Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sweet Surprises

People never fail to amaze me, in ways great and small. Sometimes, of course, I am amazed by how bad they can be, but most of the time I am amazed at how kind and generous they can be, in ways both large and small.

Let us take, for today’s example, m1k1, who blogs at A Little Bit Crafty.

After I posted this piece last month, expressing my surprise that my friends hadn’t sent me chocolate in the mail, she left me a comment offering to pick me up a little something from Haigh’s Chocolates. (Good heavens, I just spent the last fifteen minutes browsing that site… I think I gained three pounds! Lucky for me they don’t ship.)

Yes-please-and-thank-you-very-much, I said. (Really, who could resist such an offer? Someone who is not I, apparently!) Then I had two reasons to stalk the mail carrier. Poor guy must just dread driving down our street…

In due time, this arrived in my mailbox:

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And inside were these:

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A Caramel Koala, Lindt dark chocolate and mint, and 280 grams of Haigh’s Dark Chocolate with Orange. Also recipe for a tart, which I simply must make, and a fact card about Haigh’s helping to save the bilby. (Just look at the nose on that darling wee thing…)

But wait, what’s this?

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It looks like yarn!

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Lace yarn!

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Yubina Cashmere lace yarn, 500 beautiful red yards of it. I was deprived of the power of speech, which people who know me will find hilarious.

I dashed off a sputtering e-mail of thanks and utter joy (Cashmere!!! You sent me cashmere lace-weight!!!). In response, I got a message from m1k1 telling me “I got a tad carried away when I was ordering, and was hoping some of it would find a lacy home somewhere.”

I do solemnly swear: to give the yarn a good home, to find the perfect pattern for it, to do my best to surprise people with generosities both large and small.

I do not, however, swear to share the chocolates…

12 comments:

Shan said...

Oh, my sainted aunt. The chocolate with orange....the red laceweight....I am feeling faint.

Anonymous said...

Honestly folks, she's not kidding when she swears she won't share the chocolate! I was lucky to get close enough to sniff.
Loveya sweetcakes, mum

Alwen said...

That's awesome!

One of the things I love about the internet is that besides the stuff that makes the news, I get to read stuff like this.

Bells said...

Oh she's a good sort our MIKI isn't she? Haighs are such good chocolates.

I think the American and Australian taste for chocolate is quite different. I often find US chocolate really very sweet. Interesting to see what you think of ours. Particularly of such a good quality product.

Red laceweight? Oh we have both felt the laceweight love this week!

Anna said...

Surprise goodies in the mail are the best ones!!! :)

I'm sure you can give that yarn a proper home and turn it into somehting wonderful. But then again, it's wonderful as it is already.

TinkingBell said...

Oh - how wonderful - what a lovely surprise - and the chocolate is pretty damn good too!

Donna Lee said...

I don't think I'd share the chocolate. I might let people touch the yarn but not the chocolate. Maybe not even the yarn, depends on the person....

marycatharine said...

Wow that's a fantastic gift! Yarn and chocolate are the perfect combo for any knitter.

PrincessPea said...

Gosh, that's the kind of bloggy friend I like - one who just happens to pop a bit of cashmere laceweight in with the chocolate. Lucky you!

Chandler said...

I love, love that color of red—and what could be better than chocolate? Save the Bilby chocolate, of course! Yum!

Nora said...

Whoa - chocolate, cashmere... life is good!!

Rose Red said...

oh Haighs...AND cashmere....you have been very spoilt by lovely m1k1!! Lucky you, lovely stuff!!