A perfect evening



The ingredients? Take a bunch of talented knitters, spinners, dyers and crafters, such as these…

(plus a few more who piked left before the picture was taken)

Add a delicious shared dinner complete with options for those on special diets – yup, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and those on Weight Watchers all had something to eat…

And some mysterious parcels

Mix all together with a number draw to see who gets which parcel – drawn out of a project bag of course… And let the gifting begin!

Yes, it was yarn swap time again with our lovely local knitting girls (affectionately termed the Naki Knitting Nutters by some…). We had decided on a swap with a difference this time. Instead of being given a person to make a parcel for, we each chose to dye in either 4ply sock yarn or DK weight, and have  a mystery swap within that group. Thus the numbering of parcels and a draw for them. 

All the swaps were based around some words that we randomly drew late last year.  Each person was given three words to base their swap around – they could use one, two or all three. Some got words that were impossible to relate to one another. Others, like me, totally forgot what one of theirs was and based it on the ones they could remember (oops!).  I can’t remember them all though.

So, an idea of the lovely yarn parcels and goodies for you.

8 ply first…

Handspun yarn, flowers

And the sock yarns

Enchanted Garden

Zen Garden

Bushwalk, Butterflies



This final one is what I gifted my swappee minus a wee blue dishcloth.  I dyed up 100g of Vintage Purls sock yarn with a mix of Procion and acid dyes using my favourite kettle  dye technique.

In all the excitement of the evening I forgot to take a picture of what I recieved – I’ll take a picture later when the kids aren’t around trying to ‘help’ me 🙂  There was a huge selection of differnent colours, techniques and interpretations. Such a fun evening 🙂

3 Responses to “A perfect evening”

  1. 1 Virginia February 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

    That is some fine yarn porn right there. 🙂

    Looks like you all had a blast!

  2. 2 Caffeine Girl February 18, 2010 at 3:28 am

    What a fun swap! I’m very jealous of your little group.

    The blue yarn you dyed is truly gorgeous. Makes me kind of want to learn to dye. I have to remind myself that my mantra is: No new crafts!

  3. 3 Jane February 18, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Wow – I’ve never been part of a swap! How fun. The yarns are fabulous!

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