Monday, March 09, 2009

My Secret Pal Partner!

Today, way earlier than is normal, a package arrived on my doorstep. We thought it was something Larry had ordered, but when we opened the door -- it was a huge box from my Secret Pal! Yeah! I was soooooooooo excited -- not only has she been a super secret pal, but, this package was the reveal package. I was all ready to rip in and see who she is and I get a phone call! Someone wants to come over right now and tour the childcare! Ugh!!!! Good on the new children part, bad on the timing part. I had to put the box in the office and wait, very patiently, until I had finished showing off our business. As soon as the mom left, it was time for nap, which meant I could spend some glorouis time looking through the box of goodies and reading the card inside! I had already be spoiled, she sent me a subscription to Interweave Knits a week ago -- something I have been wanting!

I slowly (super speed) opened the box and paused long enough to take a picture:
My husband at this point, not only remarks on my restraint (I tend to rip right into presents) but asks (like the smarty pants he is) "is it fabric" (knowing full well it is a knitting swap -- not that I wouldn't love fabric -- but the box it came in was from fabric.com)

Anyway, First I opened the beautiful card, from Andrea, my partner who has been spoiling me for the last few months and done a super job at it by the way! Yeah, I know who she is now!

The first thing I opened was a book -- Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard (one of my favorite designers)



Then a lovely Journal and a packet of scrapbook papers and stickers (there is a really cute black paper with pink dresses that I LOVE).


Then, the yarn, a lot of yarn.

First, 2 skeins of Atacama 100% Alpaca, hand dyed (made by Araucania yarns -- one of my favorties)


Then a cute pink bag, made by my Secret Pal, with 2 skeins of sock yarn. ONLine supersocke Cotton and SPARKLY Fortissima Colori (sparkly in case you didn't see that the first time:)

Then a cute red bag with cows (again made by my secret pal) full of Araucania Ranco (2 skeins) in a beautiful purple, green and brown colorway!


This made my day and I love it all so much, thank you again Andrea!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Knitting and Lent

Since the kiddos and I have switched to a Lutheran Church I have been learning so much -- Lent being one of those things learned. The churches we have attended in the past have never celebrated Lent, they haven't even talked about it and what Lent is. So, I have learned about Lent and I love things that are steeped in tradition and ceremony (Why I never visited a sacramental church before is beyond me) so, naturally I love Lent. I have been having lots of discussions on what one is supposed to do during Lent and I came up with my own little thing I will do for Lent. I decided that every year I will pick something in my life that needs to change -- eating habits, spending habit etc -- and then choose something specific I can work on. This year I chose to not eat out for the 40 days of Lent. I am not also taking Sundays off as some people have told me I could do (maybe I think that it does not mean as much if I take breaks:) Instead of eating out -- which we do ALOT -- I am spending the time each night (or most of them) to cook dinner for my family and learning to take snacks with us when we are running errands for the day. My hope is to make this a permanent change. I would like to save the amount we spend on eating out and also eat healthier at the same time. I did tell Larry the other night I don't thing I can give up Mexican Resturants forever -- I can make most other things at home and they taste as good if not better that resturant foods, but Mexican has a special flavor I cannot seem to replicate.

Well, that is what I gave up. I also wanted to add some sort of positive thing. So, since I love knitting and I knit an amazing amount of time every day I chose to take an hour of my knitting time and make something for charity. I have been involved in the Hand in Hand program at the library near us for a while, but I have been doing what I think is the minimum of effort towards the goal of clothing the areas homeless with warm items. Since I added the hour of knitting for charity each day, I have made a dozen scarves and several hats! It is amazing how much knitting I actually do:)

On a non Lent note, I have been working on a few new patterns that should be perfected in the next few weeks. I am getting pretty far on Dahlia and my Hemlock Ring Blanket (Which I LOVE). I am also almost done with the 2nd sparkly sock. Oh, and I crocheted my first Granny Square. SP13 is wrapping up and I am trying to decide if I want to go another round. I have so much fun with the Secret Pal Swaps, I am just not sure If I can commit this time. So, I have a decision to make!

Have a wonderful day, we are enjoying some late winter snow right now, in fact here is the view out my window! So Pretty:)