I have always envied my friends for doing these craft swaps so I thought i’d join in when Vonnie retweeted (I think) Claires pincushion swap on her blog. I got paired up with Diane and I was instantly overwhelmed as she lived in Japan so therefore lived in the cute capital of the world! This meant I felt I had something to live up to. I am very limited craftwise but was fairly proud of my knitting skills (self-taught when I was on the Dole back in 2006 ha!). I set out on Ravelry to look up knitted pincushions to see if it could be done. I eventually settled on these two patterns: Posey and Tako-Maki. I liked the idea of an animal pincushion but I didn’t know how to start/finish it off so I basically combined the two patterns together ! I was quite happy with how it turned out and I made my first ever i-cord for the legs (I always thought it was some complicated thing but was really easy actually!).
Here is what I sent Diane:
I had to think of a name for him so…umm..introducing…Mr Squishy!
Audreycat liked Mr Squishys legs…
Mini pencil/crayon buttons
Soor Plooms! Sour boiled sweeties traditional to Scotland I think
Think this was a metre of tartan fabric. Original I know but nothing else really stood out to me.
I threw the Crunchie in last-minute as I thought she’d appreciate Uk chocs!
Here is what I received from her!
Oooh exciting parcel! Kittencat is interested as well…
Oooh a selection of adorably wrapped presents!
Presents! Sorry for the blurry picture, I hadn’t got my camera working well so these are from my iPhone!
Pincushion! Such lovely fabric and sentimental buttons used so I feel honoured 🙂
Buttons! Lovely buttons as I love purple ❤ I need to find something lovely to use them on – I am planning to knit a jumper for myself so may well use them for that!
Some lovely turquoisey blue slubby cotton yarn! I need to find something cool to make this with 🙂
Some amazingly patterned craft string! I have no idea what to use this in but I want to use it!
An adorable crochet animals book! I don’t read Japanese (sorry!) but it looks simple enough to follow if you know how to crochet so a mission to learn!
Thanks Claire for hosting the swap and Diane for my amazing swap items!