A few weeks ago I mentioned that Ellen and I were taking part in a Secret Santa Exchange with a small group of friends all around the world. She posted the lovely bear that she sent to Barbara in this post. Barbara was my Secret Santa and she sent me a lovely granny stripe scarf and a sparkly granny square ornament for my tree.
Isn’t it lovely? I am delighted! I swiped the pics on the stand from Barbara’s FB posts, because they are so pretty. And the one of it up close shows how lovely and even her stitch work is. I will be stylishly nice and warm this winter! I wore it to both of my Christmas dinners to show it off and everyone exclaimed over how pretty it was, and my brother even looked it over and said how neat and tidy the stitches were.
One of my Secret Swap recipients was Deb, who also lives in Australia. I wasn’t sure what to make at first because she is not one for hats or cowls or anything like that and I wanted it to be something she could use and enjoy. Ellen suggested that maybe some spa cloths would be good since she had been working so hard and could do with some pampering. Right after Ellen suggested cloths I came across some cotton/silk blend yarn in the store and figured it must be meant to be. The yarn is a lovely pale blue, almost a watered down color, and is Deborah Norville’s Cotton Soft Silk in colourway Powder Blue. The yarn is really soft and works up beautifully, as I was knitting it I would keep stopping to admire it… Took way longer to knit that way! I started searching for the perfect design and came across this one on Ravelry: Spa Day Facecloth. It is a nice waffle stitch and gave a great texture, which feels really nice in this silk blend. I am not one to make a bunch of the same things, so the next cloth had to be a new design. I decided to keep to the spa theme and create a cloth specifically for a day at the spa, says so right on the cloth! I will turn this one into a chart and have it available on here soon. To go along with her cloths and round out the spa experience I included a lovely scented candle, same scent sashays, and prettily wrapped yummy smelling soap (which matched perfectly to the cloth colour). It actually does smell like something you could eat! To keep the items from getting too squashed up during their journey overseas, I packaged it all into a pretty tin.
My other recipient is Blanca and we haven’t had a chance to get together yet. I will post hers once we do. I hope she likes it!