Sunday, January 22, 2006

Thanks Secret Pal jen!

She rocks! Yeah, that's right! And I'm not just saying that because I've had 5 cups of caffeine, I mean tea!! :)

I don't think Simba was too keene on my tea sitting so close to him while he was trying to sleep but hey, it's my desk.

See that metal chain running out of my tea? It's a heart shaped tea infuser that I have quickly put to use. My secret pal, lowercase jen, got it for me! She got me some other loot too. Yeah that's right LOOT! WHOO!

Look, yarn! There was some candy too, but as always, it was eaten before I had a chance to take a photo. Weird how that always happens. *innocent* They tasted pretty good...I mean, that's what I was told. hehe Sugar-free caramel covered with chocolate. Yum! Some knitting note cards (I think I'll use these when I give people their knit gifts, they can include handling instructions for their item), a cute person that jen suggested I use for carrying items such as scissors and stitch holders (this will be perfect for when I'm taking my knitting to work and I don't want to take the whole she-bang with me, thanks!), and some Lamb's Pride in Tahiti Teal.

Now I have to admit, I'm not much of a teal person. But this is a great color! The picture really doesn't do it justice. I'm excited...what should I make with it? Do I want to felt something? Do I want to try something new? I usually use a lot of acrylic/wool or alpaca blends but lately I've been thinking about using more 100% wool. Maybe this is just what I needed to get me going? By the way, this is the first brand of wool I ever knit with and I just love how it feels on the needles. You non-yarn addicts wouldn't understand, but it has a sort of natural give to it.

Last are some stitch markers that jen made herself. I think these are my favorite thing from the package. Partially because they're handmade by jen herself; I really do appreciate handmade gifts. I know a lot of work goes into anything you make yourself. Sure, you can buy them at the store, but it's just not the same. The other reason I like them is cause they're practical! And pretty. :) If you're looking for a gift idea for a knitter you know, these are always a good choice.

Check out the box, jen made it too. What a great idea!! I think I may have to steal it. :)

Thank you jen! I really appreciate all your gifts this season. It's always fun to receive a special package in the mail. I look forward to reading your blog and getting to know you!


Tony Grant said...

Hey just blogging and ran across yours. It's cute. Come over and check me out let me know what you think

Faythe said...

Two things--1)The look on Simba's face while he was staring at your cup was too funny! It made me laugh and laugh. 2) That coffee mug looks exactly like the one I use at work!! I think it's the same cup! Where'd you get yours from? I can't remember where I bought mine, but I think it may have been from Cost Plus.

rayleen said...

The coffee mug is part of a dish set I got from Target. They have an asian meets the '70's flair.

I don't think Simba likes tea. Or anything touching his bed, for that matter.