Thursday 3 January 2013

Last Minute Christmas Swapping

Hello there, How are we all? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are having the most fabulous start to the New Year!

So before the craziness which is Christmas began, I took part in Lakota's 2012 Christmas Swap and I was lucky enough to be partnered with a Knitter of Wonders, Lucy who blogs over at 1940's Style For You! I honestly could not have been happier with the pairing as I have been a long time admirer of her wonderful knitting skills and her blog. So after a few emails a fair bit of Charity shop rummaging and a trip to the post office, parcels had been swapped, opened and enjoyed!

So what did Lucy send me, well take a look!

How beautiful is the wrapping, it certainly puts mine to shame and just look at that gorgeous paper!

Needless to say, it took me absolutely no time at all to rip the paper off beautiful though it was, to unearth the treasures within and WOW what treasures they were!

  1. An amazing copy of 'Practical Family Knitting Illustrated' from the 40s with most of the plates in colour!
2. A beautiful hand knitted Turban!
3. Chocolates! Coins, a Lindor Teddy and a box of Roses which got devoured before I had a chance to photograph em, yummy! (Proof that they existed can be found here!)
4/5. Hand cream, which went straight into my handbag so got missed from the picture and a delicious smelling Yankee candle which I also seem to have missed Ooops!

  6. A Cute Cottage Tin of Pins 
7. A fabulous Heart made with little bells 'Jingle all the Way'
8. A Keep Calm Notebook, perfect for all my New Years Resolutions!

Some of the gems inside 'Practical Family Knitting Illustrated' 
So many more things to be added to my to-knit list!
It's hard to choose a favourite, but I think the Beautiful hand knitted turban steals it, it has to be the neatest knitting I have ever seen, no wobbly stitches here, and is in the most lovely shade of blue yarn (not sure the photo does it justice) which is also lovely and soft and goes with my Debonaire Little Jumper a treat!

I love everything, and I was honestly blown away by the sheer thoughtfulness of the parcel, all I can say is THANK YOU Lucy, it's perfect in every way!

And here is what I sent to Lucy
1. 60s Bag with one of my knitted rose's 
2. Appliqué Christmas stocking, made with my own fair hand
3. A selection of knitting Patterns some from my stash and some from some thorough charity shop rummaging.
4. Fair isle slipper socks,  Sadly I can not confess to knitting them, they came with the below pinned to them from a charity shop and as far as I can tell have never been worn.
5. A flower Brooch, thanks to Lucy's post on the swap I now know it's a Gentian carved brooch, proof if it were needed that it has gone to a good home :)
6. A Couple of my Mums hand crocheted angels which (again I forgot to photograph) for the little Y's to adorn the tree.

Lastly but not leastly, I want to say big Thank You to Lakota for yet again organising a fabulous swap, it really was the perfect way to start Christmas!

Wendy x


  1. You are so lucky. What delightful gifts.
    Julie xxxxxx

    1. I was very lucky to be partnered with Lucy she has such great taste! xx

  2. that turban is really beautiful and the colour looks so gorgeous on you! You lucky thing, you sent Lucy some amazing things too! xx

  3. What lovely gifts you exchanged with one another!

  4. What an amazing little gift swap! Such beautiful collections. I'd be tempted to get involved next year but the standard's been set so high, I'd get myself all in a tizz!
    Happy Christmas and New Year, by the way! x

  5. Happy New Year! So happy you enjoyed the swap - you both sent amazing gifts. Love the turban, the jingle heart, the handbag with rose and the stocking best, but they're all lovely. I'll put a linky up in the next couple of days so you can add this post.

    New Year's Resolutions of the Stars!

  6. Oooh fabby gifts, loving that book! :)