Vacation Swap

The two swaps I joined this summer are ending! This was my first time doing a swap. I had a lot of fun shopping, and it has been great getting goodies in the mail. Both of my pals were excellent!

The first swap I joined way back in June was the Knitter’s Virtual Vacation Swap. All summer long there were different contests running on the blog. I didn’t get to participate in these as much as I would have liked because I was really busy with various things. I still had a lot of fun. I got to send some San Francisco love to North Carolina. The other day, I received my vacation, all the way from Mississippi!

This picture represents only a fraction of what was in the package. Apparently there is also another box that hasn’t arrived yet! My pal from MS sent me lots of variagated wool, two knitting books and one magazine (not shown), “Strange But True: Mississippi” (I will definitely get a kick out of this), a keychain, a shot glass (not shown), LOTS of postcards, some pretty blue stitch markers (not shown), beverage goodies (not shown), and my absolute favorite thing, this beautiful knitted cozy.

The yarn is gorgeous and my camera fits in it quite well. 🙂

I was so excited to “go” to Mississippi. I have had this strange fascination with the South for years. Witness the map I have on my wall:

I have been to Georgia and the Carolinas briefly on a road trip, but one of these days I was to spend some time in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Lousiana. I don’t know what it is. Maybe the South just seems so different from anything I’ve ever known (California, mainly). This vacation just made it even more enticing! Thank you so much to my pal. I hope you reveal your identity in the other box so I can thank you properly!

Secondly, we have the Caffeine Addicts swap for the Ravelry group of the same name. This one was organized right after the group formed and I’m sure there will be more to come. Partners will officially be revealed on Monday. I need to disclose, however, that I am bad and have not yet mailed my my package. Everything is ready to go, but I kept thinking I would find one more goody to throw in, and all of sudden it’s the middle of September! On Monday when they are revealed I will let my pal know. I’m planning to pack it up tonight and have James take it to the post office tomorrow.

My package arrived today. Jo (that’s all I know right now) sent me some lovely things!

The yarn is 100% linen in a gorgeous brown. I think I will use this for a pretty towel or placemat, or maybe something from my Japanese crochet book. The color is called “espresso” and it definitely lives up to its name. The coffee is Organic Fair Trade Nicaraguan. I don’t think I’ve actually had Nicaraguan coffee, so I’m looking forward to this! There are some very pretty purple stitch markers. Up until now I have been using cheap plastic stitch makers, and sometimes the ones I made, but now I have all kinds of jewelry for my knitting. Lastly, the mug. It is hand-thrown, from Snowy River Pottery. It is the most gorgeous mug I have ever seen. Absolutely perfect in every way!

The colors are SO me and the shape and detailing is wonderful. I like that it has a larger base…much less possibility of knocking it over. I forgot to get a good shot of the handle, but it is thick and easy to grip with lovely ridging running down it. I could not be happier. Thank you, Jo!

Well, time to go pack up my caffeine swap pal’s stuff so it’s all ready to go. I hope both my pals love their packages as much I love mine!


I found this swap called the Knitter’s Virtual Vacation Swap. I’ve never done a swap before, but this one sounds like so much fun, on both the giving and receiving ends. This is my questionnaire. Also, I added a travel tab up at the top. It has maps of the states and countries I’ve been to, as well as a link to the travel collection on my flickr.

1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why?
I really want to go to the deep South. Louisiana seems so strange and awesome.

2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why?
I would love to go to South America, probably Peru would be my top choice. Japan is also high up on the list, and may be my next international destination. Also Russia, someday.

3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries?
I love road trips! I’ve driven around and between California and Montana/North Dakota (with lots of side trips) countless times with my family. I also did a road trip from Atlanta, GA to New York, and one from San Diego to all parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it?
Iceland! New Mexico was also very strange.

5. What was your favorite “travel” vacation? Why?
My two-month trip to Europe last fall. It was long, and we saw so many wonderful things in 8 different countries. It was amazing.

6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain.
We like to give visitors the “midnight tour of SF” and go to the places with views when it’s dark and not crowded. We go to museums and parks and show people the fun spots that we like. We try and avoid places like Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf, but I have gone there on occasion when people wanted to.

7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker?
I suppose all three, but museums usually take precedence.

8. What’s your favorite type of yarn?
I like things that have silk blended in them. Alpaca is always nice, and so are tweedy wools. Tweed4life.

9. What’s your least favorite type of yarn?
Weird acrylic stuff and really feathery novelty yarn.

10. What items do you like to knit/crochet?
I like to make shrugs, shawls, socks, hats…things to wear. I don’t really enjoy making things with a lot of small fiddly parts to sew together (like toys), though I do like the finished product.

11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation?
I usually pack a somewhat small, easily portable project. I like to have knitting with me where ever I go, so I need to be able to carry it around in my purse or a small bag. If it’s a longer trip where I won’t constantly be on the go, I might bring something larger like a sweater or shawl as well.

12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet?
I sew a little, and I recently started spinning. I like to bake and I’m trying to get better at cooking. I used to collage all the time.  I also have dome some bookbinding and printmaking.  I really would love to make more books.

13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise)
Not that I know of.

14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite?
I love teal/turquoise. Fuschia is also awesome. Warm coffee browns.
I don’t really like bright yellows (though I like mustard) or pastels.

15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)?
Both…but I’m always in the mood for something sweet.

16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know?
I really love coffee. LOVE. And I wish I had a kitty, but my boyfriend is allergic.