Kari sent me one of her yummy cashmere ribbon wristlets in the mail this week (she has some for sale in her Etsy shop, and some cute button bracelets, too). I love everything about it; the purple flower button is the perfect touch! And the cashmere. *Drool*. Such a treat for my wrist. And I can tell from her choice of colors that she made it just for me. Kari, you spoil me. Truly.
Speaking of awesome mail from Kari, I can't believe I haven't shared the belated Christmas package that she sent me. Behold:
Kari sent a cute little card and some very nice Merlin the Cat superwash merino sock yarn in my colors. Light green + lavender (and the occasional bit of aqua)= heaven. I started working on my first pair of knitted socks using this yarn a couple weeks back, so I'm almost finished with them now. Kari made a crochet hook holder for me, as well as a pair of her gorgeous tree branch earrings (she wrote a tutorial for these. Check it out!). Everything was individually wrapped, too, so I had the pleasure of opening several delightful little packages instead of just one big package.
I immediately transferred all my crochet hooks from their then-current resting places (e.g., the floor, on the nightstand, between the cushions of the couch, etc etc,) to their beautiful new home. There were some empty pockets left, so I put my dpn's in the holder as well. It's just what I needed to get a jump-start on organizing my craft supplies. Unfortunately for me, my crochet hooks and dpn's are, to this day, still the only supplies that I have neatly in place. Note to self: must organize. Do some spring cleaning. All that good stuff.
Kari celebrated her birthday in December, and this is the birthday/Christmas gift I sent her. Macadamia nut chocolates, more chocolate, and fruit leather. A pair of lacy crochet earrings. Some yarn. When I went to the LYS to pick out a special skein of yarn for her (Fiesta handpainted 100% silk yarn), I couldn't resist getting the Lantern Moon sheep tape measure for her, too. I thought it was the cutest thing...you pull his tail to get the measuring tape to come out, and push on his fluffy little belly to retract it. Heh.
Using the general instructions referenced in this Craftster post, I crocheted a Ribbed Earflap Hat with Pompoms for Kari in her favorite color. Unfortunately, the first hat that I sent was too small for her, and as of yesterday, it looks like the second (bigger) hat that I sent is currently MIA. Darn you, postal gods! I had planned to make more of these hats (one for myself, at least, hehehe), but never got around to it. Oh well, there's always next year...