Then I came home and unwrapped it and discovered this, this purple passion melee.
There are 10 balls of yarn (most 'novelty' yarns of one kind or another but there is a Jo Sharp merino), 5 skeins of embroidery silk and wool, several embroidery designs, a book of simple scarf patterns (which will come in useful when i am teaching my granddaughter to knit), a book of wool tapestry patterns and techniques, and a few more bits and pieces (embroidery scissors and needles, big wooden knitting needles etc). And the basket, which is a thing of beauty in itself.
Wow! I am really knocked out. And I foresee a lot of purple scarves in my future.