Posted by: tgonzales | April 30, 2014

Surprise in the Mail, My New Rag Rugs Home, and More Hats


My week seems to be moving quite quickly and that is always good. The sooner I get to the weekend the happier I will be. I arrived home on Tuesday after work to find a package postmarked to me. It’s so exciting to receive mail from another country.


John had called me after he got the mail and told me that I had a package from some other country but he couldn’t figure out which country it was from. Well, all I had to do is turn over the package and look at the back and found that it was from South Africa. We both had to laugh because he said he never thought about turning the package over.


Anyway, I knew right away that the something in the package was the beautiful shawl that I had won in the February Made It Challenge that Maryanne organizes on her blog called Woolhogs. You can read about it here.


John said I was being a dork because I couldn’t stop touching the oh-so soft yarn.


He really thought I had lost my mind when I picked it up and touched it to my face it and I stuck my nose in it too. I still believe I can smell South Africa in the yarn. LOL (the color in the pictue turned out so lousy I just turned it black and white)


Look at the very cute little card and the tiny lady bug.


Of course John had to get his nicely tanned hands in the photo. (He’s always so helpful)


I will have to get a better picture of the beautiful purple shawl when I have all black on and when I can go outside without either freezing or blowing away. I love my new purple shawl so much and can’t wait to wear it tomorrow.


Oh by the way here is the little extra surprise in my package; these beautiful cotton yarns all the way from South Africa. This is the kind of yarn that I used to make Jill’s “Tamara Scarf” out of when I was testing her pattern. It is so soft and I love the colors. Thank you so much Maryanne for hosting such a fun contest.


Anyway I think I finally found the perfect place for my new colorful rag rug. I think it just pops in my upstairs bathroom with the aqua walls and pink accents. What do you think?


I have also been making more hats from the Bernat Mosaic Vivid that I got at Creation Station on Saturday. Catherine had skeins of yarn that were single from 4 different dye lots and for some reason I can never pass those single skeins up without feeling sorry for them. So Saturday was no different, so I bought all 4 of them. I love how this hat turned out with all its stripeyness. How rude of me last time posting the pictures of the hats but not sharing the pattern details with you. For both of the hats here I used CrocheTrends patterns. This one is the Newsboy Hat and you can find it here.


This hat was made with the same color-way of Vivid as the previous one but they both had different dye lots. I can’t even tell that this hat was made with one and the rest is made with the other. Anyway this hat pattern is called Amada Hat and you can find it here. I want to thank you all for the sweet comments that you left me from my last post. I really do appreciate all your comments and likes. It would be cool if everyone who stops by here would just click the Like button so that I could see how many people actually read this far into my post. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good week and would love to hear all about it.



  1. How exciting to get a package from so far away. The shawl looks beautiful and the cotton yarn looks yummy. I can’t wait to see what you create with it.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. I hope you have a great day. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  2. I love these hats! I’ve just had a look through her etsy shop, her patterns are lovely and I couldn’t help but order one…..the Ella (it’s got THREE pompoms) – so how could I resist? I thought you were in springtime over there, how come it’s still freezing outside?
    Love you xxx

    • Hi Jill! I am so glad that you liked her hats too. WHAT? I didn’t see a hat with three pompoms, that’s just great now I might just have to have that pattern too. Oh by the way our weather is so weird right now, this weekend it’s supposed to be much warmer. Love you too! Tamara

  3. Tamara,
    Like, like, like, like, I read all the way to the end!

    • Hi Kaye! Thanks for liking my post and for reading clear to the end. Now you need to open my post back up and at the bottom there is a LIKE button and click on it please. Anyway thanks for always being here to read my ramblings and for liking the things that I create. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  4. I just love getting packages thru the mail so I know the thrill of getting one all the way from South Africa must be over the top. The shawl is awesome and I bet it smelled great. I couldn’t help but notice your hands in the b&w picture. They looked so much like my moms hands. wish I had a picture of Moms hands to compare. Love the crochet rug and the newsboy hats. You are so creative . Love you girl. sw

    • Hi Sue! I always love hearing what you think of my post. As I recall I do have your Moms hands. 🙂 I loved your Mom so much and still think of her often. Of course, thank you for always loving the things that I create. Love you too, Tamara

  5. Thank you Tammy for making your mail & packages so enjoyable for all of us. It was almost as exciting for me as it was for you. The shawl is beautiful and I love your hats. So fun!! Sandi

    • Hi Sandi! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the package almost as much as I did. 😉 And thank you for reading my blog. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  6. What a beautiful shawl! And what lovely yarn! A very exciting parcel indeed!

    • Hi Hannah! Thank you so much for stopping by to comment. Have a great day! Hugs, Tamara

  7. Is that first hat your pattern in the Mosaic? I really love it!
    Packages in the mail, yippy!

    • Hi Susie, No. The Newsboy hat is from CrocheTrends patterns who I got the other hat patterns from. I could have made it from my pattern but I knew that my pattern takes more yarn than just one skein. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  8. Congrats again on being a lucky, lucky girl to win that! Thanks for sharing the links too 🙂

    • Thank you so much Lisa! I never won anything until I started entering contests on blogs and I have won two times on Woolhogs so I really feel lucky. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  9. Well, now that WordPress is finally cooperating with me again, I’m baaack!
    How VERY exciting to get mail from South Africa!!! Such a beautiful shawl. I am so glad you won because I know how much you appreciate this. You are such a dork. Bwaaaaahaaaaa!!! Hey – did you retaliate and tell John *he* is the dork for including his well-tanned hands in that photo? LOL!!! 😀
    So very sweet of Maryanne to include those skeins of yarn. We all know you will put them to very good use.

    Yes, your rag rug goes quite nicely in your bathroom.
    You are making some very stylish hats!

    Smiles & Hugs ~ Kat
    P.S. I would have smelled the shawl too .. and rubbed it against my face!!

    • Thanks for always understanding ME and for not thinking I’m a dork. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  10. How very exciting to win and receive such a beautiful prize from anywhere, and add to that the extra bonus of getting a package all the way from S.Africa. You know I love all your creations and can’t wait to see them at Guild.

    • Hi Linda! I’m so glad that you love my creations and I will surely bring my new shawl to guild with me in a couple of weeks. 🙂

  11. *squeal with delight* YIPEEEE! So happy your shawl arrived safe and sound – thank you for such a lovely and complimentary post 🙂 It looks AMAZING on you!! I will email you Trevlyn’s details – she will be thrilled. Lots of love xxxxxxx

    • Hi Maryanne! looking forward to letting Trevlyn know how much I loved the shawl. Thanks again for all that you do. Love, Tamarar

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