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For the second (or is it the third year?) a sub-group the Jewish Fiberholics has run a holiday swap. No ornaments obviously, just Marla setting up the match with no one knowing who “has them” till the package arrives which leads to a lot of fun questions, hints and merriment in the weeks leading up to the deadline.
Third year – I wasn’t able to play last year from Afghanistan.
This year I managed to get my package off in plenty of time. Early Dec – I received a box from the woman who drew my name and I managed to hold off opening it till tonight.
Underneath that lovely bundle of silk for spinning (rainbow dyed) is a CD. The little package up at the top contained 3 elegant glass lace weight stitch-markers. A small sachet with lavender is in the middle. The edible goodies were four different varieties of fruit confection from a local to the Upper Northwest Orchard. Similar to Turkish candy, the flavor and texture was amazing. Since it is not like I really needed anything, I think the woman who drew my name did an excellent job of coming up with fun stuff.
I had sent off a box with yarn, 2 fat quarters, a knit scarf and a couple of knitting/sewing toys. I know it got there but haven’t heard anything else. Ah, well.