...opening the mailbox and smelling the sweet smell of the sachets Wendy includes in her packages to me,
...finding some yummy handpainted yarn inside:
...and seeing the joy on Hayden's face as I give him what she added to my order:
Hayden is VERY into Toy Story 2 right now, so he was elated to get Woody & Buzz. And I was just as elated when I found them with the yarn. I have not blogged about his interest in Toy Story 2, so I was amazed at what a perfect fit her gift to him was. I had to call her immediately and express my excitement. (I left a totally goofy message on her voicemail!) I really am touched by everyone's thoughtfulness when it comes to Hayden. He's such a delightful kid, and I wish all of my knitblogging friends could experience him in person. I'll just have to try my best to portray his happy go lucky, fun-loving nature through pictures.
Okay, enough gushing about the cutest kid in the world - onto the yarn! The mohair is painted in greens with a touch of blue here and there. I thought it might make a cute little Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts to wear around my neck when spring comes. The other yarn is sock yarn, handpainted in greens and blues and also in colors that remind her of berries: fushias, purples, turquoise (although I've never seen a turquoise berry, but it looks awesome with the other colors). I got them both, thinking that I might keep one for myself and use the other for my Sockapaloooza pal, but I've decided to be selfish and keep them both. I'll come up with something else for my pal. I'm pretty sure I have a pattern picked out, so I just have to find the yarn that'll fit. (BTW, hi to my sockapaloooza pal! I know she's lurking around my blog because she left me a sneaky comment.)
And, last but not least, this is for you, Jen:
Gracie is the German shorthaired pointer, and Rudy is the Jack Russell terrier. (Wendy included prezzies for them too: Greenies for both!) That was them when we first got Gracie in December of 2004, and this is them now:
(Jen specifically asked for pictures of the dogs with Hayden. Gracie will hardly sit still for anything, much less pose with a kid. We do have one picture of Rudy with Hayden, but it also includes DH's hairy chest. Per his request, I am not posting it. But trust me, it's cute - the dog/kid combo AND the hairy chest.)