I keep tooting Ravelry's horn, but there's so much good stuff going on over there.
I believe most people who read this blog are familiar with Attic24, Lucy's delightfully cheerful, colorful, yarnful blog. In addition to there being an Attic24-inspired Flickr group, there is also a group on Ravelry where we chat about Lucy-inspired projects, etc. (Link here.)
A few months ago, some members of this group had a swap, sending yarn, candy, and little goodies around the world to each other. I missed out on that one, but everyone posted lovely pictures of what they had received, and I was happy when a second swap was suggested. This time, I signed up!
We didn't swap with the same person. The kind lady who sent my goodies (details below) will in turn receive goodies from someone else. I have a box all ready to mail out to a different person. We were given the option to swap with someone within our own national borders, or beyond them. I opted to swap/receive with folks in the UK.
Here is what I received from my very generous UK counterpart:
Four balls of Sirdar Click (a marvelous-feeling, chunky, mostly wool/acrylic blend) in a deep, woodsy green... a fun skein of Patons Symphony in wild colors...
...and two twists of beautiful Araucania yarn. May I say, these are the first official twists of yarn I've ever owned! I always see these delicious fiber confections on Flickr or Ravelry, lovely hand-dyed braids of some alpaca/yak/unicorn hair amalgam, well beyond my price range... but this is the first time I've had such an item of my own. I can almost (but not fully) understand the compulsion of some people to own a twist of yarn that they will only ever pat, touch, smoosh gently between their hands, but never actually use. I have enjoyed touching this yarn, turning it about in my hands to see the different shades that appear in certain light... I will have to find a very special pattern to use this in. So THANK YOU, Diana!
In addition, she sent me a fabulous mug, which I will reserve for the drinking of properly-made tea, and a series of wonderfully touristy postcards from the UK, since I've always longed to go, and I'm not sure when I ever will... best of all, she included postcards of the Royal Family, one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I believe the Wills postcard is my fave. :-)I highly recommend swaps. Such fun to shop for your partner, wrapping up the goodies, packing the box, waiting for them to receive it and imagining their ooohs and aaahs.... and also the anticipation of goodies arriving in your own mailbox. Such fun!
Wrapping up this post with a final nod in Ravelry's direction. I mentioned wanting to have a special project for the yarns I've received. Ravelry has an exhaustive pattern AND yarn database. If I have no idea what to make with that Patons Symphony yarn, I need only look the yarn up on Ravelry, find that colorway, and see what others have created with it, for inspiration. Same with just about any other yarn out there.
If you ARE on Ravelry, why not friend me? :-) I'm snippygal, naturally.