Saturday, April 30, 2011

Doctor Who Swap

aka, Best. Swap. Ever.

It is required that swap recipients post their thanks on a thread on Ravelry. I'm going to do that. There are so many pictures that I want to share, though, that I'm going to put most of them here.

I opened my door this morning to find a priority mail box decorated with Tardises (Tardii?) from 1929-2005. Did it come by USPS or by Tardis?

Inside where a whole bunch of packages wrapped in Tardis-blue tissue. They were all decorated with quotes and pictures from Doctor Who.

On top was this wonderful hand-drawn/painted card. Inside it said:
Enclosed please find fantastic artifacts of the Doctor. Enclosed please find wonder, romance + intellect. Enclosed please find astonishment, terror, and glee. Enclosed please find a pile of good things to help balance your pile of bad things.

I found all those things. Well, maybe not so much terror, but that's okay.

There was a skein of Peace Fleece wool/mohair DK in the colorway Blue Jay. I've always wanted to try this brand of yarn and now I can.

There was a batt of blended merino in beautiful lavender and green from One Lupine Fiber Arts.

Those two square things are magnets, made from rows of plastic beads. How cool are they? One's a Tardis and the other a Dalek in Ironsides mode. To the fridge with you both!

Next we have a dishcloth that cracked me up. It took a couple of tries with the camera (it is perfectly clear in person), but you should be able to see the bow tie and the word COOL.

The handmade wonders just keep on coming. I kept this rolled up so I could get it all in the photograph. It's a double knit scarf. Since my Who knowledge isn't always detailed, the quote attached to the package clued me in on exactly what it was:
If you ever see a little blue box fly up there in the sky, you shout for me, Gramps. Oh you just shout.

It's Donna Noble speaking to her grandfather and the scarf is the one she was wearing in that episode. Love it!

This about made my head go sploidy-boom. In a package labeled "Would you like some tea?" were two Cadbury eggs and this. My spoiler likely caught a quick throwaway post about liking them. They were there because this is a Dalek egg cosy. I took many pictures, trying to capture the detail. it's an Ironsides Dalek. The plunger arm is holding a tea tray. On the tea tray is a tiny cup of tea in a saucer. So freaking cool. If there hadn't been anything else to open, I'd have been beyond happy. But there was more.

I'd posted that I'd like Doctor Who publications and that I didn't own any. Wow, I do now! I got a book called Torchwood: Another Life. Yay! I miss Torchwood. I got a copy of Doctor Who Magazine. I was just thinking last night about seeing if it was available in the US. I got comics (that's what us geezers call graphic novels) of Four and Eleven, my two most favorite Doctors. Happy, happy. I got a Gallifrey Road tshirt. This was offered by teefury when buying another Who tee shirt would've been overindulgent. I'm delighted to have it. I got coffee mug with Daleks on it. A Doctor Who mug I don't have to hand wash, yay! Not in this picture but also happily received is a bar of Trader Joe's organic milk chocolate truffle.

I knew from the shape of the last package what it was likely to be. What I didn't know was that it was the best of the best in this package.

If I was a decent photographer with a decent camera, this would be better (and it would show the front of the Tardis, not the back). This has been beautifully knit in fingering yarn. Maybe you have to see it in person to appreciate it, but it nearly brought a tear to my eye. It's that great.

I'll err on the side of caution and just say, thank you, Spoiler. You did an amazing job. My pile of good things today is huge.


Gracey is not my name.... said...

OMG! Fantastic package!!!!! And yes, I have seen the Dr. Who and Torchwood magazines at Borders..I actually might have one or two kicking around here....

Paula said...

Great, now I know where to look if I want more. Heh heh heh.

Are you interested in Nerd Wars? Team Tardis is looking for recruits for the next tournament (June-August).