I had to stop at the grocery on my way home from work tonight. When I got done bringing in the bags I looked into the family room and saw a package sitting on the floor in front of the couch where I knit. I have to admit (with only 2 days left in the month) I had given up hope of getting my 2nd package in the SockretPal swap (sorry pal). I was so delighted to see it, I really needed this pick-me-up. So this is what she sent me: 1 ball of Sari Silk (it is so beautiful), 2 skeins of Knit Picks Peruvian Wool in the Blue Bonnet colorway (for some reason my husband thinks this should be a hat for him?), 1 skein of Cleckheaton Studio 8-ply Mohair (simply gorgeous), a little tub of vitamin E creme (my hands are going to love this) and a bottle of Oceanus eau de toilette. Thank you so much Pal, you are the best. You've brightened up my day so much.
A few people have asked about the sock and hat pattern I used for the baby stuff so here is what I did. I used leftover sock yarn,for the hat I cast on 100 stitches on a size US1 16" circular needle, I knit for 4-1/2" beyond the roll (that naturally occurs with stockinette) and started my decreases (which Monica figured out for me). They are as follows: k18, k2tog around. Knit 1 round even. k17, k2tog around. Knit 1 round even. k16, k2tog around. Knit 1 round even. k15, k2tog around. Knit 1 round even. continue in this manner until you get to the k9, k2tog around, do not knit 1 round even anymore and just do the decrease rounds till you end with k2tog around. then just thread the yarn end onto a tapestry needle and bind off the remaining stitches and weave in the ends. you will need to switch to dpns at some point in the decreases. For the socks I used this pattern for a reference (as you can see I didn't change yarn for the heels and toes). I hope the hat instructions make sense to everyone, if not I'll try to help in any way I can. If I can't, I'll ask Monica for clarification.