You saw my lovely yarny mail last week, and now that my parcel has arrived on the other side of the Tasman, I am able to show you what I sent. But first, a word about swaps.
The yarn swaps that I have been participating in are from within a group on a forum that I belong to. I guess I’ve been a member for about four years now, and in that time I have had the chance to get to know some of the ladies there quite well. Other newbies have come on board, and so when you sign up for a swap, sometimes you draw a virtual stranger, and sometimes it is someone you know quite well. A few years ago, the funniest thing happened – my two very good friends from the forum who both live locally somehow managed to get *each other* and their families for a Christmas swap. Oh my, I just about burst by the time I was asked by one to *deliver* the box of gifts to the other. Too funny.
Anyway, I was stoked to get the name of an old forum friend who hasn’t been online much lately. Our big girls were born on the same day, so I have always had a special connection to her. I was delighted to have the chance to send her a parcel, and decided that I wanted it to be something focused on her. With two youngsters, all too often the gifts seem to focus on them. So, hers was a parcel of selfish treats.
Some chocolately treasts for when the sun goes down. And the yarn – I dyed up 100g of Vintage Purls sock yarn, which dyes so beautifully. I kettle dyed the yarn, first with crimson, and then overdyed it with shades of salmon and indigo in order to come with the colours of a sunset.
This particular swap was all for sock yarn, and it was so much fun to realise so many of my online friends are now sock knitting addicts too. I have to confess that I’ve recieved some rather odd looks in the staffroom at lunchtime on the occasions when I’ve taken my knitting in to work. So, while my co-workers may think I am a little odd, by online friendships reassure me that it’s perfectly normal to feel odd if you don’t have a supply of yarn and a pair of needles close at hand.