A Package Arrived!

I have recieved a gift package from Scottish Highlands ! In fact, I think this package was mailed about the same time that my package (of alpaca mitts and home-made shortbread) was mailed to Kelly , the winner of my little give-away the other week.   Our two packages crossed in flight,  and I just now have picked myself up off of the floor, being that I was completely bowled over by the generosity from Kelly,  in the way of a pile of treats from the Highlands of Bonnie Scotland.

And I do mean a pile .

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Some darling wee coasters (already stained with tea rings from my afternoon tea while studying cookbooks )  and postcards, depicting old castles nestled into Scottish landscapes,  and most sweetly,  two yarn cakes from Kelly’s personal stash, of lovely Hebridean 3-ply yarn in the ‘pebble beach’ colorway.

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Oh but wait… as if two cakes of Scottish Hebridean yarn wasn’t plenty on it’s own, there’s more !  Some ‘cakes’ of Scottish soap . . .

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and ~~~ Scottish cookbooks !!!!

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Nay, not one. . .but two !!!

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And right on time, because I’ve been having a real hankerin’ for some Cullen Skink lately !

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And just look at these adorable wrapped cakes called ” sair heidies ” !!!

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I’ll be trying the recipes in these Scottish cook books, beginning today.  I believe me sair heidie is for want of one of these wee wrapped cakes, with my afternoon tea this weekend, perhaps tomorrow,  on an Easter Sunday ( I wonder if I can use wool in place of kitchen twine?)

Ah, but the yarn which arrived in this package, well, it got me thinking.

Since now I’m happy owner of a couple of skeins of some Hebridean 3-ply Virtual Yarns in ‘pebble beach’ colorway…   (see all those colors? Yes, do click the photo) . . .

Pebble-Beach-3ply-Skein, Virtual Yarns

. . . perhaps this is a great incentive to swatch for my first Alice Starmore sweater? Since buying her book “Fishermans Sweaters” a couple of years back, I’ve had one on my mind to knit.  In particular , since acquiring the book, I’ve dreamed of knitting miles of cables and moss stitch diamonds in deep navy tones in this design , and more recently I’ve pondered the idea of substituting her Hebridean 3ply for her Scottish Fleet yarn in one of the fisherman designs.

 However my thoughts have now refined to a more feminine style of ‘fisherman sweater’ style, perhaps an Alice Starmore sweater for myself. I just took a look at her designs for which she uses her Hebridean 3ply yarn, and so now I’ve got my eye on this one~~~

a sweater she calls  Scalpay .

 ((I really do just love shawl collars ))

What do you think? 

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Thank you so very much Kelly,   for all of the treats from the your  Scottish Highlands ~~ they’ve become food for thought, as well as for my tummy !   Maybe the Hebridean 3ply yarn you sent will launch me into a knitting diversion,  for I’ve wanted to try for some time, my first Alice Starmore Design. . . just maybe ?

But it’s off to the kitchen for now, because I’ve got a sair heidie thinking about all these knitterly possibilities…. and I’m going to take some pantry inventory and prepare myself for some real Scottish cooking !!! xx !

7 thoughts on “A Package Arrived!

  1. You are more than welcome hen! I’m just glad they arrived. I was starting to worry! I love the Alice Starmore jumper. You should definitely do that. I’m looking forward to seeing what you make from the cookbooks. I have the spiced apple soap too. I love it, it reminds me of Christmas. With love from me and Cuilean to you and Emma. X

    • Aw hen, thanks a million. I know it took a while to get here, but it did finally. 🙂 We can all sleep at night now 🙂 I think first I want to make the Cullen Skink (but of course !!!) and definitely those Sair Heidies look just too intriguing, and I must make for an Easter treat tomorrow! Other things from the cookbook which I am listing to make are :

      From “A Taste of Scotland” : I want to learn how to make a proper Scotch broth, potato (pan)cakes with Lorn sausage, clam stovies, skirlie, kailkenny, cranachan, drop scones, clootie dumpling & Dundee cake. . .

      and from “Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes” : the Fife and Selkirk bannocks, tattie scones, black bun, bramble bake (I seem to remember having something like that at a Burns Supper last year) , cranachan cheesecake, marmalade cake, almond flory, auld alliance appley tart, border tart, whisky marmalade, and from my ancestrial home of Aberdeenshire . . .crulla !

      ( and maybe share with me beg dug Emma too!!! (especially the Lorn sausage she says…)) 🙂

  2. What a great bundle of goodies you have there! Again, I am envious. And a little jealous. I’ve not told you, but my ancestors, my dad’s parents and my mom’s came from Scotland. So that makes me a wee bit Scottish too! And …well enough about me, I think your cooking and baking fantasies have been fulfilled with the cookbooks, a real treasure. Soaps, and the beautiful yarn, all sorts of goodies packed in for you by a good friend. Can’t think of a better surprise. Here’s to you, and your wonderful Scottish friends!

    • Well hi Martha.. but of course you’d be Scottish ! 🙂 You’re more Scottish than me ! Lets start a wee Scots Cooking club here in the comments… 🙂 . I think I’ll try Cullen Skink next week. How about you? 🙂

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