I received my first package from my GREAT SP11 spoiler.
She gave me very pretty notecards. How did she know that I really like pansies? She also gave me a ball of the Sugar n Cream Stripes self patterning cotton yarn. There's a placemat pattern on the inside. I'm going to call Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's to see if the carry the yarn so I can make myself some placemats.
She sent me a beautiful tote made from sari silk. I LOVE HANDMADE GIFTS! :-) I'm going to use it as a purse. I'm taking it when I have lunch with my friend, N this week. She's a handbag collector. She changes purses almost every day. N will like that I switched purses. N bought me a purse for a few months ago because she was tired of looking at the one I was using. N is soo girly. Anyway, the sari silk tote is a nice texture and is soft. My spoiler also sent me 2 balls of the sari silk. Is it bad swapper etiquette to start making something with the yarn in your package before you take pictures of it? I saw the yarn and immediately thought I could make a crocheted cosmetic bag with it. The pattern is in my Getting Started Crochet book.
Speaking of books, my spoiler sent me Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks!!! YAY!!!!! (I'm grinning ear to ear). I've learned one tip on how to fix the holes at the gusset in my socks. I'll post more about what I learned reading the book.
Thank you very much my Secret Pal. I appreciate you taking the time to make me the tote. You're a very good knitter. Let me know where I can find the pattern for it. And I'm praying for rain in your part of the country. We've had a wet summer this year. I'm glad that it hasn't been too hot, but I'm tires of all this rain.