Today I found a cardboard box in the weeds in the general vicinity of my mailbox. It was the magic yarn ball swap that Jackie sent from Denmark 29 days ago. Kids, it doesn't take a package 29 days to get here from Denmark. It's that darn Post Awful's fault. Where the box has been and why it wasn't put on my doorstep the way they do all my other packages is anyone's guess.
I opened the box and found two European knitting pattern magazines, which were cool because you cannot get them here. There were some groovy bookmarks. And there was a big lumpy ball of yarn. You can see it in the upper right corner of the upper right picture. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a magic yarn ball consists of a ball of yarn with goodies wound up inside of it. One must unwind and rewind the yarn to get the goodies out. It is big fun. As you can see by the picture on the lower left, I had "help" doing this.
In the end, I had a bag of chocolate covered caramels, two milk chocolate bars, and two turtles. The turtles were found stuffed inside the two skeins of yarn in the center of the ball. There was an "explosive device": a retractible tape measure that looks a little like a bomb once the yarn flames are attached to the pull tab. The yarn appears to be native to Denmark and there's enough for two pair of socks. How cool is that?
Many thanks go to Jackie for this fun swap.