Many thanks to incandescens for sending me all the things I'd been longing for, including Typhoo tea and dark chocolate Hob Nobs, along with a some amazing things that are new to me, including one of her tea shop's teas (which has been lovely, strong, mellow and smooth) and *Jaffa Cakes*!! Which I've never had before in my life! I'd been intrigued on seeing cmc42's layout.. *laughs* and really loved trying them. They're cake! In the size of a biscuit/cookie. Jet and I like them very much.
Thank you, to sophiap as well for kicking back into gear an old addiction I once had for silk caps. *laughs* She sent me the square Mawata silk, some dyed, some not. The basic idea is that when silk is wound from cocoons, some of the cocoons are too damaged or not good for winding, so they just boil them to get rid of the glue and spread them over molds. Caps are usually over some round object and are roughly circular, the Mawata she bought me was in a square form, and I really liked it.
Of course, with the way I work, I cut my fingers thoroughly when pulling them and spinning them, but that's... half the fun. *laughs* The fibers are really strong and fine and the 'yarn' becomes lovely and textured. I went with a thicker Navajo ply so that I could knit it into something more solid than the lace I usually do with these. Though, thinking about it, a lace scarf might be cool.... this stuff is so easy to spin very fine with the huge staple length that a couple of ounces can go for miles. But my resulting yarn makes me just want to old and pet it. *laughs*
And many thanks to xshelaghx for sending me a lovely pair of hand knit silk and Superwash lace panel socks along with goats milk soaps and a lovely body butter that I'm really in love with. I'm amazed and admiring in knowing that she made the soap and body butter herself! They're just *gorgeous*. Thank you so much for the amazing gifts! I appreciate all the work and thought that went into them.
It's amazing to get so much. Thank you all very much.