First, all wrapped up in tissue paper (and tied in yarn - how appropriate):
And inside, a bunch of yummy bath stuff from lush.com that smells (and looks) good enough to eat...
...a bunch of AWESOME Simpsons stuff, including a Maggie doll that hangs from a little suction cup (Sydney has already claimed this as her own), a 2006 trivia calendar (the better to test my Simpsons knowledge, my dear) and a travel mug (which Sydney is desperately trying to lay claim to as well)...
...some very cool Halloween hankies, which Sydney will no doubt claim as soon as they're opened...
...and a gorgeous hank of yarn, which is mine - ALL MINE! Jill, you have to tell me more about this yarn. It's very mysterious w/ no label. What is it? Where did you get it? Who made it? It's lovely! I'm going to be looking around for the perfect lacy scarf pattern to knit it up into.
And it was all topped off by a lovely Hawaiian thank you card covered in plumeria (one of my absolute favorite flowers):
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You really made my day!
Okay, on to the knitting meme:
1. What is your all-time favorite yarn to knit with?
Do I have to pick just one? I love GGH Soft Kid, and of course Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. I'm also a big fan of Knit Picks Shine and Essential. Of course, there are so many great yarns out there that I have yet to get my hands on, it feels wrong to name an all-time favorite just yet...
2. Favorite needles?
I like my Addis for socks on circs, but for everything else it's all about the bamboo.
3. What's the worst thing you ever knit?
4. Favorite knit pattern? The most fun to knit?
Hmm... I really liked the Better Than Booties Baby Socks from IK summer '05, and I really like Conwy from Knitting On The Road. I feel like it's wrong to name just one.
5. Most valuable knitting technique?
6. Best knit book or magazine?
IK, of course. And I love Nancie Wiseman's Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques (which is where I learned the lovely and awesome mattress stitch). For reference purposes, the Vogue Knitting bible is great. Also love Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns and Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.
7. Favorite knitalong?
I love knitalongs, but I'm kind of bad at following through. I just like signing up for them. Right now, it's a tie between Socktoberfest and the Knitting On The Road Along (sense a theme here?).
8. Favorite knitblogs?
Props go out to my first knitblog buddies - Karen the (mostly) self-taught knitter, Jen the Knitting Spaz, Jill at Aloha & Oreos and Chris over at Bits of Knits. I also really like Crazy Aunt Purl for sheer entertainment, Knitlet for awesome knitting patterns and kid talk, and Yarn Harlot for that little touch of knitting celebrity. But if you're on my bloglines, I read you pretty regularly.
9. Favorite knitwear designer?
I really like Brynne's stuff from Knitty (Cargo, Seamus), and I love Nancy Bush's socks. I like Jenna Adorno's sweaters, although I'm starting to think they're just not for me wear-wise... Again, it's hard to pick just one!
10. The knit item that you wear the most?
I've only had them a little while, but my straight-laced socks are continually in the laundry. I don't know if this counts, but my son wears his better than booties baby socks constantly.
Okay, I'm not sure who has been tagged and who hasn't (and as much as I love y'all, I don't have time or energy to search through all your comments so if you don't have the answers up, I'm considering you fair game), so I'm tagging Brynne, Momma, Jillian, Jen and Beak Knits to get her back for tagging me with that durn 20 things meme.