With love from Peru
Saturday August 01st 2015, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Knit,Life

The doorbell rang. I needed to sign for a package. From Peru, oh okay, not one of Richard’s, I know what that is.

I got one once that was simply cotton muslin, almost a burlap fabric, possibly even handspun and handwoven and closed with rough string. My address was written across it with a sharpie, just legible enough. I pictured it inside a donkey’s bags, making its way carefully over a mountain pass to get to the nearest post office; it did take some time to get to me. When I saw it I was utterly charmed–I loved that it shared its background with me. I wanted to meet the people who had done this.

This one was an ordinary manila envelope. Just as much happy anticipation and I still wish I could meet the people behind it.

Because inside were 61 hand knit finger puppets.

I sent the vendor a note: his price had come to 69 cents each–I had only been expecting 60, I owed him 69 cents.

No, he wrote back via Ebay’s message board, he always puts in an extra “in case one fails.”

That was such an unexpected statement that I laughed. I wish I could show him the faces of the small, tired child starting to whine at her mother behind us in a ten-cart (!) line at Costco today in the moment when one of those finger puppets came out of my purse. Magical. Absolutely magical.

I got a shy, happy wave bye-bye not long after as the mom beamed.

There’s more where that one came from. And I am so glad. They came!


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That bright golden lion is amazing! You have more than one kind of ‘stash’ and what fun to pop these little gifts out to charm a small tired person in the moment.

Add a link to where you buy them? You might start (or restart)something.

Comment by Marian 08.01.15 @ 10:34 pm

They’ve already brought smiles to us and just think of all the smiles they’re going to bring!

Comment by LynnM 08.02.15 @ 12:19 am

I love them! And the idea of one “failing” is really funny. Reading your stories of how well the puppets work, the idea of one NOT working is hilarious!

Comment by Pegi 08.02.15 @ 4:13 am

Joy!! Great customer service and I know sharing these little puppets brings you much happiness too!

Comment by Channon 08.02.15 @ 8:02 am

Would you mind sharing your source? They deserve more business!

Comment by twinsetellen 08.02.15 @ 8:35 pm

Thank you for the link. I have been meaning to order some for a long time and finally just did it! Yay!

Comment by Debbie 08.03.15 @ 11:16 am

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