MoFo #21: Vegan Yarn Swap!

27 Oct

If you knit or crochet, you’re probably aware of the awesome website Ravelry. It’s like facebook for yarn enthusiasts! You can post your knitting projects, look at others’ projects, download patterns, browse yarn, and chat with other knitters in the forums or common interest groups. There’s even a PPK group on Ravelry! My favorite group is the Vegan for Every Season Swap, which hosts season-themed swaps. I’ve done it three times now and have always had a lot of fun. Once you’re paired up with a partner, you have to put together a package of vegan yarn, treats, and other goodies related to your partner’s interests.

Here’s what I sent my partner for the fall swap:

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So there are some Halloween-themed goodies…socks, tea towel, glow-in-the-dark nail polish…and inside those treat bags are the whole collection of Go Max Go bars, Primal Strips, Swedish Fish, and Sour Patch kids (hope she likes candy, haha!). The yarn in the back is really soft fall-colored cotton from Yarns of Italy. My swap partner likes wine so I sent her a nice local Red, and I also made the cookie jar mix from the PPK. I also made some Dia de los Muertos stitch markers. I wanted to bake some treats for her pet bunnies, which I’ve done in the past, but dang I just ran out of time.  Anyway, I hope she likes it all!

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Here’s the package that came in the mail to me today!

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Here’s what is in the picture above:
-lovely organic cotton yarn from Long Ridge Farm…and some patterns tucked alongside to inspire me!
-fiber wash
-candy corn (my favorite Halloween candy-this one is almost vegan, except for some beeswax and confectioner’s glaze),
-adorable pumpkin stitch markers from See Jayne Knit
-greeting cards, I think they are handmade, wow!
-a bound notebook that I’m going to use to write down patterns
-fall themed tea towel
-a little Halloween figurine that is already decorating my desk at work
-lots of fun teas to try
-a box of sweet annie, a really fragrant and lovely herb I had never heard of! I’ve been having a lot of fun reading up on its medicinal uses and history. I think I will make some sachets with it with rosemary and lavender 🙂

I love these swaps! They’re so fun to assemble and I love getting treats in the mail.

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4 Responses to “MoFo #21: Vegan Yarn Swap!”

  1. Lizzie October 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Wow, you went all out! I would LOVE to receive that package! I like the stitch markers a lot – I’ve been meaning to make some very similar myself, but haven’t. Can you tell me briefly what you used/how you did ’em? Seems very simple, but I can’t quite get my brain to figure it out! 🙂

    • freakoftheweek October 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

      Hey Lizzie,

      They’re really easy to make! You can find everything you need at a craft store (I usually go to Jo-ann’s) – headpins, jump ring, round nose pliers, regular pliers, and beads. You can buy different sizes of headpins and jump rings.

      Start by stringing the beads on the headpin. Then use the wire cutter part of your pliers to cut off the extra length on the headpin. Use the round nose pliers to curve the open end of the headpin into a loop. Before you close the loop, slip in a jump ring (the part that will go over the knitting needle) and then pinch the looped headpin shut. That’s it!

      I’m sure there are more complicated ways to do it but that’s what I do.

      Here are links to the materials I buy so you can see what they look like:

      2″ headpin

      jump ring

      round nose pliers

      • Carrie October 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

        ha, I was also going to comment asking for instructions on stitch markers. Thanks!

        What great swap packages!

      • Lizzie October 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

        Thanks so much for the lesson! 🙂 I think this will be my project for next week. I have some skull beads that I bought a long time ago and never used, and I think they will be perfect!

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