Swap Happy – Look what I got!


Several weeks ago I was blog hopping and I happened upon Sweet Potato Claire’s blog where she was offering to create a craft/homemade swap. I haven’t done a swap since an ornament swap a few years ago, which was fun to receive mail at that time of year. My kiddo loved it as well, but some of the swap items were ech? if that’s a word. Welp, this swap blew me away!

It was small-ish, Sweet Potato Claire did a fabulous job putting together swap partners and giving you info about your swap partner. To be honest I didn’t expect much but I was wrong! This swap blew me away with the skill and generosity of one creative individual.  While I was putting together my goodies for my swap partner and snooping around her blog, I was also in the midst of switching jobs, leaving a job, while also vet jumping with my 16 year old dog.  I had also gotten the flu for 3 days as well as the rest of my family which caused me to miss shipping out my Mom’s birthday gift on time (I suck). So, needless to say it was a tough week. Until….

I got a little package in the mail one day- Oh yeah, that swap I signed up for! I was a little apprehensive about running into the house and opening it. So I paused just looking at the box, just being happy to have received a nice gift to me and relishing ins the fact that someone had taken a little bit of their time out of their crazy or hectic schedule to think of me. Nice! Well, I slowly opened the package and couldn’t believe my eyes upon seeing this beautiful textured yarn in deep red….Whoa! It was an amazing drop stitch cowl in one of my favorite colors. Also, packed with it were handmade stitch markers, a Mason Jar notepad and a lovely postcard with such a nice handwritten note. My swap partner was Kelly Ramstack from the blog Adventures with Kelly. She’s a print designer, and created her handmade tags (obviously) which were very impressive and sweet. I’m a graphic designer so we have quite a bit in common and I appreciate all those little details she added to her box. She even wrote on the outside of the box and decorated it as well – nice touch!

So thank you Sweet Potato Claire for hosting a great and successful swap! And Thank you Kelly for such a lovely swap gift and thinking of me! I’m hoping to do a few more swaps in the future that are as thoughtful and as well put together as this one!


Ohhh, PluckyFluff!!!


This may look like Yarn Barf to those not interested in fiber goodness, but I think it’s amazing!

Pluckyfluff has a new book out which I’m dying to find and get! They are also offering workshops (hint, hint) which I am dying to also get to. One seems to be occurring close to home in Derry, NH and I’m hoping (in this economy) there’s a way for me to figure out how to attend as well as to gain supplies for the event. I’m new to spinning, have always wanted to do it, and now have a fantastic wheel, ready to go! I’m hoping the universe will somehow will myself into the class, just imagine what I could learn! I love learning especially something NEW I know I’d do well at, it’s make me so crazy to know there are things out there I haven’t tried yet that I know would absolutely “be my thang” if I git to do them…So Pluckyfluff, if you’re out there….any scholarships available? Barter? Assistant?

to be continued….

Wicked Cool Everything Bag

FOUND: On sale, super duper discounted (69% off), this unique messenger style bag!  It’s the Namaste Messenger Bag in Rose(was the only color in the super cheap category but still, it works!) It’s Gargantua! I mean it could fit 2 laptops, knitting, it could be a diaper bag, a weekend bag etc…and it has a zipper along the bottom to expand even further. I slightly under estimated the size of it and was surprised when it finally arrived (the company I purchased it from is a bit SLOWWWWW on shipping.)

The bag was an bonus for me the discounted yarn ball winder, 10 skeins of Atacama yarn and Araucania yarn was sold a great discount and then you get to the Free Shipping over $$$ and then it’s a great deal. All of my future knitting projects to come…stay tuned!

Knitting for Nana

Her birthday is on Valentines day. I’ve committed myself to creating a sweater for her (the hour glass sweater from knitted gifts) but that backfired (I may try again) and I think I  would have possibly been low on yarn as well. I panicked and so I frogged and began the My So Called Scarf  in Blue Araucania Aysen….quick knit and super yummy! Plus Blue is Nana’s color!

Now I need a few excellent Fritata recipes as we’re hosting a birthday brunch for Nana and her sister (birthdays are 7 years and 1 day apart) And any other Gluten free breakfast/brunch ideas, oh and something vegetarian as well. Thank you for the Internet and my Moose-wood cookbook!