Last night, the Sisters of the Wool for our first ever Christmas yarn swap. I forget whose idea it was, but whoever thought of it was a genius. Everyone brought a gift-wrapped skein of yarn, and then we held a “Chinese swap”. (A “Chinese swap” is a swap where each person draws a number. Then, in order of the numbers, the participants have the option to either open a gift or snag a gift that has already been opened. If a particular gift has been snagged a certain number of times – in our case, four – it’s “frozen” and can’t be taken again. In our version, the first person who chose also had the option to snag a gift after everyone else had chosen. I don’t know where the tradition originated, but it’s been around the States for a while, and it’s loads of fun for the participants.)
I have to admit that I could not choose just one yarn to be swapped. I love each and every skein of yarn in my stash. I love some skeins more than others, but I generally like and plan to knit each skein. So choosing which of my gems to trade away was not exactly an easy task.
I ultimately narrowed it down to three skeins: one skein of Yarntini in the Designated Driver colorway (selected because it looked almost exactly like the Koigu that I own), one skien of Zen Yarn Garden in the Red Lantern colorway (chosen because the tencel blend resulted in a kind of salmon and gray rather than the red and gray that I had envisioned when I ordered it), and one skein of STR in the G Rocks colorway. I added a note that said that the winner got to choose one from the sack.
As with many of the packages of yarn, the yarn that I brought changed hands multiple times. Eventually, it ended up going to a woman who fell in love with the STR. I thanked the hostess of the party by letting her choose one of the two remaining skeins. She chose the Zen Yarn Garden.
I was surprised that the Yarntini would be returning home with me. But then one of the ladies offered to trade her gift for the Yarntini. It sounded like a good deal to me, so the Yarntini was swapped for some Socks That Shine.
Overall, it was a really enjoyable evening. There was much stealing, a few playful glares between friends when their yarn got stolen away (I was *this* close to a skein of Raven yarn from BMFA!), and a whole bunch of laughter. Friends and yarn! What could be better?