Just realised that I have been blogging for over a year now! What I never anticipated when I started was how the experience of blogging goes beyond the virtual and enters the material realm. Take the BBM3 foodie swap: not only did it inspire our household to make Christmas puddings - one of which was sent to Mia in USA - it also meant that I received these goodies from Caryn.
Caryn made us some tasty flapjack-type food bars, which are very tasty indeed, and included some yummy Scharffen Chocolate, a pack of cherries and of blueberries (these are so tasty with yougurt for breakfast!), and some Trader Joe's Tempting Trail Mix. And, to satisfy the garden lover in me, she also included a card with seed which - if I lived in the right part of the world - would attract hummingbirds (one of our most exotic garden visitors is a woodpecker, but a hummingbird would be amazing!).
Now you may be asking, where is the knitting content? Christmas knitting... have to keep some things under cover! But I did receive a fibre treat in the post yesterday, because I ordered a spindle kit from Hello Yarn. I kept missing out on this kit because they tend to sell out very fast, but I was lucky a few weeks ago and managed to get a hand-dyed wool top called 'fairy fingers'. I love all things fairy - the moss and bark loving kind who inhabit dark realms, not the pink and fluffy and sparkly girly ones. I only spun a little bit to check it out...
This kit is so worth it, because Adrian includes a pre-prepared strip of pre-drafted and in the form of a tidy little nest for comparison purposes. That really helped me when making this 7 yard skein. I am saving the rest until after my first spinning class which is in a couple of weeks.