I like it, I love it
Okay, so one of the things I really, really like about the Secret Pal thing is that I get presents in the mail. Some of the presents aren't a real big surprise, like The Purl Stitch book -- my pal and I had talked about books and I sort of knew that one was atop the list of possibilities because of my recent purchase of The Knit Stitch. Fiber isn't a big surprise, either, of course, except for the exact nature -- the possibilites for color, content and weight are endless. Having recently been exposed to fiber in a quantity causing overload at Rhinebeck, I've been thinking a little bit about choices and what I ultimately end up actually choosing for things -- mostly in relation to color. When I stop to think about it, my favorite colors and the colors I'm drawn to most in yarn and the colors I choose when I'm actually making something and the colors I like when buying ready-made are sometimes vastly different. I like it, but I wouldn't wear it... I like it, but that color doesn't look good on me... I like it, but... And so, sometimes the things I make don't always go with the things I've bought. In almost every case, I doubt I'd have purchased what a secret pal has given me. And yet... my Shapely Shawlette from secret pal yarn in shades of green and blue is one of my faves, but I probably wouldn't have even looked at it in a shop! From the minute I laid eyes on the new "Juniper Hills" alpaca, I knew I loved it -- and also knew that I would probably never have bought it for myself! Is it the spirit in which it is given and received helping to "color my world"? Maybe. I'm head over heels!
I had more today, but I hit something and it's gone. And it's late, so maybe tomorrow. (Reminders: Party, movie, Kt, stash, Christmas.)
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