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Prezzies in the Mail

Today I figured I’d show you some things I got in the mail in the last two days. Whenever Matt brings in the mail and there’s a package or letter (not bill) for me, he tells me he brought me prezzies. It always makes me laugh and I get excited and say “I love prezzies!” Yesterday I got a package and a card in the mail.

The card was from Jessica! I was surprised to get a card in the mail and it made me smile before I even opened it. Then I opened it and had a good laugh!

Card from Jessica!

The package that came (and was expected) was from Knitterly Things. I’ve been wanting to get enough stripey yarn to make a pair of striped knee socks, so last week’s update, I got two skeins of “Seashells from the Seashore” for that, plus a skein of “Meadows” and two of the new coordinating skeins (heels and toes!) that Julia is now selling in her shop – one for each of the colorways I bought for socks.

Vesper Sock Yarn
Pink (top left) & Seafoam (top right) coordinating skeins, Meadows (left bottom) and two skeins of Seashells by the Seashore (center & right bottom)

Today’s mail brought me two books.

104/365: New Sock Books

I pre-ordered both books from Amazon when I first heard when they would be out. Since they were coming out close together, I decided to order them together and save on shipping. I was pretty excited when I got the shipping notice on Sunday and was waiting for them to get here. On the left is Sock Innovation by Cookie A. and to the right is Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy A. Johnson. So far I’m enjoying both books – reading through and trying to decide which patterns to knit first! There are a lot of reviews of both books on various blogs, so I don’t think I’ll be doing any myself, but I think both have a number of great patterns that I’ll knit :o)

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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