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Summer of Love, part 1

In Swap on June 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm

When I signed up for the Summer of Love swap, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve never participated in a swap before. I understood the concept. I was to send yarn to a person randomly chosen by the organizer and a different person, whose name shall remain secret until the end, was going to send me yarn. I thought I would receive two skeins of yarn – maybe three. Tops.

When I opened up the package today, I was stunned.

I literally sucked my breath in and stared at all the lovely packages in the box without breathing. Then, I giggled with joy and ran with the package into my office/craft room so I could take pictures of everything.

7 packages! Woo!

Like a child at Christmas, I started tearing into the packages.

In the order I opened them:

Malabrigo! I’ve heard so many great things about this yarn. I’ve wanted to knit with it for a long time, but could never decide on a color.
My Secret Pal, named Piney – I really doubt it’s her real name, chose Yellow. It matches my living room walls exactly. So, of course, I have plans to make it into a pillow.

Then, more Malabrigo! This time in red.

Though I never wear the color (I have red hair and am careful to keep the red family away from my face), I love to knit with it. It makes me think of apples, tomatoes, and my sister. She always looks stunning in red. Whenever I knit for her, I use red.

Next, I opened up a package I presumed to be a book. Sure enough.

It is an excellent reference book for knitters, filled with techniques, stitches and guidance. Often I find myself searching the Internet for the correct way to execute a certain stitch. It will be handy to have such a book in my library.

Then, I opened up an odd shaped package to find this:

Ribbons! You can never have too many ribbons. I plan to use this collection for embellishing cards, gift packages, and sewing projects.

Next, lovely, green, embroidered fabric, that unfolded into this:

It is as light as feather, made of 100% rayon. An excellent summer shirt.

My next to last package contained … Beads!
Now I’m no stranger of beads. I use seed beads in many of my knitting and sewing projects. Yet, Piney didn’t send me sead beeds. She sent me fancy beads.

Aren’t they beautiful?! I especially love the carved wooden mini cuffs.

Lastly, more Malabrigo in green!

This yarn I will use for me. I’m envisioning a new wool scarf and hat.

Thank you so much, Piney! I am overwhelmed by your generosity! I love it all. Thank you! Thank you!

Now, because I am still a bit giddy, I am off to update my stash and library in Ravelry.

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  1. WOW, Marie!!!!!! What an incredible package you received. Don’t you just want to roll around in it all? giggle Fantastic partner you had. :)

  2. Wow you did make out good. Don’t you just love secret swaps not that you know how it is! I do think posting on Ravelry is OK but I had to see what you got being the first to receive.

    Wow I am impressed!

  3. How fun, what’s better than Christmas in June? Christmas in June, July and August! Enjoy!

  4. Never heard of Malabrigo but that’s because I use mostly my own wool. What GREAT packages! I could feel your excitement as you ripped into them. Have fun!!! I really enjoyed it when I took part in a few Secret Pals.

  5. WOW! What a great box of goodies! When I saw the pretty beads and the title “Summer of Love” swap, visions of the 60’s (hippies, flower-power, peace signs and such) floated into my head. What a fun swap!

  6. Oh my gosh! Christmas indeed! How absolutely fantastic, and what a wonderfully generous swap partner!

  7. Wow, what a great experience for your first swap. I’ve never done one either and keep thinking about trying it. I’m never sure how to get in on one though, they always seem to be already closed when I see them!
    Have fun with your goodies. I’ve never used Malabrigo but heard lovely things about it.

  8. Marie, how awesome is that! Now you get to get addicted to Malabrigo like the rest of us. ;)

  9. After reading this I want to join a swap. Awesome goodies! :)

  10. Girl, you totally scored! I’m overwhelmed at the generosity of this gift. I’m laughing as I can only imagine how you must have felt opening all these wonderful packages.

  11. You hit the honey pot! WOW! Nice!

  12. Giddy you should be. that is quite a booty you got!
    Vicki

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