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Friday, April 27, 2007

I thought Christmas...

...was four months ago? Isn't Christmas in December? That's what I thought. Today, however, Christmas came once again!
Look at that bounty! Whatever could all those presents be? I mean, look at that wrapping paper...sheepies! It was so cute! I was surprised that Tinker Belle wasn't around to help me unwrap. Usually she's nosy and want to see and sniff everything, but she was downstairs somewhere. So, I proceeded to unwrap these mysterious presents.

I opened the card first, which said that the autograph finally came in the mail, and I'd know what was meant when I opened the gift. As well, my pal was going to send me a huge present in June (which she asked if that was alright with me, and it was), but couldn't wait. So this package came as a total shock to me. So, here you see the autograph that was being spoken of...The Yarn Harlot's! My SP10 pal got me Stephanie Pearl McPhee's Knitting Rules! book...with an autograph! How awesome! I can't wait to start reading it; I've heard a lot of great things about her book and this is something I had on my Amazon wish list.
Here is everything unwrapped...the book, a package of blank "knitting" note cards , some playing cards with a knitting image on the front (very cute, and I don't think I've seen any with knitting on them before), some chocolate "poker chips", four Scrabble tile magnets with the letter 's' on the fronts, some "S" sticky notes 2 episodes of Knitty Gritty that can't be gotten here in Canada (one episode is the one with the Yarn Harlot on it, and the other talks about dying yarn with Scout from Scout's Swag...I think that's her name...), 2 skeins of yarn - one sock (I think, because it's in Dutch I assume since it says HWS Nieuwegein, Holland on the label; it also says Scheepjes Invicta Coloris, so I think that might be the brand, but I'm not sure. The colour is 1712 and it is multicolour - very pretty) and one of the Eco-Fil yarn in purple (it's sort of hiding behind the dvd episodes), and finally a stitch marker kit that even says Shelley's Stitch Marker Kit on the front...too cool (and it's a purple case to boot! I took a close-up of what is inside...everything needed to make stitch markers! I will definately take pics and show you the markers I'll make from this awesome little kit. Finally, what was in the package...something I don't think I've seen before...the pinkish thing in the pic above, which the book is laying on (that is really a lilac/lavender colour), is a bag that you can zip up into a little case! My pal wrote on the tag that it could be used as a knitting bag, and that is no doubt what I'll be using it for!

I'm telling you, my SP10 pal rocks! Thank you so, so much SP10 Pal...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything!!!

Now, if that weren't enough, I also got another package today from The Loopy Ewe. I ordered something in it for my SP10 giftee (which I hope she'll like, and hope she doesn't already have). I liked so much what I was getting her, that I got the same thing for myself...so I can't show you what it is just yet. That will have to wait until SP10 is over ;o).


I'm very impressed with The Loopy Ewe's service, and Sheri had shipped my order out the day after I placed it. The only thing I didn't like, and wasn't expecting, was when the package came to the door, the mail carrier had to collect GST and a handling fee (which came to $11.76). I think, though, that that was because of the declared amount on the customs sticker...it must have been over the limit of what can be shipped without charging the tax. That's the only thing I can think of. But, it's not Sheri's fault and I don't hold it against her in any way, shape, or form.

The reason I think that it might be the declared value that was the cause of this, was because when I got the yarn from Woolly Boully the other day, I didn't have to pay anything. I'll just have to watch what I order from The Loopy Ewe the next time so that the amount won't be high...hard to do though; Sheri's got some yummy yarn and stuff at her shop!!

Anyway, I definately recommend The Loopy Ewe. If you've not been there, her link is in my sidebar (under the title, "Order From")...go and check her out, and tell her Shelley from Kitten Knits Yarn sent ya!

14 comments:

Lisa said...

You got some great stuff! I have been trying not to buy yarn, but I will definitely order from the Loopy Ewe in the future.

DebbieKnitter said...

Oh my goodness, your blog is just beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

Your SP10 Pal said...

I am soooo glad it got to you. WOW - that was quick too. I think I mailed it Wednesday! Dang!! That was great fast! Sometimes you can count on canadapost, other times, not!

I thought you'd like the autographed book - lol... and Stephanie was toooo nice to do that for me. And I caught her just before she went on tour, to mail her the label to get her to autograph it (dont you like the sheep on it!?) and get her to mail it back to me! Phew! Glad you didnt buy the book in the meantime!

ANyhow - Scout's blog is scoutj.com and her shop is on her sidebar. GREAT stuff, check her out!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND SHELLEY!

lexa said...

Look at the loot! What a great package!

That's one thing about ordering from the US -- if it's over $20 we have to pay duty, depending on how it's shipped. Most of the places I order from now send it marked as a sample pack or something along that line so there isn't a charge to get it out of the post office. That's good, cuz by the time you pay shipping and exchange and tax/duty on top it adds up!

Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

That is a fantastic bunch of goodies!
I hope you have loads of fun enjoying each of them.

Have a great weekend!

Janice said...

What fun boxes to recieve in the mail!!

So glad you found Sheri at the Loopy Ewe... She does have some yummy yarn and other goodies... Bummer about the extra charges! Maybe she can mark packages different in the future??

Happy knitting with all that yummy yarn and I can't wait to see your creative stitch markers! Another thing on my 'to do' list someday...

Kelly said...

once you hit around $40 declaration they catch it at customs and start to reem ya!

Alisha said...

Your secret pal does rock!! Awesome stuff!!

Karen said...

You hit the mother load!!!! What a great package.

Dipsy said...

Awww, what a great package you've received! I can so well imagine that all those goodies in it made you feel like it's been Christmas - how wonderful!

Scribbles & Bits said...

Hooray for good mail days!!!! Your Secret Pal is so awesome and sweet!

keohinani said...

wooooooow, you got really spoiled! and how about that loopy ewe!

i think you'll really enjoy sockapalooooza. i had an international pal from japan make socks for me, and it was fun trying to come up with great socks for someone else.

thanks for stopping by!

Hasbu said...

What a great pal you have! You really got spoiled!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Love the great stuff you got! BTW, I sent something to you in the mail, Shelley. It seems like a long time now ... did you get it yet? Is mail usually slow getting to you by Pony Express? ;-)

It's coming in a box. Hope you get it soon!