Tuesday, February 24, 2015

An amazing gift!


Have you ever received a gift that has left you speechless.
 The following gift certainly left me that way. 



One quiet afternoon, an unassuming parcel arrived, quite by surprise.
 I opened it up and found this bag with the most wonderful vintage floral fabric. 
"Oooohhh lucky me!!" I thought as I realised who it was from. 
Rebecca from Needle and Spindle makes these Solace craft, project bags, just the right size to carry knitting or some hand sewing. 

I was so chuffed with the bag and admiring the vintage fabric it was made from that I didn't really think about what was stuffing it. I casually reached in and pulled out... 

 The most amazing


hot pink (my favourite colour)

lacy


shawl !!

But wait!! There's more....



Rebecca spun the yarn herself, from fluffy wool ...

and then it knitted on fine needles. 

What can you say about such a treasure??

 Except Wow!!!

and hope that these photos show a little bit how much I love this beautiful gift. 

The colour even matches the flowers in our front yard. 

To read Rebecca's story of making the shawl pop over to this post at her blog Needle & Spindle. Her photos make it look as though its flying. Don't be surprised if you get caught up reading other posts too, Rebecca always has such interesting and wonderful things to say about all things crafty, thrifty, sheep, other woolly beasts, gum trees and life in Australia.

Ps, The colour in these photos is more electric than the yarn's colour is in real life. I tried to tone it down but to no avail. In the end I figured if the shawl wants to glow in photos then let it. It's the glow show that must go on!

43 comments:

Chris said...

Who's a lucky girl!!

shez said...

Hi Racheal wow what an awesome surprise to get,both are wonderful but that shawl sure is gorgeous,enjoy your gifts my friend xx

Quiltbenaco said...

Rebecca è fantastica, ha creato un capolavoro!

Rachaeal è molto fortunata, due regali stupendi!

Le immagini sono fantastiche!


Ciao

tracie @ beets+birch said...

wow what beautiful gifts!!!! amazing talented!

Sharyn Baldwin said...

Halo Rachael, what a wonderful friend you have, to send you such a beautiful gift!

Karen said...

That is awesome! What a beautifully thoughtful gift. I can see you wearing it a lot. Now we just have to organise some cooler weather for you...

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Hi dear Rachael! The gifts from Rebecca are so wonderful! The color of this shawl and this bag are amazing!
Enjoy this special gift!
Hugs, Deborah

Patchwork and Play said...

WOW indeed! That shawl is absolutely beautiful! I love pink, but don't wear it often! I'd want to wear this everyday, no matter what the weather! You will be a star of the Blue Mountains!

Terry said...

A heart felt gift from a wonderful spinner and knitter. The color is very you. I know you will treasure the shawl.

rebecca said...

Awww! You have me blushing the colour of the shawl! That shawl could only belong to you and I knew it right from the spinning. It looks perfectly at home at your place. I am glad it surprised and pleased you as much as your quilt did us.

Dasha said...

Gorgeous gift! Lucky girl.

Jeneta said...

Wow - that is indeed an amazing gift! And you are the perfect recipient; you already treasure it. I love that Rebecca spun the wool herself (and as for knitting it, well, I am always in awe of knitters!).

smazoochie said...

The bag is beautiful. The shawl is staggeringly beautiful! With your pretty face & black hair wrapped in that fuschia, you will look like a flower!

Mary said...

What a nice gift! The shawl is beautiful but even more special knowing she spun the wool herself! Wonderful!

Kyle said...

Definitely a gift from Rebecca's heart and talented hands to yours.

Heather said...

How lovely. Such a splendid gift!

DeborahGun said...

what a fantastic gift - and a pink like that is definitely made to glow!

Melissa P said...

Gorgeous gifts! And what a lovely surprise.

Vickie said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful gift of fiber ! What fabulous colors. I'm about to pop over to Needles and Spindles to have a look around.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

OH that Rebecca!! I remembered that post thinking YOUSA :) colour, talking about the colour here haha
YOU are the PERFECT recipient for this amazing knitting and I know you will wear it with VERVE and FLARE !! yea!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

What a happy surprise to receive in the mail! I will bet you will look gorgeous in that pink shawl!

LynCC said...

How cool is that?! :D It's such a gorgeous color, and you got some beautiful photos for her. :)

Allie said...

Dang am I impressed - that is gorgeous!!!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

That is truly a one of a kind gift! How lucky you are to have her as a friend. It will look gorgeous on you with your dark hair.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I can't leave a comment on her blog since it's wordpress but I enjoyed the post. I love how the yarn revealed it's destiny to become a shawl for none other than you!

Barb said...

what a fabulous surprise gift!! Isn't that just wonderful. It is an incredible color and I bet is looks perfect on you with your dark hair.
Lovely photos
and the bag is fab too
Wee -what a fun package for you!!

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow is right! Both are beautiful. I know you'll wear and love them well.

Marg said...

Stunning! What a wonderful surprise, you will look even more gorgeous wearing that shawl. I love the tote too, beautiful blowsy flowers. Lucky you.

Susan C. said...

Stunning! The creative world is more often than not such a glorious place to reside. See if we all thought about and created shawls instead of weapons then we could never hurt each other, even if we got miffed. I mean if I piffed a soft shawl at your head because I was a cranky person, you would just have more shawls......see together we have just created world peace, and all because a lovely lady made a beautiful gift for another lovely lady.....

Patti said...

What a wonderful friend!

Judy said...

Wow! It's like you won the creative lottery ;-) To receive a handspun Merino shawl is an incredible gift and it's such a perfect color for you. There are such nice people in this world....Enjoy!!

Deb R said...

Such a beautiful gift...wrap yourself up and enjoy!!!! You deserve it x

the girlfriend gap said...

You are blessed to have such a friend. :)
Janita

Karen S said...

How beautiful is this!! This is a wonderful gift. I understand how much time goes into spinning even before the knitting starts.
I am sure this will be treasured.

Julie said...

What a stunning shawl, obviously made with love. Surprise mail is the best!!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Aren't surprises just the best and this one is really something very special.

Janice said...

What a wonderful surprise. Beautiful.

Dawn said...

What a beautiful gift! Lovely knitting. Love your photography.

Lynne Shandley said...

Wow! Lovely gifts! Love both of them, and I know how much work they are too.

Tamie said...

How beautiful.

quiltsomore said...

Now that is some surprise gift it is stunningly beautiful. This is truly a gift from the heart

pandchintz said...

How beautiful!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

OMG Rachael how gorgeous is that...just love it!

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