Christmas just flew by, with a whole two weeks of no crafting at all! I now have categorical proof that crafting doesn’t affect my hands if nothing else, but I’ll get onto that.
As always I was spoilt rotten by my lovely friends and family, with bottles of soak, namaste project bags, a namaste buddy box and a Knook beginner kit being amongst the things from family. My Sister in Lieu managed to out do herself this year by presenting me with this:
It’s a 1950’s cardboard desktop filing cabinet. After a moments confusion – and delight as I do have a love of all things from that period, I opened a draw to discover a cornucopia of vintage threads..
I’ve had great fun having a good old rummage through these drawers – including finding two fabulous boxes of (what I suspect is faux) French sewing silks, protected by their own little flap inside the before, revealing 9 little reels, each *guaranteed* to hold 90 meters!
of course my friends were not to be outdone, in the post from M, I got the cutest little crochet hook (of the lovely lantern moon). Despite an overwhelming desire to put it in my handbag along with some stellina to claim I’m crocheting replacement fairy wings for those injured while spreading fairy dust, I have so far resisted. But only because I don’t own any stellina – I wonder if sparkly embroidery thread would do as a stand in?
The ever lovely V sent the most beautiful ‘Happy New Year’ card which is still sitting on top of my piano. A gorgeous laser cut skyline makes me think of travelling (something I am *definitely* going to do more of this year)
I even got a new project case which didn’t set out to be yarn related – it contained handwash and hand cream and nail files. Who am I kidding? that’s the perfect present for a crafter! The tin is of a vintage ‘lunchbox’ type style and is just so kitsch it’s perfect!
S and J, darling friends that they are, managed to sneek in under the radar and posted me a beautiful Bonnie Bishop Shawl pin. I’ve been coveting these for a long time, and this is (an extensively tested) great weight for winter shawls as it’s solid construction and reassuring weight combine to hold those DK weight or heavier shawls in place without being overpowering or dragging. That they are just plain gorgeous,
However, I think A managed to outstrip everyone this year (my own darling MrFortnite included) with her gift, not only were my feet toasty warm with the John Arbon Alpaca socks (I see more in my future I tell you, and MrFortnite loved his too!) but she presented me with this…
It’s tiny – just under 12″ inches high and the base is a little over 4″ wide. Know what it is yet? I’ll give you a clue…
A tells me it’s a vintage Swiss Swift. Not something to be said after several pints let me tell you. It opens HUGE – only fractionally smaller than my sunflower swift, it’s light, it’s portable and it’s adorable. There have been several visitors to the house who have been bemused by my cries of “and how CUTE is this?!” (only to then have to explain what ‘this’ is!)