Mar 24

Care package from Chica

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's Package

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:

Chica's Package

Chica's Package

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:

Mason-Dixon Knitting – Mitered Crosses (go see Chawne’s mitered cross square – it’s what alerted me to the pattern) – 100% of the proceeds (over $5,000 to date) benefit Mercy Corps in Japan.

Wendy Knits – Japanese Garden Shawl – 100% of the proceeds benefit the American Red Cross

Janel Laidman (author of The Enchanted Sole) – Eiki Shawl – benefitting the Japanese Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.

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.



  1. Vanessa says:

    There’s something so exciting about getting packages in the mail. So much better than bills.

  2. SoKnitpicky says:

    What a lovely package! I am intrigued by the crochet hook toppers for knitting needles. That seems so innovative! What size needles do they fit?

    While you are waiting to use your special yarns, I can think of a “safe” place to keep them 🙂

    I have maybe half a dozen of the safety pins. I love them too and use them as stitch markers all the time! All of mine came from Anthropologie clothing tags, which is the only place I’ve ever seen them. I even went so far as to call customer service @ Anthro to ask what they were called so I can try to buy some, but they had no idea, LOL! Let me know if you find a name for them. In the meantime, I’ll just have to keep buying more clothes from there so I can get the pins 😉

  3. Debbie Deatherage says:

    How fun are these pkgs? I’m anxious to see what you make with the yarn…such thoughtfulness!

  4. Lisa says:

    Awesome package and those little tools are great!

  5. Caitlin says:

    Everything looks gorgeous! It’s so much fun to get yarn things in the mail 🙂 Enjoy them!

  6. Maryse says:

    Wow! I’d be struggling too with using these beautiful skeins of yarn… I think most of people are fascinated by Japan and its people… I hope the recover very soon… Have a good weekend enjoying these goodies!

  7. Marilyn says:

    What’s the cute little blue and white sheep thing? This package looks like so much fun. Enjoy playing with your new toys!


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