Friday, February 27, 2009

Coffee Swap IV

How lucky am I?

Nothing makes me happier than getting a package in the mail. Having been sick with "the crud" for the past couple of weeks, I was doubly thrilled when my coffee swap package arrived on my doorstep last weekend. Totally made my day (& maybe even my week)!

Shanda really spoiled me! I received two packages of coffee; a Sumatra roast from Sisters Coffee Company and the Purr-fect blend from Flying Cats. The Flying Cats coffee made me chuckle... not only have I had each of the cats on the label, but it turns out that the coffee was roasted by Caffe Appassionato in Seattle. My mother loves their coffee and we used to go to their Fisherman's Terminal store (where they do the roasting) all the time. What a small world! I'm looking forward to trying both of the brews -- however, I think I'll have to wait until I'm well, so that I can appreciate them to the fullest! I also received Snickerdoodle scone mix, which was cleverly packaged in a to-go coffee cup (I think I will have to make those this weekend), Snickerdoodle almonds (not pictured because I already ate them :-D), and a mint chocolate bar from the Chocolate Crisis Center (funny, that's gone too!)

Shanda also sent me the cutest notions bag printed with Japanese kokeshi dolls, two bars of olive oil/coffee scented soap, and a sticker and pin from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Of course, I had to save the best for last -- the yarn is fantastic! Shanda went to the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat and picked up a beautiful yarn from Rainy Days & Wooly Dogs. Even though I am a Pacific Northwest girl by birth, I have to go Californian here: "Dude! It has cashmere in it!" The yarn is a very soft blend of superwash merino, nylon, and cashmere. It feel so nice (yes, I am a confirmed yarn petter). The picture does not do the color justice. The yarn is a beautiful progression of dark blues, teals, and forest green. It reminds me of Puget Sound, when the sun is shining on the water. This gorgeous yarn is definitely not destined to become a pair of socks -- it's just too pretty for that!

Thank you so much Shanda! You did a wonderful job!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Proof of Knitting

I am getting a slow start on tackling my list. But here! Proof! I knit! (Which would be a good thing, considering that this is supposed to be a knitting blog).

#16 Knit from the stash.

I am making a neckwarmer using this pattern and Artfibers Satori. I added more stitches to the pattern, as the yarn is thinner than called for.  Easy, relaxing knit. Now I have to find an interesting button.

I was just matched with my coffee swap partner and am happy to see that we have a lot in common! Really pleased that our yarn preferences seem to be the same -- right down to the colors! Hmmm, the ideas are percolating already...