Here is my lovely prize from Selina's blog giveaway. It arrived very quickly in the post office box and DIL brought it home this afternoon.
All wrapped up in some pattern paper were lots of goodies. I remember that paper. Sometimes it seemed as if it took as long to cut out all the pieces of pattern as it did to make a simple dress. You can see a lovely needlecase which I definitely needed and had planned on making. The button on the case shows an old wooden cotton reel.
There was a cute card printed with her name and blog address. Almost hidden is a piece of lovely chenille. I'll have to think carefully about that but it just may become a cushion in my new room when I move. The room is big enough to have a small lounge in it. DIL has a small old Parker lounge which I'll probably use at first till I work out what I really want. It needs cushions.
So, on to the purchase which also came from the post office box. A couple of weeks ago I bought the cerise bag at far right of the photo. It's an Ecosilk bag made from parachute nylon and totally recyclable. It makes a great holder for my knitting and I can pick it up and go, knowing everything is there. I've been on the lookout for these for a while. They are a good size and can hold 13 kg in weight. I wouldn't be carrying them with that weight in them!
I looked on their website and found I could order them in packs of six. With postage this was about the same as buying the same number in a shop, although the pack discounted the price of the bags. These colours represent Spring. The tiny yellow bag is a drawstring freebie. I'm thinking lipgloss or similar. They were all packed in the larger blue bag, also a drawstring bag, on the left.
Packing is proceeding here. Moving date seems to be settled on December 16th but there's lots to pack. I'm not looking forward to it. I know some people move regularly but I've not been one of them before and I find it hard to handle. The collected family Christmas gathering is on the 19th December. We were tired of traffic etc on Boxing Day so made it early this year. No idea of upheaval beforehand, unfortunately. We can't easily change it. We've booked months ago a large shelter in Fagins Park at Galston and it's going to be brunch. I have quite a lot of presents bought already. When I was packing today, I put them in a very recognisable container so at least I'll be able to find them. Not much more to get now.