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LoTR Sock Club Shipment 1

SPOILER WARNING:  For those of you who are part of The Unique Sheep‘s Lord of The Rings Sock Club and haven’t yet received your February shipment, please skip this post for now.

For the rest of you, please click through to see some photos of the wonderful goodies…

Let me start off by saying that, as I said in yesterday’s post, I was slightly disappointed by the packaging of the shipment.  The main reason for my disappointment was the fact that the shipment was packaged in a packing envelope as opposed to a box.  Consequently, the packaging was completely crumpled because of the uncaring delivery methods of USPS.  This means that the pattern pamphlet included in the shipment was also crumpled almost to death; this made me sad.  I understand that buying and shipping in boxes is most likely more expensive than the shipping method that was used and this would make the club slightly more expensive; however, I think that I would prefer to pay a little more for the club in order to ensure the pristine condition of all the materials in the order upon arrival.  I guess that I’m a bit OCD…

The contents of said packaging, on the other hand, were far from disappointing!!  Some photographic evidence…

The yarn in this shipment is The Unique Sheep‘s Foot Prints yarn, which is sport weight 100% superwash merino, in the colorway Hobbiton.  This colorway combines variations on two of my favorite colors – green and blue.  The greens vary from a lovely limey shade to a pale blueish green and the blues are on the light aqua side.  It’s just a wonderful combination that brings to mind a grassy spring field dappled with lovely little blue flowers and small ponds.  Beautiful!!  And I signed up for the Big Foot option so I have a full 6 oz – totaling 500 yds – of this wonderful yarn…

The accompanying sock pattern, also called Hobbiton, states that it is “inspired by the home of Bilbo, Frodo and Sam.”  The pattern running over the leg and instep is a honeycomb-esque pattern whose valleys, reminiscent of hobbit holes, are separated by rambling and meandering cables.  The pattern was designed by LoBug, whose blog, A Bug’s Life, can be found here.  This may very well be the next pair of socks I cast on for after my first pair is finished.

Two other goodies also arrived in the shipment.  One of which is a cute little button with the sock club’s logo:

The other was a small tin of loose tea from Felicitea.  The name of the tea is Daydream Tea, which contains gunpowder green tea, chamomile, lavendar, lemon balm and catnip.  It smells just wonderful and I can’t wait to settle into a cup when I knit these socks.

Overall, I would say that I am very pleased with the contents of the first shipment of this sock club and can’t wait to get started on these socks.  I can only imagine what is in store for the next five shipments…