Yesterday I briefly (and possibly insultingly) touched on a topic that I feel deserves it’s own blog post.
I have to admit, I was very nervous about receiving my package. Some of the packages other people received were, well, shall we say not something I would like myself? That’s not meant to be rude, but most swappers take it seriously. That means “stalking” on Ravelry and getting to know the person you’re sending to so that each gift is personal and meaningful. Then there are others and I don’t even know why they participate, but they sort of bring the swap down by doing a mediocre job.
I was actually referring to a few past swaps. I was so confused and nervous about what to put in the package I was sending. I went on a very long hunt to find what past swappers had included. I came across a few packages that I was, um, not too impressed with and therefore learned that to send a package, make sure it would be something I would like to have myself. These people seemed to be pawning off yarn they no longer wanted in their stash and rushed through their projects. And then there were people who didn’t send at all.
That said, the Springtime in Paris has been a special swap. A few more people still haven’t received their parcels, but it looks like everyone will be receiving! So far every package has been so thoughtful and all the Frenchie hats are adorable. I admit, they all made me jealous. Especially Melissabear’s Itty Bitty Parisian Mouse. In fact her whole package was so delightful and her Frenchie is one of my faves. Smozerose’s notions bag was such a great gift. Iknitcupcakes got some Malabrigo Sock in the colorway I’m currently knitting a pair of socks for myself. It is JUST GORGEOUS! All the handmade gifts, stitch markers, project bags, treats and coffee, every single package has been so awesome!
Maybe the difference with this swap was the questionnaire that womaninashoe wrote. What a great way to find out about the person I was sending to. It sure made shopping for gifts a breeze.
The very best part of my swapping experience has been getting to know so many wonderful people. Currently there are 52 pages of chatter on the swap thread in the forum. I sure love this community of knitters.
Kudos to womaninashoe (Mel) for doing a terrific job of hosting the swap. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!