Surprises from Minneapolis

I’ve been very fortunate to have some terrific upstream swap partners, and now I have another name to add to that list. Chris is my partner for the Knitters’ Coffee Swap (not upstream but sort of sideways–we know each other’s identity from the beginning and send each other a package), and her package for me arrived in yesterday’s mail.

To quote Mr. Slinger from Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse: “‘Wow.’ That was just about all he could say. ‘Wow.'”

pb098189coffeswap.jpgThere’s coffee, of course (fair trade! shade grown! organic!)–Peace Coffee from a Minneapolis roaster. I haven’t even tried it yet and I already love it. To go with the coffee are two bars of chocolate and after-coffee chocolate mints. A notepad (which Chris stamped with a cat image) and a photo album with a coffee cup on it will help me keep track of notes and photos, and a bar of Oliba’s Three Bean Kitchen Coffee Soap (which, contrary to its name, is going in my shower) will ensure that I start the day smelling nice. There’s a mix CD of twenty-seven songs that all have the word “coffee” in their titles–great listening for when I’m knitting up some socks in the fabulous “Mocha Java” sock yarn that Chris dyed just for me and using the coffee-bean stitch markers (how cool is that?) to mark my place.

What a great set of gifts–all just perfect for me. Thanks so much, Chris! (FYI, anyone who has a thing for cute cat photos–I’m looking at you, Gina!–should definitely check out Chris’s blog.)

Oh, and those little hands at the top of the picture? Those belong to Sylvia, who was very excited to “help Mommy open her present” and could hardly wait to get her hands on the photo album.

“I need to take a picture first,” I told her. “Can you be patient?”

She nodded solemnly. “Yes, but sometimes it’s hard to wait.”

6 Responses to “Surprises from Minneapolis”

  1. Chrison 10 Nov 2007 at 11:30 am

    Aw, how cute is Sylvia?! We have a special photo album for my niece of computer-printed pictures of her with all of her favorite people. She loves it.

    I’m glad you like everything!! I have to say that I LOVE putting together coffee swap packages – so fun!

  2. SP11on 11 Nov 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Hi, I was just checking out your blog while working on your SP11 package. I have most of the goodies collected, just working on the presentation! It is so neat to get presents.
    Your SP

  3. Isabelle aka Tricotineon 11 Nov 2007 at 4:30 pm

    What a fun package you got! :-)

  4. knittymamaon 11 Nov 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Chris is great, isn’t she?

    I usually have helpers with my packages too:-)

  5. Bethon 15 Nov 2007 at 5:32 pm

    What a great looking package. I can’t wait to touch the yarn!

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