Oh my! I've just got my ASTOUNDING package from Ffrogg, who absurdly apologized for how little she'd sent!
Okay, here's the stocking, with beautifully embroidered writing. (How long did THAT take?!) And a tub of jennieingram
's Christmas Crack
. (I was just looking at the recipe this morning and thinking how delicious it sounded!) And finally, a wonderful Advent calendar garland with little felt pouches for each of the days. December 21 and 25 are in gold, as I celebrate both Yule and Christmas!
Here's the Christmas Crack again (already disappearing) with the LED fibre-optic bow turned on
But it turns out that the lettering on the stocking was the back
, and the front is even MORE spectacular! But what's inside? Not tiny treats or candy sweets, but a lovely string of imported fabric birds, and a toque (that's a knitted cap to non-Canadians)
I'd told Ffrogg that I hadn't been able to find a simple black wool watch cap, and she knitted what is arguably the best
toque I've ever seen.
Look how intricate the top is! And all done in a lovely, soft wool.
Does it fit? Here's proof! (Sorry about the blurry photo. I was taking it at arm's length and kept missing my head
. By the time I got this shot the camera's battery was dying and it was the best I could do!)
The only other thing in the stocking was a couple empty boxes from Christmas puzzles. "Hmmm," I thought. "She must've put those in as filler or stiffening." No, of course not. Turns out the puzzle pieces are scattered through the 12 Day of Christmas in the Advent pockets! I can hardly wait to see what the other little treats are inside each. (Look how beautifully made they are, with the number embroidered on each pouch in silver cord, and little Velcro tabs to keep them closed.) The best thing about getting an Advent calendar right at Christmas is that you don't have to wait to open any of the days! And next year I can fill it up again and enjoy it all over again. (Maybe I should fill it early in the year so I'll have forgotten what's inside by December.)
Thanks for the most amazing, splendid package.
I can't believe how much work you put into this. No wonder the last few weeks before your holidays were so stressful!