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Swap Remnants

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!!

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Pugs In Paris

My swap package finally arrived!  Now my first swap is done done done!

I have to admit, I was very nervous about recieving my package.  Some of the packages other people recieved 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.

That being said, my package was over the top outstanding!  Maybe I’m partcial, but I think I recieved the best of the Springtime in Paris packages.  Eliana (Iknitcupcakes) was so generous.  She themed it “Pugs In Paris” because, well, she knows how much I love pugs!  Everything was perfectly matched in a brown, blue and white color scheme and had pugs on everyting!  Most of the gifts came in a gift box that was themed after the French version of “Treasure Island” book.

Here is what was in the package:

– The Frenchie Hat and Booties

-2 skeins of yarn; 1 Malabrigo Merino Worsted (my absolute favorite [see, research!]) and a beautiful colorway of Lily and Cream cotton

-6 stitch markers she made, 1 is the Eiffel Tower and a beautiful little notions bag to hold them.  

-A sweet book for Dylan

-A photo album with the pug theme on the cover

-A picture of a pug puppy in an adorable little hat

– A pack of cheese spreaders with French Chefs on the handles and a matching refridgerator magnet that says, “Go Green” (again, well done with the research!)

-A box of Chewy Dipps granola bars and coffe flavored candy

-BEST of all was the most perfect little pug!  It was the Pug with Anorak by Barbara Prime, the pattern that I put in my queue probably the day I joined Ravelry.  This little toy is so cute.  I call him my third pug, lol!  I just love him so much. 

Eliana, if you’re reading this I want you to know how much I appreciate the work and and attention to detail you went to for me.  I mean it when I say it was the best package of all of them.  You did a wonderful job and I consider my self so lucky that you had me!  Thank you so much for making my first swap experience so much fun, special, and absolutely unforgettable!  I look forward to future swaps with you!

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Springtime In Paris

I just participated in my first Ravelry swap.  My cyber friend Melissa has blogged about swaps and I was very interested.  The Itty Bitty Knits group was doing Springtime in Paris themed swap and so I jumped in.  I had to knit the Frenchie Hat from Itty Bitty Nursery and matching booties or Jelly Bean Baby Socks.

When I got my swap partner I was so excited!  Monkeybuttbabies (aka Jessica) and I had been talking online already and discussing meeting up since we live so close.  I was excited to have her as a partner so I could meet someone new I had so much in common with.

The hat and socks knit up really quickly and this was my first time working with Spud and Chloe yarn.   It is fantastic yarn!  But I feel this way about all Blue Sky Alpacas so I wasn’t surprised that I fell in love immediately.  I loved the patterns and I made the socks to match the hat.  I think they make a cute pair, er, trio?

I tried to work out meeting up with her, but I was pressed for time because I have family coming to visit soon (hooray!!). 

I invited her to the bi-monthly knitting group that meets at the LYS.  She didn’t say whether she would be there or not, but I wanted to go anyway.  Oh I had so much fun!  I enjoyed it more that I thought possible and I will be going there from now on!

She wasn’t there (I didn’t expect her to be) so since I was pressed for time, I just delivered the package to her house myself.  I made French bread this morning to include in the package and wanted it to be fresh for her.  I hope it was ok that I just delivered it myself.  Because I didn’t have to ship it I was able to include some fun stuff in it.

I don’t know if what I sent was acceptable.  I had a hard time knowing what to send since previous swaps seemed inconsistent to me.  Some swappers sent more than others and no monetary value was established.  From studying past swaps I figured that a package total of $75 seemed to be the proper amount.  I did my best to include things that she and her family would be interested in.

The package included:

The hat and socks

2 loaves of French Bread

2 patterns (Dindy Beret and French Press Felted Slippers– both themed for the swap)

a skein of Cascade 220 Wool

My favorite coffee (Larry’s Beans…. yum)

Charlie’s Soap (she cloth diapers as well)

A doggie bag gift from my dogs to hers (just some of their treats)

10 stitch markers.  I have been wanting to try jewelery making for some time now and stitch markers have been a perfect place to start.  So easy and satisfying because it’s instantly gratifying.

And finally the whole package was given to her in a market bag.  It seems like this is her favorite part, which is funny since it was an afterthought.  I’m glad I included it! 

Now I can’t wait to receive mine!  I wonder who has me…

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