two balls of Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed that are to DIE for! I hadn't had a chance to knit in a tweed yet but I've been chomping at the bit! This dark brown is just so incredibly lovely:
Then finally.... an absolutely gorgeous skein of recycled Sari yarn! I'd heard of it before but I had never seen it in person! The shine this yarn has is stunning. I already have a project brewing for this one!
So Laura Jane, in response to your comments about me spoiling you and going over board - I think I got the better end of this deal! hehe You asked for less expensive yarn than I did for sure! I can not wait to get knitting with these and testing all my yummy goodies! Thank you so much, Laura Jane! This was an excellent Christmas Eve Eve surprise!!