What Pamela didn't know (at least on a conscious level) was that right before this package arrived, I had decided to try my hand at crocheted socks. So not all of this yarn will become dodecahedra.
That book in the foreground? Another one of the Amazing Pamela's Mind Meld products. One of the questions on the questionnaire for the swap was, "Do you collect anything?" At the time I said no, but when I saw this comb-bound recipe book from the Ohio State Fair, I realized that -- albeit not on purpose -- I actually do collect something. Behold! My grassroots comb-bound recipe book collection:
- Best of the Fair previously seen;
- a Greek cookbook from a Greek festival I attended in Oakland when DH and I were first married;
- my grandmother's church's cookbook (Grace Lutheran in Northern Illinois); and
- last but not least, my childhood church (State Street Methodist in East St. Louis, Illinois) cookbook circa 1961. I distinctly recall my mother and the ladies in her church Methodist Women's circle collecting the recipes inside. They even wrote to then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and received "her favorite" recipe for tomato aspic. That recipe, along with a cover letter from her personal secretary proudly grace the first pages of the cookbook.
This bag is perfect in so, so, so many ways. First off, it's entrelac. I mean, I can't even knit and purl anymore, so just the thought of attempting colorwork this complicated boggles the mind. Second, it's a bit of Ohio culture. It's called a buckeye bag. I wish I could go to Ohio and pick buckeyes and carry them in it! But I'll have to settle for carrying crochet projects when I go to very special events. Thirdly, although the photograph doesn't do them justice, the colors are just beautiful. And fourthly, she felted it! This is another craft skill I haven't done yet. I am in absolute awe of Pamela's skills.
I have Pamelaonthefarm to thank for making the summer of 2008 delightfully memorable!