So, I've been reading knitting blogs for a while now. Lots of people talk about swaps. Chocolate swaps, Harry Potter swaps, toys-for-your-pets swaps (it's crazy out there, I tell you). People are always swooning about all the treats, and how thoughtful (or not) the other side of the agreement is. I read tons of posts about how people agonize about getting the perfect coaster, greeting card or stitch marker to put in the package.
I always thought it sounded like a whole lot of work. Kind of like the consumer frenzy of Christmas, and we all know how I've removed myself from that particular madness.
Well, then I was reading about the upcoming one-year anniversary of my favourite Ravelry forum. A travelling scarf project was suggested.
Now, a scarf is something I can get behind. I wear one every day between October and April. Clearly, a little variety is nice.
So, I checked out the stash, and while there are some very nice things there, there wasn't anything that said: Send me around the world, have 10 other people add their bits and have it come back to me in about 10 months.
Luckily, I have a local yarn shop that carries lots of suitable things. My scarf shall start with Noro Yuzen. This is a yarn I admire shamelessly, but it is expensive, so I couldn't really justify buying a boatload worth, just to have.
This will be a wonderful experience. I will knit good karma into all the scarves coming my way.