From Knitting, etc.

Back for another round of blog therapy. So yes, my friends joke that I’m known for occasionally dropping off the radar. When things get busy or I feel overwhelmed, I’ll retreat in my apartment. I start ignoring phone calls, forgetting to reply to emails, spending hours upon hours napping in bed over the weekends rather than going out.

But even when I feel like I’d prefer to be completely alone rather than dealing with the world around me, I find myself becoming more connected to the lovely crafters on Ravelry. I’ve found a few amazing groups of supportive people (especially in Got Friends?) who celebrate each other’s triumphs and comfort one another in defeat.

From Knitting, etc.

But I took it one step further and started swapping. I didn’t realize how much fun I’d have choosing and making knitty gifts for a total stranger. And the friendships that form after makes swaps all the more rewarding. Above is my first ever swap package – I knitted up a Robin’s Egg Blue hat in Cascade Venezia bulky, which was so soft with a subtle sheen to it. With it, I sent pattern markers and stitch markers from Andrea Jene Designs, and a skein of Claudia’s Hand Painted Yarns in Eat Your Veggies. My awesome swapette said she’s thinking of knitting up the yarn into a Reverie beret, and I think it’s the perfect choice.

Even though I’m working on getting myself out a little more often and returning those phone calls a little more promptly, I know I can stop by Ravelry and always feel at home with some people I feel honored to refer to as friends.