I love participating in swaps. The excitement of planning and the thrill of your swappee loving their surprise! Woolaholics has hosted 3 that I've been involved in recently. The 'small things swap', 'secret sock yarn swap' and the most recent and yet to be posted 'chocolate swap'.
The 'small things' swap was particularly exciting because my swappee was my good friend Tania. I took pains to ensure that she didn't realise her secret pal was me, which was excruciating because I'm terrible at keeping secrets, but I must have been good this time, because she had no idea! I decided on the Emerald Beaded Bracelet from Magknits. It's knit on 1.25mm needles, using size 11 seed beads which are TINY, and cotton that is incredibly fine and yields a gauge of 60 stitches over 10cm. It took only a few nights knitting, and was a lot of fun.
In turn I received a beautiful felted kitchen set from the ever-talented tiKKi.
My swappee got their Secret Sock yarn today, so I'm free to post about it. I was really happy with the way the colours came out on this, so much that I contemplated sending her some Collinette Jitterbug I have here instead and keeping my hand-dyed for myself. I was particularly happy with the little sock I made too, which I put on a keychain.
She likes it! yay! I love swaps!