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 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…
Karen also popped in some extras…
These 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!
Many thanks to Karen for suggesting such a fun swap — I can’t wait to do it again sometime!