One of the reason I like to join a good swap is for the chance to make new friends. Lately, many new swaps haven't been of the secret variety and that affords a whole new opportunity to get to know someone. Instead of scouring someones blog and asking/answering questions in secret, you can come right out and ask. It's a great opportunity to chat and get to know someone on a different level and it's a good chance to make a friend, someone you know will be part of your blogging life from now on out. Renee, my pal for Lynne’s Special Swap, is just such a person. I've enjoyed reading her blog as she is a movie buff and I'm not much of a movie goer. Her posts offer a great chance for me learn of movies I might enjoy. She is also a fabulous knitter as you can see by this fabulous baby blanket.
Renee certainly figured out my likes and sent a wonderful package full of garden goodies. Lynne's swaps have a special theme and this time it was "In the Garden". From the looks of it, Renee had as much fun with this theme as I did. (Hopefully the package I sent out her way on Monday will arrive today!)
There were so many fun things wrapped up in the package. Look at the charming colorful plates with garden motifs, and napkins, too. I love the herbal note cards and tiny pots of plants. (She has more faith in me as a gardener than I do.) There is soap to wash away the soil from digging in the garden (nice, lovely soap) and a candle so we can enjoy a romantic dinner in the garden, too. (You may notice the little bag of Jelly Belly's, which I am noshing on as I write this post.)
Best of all is the yarn. I know it will be hard to believe, but I haven't seen Malabrigo yarns around here. Renee included a beautiful blue, Indigo, skein of Chunky, as well as a pattern for a darling baby hat! My brother's wife is expecting their second baby (second grrl) and there maybe a complication (we're waiting for word). I'm going to knit this little hat for her and fill it with prayers in every stitch. This part of the gift means more to me than you can know, Renee. It feels as if you knew what I needed to help get me through this (hopefully small) crisis.
Now look at this....
I must say that this is the most beautiful colorway of Claudia Handpaint I have ever seen and it has a perfect name - Purple Earth...totally cool, totally!
Thank you so much Renee! You are a superb swap pal.
Speaking of pals...each day this blog is getting a little closer to 29,000 comments. By early next week that should happen and one of you will receive this yummy sock yarn, Iggy Pop, from the dye pots of blog pal Kim. I must admit it is very difficult to part with this colorway. There will also be a few other things included if you are the lucky 29,000th person. Then it's onto 30,000!