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Friday, June 30, 2006 

Aus Deutschland mit Lieb

oder "if this ain't love then why does it feel so good?".

I've got my first real Secret Pal Package! Mein Gott, mein Gott, mein Gott... This is how it went:

And then like this:

And then this: (I seem to have opened it from the right end)

And finally like this:

(As I've mentioned before, the camera is in China with my sweetheart, so I've had to take these pics with my mobile. Not too bad for a mobile, but not excellent for blogging.)

On topic: In this extremely longed-for package consisted of the following: 1) A skein of no less than 425 metres of hot pink sockyarn, 2) with 15 cm 2.5 mm dpn's to go with it. It's so perfect! I could really use the needles for my current project, the Norwegian Stockings, and I really want to knit more socks later on. I might go for lace with this yarn, it's very thin, smooth and even... 3) bonbons! 4) chocolate, from the same brand as last time, 5) apple teabags, the ones I really liked last time as well (clever girl, this secret pal of mine), 6) a cherry scented candle (because I said I like them fruity), 7) München-Mischung coffee that smells just lovely! There might be a bit of divine intervention with this, because I passed by the coffee shelf today at the grocery store, but didn't think I could afford it right now... and what do you know! 8) A book! "At knit's end: meditations for women who knit too much", packed with smart quotations and reflections upon the habit of knitting. Seriously, it's so funny, both getting it and reading it. Fi, this one's for you: "The secret to storing lots of yarn is expanded thinking. There is really no reason why yarn cannot be occupy any space not occupied by anything else. Take a fresh look at your home, closets, cupboards, and furniture, and ask yourself, 'Can I fit a ball of yarn in here?' The world is suddenly full of possibilities. The liquor cabinet? Above books on the bookshelf? The freezer?" I can assure you all that I will give more examples from this witty book further on. Last in this lovely package was 9) two flowers with an unclear, possibly only decorative, use, and 10) a card with a couple of thoughtful lines from this amazing Mädchen.

My dear Secret Pal: I'm knocked off my feet! Thank you so much! I feel very blessed to have such a sweet, caring girl as my secret pal, especially now when I'm left here in Europe and my boyfriend will be in freakin' China for the next month. Thank you for taking the time to think of things I'd like. I'm so grateful. Thank you!

Ok, ok, you got me :)

The Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl Mcphee(http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/) is a North American knit-blogging phenomenon. She tours Canada and the US reading from her books. Her blog is also hilarious.

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