I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed now by having opened both my stitching santa parcels. I loved putting the parcels together to send to my recipients, but I’ve had so much joy out of opening both of the parcels put together especially for me.
Second cup of coffee at the ready I opened my second parcel of the day which was from Jan of the snail of happiness. Inside the box were two individually wrapped parcels.
Opening the first i discovered a gorgeous hand made work basket, with a card.
This told me that as well as yarny gifts Jan had also included some card making things. Opening that package revealed gorgeous papers with petals and textures in them that I can’t wait to use, as well as cards, envelopes and tiny gift tags.
I moved onto the work basket which was filled with loads of goodies, lots contained in beautiful purple bags. So here goes, in order of opening…
First a bag of teeny tiny sparkly Christmas poms poms
Then some different coloured stitch markers
Some absolutely beautiful lace trim, which I assume might be vintage having seen the things Jan sells in her etsy shop.
Some beautiful shiny vintage buttons
Which I immediately started playing with as I wondered if I might use them in an embroidery to make a bird that I could then stitch a beak and legs onto with surrounding details. I think it looks a bit like a song thrush.
A 4.5mm crochet hook with a super comfy handle… Perfect as i’d love to gradually replace my hook collection with comfy handled ones… They’re so much nicer to use.
A couple more stitch markers (how cute is that gingerbread man?!) and a badge about making stuff. By this point I was feeling very grateful as a while ago I managed to lose my little tin that contained all my stitch markers… I think it may have fallen out on a train journey. I’m not sure I’ve written about that, but i was putting off buying any more incase my stitching santa might include some in my parcel. Perfect!
And then came the wool. Jan included 100% british wools, some that were commercially produced, and some that were produced by her friends. I love how she has included a tag on each to say where they have come from. It feels a bit like when I get out the recipe book my mum put together for me when I went off to uni and she has written in there who each of the recipes came from initially. Somehow when I make those recipes I feel linked back to those people and it’s a really lovely way to remember them. I’m excited that this first wool was from local sheep (local to Jan). This means Welsh sheep, and i feel quite strongly about my Welsh roots (my dad’s mum was Welsh). Having studied in Cardiff I didn’t want to leave Wales, and lived and worked in Llanelli, and then bridgend,neath and port talbot,before I finally moved here to gloucester. My mum’s dad used to jokingly suggest he’d disinherit me as I strongly supported the Welsh in rugby, even when (especially when!!) they were playing the English! I now need to think of something I can make for myself so I can keep the Welsh wool here!
More natural coloured wool
Including some from cornish sheep, which is also special as i love Cornwall and we spent our honeymoon there nearly 3 years ago
Interestingly i would never normally go for things in these colours, but seeing all these balls of wool together in natural undyed colours has got me really excited. I may also have spent a little while just sniffing them and taking in the Sheepy smell 😳. I can’t wait to make something special with them – please feel free to make suggestions, otherwise I fear I will not think of anything special enough and will end up waiting too long for inspiration!
Three more balls of wool, including the blue dyed one from more Welsh sheep. (the colour of the orangey one looks more red here but it’s more subtle in reality)
And then finally this intriguing little package!
Each little package had either a totally perfect flamingo or this large safety pin. I may have let out an actual squeal of joy when I saw the first flamingo!
I’m wondering if my new collection of stitch markers will be safer if I pin them onto a work bag?
A closer view of the now empty work basket
My two parcels have totally made my day. They have extended Christmas from when I started putting together the parcels to send up to now when I’ve opened them. Thank you so much Sheila of sewchet for organising the swap. I’ll definitely sign up if you do it again next Christmas (and I might cry if you don’t!).
And finally, hoping this doesn’t make my post too long,photos of what I sent to my yarny recipient