A while back, I signed up for the Christmas Swap which had been organised by Lakota over at Faith, Hope and Charity Shopping.
Lucky for me, I was paired with the lovely Wendy who blogs at The Butterfly Balcony.
I did manage to hold the girls back just long enough to grab my camera and take a photograph of the neat little brown paper packages which had been adorned with little snowflakes (which served as a reminder to me that I haven't done that with the girls yet! - another thing added to the list!).
The next parcel, selected by a small helping hand, contained a green velvet stocking with applique poinsettias! As unbelievable as it might sound, I don't actually have a stocking! Sad, but true :o) This, my first traditional stocking, is now hung up, waiting to be filled by the jolly man in red!
Next was a carved bone gentian brooch which matches my gentian bracelet perfectly - now to find some earrings :o) Yes, I'm jewellery obsessed!
Swiftly followed by some skillfully knitted foot warmers/slippers (don't know what to call them!!) and a rather splendid collection of knitting patterns. Now, this is where the not so nice, pattern fiend, side of my might show because I think, well, I know, if truth be told, that I wouldn't have parted with these patterns for anyone. I'm very impressed that Wendy managed to give them away! Rest assured, they have found a loving home ;o)
The best, and most thoughtful of the gifts, were the little crocheted angels which had been wrapped separately, one for each little Y! The girls were beyond happy that they had been included and immediately hung their new, special, decorations on the tree. They are so delicate, and have been worked so neatly. I know they will be loved for many, many years to come!
As to what I posted off, I know that I'm safe to show you because, like me, Wendy didn't wait until the 25th either :o)
1) A little jingly bell tree decoration that I made.
2) An Odhams knitting book that dates from the mid 1940's (a total charity shop bargain!)
3) A Cath Kidston cottage tin with pins
4) Chocolate because, lets face it, Christmas isn't Christmas without chocolate (well, not in my house anyway)
5) A very mini Keep Calm and Carry On notepad
6) A turban that I knitted from a 1940's pattern and a tube of hand cream for "Wool Weary Hands!" :o)
I know that I will get use out of each and every item and many, like the angels, will be enjoyed for years to come - thank you Wendy for the time you took in selecting and creating my wonderful gifts :o) xx I have thoroughly enjoyed Christmas Swapping with you!
Thank you also to Lakota for organising the swap :o) It's been great fun x