No, I don't think this is what you think this is. This is the Ravelry secret swap among the members of the Teachers Who Knit Group.
We signed up to provide a package of knitting goodies and extras to send to a secret pal. We were provided with a questionnaire to fill in asking about our favourite colours, yarns, things we would like, things we don't knit with and this info was then sent on to the person who was going to get together the parcel.
I had great fun getting mine together but I only had the questionnaire to go on as the person I was sending to didn't have a blog that I could stalk to find out more information. In fact she didn't post too much on Ravelry either so I had to go with things I thought that I would like to receive and as I was sending to America I wanted to add a bit of Britishness to it aswell.
This is the package that I sent off to MnMknitter.
I had found out she very much liked both greens and purples and liked to knit hats, so one of the yarns I sent was some Rowan soft tweed that had some silk and cashmere in it. I have knitted a jumper for myself in this yarn and I am also knitting one for DH and it seemed perfect for a snuggly soft hat. The second yarn was a laceweight silk that I thought would make a lovely shawl in a simple stitch. I have made a similar one.
I also managed to find some lovely ceramic buttons that had a school theme to them but I have to confess to liking them so much I ended up buying some for myself too.
The London bus postcard was really to signify the journey that the parcel was making.
As it was a teacher swap some of the items were to have a bit of a teacher significance to them and you can't really see it in the photo but underneath all the goodies is a cookbook that was put together by the staff, parents and children at my school as part of a healthy eating campaign in school. There is also a little wallet for storing all those knitty tools and yes you guessed I got one of those for myself too.
Anyway after posting across the pond I then had to sit and wait patiently for my own parcel to arrived and last week it did. I got all the goodies below.
I have to say a big, big thank you to Biologyrose who put my package together and has obviously been doing quite a bit of reading of my blog to come up with all the perfect contents that are there. I had mentioned on my questionnaire that I would love a shawl pin and she sent me a beautiful wooden one. The rest of the package takes a rather footy theme. There is sock yarn by happy feet in a lovely cloth bag and then some lovely treats for my feet to keep them beautiful too. There was also a really ingenious set of DPN holders on an elastic for keeping my sock needles together and is one of the best ways I have seen yet. I will be looking to get a few more of those.
I really enjoyed the whole swap experience and it was a great task for the school holidays and I am already looking forward to the next one. I also want to say a great big public thank you to Ravelling who organised the whole thing for us and to whom we are all very grateful. Thank you.