My partner was Pinksonia in New Orleans. Her Mardi Gras wishes were fairly straightforward, so it was very easy to make up a package for her. I went with the theme "Happy Mardi Gras! It's time to ... "
- To costume: A feather boa; a Mardi Gras feather barrette; a pair of Mardi Gras sunglasses, and a beaded bracelet made by my friend Matthew of the Unceasing Fabulosity.
- To consume: I knitted a beer coozie necklace (which she had specifically wished for) and tossed in some Mardi Gras napkins and cups.
- To festoon: tons of decorations, doubloons, streamers, etc.
- To keep her strength up: sour candies and Billy Goat chips (for a taste of local).
- To Relax: She said she didn't like variegated yarn (what???) so Rachel custom weighed three skeins of her worsted (one in each of the Mardi Gras colors) in the steampunk colorways. I also tossed in some of Suzanne's stitch markers.
- To try something new: A hairpin lace loom and instructions.
- To carry beads: I took some leftovers from costuming and designed a project bag with a fleur de lis.
- I made both sides different.
- And I gave it a fun lining.
- To pamper those tired tootsies: A foot soak and pedicure kit (something she had also specifically wished for)
- I also tossed in 2 of my favorite Mardi Gras recipes and a gorgeous postcard of a Mardi Gras indian.
- She wrapped everything beautifully.
- Then I ripped it all open
- Bling and music. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this giant king cake bead. I have barely taken it off.
- Lots of food
- Knitterly goodies