Swapping is very addictive. Since I did my first swap this summer, I just keep on going. It is so much fun to make something for another person who you don’t really know. By mailing you try to figure out what someone would like, what her preferences are, what colours she likes etc. and then put a package together with nice goodies to send. This month the postman, or actually post woman came a few times to my door with a package from far away. You already saw the bag Sandra made for me. Last week I got this beautiful package from Barbara.
The idea was to put something together with a few balls of yarn and some goodies to spoil your swap partner. Well, as you can see, Barbara did an awesome job! 4 Balls of beautiful wool, a pencil case, a notepad, a pen, a crochet hook, a homemade dishcloth and a bunch of Kool-aid. This is something I specifically asked for, as you can use it to dye yarn. In Holland there is no place to buy it, so this was perfect.
This is what I sent her:
Then there were of course two new squares for my Friendship Afghan.
Another swap I joined is the Pillow Swap by Dutch Sisters. I had to make a pillow for Stephanie and se asked for a colourrange which I am not really comfortable with. I found it very hard to use these colours and prints and keeping it all together at the same time.
I used a tutorial by Oh, Fransson! and it became a pillow I really liked. Maybe I will do more with this kind of colours!
You simply go on and on with adding patches of coloured fabric, cutting a straight line and adding a white sashing. This way the top gets bigger and bigger, without a pattern or without having to measure all the time. I didn’t do that this time, but it seems to me a great way to use some scraps!
I used an envelope-style closure with a small border in the frontside pattern. The buttons I made with scraps.