Sunday, March 24, 2013

FO: Crown of Roses (Swaperrific)

Early this month I participated in my first swap evar -- a secret swap with a board game theme!!  We had the month of February to craft... but I mostly thought, as is my wont.  I ran out of money before I could get her a game, which was unfortunate, so I tied everything I did send into board games somehow.  There was eventual crafting and packing and shipping...  my swap partner in Nova Scotia has finally received the package I sent -- so here it is!
carefully packed
  1. Old Bay Seasoning: a Maryland original, I thought it would be useful for another coastal dweller
  2. Red Zinger Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings: yummy, lots of health benefits, and not available in Canada!
  3. brown beret -- see below!
  4. Dancing Leaf Farms merino sock yarn: it's local and it's amazing
  5. the roses are the same ones I mentioned that other time


Christmas Rose Hat [Rav] by Linda Irving-Bell; knit with a skein+ of Lion Brand Lion Wool Solids in colorway Cocoa
This had a dual purpose of providing her with a hat and getting an allergy trigger out of my stash.  I dubbed this hat the "Crown of Roses" to tie it in with the board game of the same name; unbeknownst to me, my swap partner is a specialist in Tudor history!  My photos really wash out the true color, which is actually a super pretty rich brown (like in the swap photo).

After I shipped my package out, I allowed myself to opened the package I received.  The beauty of a secret swap is the different identities of spoiler and spoilee: I had no clue who was sending me stuff...
mitts are The Boyfriend Gloves [Rav] by Zabet Kempfert
...and what awesome stuff I received!! Crocheted mitts in soft hypoallergenic yarn in my favorite shade of my favorite color (they were some of her very first crocheted anythings), 85% dark Trader Joe’s chocolate (this is just the box, the chocolate is long gone, of course), aaaaaaand DOCTOR WHO: THE CARD GAME!!!  I plotzed.

Swaps are awesome.  Yay.  :)

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p.s. by request from readers, I'm going to be restarting the Knitwear at the Movies feature!  I got a little burnt out for a while there, but it's time to come back soon, I think -- stay tuned!
p.p.s. I want to feature some TV knits (KniTV, in a similar manner to KATM), but I'm having a hard time structuring the possible posts (by season? by episode? by character?), so if anybody has suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them -- kthxby!

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