Sorry this has taken so long! As Alexus1325 said, I was at the cottage for the weekend and had a course to take earlier today. We did get to swap on Friday and I'd have to say as as beautiful as the gifts are, getting to meet my partner in person was an absolute highlight. Never did I think this could happen. We must be the only two Crafstster members from our region.
On to the goodies and man, I feel so blessed to have been offered this package! Alexus definitely paid attention to my wishlist and crafted based on a theme I wanted to focus on, feminine energy.
Being so delicate, this one was brought into the coffee shop in a separate bag, meaning it's the first gift I looked at:
It's so soft and lovely to touch and look at, the doily and pussy willows do add that special touch. I'm so happy to have received something I can hang on the wall, it's just what is needed in my living room! Although it may not seem so, the branches actually come out in all directions so that's another need effect. To the right of it, there's a rose quartz carved into a woman's torso. The first thing that came to me as I held it was pregnancy, so I'm not sure if that was intuition foreshadowing something or what!?
Next are some awesome knitted slippers! I've been wanting these so badly and because I can't knit, I've been relying on others' talents to get my feet in them. The light blue yarn is some of Alexus' handspun yarn. I think she posted to project to the Fibre forum and I commented that they reminded me of jeans. At least, I think I commented. I know the yarn stood out and I at least thought that. Anyway, she chose it for this project and I love the speckles of colour. And even though it's 30 degrees Celsius out, I'm wearing the slippers (have been waiting since I got them to put them on, didn't want to ruin them at the cottage).
This one was a bit harder to take a picture of while wearing but it's the Cove hat taken straight off my Pinterest list, again a knitted project! Alexus said she used a bit pot for blocking, it had to accommodate my 28" head that has mature/thick dreadlocks. It fits perfectly!
And last but definitely not least, another big project, a knitted freeform scarf!
I love this one, and will treat it will considering how long it took Alexus to make it, about 25 hours! And I don't think that's counting the time it took to spin a few of the yarns she used. I love the fact that this one uses wool to give it a rugged aspect, but the yarns are so fine and the leaf trim also gives the delicate/feminine touch to it. The ends taper off but I couldn't get it into the picture without sacrificing some of the details.
All of these projects were firsts for Alexus and I'm glad she took the risk, it all turned out beautifully! Thanks so much Alexus and let me know when you're in town so we can get together for some crafting!
ETA: Oops, there is also a handmade spindle Alexus made me. I forgot I packed it in my spinning tote in case I got around to some spinning at the cottage over the weekend. I will try to take a photo of it and post a bit later. Gotta go get dinner started.