I never publicly thanked my friend, N, for my presents!As some of you might remember from a previous post, I have this terrific friend in New Zealand who was originally my secret pal recipient (it's so difficult to describe the person to whom one secretly gives presents). My identity has not been a secret for quite some time, and we're enjoying sending each other lovely little gifties whenever we feel like it. It's a lot of fun to have the freedom to just send something because you can!
Well, this time around, N has spoiled me--I received beautiful yarn, with possum in it, no less! I've never owned possum yarn before, and it feels wonderful. And, because N knows me so well, the variegated skein is a bunch of purples and pinks and wines that I love, and then there are 2 skeins of a coordinating solid color. My biggest quandary with N's beautiful gifts is what to make of the oh-so special yarn she sends. This time is no exception. Oh, the agony of having beautiful yarn! Hee hee hee.
Edited to add a photo [6/20/06]:
But the gift didn't stop with just yarn--oh, no! N and I have decided to start our own swap: the pre-felted, then felted swap. You see, one of us (the knitter) will knit a to-be-felted item and send it to the other (the felter), and the other will then felt it to meet her own aesthetic standards. Then we'll switch roles. N started it by sending a to-be-felted Felted Bowl. It's gorgeous, and I was more than tempted to keep it as a hat, but I really want to see how it turns out as a bowl, so I'm going to go with it and felt it. N, if you're reading, I haven't felted it yet because it's so little--I need to accumulate a few more feltable things before I dedicate a whole washer's worth of water to the project. But soon, I swear!
Here's a photo of the bowl/hat:
Tune in soon for a photo of the finished item.
Speaking of projects (notice I didn't say "finished projects"), I ordered some cotton yarn for Nephew #2's 3rd birthday present project...his birthday's Sunday, but we won't be seeing him for another week. I wonder if I can do the whole thing in a week...luckily, Elann ships Priority Mail, so I assume the shipment will arrive by Friday or Saturday...giving me just one week to complete my very first Shadow Knitting-type project...Sure, I can do it! Why are you backing away like that? I'll be fine. Honest. Check with me in about a week, and you'll see!