Friday, February 27, 2009

Australia Calling

Yesterday I received my awesome ISE 7 swap box ... all the way from Australia and the wonderful Gemma! This is my second time participating in ISE and both times I was overly spoiled by an Australian... both sent not one, but two scarves! Gemma sent some pretty wrapped packages (you can click on photos to enlarge if you'd like)...

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Here's the non-scarf goodies...
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LOOK -- an authentic Australian boomerang!!! How stinking cool is that? Its even guaranteed to return... when thrown correctly (I'll have to read the instructions)! Gemma really did well with sending me things native to her land. Also included was a beautiful boomerang magnet, a kangaroo pin, an adorable koala bear, some yummy smelling T2 loose tea, the leftover Prism yarn from one of my scarves (2 1/2 skeins... what to make, what to make!?!?), Caramello Koalas (chocolate!) and some Vegemite spread. She tells me that Australian babies are fed Vegemite as soon as they're able to have solid foods... and they continue to eat it lifelong. Hmm... she also says that if I'm not daring enough to try it spread on buttered toast, it makes a great addition in soups. Matt already can't wait to try it... on buttered toast, of course!

Now for the scarves... not one, but two beautiful scarves!

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For some reason she got a little worried and second guessed herself about the colors on her first creation (beautiful!) and decided to cast on a second (red!) scarf just in case.

The first is the gorgeous Lady Eleanor Entrelac stole scarf (that's her Ravelry project page) which not only do I love, but Matt really loves it too! He thought it was so cool!

Look how nice and long it is - I love long scarves for wrapping! I was trying to get a decent shot here to show you the length, but did not succeed. Even so, I couldn't resist showing you Sophie's curiosity of the camera (and Lola & Tut's noseyness of whatever was happening outside).

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Hopefully Gemma doesn't mind that I got some 4-legged modeling help with her handknits... but given that she says she's read every single one of my blog posts since ISE 7 started, I think she knows what to expect from this crazy dog lady. Both Sophie and Zeus made this one their own (click their names for more pics)...

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The second scarf is the Celtic Cable Scarf (her Ravelry project page again), made out of one of the softest, prettiest baby alpaca yarns I've ever seen (note to self: must find this yarn)! I love everything about this scarf... the pattern is beautiful, the color so vibrant and did I mention how soft the yarn is??!!

Lola was my star model for this one and even tried her best "true Dobie" impression...

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She's such a great model... even when being pestered by her baby sister, who seemed to really like the smell of this scarf! Is Lola not giving the most diva look here or what??!!

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Gemma, I truly love it all! Both scarves are beautiful and will be worn often! Thank you so much for everything!!!!

9 comments:

Sue said...

Wow, what a great package. A real boomerang! I love the multi-colored scarf. It's really gorgeous.

Funny about Sophie liking the smell of the alpaca scarf. Last year I bought alpaca bears for friends and my dogs wouldn't leave then alone. I had to lock them up in a closet behind two sets of doors. Dogs must go for alpaca scent.

Grace said...

what beautiful bounty!!! Lucky lady!

gemma said...

You gotta know Nichole, nobody is happier than me to see the babies modelling the scarves. Glad you like them. hugs to Matt and the all the dogs. I truly think Lola is my favourite.

Best wishes, gemma

Anita said...

Great package! That boomerang is so cool!

The pups look dashing modeling your scarves! :) Love the entrelac one, very pretty.

Kathy R said...

You were spoiled really well. What beautiful scarves they are! Your models are pretty cute too.

Turtle said...

what great models you have! i tried to get ocean to help modeling leg warmers the other night but she wanted nothing to do with them...i figured maybe with her old bones but no....

lovely goodies! I have yet to try either boomerang hubby picked up when he was in australia, and he forgot the vegamite! lol....did you get any kangaroo "sacks"?? made from....you guessed it!

Channon said...

I love entrelac! That's so pretty, but so's the red, especially on the Diva...

Gretchen likes alpaca and cashmere...

RecoveringActor said...

Lucky lucky girl. I love the entrlac scarf! that's something I haven't done yet... no entrelac for me!

dogquilter said...

Love the scarves! Your model is terrific too. :)

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