Anyway, this envelope wasn't from a publisher; it was from Steven Self. You may think of Steven as a great knitter, but I've known him since before knitting (I think), since he is also a health sciences librarian. I wasn't expecting anything from Steven, but we belong to a couple of the same associations, I just assumed to was something work-related.
Imagine my surprise when I opened the envelope and pulled out a package wrapped in two kinds of pink paper.
It didn't occur to me to take a picture before I ripped the package open,
but here's what's left of it, posing on the cat perch.
Inside were these:
Steven blogged about knitting these here and here and here. And he even blogged about having someone in mind to give them to. Possibly because I have neither dainty hands nor a January birthday, it didn't even occur that that person might be me!
The mittens are beautifully knitted, much more evenly than I could knit them. And they fit great, although the thumb is a little snug. I think repeated wearing will help that. Luckily, it's still winter here! (I can't believe I just said that.....)
While I was sitting in my office with these gorgeous mittens on my hands, it occurred to me that I have never received a knitted gift from anyone except my grandma.
Thank you so much, Steven!