The deadline has passed, the swappers are paired with their swappees, and all there is to do now is sit back and watch all the happy yarn-swapping. (And stalk my swappee to get a feel for their personal likes and dislikes, natch.)
I am writing this surrounded by sock yarn. I’ve brought out the yarns that I’d carefully put away for specific projects, as in various cases I am now not so sure that those projects are for me, and am a bit gobsmacked by how much I actually have (and this is just the sock yarn, yikes). Bottom right of the picture is an acquisition from this morning which I really, truly didn’t mean to buy, but a friend and I went to explore Ida’s House earlier today (lovely shop, highly recommend) and I came away with a skein of new yarn. What to do? It basically jumped into my hand. I started off putting it alongside some of the blues and greens odds and ends I have, and then wondered if purples would work better, and that just resulted in everything coming out of the stash drawer. Ah well! It is both a little daunting and very cheering to be typing away with so many vibrant colours and soft yarns falling onto the keyboard. (I think this is why I haven’t cast on for my next sock yet – I’m paralysed by indecision!)
Continuing just for a little longer on the stash swap yarn – one of the options open to us is to give our swapper a few hints (or just direct information!) about colour preferences and the like. So for my swapper, whoever that might be (!! I do actually know, it’s the one downside of organising the swap), here is some hopefully useful information for you, in the form of a short quiz.
1. What fibres do you like to knit with?
I am always very happy using the usual merino/nylon blend or, occasionally, 100% merino for socks I know I’ll wear very carefully. So either of those would be brilliant. I’m also interested in non-nylon sock yarns, though I am struggling to track any down! All that said, something billed as sock yarn which uses something else unusual also would not get turned away. So, basically anything except for 100% acrylic.
2. What colours do you like?
ALL the colours! There really aren’t any that I dislike, though I tend to avoid variegated yarns which are highly contrasted (I’m not anti-variegated, but you can probably tell from the picture that I tend towards either solid, semi-solid or variegated which is within an overall colour theme). Outside of that though basically anything goes.
3. Anything else to mention?
Nope! Have at it – I’m very excited to see what comes through the door!