I took part in a Christmas Swap on Ravelry. For those who are not familiar with this concept you join a group (in the case Christmas Swap 2009) and indicate if you are willing to post worldwide or only within your country. You are then paired up with a swap partner and set to work finding out what she (usually a she) likes, needs etc. The limit this time was set to 30USD, not including postage, and was, obviously with a Christmas theme. My partner was up in Maine US and for some time we swapped emails via Ravelry to find out each others likes/dislikes. My package went off on 30 November and from then on I heard nothing. I have sent messages and all sorts and although I know she is still occasionally looking on Ravelry (so must have picked up my messages) I have still heard - or received - nothing.
I suppose there's always going to be a small percentage of bad apples in the bag and to make up for this there is also a list of volunteer Swap Angels to step in where others have failed. After indicating to the admin what had happened, in stepped Deb, also from the US. She asked me so many questions I was seriously beginning to wonder if her chosen profession was spymaster, but no, she is a genuine Swap Angel. Yesterday the postman arrived with a parcel and just look what was inside:
So much you can't see it all!
A wonderful selection of beads, pencils, fridge magnet, stitch markers
Debs sent me some lace wool - for the Hidcote Shawl which she knows I want to make this year
Sock yarn - I wonder how she knew I knit socks! Together with handy bag from New York to carry them in
More yummy lace yarn - I adore neutral colours
Book thongs - a new one for me but what a fabulous idea! (dreadful light for the photo - sorry)
A scrummy mix of wool and silk. A pair of gloves I think.
Now I have to admit not EVERYTHING is here. There WAS a packet of Christmas M&M's - somehow they weren't available for the photo!