We *ARE* in Kansas!

“Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.” That’s a line from The Sound of Music, but it rings true for me. I certainly haven’t done anything to merit the knitterly goodness that continues to come my way.

Today’s dose of incredibleness came from Criquette of beautiful Kansas. I must admit, prior to this afternoon, Kansas wasn’t one of the states I longed to visit, but she’s a great tour guide, and now, I’m thinking I need to fly out to visit my favorite cousin (in Iowa) and see some of what I’ve always lumped together as the “bread basket” of our country.

Here’s how it started, minus the note card that instructed me to stop ripping into the box and proceed to Criquette’s blog, where I received specific, step-by-step instructions on how to open the numbered presents. Each postcard had a lovely note written on it, explaining why it was chosen. Then, each step included a little story as to why that gift was selected, and where it was found. (Go on, go check it out. I am touched and impressed by her ability to plan a tour I’d really love to take!)
Each item was wrapped in a lovely green and tied with a midnight blue ribbon. Heck, Criquette even explained why she’d chosen those colors to represent the blues and greens of her beloved prairie, since she knew me well enough to know I wouldn’t have been excited about yellow. Details! Each and every detail was well-executed and made her thoughtfulness ooze out of the box and into my living room. Evidently, the South has no monopoly on good hostesses; I think the folks in Kansas go out of their way to make a girl (and her dogs) feel welcome and eager to see more too!
While I’d love to take you through each item, reading the “travelogue” on her blog will give you the same feel, minus the gifts, which are all mine. Well, um, not ALL mine; the dogs do get their treats, even though Criquette assures me they’re made with human-quality ingredients. There’s a local tea in three varieties, chocolate coated sunflower seeds, more chocolate (hmmm… maybe the Midwest is more aptly called the Snack Wagon?), a hand-knit scrubby with handmade soap inside, luscious yarn, and of course, The Wizard of Oz items.

Hush, Anne. I don’t know if any of my other regular readers know why the Wizard of Oz is so ironic for me, but that’s what friends are for. Let it suffice to say that I have a connection, and I appreciate it so very much, especially the funny notepad, which you really should click on and read. Mugsy would never desert me like that, nor has he ever chewed on shoes. Fred did have a right shoe fetish as a young pup, but he only carted them to his crate and held them in his mouth. The vet says it was because they smelled like me. Hrmph. Still, it’s a very cute pad, and I like it very much.

I had to stop petting the yarn to type, but I am fascinated by the yarn (available here), and the chocolate coated sunflower seeds, which match. Who knew?! (So long, dark chocolate peanut M&Ms. There’s a new crunch in town.) Evidently, the prairie is a fascinating location, full of all kinds of goodness and wonder. Maybe you should check it out on your next vacation. It’s certainly on my radar now, as is the most awesome Criquette! Once more, a million thanks for a great Virtual Vacation, which arrived on an afternoon when I sorely needed it.

14 comments on “We *ARE* in Kansas!

  1. Anne says:

    Ooh what a fun package 😀 And I ADORE the colors on your yarn!! So jealous. By the way, did I mention that Mugsy looks cute as all get out? So good to see him getting to fetch again 😀

  2. Surviving says:

    Looks like a great package.

  3. Michelle says:

    I just bought a pack of chocolate covered sunflower nuts yesterday at the grocer! they are SOOOO yummy and I ran to get my pack to see if they are the same manufacturer but it doesn’t look like it… though mine are made in Kansas! Great swap package! I can’t wait to get my vacation!

  4. Devonshire says:

    What a lovely package in deed! You deserved a bit of a vacation and it seems that your pal hit the spot.

  5. Criquette says:

    I’m so glad that your virtual vacation made you smile. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and the kids and the Knight. And if you do make your way to Kansas for real, let me know and we’ll yarn crawl like nobody’s business!

  6. Holly says:

    I love the notepad. Too Cute. It looks like a great place to visit.

  7. Virtuous says:

    Great package! Love the blue and green theme!

    Wow I never heard of chocolate cover sunflower nuts – interesting AND in the blue/green colors! :o)

  8. Tara says:

    hey its tara, here is the website i was talking about where i made the extra summer cash………. the website is here


    love the Toto note pad! Nice sock yarn too!

  10. NH Knitting Mama says:

    I want those chocolate covered sunflower seeds! ha ha… yummy!

    Looks like a wonderful package! I have enjoyed seeing where everyone has gone!

  11. Nichole says:

    The details… amazing! I LOVE that note pad… I NEED one of those, lol! Our dogs LOVE beagle bagels from Three Dog Bakery! And my local coffee shop sells those chocolate covered sunflower seeds from time to time in different holiday theme packages and they are SUPER yummy…

    Wonderful package!

  12. KSee says:

    What a great vacation your pa; took you on. I’m going to be on the lookout for the choclate covered sunflower seeds. When I looked at the picture of the bagels I wanted one and then to red I could have been fighting with your dogs and one, not. LOL

  13. vegasangelbrat says:

    OH MY what creativeness!! I’m so glad to see you spoiled with such a great interactive vacation!!
    Love the colors and that yarn..Wow!
    what fun!

  14. Nancy @ the Jersey Shore says:

    That was a super package. Glad you enjoyed your tour of Kansas!

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