A Special Swap

A month or so ago a friend I’ve gotten to know through the Three Waters Farm Ravelry Group proposed doing a swap. I’d never done one before, so I had to ask what it would entail. She went on to explain that it’s simple. I would peruse her fiber stash and select a few of my favorite braids of fiber in order of preference and she’d do the same in mine. From there, we’d each spin the braid for each other and exchange. It sounded like blast, so I said YES.

Along with being very sweet and extremely generous and kind, Karen is an excellent spinner who regularly sells her handspun on in her Etsy shop, Gift of Grace Handspun. I was a little intimidated, so I asked for some guidance as to what she would like with the warning that I couldn’t guarantee it would turn out exactly according to plan. She was gracious, of course, and just said that prefers worsted and loves barberpoles, but would be happy with anything.

I spun up her first choice during the Tour de Fleece… img_3994You’ll remember Three Waters Farm’s Laundry Pile. It turned out great — barberpoley goodness that indeed turned out roughly worsted.

I picked my 5 favorites from Karen’s stash and told her she could surprise me — I so love surprises. And this is what arrived at my house earlier this week…

img_4110Dyed by Bee Mice Elf, this is 80/20 merino/silk spun to 450yards of fingering weight yarn. It’s scrumptious.

img_4113Absolutely and totally perfect. I adore it.

Karen also popped in some extras…

img_4114These fabulous stitches markers and adorable tin from Jelby. Aren’t they amazing?! There was also a tin of fresh, homemade dog treats for Moose. She really thought of everything!

From picking the fiber to sharing WIP photos to receiving the actual packages, this was such a very, very fun swap. If you have a spinning friend, I highly recommend proposing an exchange. It’s fun and as someone who usually doesn’t have the treat of handspun from other spinners, it’s so interesting to see how another spinner creates yarn.  And the best part — now I get to knit this beautiful yarn that Karen spun just for me!

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The colorway was called “Pebbles” so it seems only right that I should knit up a Pebble Beach Shawl. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I cast-on a few days ago…

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It’s wonderful!

Many thanks to Karen for suggesting such a fun swap — I can’t wait to do it again sometime!

8 responses to “A Special Swap

  1. both yarns are so beautiful – what a great idea!. Can’t wait to see how pebble beach looks in that yarn, so keep knitting! As if you ever would stop. 🙂

  2. What a fun thing to do. Both yarns turned out beautifully – and you even got blue! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the pebble beach FO.

  3. Thank you so much for the fabulous swap Sarah!!! I absolutely LOVE my Laundry Pile…..just finishing my first cuffed mitt with it…..I’ll post a photo on Ravelry later today. 🙂

    • It looks awesome! I’m so glad you were able to create something special for yourself. I have to get my Pebble Beach Shawl blocked — as soon as I finished it, I was longing for autumn & cooler temps!

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