Sockapalooza Package - OH MY!
On Friday, a small box appeared on my front porch. What was in the box? It was my socks from my Sockapaloooza Pal, Regina, and you'd better sit down because it was incredible. First there were the socks which you see above. Aren't they gorgeous? They are knit from Trekking XXL with a star toe and a stockinette heel flap. They fit perfectly and I couldn't be happier with them. There was a letter in the box from my sock pal and (are you ready for this?) she made the stitch pattern up just for me! That's right - I have my own stitch pattern now! Named Melanie's Twist, here is a close up: Isn't it amazing? I can't wait to try it out. OK, take a deep breath and get ready for the rest of the package... At the top is sock yarn and below it is a cute little box of tea - I love tea, I'm going to go make a pot of tea as soon as I finish up here, yeah tea! The yarn - sit down again for this one- was handspun by Regina from superwash wool and as if that wasn't enough, she then dyed it to make it self striping! In her letter she sent pictures of the yarn in process and while I have never dyed self striping yarn before, apparently it involves a warping board to get it ready and then it gets draped all over your bathroom to dry - seriously, if I had a scanner, I'd show you the pictures. I am still in shock at this gift. I spent most of Friday walking around with the socks showing everyone in the family (Mickael still doesn't get it, Caleb said, "That's nice Mommy," and Ramius purred. My Mom understands though and she thinks they're gorgeous too.) I've already cast on with the sock yarn and it is striping nicely (you can see the sock later this week).
Regina, thank you so much for everything. I'm so excited about it all, I feel like a puppy at a carnival. I tried to email you at the email address you sent, but the emails keep bouncing back at me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I can't wait to do Sockapaloooza again!