A little over a month ago I showed you the rag rug that I created for noodle-bug in the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing Swap over on Craftster. Sometimes I get so focused on, and worried about crafting for someone else, that I completely forget that I'm going to *receive* an awesome craft in return, and this was no exception. I received the most stunning swap package, and had to share it with you.
Noodle-bug is known for knitting beautiful cowls that I've admired for ages. But considering I live in Nashville where the average low temperature in January is 28 degrees, I never thought to have one of her thick woolen confections for myself. Enter Noodle-Bug the Genius. She did her research, even contacting a friend who lives in the States to ask about the weather here. Her answer was to make a super soft, feather-light cowl knitted from silk & angora, that I can wear without overheating. And see those flecks of gold in the yarn? They're beads that show a map of the stars in the Equatorial band, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
I'm not sure how she did it, but she also managed to match the cowl to my winter hat. I can't wait to wear them both as the weather cools down. (I know everyone loves summer, but I'm really more of a fall & winter kinda girl.)
Noodle also created a beautiful hand-bound notebook, that also contains a star map, though this one is stamped in beautiful golden ink. It's a seriously weighty tome, and I haven't yet decided what to dedicate it to, but for now it is on my desk, where I can marvel at it every day while I work. Thank you noodle-bug! Your work is always so awe-inspiring, that it warms my heart and makes my fingers itch to pick up a crochet hook or some pliers.