First there was the yarn ball swap organised by T, over at T does wool.
I was paired up with Megan over at the scent of water, which was quite alright by me since I've followed Megan ever since she introduced me to Pakucho cotton back in the olden days.
She sent me a lovely package including some hand spun organic cotton, lovely buttons, trim, magnet, ceramic, fujoa chocolate (who knew?) and a much needed and loved key ring. Thank you so much!
But when I was talking to T about the swap it seemed she might be in the market for some hand dyed sock yarn, so we agreed to swap with each other as well, which was equally fine by me since T's blog is beautiful and inspiring.
Her package arrived all decoratively wrapped up and was filled with sublime yarn (by name and nature) and a whole assortment of lovely things, including a tea ball she managed to sneak past customs. Thank you T!!
In the meantime Ali started up a swap for seven days of specialness and that seemed like another fine idea to me.
Fran sent me a lovely big box of treats to open progressively over the week, including an amazing piece of weaving she did herself. I find this completely humbling, and more than a little inspiring to get a loom going. There was also some very nice sock yarn and a pattern designed by a friend of hers. Thanks Fran for a very special pack.
And of course, the tea towels are rolling in from the Wash the Dishes tea towel swap. As the organiser I found myself swapping with a, ahem, larger than average group of swap partners (the result of an overly complicated organising system, people ending up with wrong partners, bad maths, you name it) and the odd extra gift of the completely unnecessary but most gratefully received kind.
by nest studios
by jelly baby
by inner city garden
by myrtle and eunice
by kristen doran
by little fish creations
by floating world
by clementines shoes
by turning japanese
It feels like there's rather a lot of loveliness going on here and really, how good is that?