It’s become an annual tradition; but sometimes my shipping-on-time skills leave a lot to be desired. For the most part, however, we typically mail our respective care packages at JUST the right time — when they’re apt to bring the biggest smile, much-needed joy, and of course — inspiration:
Chica knows my color preferences and all the things that are likely to make me giggle. I always love the Avril kit surprise and this year’s was a choker kit with three long strands of Avril (Habu) yarn to crochet into a chain and wear as a necklace or choker (or skinny scarf). I’m hoping to share the finished product soon!
I can’t wait to use the cute bookmark she sent — sheep on a string This will go in a favorite knitting book — likely my copy of Knitting Around.
There’s a reusable black shopping bag (it’s the one that looks like a small purse — ingenious!) and the irony is that I sent her a reusable shopping bag too, imprinted with the logo of her favorite “local” yarn shop.
Here’s something really unique and useful:
Fellow knitters: look closely at the instructions to see how ingenious these little tools are.
One of my favorite things in the package was a small bag containing coil-less safety pins; they’re a unique shape — somewhat like a light bulb — and I’m already using them on a special WIP. These will deserve their own post soon. The sheep notepad is going in my knitting bag; I’m always needing something to jot down notes!
As for the yarn — I can’t wait to use it, but I always struggle with the “preciousness” of yarn from Japan. But I’m going to get over my fear of using it and find inspiration in the books she sent me a couple of years ago.
Last but not least: adorable screen-printed fabric with bicycles. (I love the ones with baskets on them)! I have a project in mind for this and I hope it works out.
Thank you again, Chica!
Now is a good time to share some of the patterns I’ve found on Ravelry whose sales benefit Japanese relief agencies as well as international aid agencies who can use the funds to send help where it’s most needed:
Wendy Knits – Japanese Garden Shawl – 100% of the proceeds benefit the American Red Cross
I’m sure I’ve missed a lot more out there — please leave a link in the comments if you would like to share your own or others’ pattern sales for Japanese relief efforts.