Swap Happy – Look what I got!

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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!

No-spend knitting swap arrived!

I joined Swap-bot awhile back for the Cake & Pie Holiday Ornament Swap. After completing that swap I thought I would give a try at another and here entered the “No-Spend Knitting Swap.” You send a select amount of knitting items be it yarn, needles, books, or other misc items pertaining to knitting and you get back some new stuff from someones stash. I shipped off a box to Australia, that price tag for shipping was a little steep but my swap recipient was very pleased as it was all yarns she wanted and can’t get in AU, plus a neat beginners book I never used.

I received the above items; some beautiful blue handspun yarn, a mini skein of wool yarn, and a skein of lovely merino. Plus a needle case, a calendar and a little notebook that walked off with my daughter and is now used in her makeshift restaurant for taking orders, very useful. The fact that it was no spend minus postage made it a great swap, can’t wait to see what others received!