Hi, and happy Friday!
I recently participated in a swap on Ravelry, in the Tiny Owl Knits group. A quick explanation of how Ravelry swaps work: One person is the swap organizer, and they post a questionnaire on the message board for the group. Anyone who wants to participate answers the questionnaire, and then the swap organizer matches up participants. Sometimes it's a straight-forward exchange, where you send goodies to the same person who is going to send goodies to you, and sometimes it's more of a round-robin situation, when you send a package to one person and receive a package from someone else. The Tiny Owl Knits Common Room Swap was the latter kind, and it was so much fun! Tiny Owl Knits is the designer of the Beekeeper's Quilt, which I've been knitting for about a year now, and since most of her patterns are whimsical and foresty, I tried to stay with that feeling for the swap package I put together.
Today I'd like to share the knitted items that I sent to my lovely swap recipient, Robin.
Cotton Leaf Washcloths-- these were very quick to knit, and two of them used up less than one skein of Sugar and Cream dishcloth cotton yarn. I packaged these with a bar of lavender-scented L'Occitane soap and two of the beehive candles I shared in my last post, like a mini-spa in a box.
I also knitted the Damson Shawl by Ysolda Teague in the very, very soft Anzula Cloud. It's a merino/cashmere/nylon yarn and it truly does live up to its name-- when you put the shawl on, the knitted fabric settles gently around you, just like a puffy knitted cloud. I definitely plan on making a Damson Shawl for myself, too. It has a unique, fluttery shape when it's worn that gives it a capelet sort of silhouette. The pattern was perfect train-knitting. It wasn't too complicated to knit on in half-hour segments, but it was interesting enough to keep my mind from drifting off during my commute.
I also sent along a hexipuff, since Robin is also knitting the Beekeeper's Quilt, and 10 mini-skeins of yarn for hexipuffs. Each mini-skein was 30 yards long, so hopefully she will get at least two hexipuffs out of each one, maybe three, depending on her knitting gauge.
Tomorrow I'll share the amazing package that I received from my wonderful knitting-fairy Effie!