mystery swap

Today is the first day in nearly a week that I am not running a fever! Yippie! I’m going to take this opportunity to show you the lovely package I received on Wednesday. I only wish I could have shown it earlier!
My lovely partner Christy picked “Japan” as my theme. She included a platypus pattern (too cute!), 3 skeins of Plymouth Galway yarn, Crystal Palace bamboo needles, green tea, Lindt 70% cocoa bar (my favorite!), a glass dragon, a traditional Japanese cup & saucer and 2 packets of Royal Milk Tea, which I can’t wait to try once I get my sense of smell & taste back! πŸ™‚

Here is a close up of the adorable glass dragon:
And my favorite item:
I absolutely adore this cup & saucer! Seriously! I’m almost afraid to use it for fear of breaking it. Almost. πŸ™‚

Thanks so much Christy! I absolutely love everything!


Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments on the sweater & socks! They gave me warm, fuzzies! πŸ™‚

I just wanted to let you all know that I’ve started registration for round 2 of the Mystery Theme Swap. Come, join us. You know you want to. πŸ˜‰

That’s what’s been going on. Ok, a LOT has been going on, but not much worth noting.

The Mystery Swap is wrapping up.. I’ve only got about 5 people left who haven’t received their packages yet and most of those are caught up in the backlog from the UK postal strike. There were some ups & downs with this, but overall I’m happy with the way it went and my participants seem to be very happy so all is well. I’m actually going to do a round 2 in January! πŸ™‚

The Circus was in town this past weekend and we got to hang a bit, which was nice. My sis & Autumn went to their show. I think sis enjoyed it, but Autumn not so much. Still a little young for this type of thing I think. She said she liked the music, but she was bored before the first song finished and was extremely tired by the end of the night. Kris won’t be doing much with the band this month because the acquisition of our office should be finalized soon and he will be a busy boy during the change over. We will definitely be working the New Year’s Eve show in Philly though, it sounds like I’ll be doing video for them.

Knitting has been happening, but not as much as I would like. I’m glad that I limited my X-mas knitting this year. As it is I’m not sure I will get it all done in time. 😦 However, I am just about done with my shopping! Yippie!

She’s so evil, even the eyes glow! πŸ˜‰

I hope everyone had a great & safe holiday! I got home to find my sister & Autumn had already arrived at my house for some trick or treating! My Mystery Swap package had also arrived, but it would have to wait until later. We had a quick pizza dinner and took off, leaving Kris in charge of handing out the candy.

After her bag was full and they left for home I finally got to open my package!

Items individually wrapped & numbered
to heighten the suspense!

4 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca yarn (how did she know I’m a sucker for alpaca?!), bamboo needles, point protectors, and The Knitter’s Bible Knitted Accessories book. She picked the Magic Mitten Gloves for me. I absolutely love the pattern and am currently fighting the urge to shove my other projects aside and start this right away.

The theme she picked was Autumn, and I think Meaghan filled it perfectly!

My fair Gryffindor’s package arrived safely! Yippie! And she’s loves it! XD

So, now I can talk about what I sent. First off, I want to show you the adorable stitch markers I got for her from Sunneshine’s Etsy shop.

Aren’t they friggin’ adorable?! Sunneshine is a great seller too, they arrived within 2 days of me ordering them!

Ok, now for the socks.
I made her Fawkes socks using Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome in Sugar Maple. Let me say, totally love that yarn! It’s the first time I’ve used it but it won’t be the last. Really, a super joy to knit with! So soft & warm, unfortunately it’s not superwash, but it’s worth the little extra care.

Pattern Notes: I used size 2 dpns for this pattern. Really easy lace pattern. Quickly memorized & very quickly knit. Unfortunately the flame pattern doesn’t pop as much with the variegated yarn, but I think its lovely anyways. Will probably knit these again.

This was actually the 3rd pattern, as well as the 3rd yarn choice I had for this swap. I initially picked one of the simple house sock patterns, then the quidditch socks. I was unable to get proper sizing with either even though I was using the recommended needles & yarn (Lang’s Jawoll), which is really crappy yarn & will never be purchased by me again. Seriously, bleck! I will mostly likely just bin the skeins I have.

So that’s it for me with the swapping for now. Avada is about half-way done with my socks and will mostly likely be sending my package towards the end of October, which is the actual ship date. The Mystery Theme Swap I’m hosting has finished registration & I’ve got 54 people signed up! I’m just managing this, unless someone backs out. πŸ™‚

Most of my free time lately has been spent getting the Mystery Theme Swap up & running. It’s been a lot of work, but I’m enjoying it. I hope it comes off well.

Anywho. I’m just popping in here for a quick update until things settle down a bit. My package for the Hogwarts Sock Swap was sent off a month early, in typical Ravenclaw over-achiever fashion, and my Gryffindor pal, Avada, should be receiving it either today or Monday. I’m so excited. I hope she likes it!

Also, I have started on my Christmas knitting. A pair of socks is on the needles for one lucky recipient. And one very lucky person will be getting something made with this…
No details will be given at this time in case said person decides to read my blog. πŸ™‚

So, now I’m off to do some knitting & a bit more organizing. It will probably be several days before I can post again, so I will leave you with a bit of Corrina cuteness.

“Stay away from my chicken if youse
knows whats good for youse”

I’ve decided to host my very own swap! πŸ™‚ It’s open to knitters & crocheters and is an international swap. The idea is that you will know who your partner is but the theme of your package will be a mystery. All skill levels are encouraged to participate. You won’t have to make anything for your partner, just send them everything they need for a small project based on the theme you select for them. The swap will run from October 1st-November 2nd and I will accept sign-ups until Sept. 24th.

If you are interested, please see Mystery Theme Swap for details.