Everyone loves a Secret Santa, don’t they? Apparently so, because 45 lovely ladies (and a man!) signed up for #stitchingsanta 2016, a themed Secret Santa for fabric and yarn lovers who blog or Instagram.
To read all about it and to join in next year, have a look at this post.
I participated in both the sewing swap and the knitting/crochet swap, so was treated to two parcels under my tree in time for Christmas Day – although I didn’t actually find a quiet moment to myself in which to savour their opening until the 28th December!
I had a lovely pub lunch in Wells the week before Christmas with Claire who, together with regular input from her lovely black labrador, blogs at Mollie & Claire. Claire had drawn me as the lucky recipient of her knitting/crochet parcel – and Boy, was I treated!
We have even both been to Stephen and Penelope’s in Amsterdam – highly recommended to anyone who visits this wonderful city. This project bag contained all my goodies and sat under the tree for about ten days……..
……during which time a mouse had chewed itself a little doorway……
….and helped itself to the tasty fudge within!!
There was plenty to go around though, so I didn’t mind sharing with a cheeky little mouse:)
Just look at this mountain of presents!
I must admit that I went straight for the one that looked like it might contain the hand dyed yarn that Claire had not-so-subtly hinted at previously. Dyed with her own fair hands, Claire had even caked the skein for me so it is ready for use. It’s utterly gorgeous – 400m of sock yarn in the perfect shade of pink, which may become a shawl or socks. I’ll take my time deciding what to make with it as I want to make sure it gets plenty of use.
More handmade items were revealed in subsequent presents – one of Claire’s many Mandala creations is far too pretty to be used as a mat of any kind and is destined for the wall in my studio so I can enjoy it every day.
I love this slouchy beanie hat and couldn’t wait to model it, so here it is whilst I’m in my PJs!
It sparkles with silver sequins – here’s a close up.
Two little felted baubles with yet more sequins!
I rather think they’d make lovely earrings:)
What about this ceramic heart brooch? How sweet?
I can’t tell you how bloomin’ useful this stitch counter is going to be. I’ve got two of the kind that go on your needles but, as I’ve invariably got more than a few knitting/crochet projects on the go at any one time, it will save me swapping between needles.
Claire also threw in some sewing related gifts – anyone who sews will appreciate the quality of these threads.
A pack of Christmas pud decorations for the tree next year.
Some pampering treats which smell divine – when are they going to invent scratch ‘n’ sniff for the internet?!
Now this really is lovely and will be used every day until it’s all gone.
Claire even included a gift for Fifi and Tess from Mollie! That’s if No.1 Son hasn’t eaten them before we get home from France, mistaking them for iced biscuits……
I even rescued all the satin ribbon, which was beautifully tied around several of the gifts, for future use.
Finally, this car decal made me smile – how true are those words?!
Thanks so much Claire – I feel thoroughly spoiled!