Hi everyone! I did a FibreShare again this round because the last time was so dang fun. You can read about my first FibreShare in a previous post. If you haven’t heard of it before, basically it’s a yarn swap that’s facilitated for a small fee. Ashley matches you (BY HAND!) with two partners: one to send yarn to and one who sends yarn to you. It’s super cool to learn a bit about your partner and be a sleuth to piece together your interpretation of the perfect gift!
This time both of my matches were domestic, which was nice shipping cost-wise!
Sending to my Washington friend
I learned my partner Karissa likes natural fibers, enjoys a cuppa coffee, the coast, eats Paleo (holla!), and hopes to make her first pair of socks. I think I did pretty alright! Although, check out some of the featured packages on the FibreShare Instagram. Holy crap are some of them over the top impressive!
My goal for sending things to Karissa was to include things that can only be found in Cleveland. Obviously, everything didn’t fall under this category, but the Land is well-represented here! Since she, like me, enjoys her coffee, I picked up a bag of Phoenix Coffee from their Coventry location. And of course I found a cute mug for her to drink it out of!
While I was in the Coventry neighborhood, I stopped by the Cleveland Candle Company. You guys, if I could shove this candle through the screen for your own huffing pleasure, I would. I chose one of their Ohio/Cleveland scents called “Ohio Harvest” for Karissa. And I might have bought one that smells like Fruity Pebbles for myself. It’s out of this world.
I found some Hail Merry Paleo treats at my local Fresh Thyme and included those – cookie dough bites and a Meyer lemon tart (my favorite!).
I made a project bag, in which I included some stitch markers, a tape measure and collapsible scissors. Hers, I made from a shower curtain and a pillowcase with some beautiful black & gold zippers.
Now onto the yarn I included! First, there was a beautiful ball of teal yarn leftover from a crochet sweater I made. This was KnitPicks Shine Sport which is cotton and Modal. It’s sooo silky soft. Next was a supersoft skein of alpaca and silk called Babydoll from Storybook Alpacas, a local farm. It even says which alpaca the fiber comes from :). Then came a skein I bought at my LYS the Artful Yarn called “Crazy” by Stonehedge Fiber Mills. This is made from recycled leftovers from their yarn manufacturing process. And lastly, I picked up a Cleveland-themed skein of yarn in the colorway Lake Erie by Destination Yarn. This is a local indie dyer whose colorways come from inspiration from travel. I chose the base Postcard, which is a 75/25 sock yarn if she wants to use it for socks!
Receiving from my Buffalo friend
I actually received my package from Tara the same day that Karissa received hers! It came from beautiful Buffalo, NY <3.
Since Tara is from the Buffalo area, she wanted to treat me to the Buffalo experience. In this case it meant Frank’s RedHot hot sauce. Little did she know, this is my favorite hot sauce on earth, and I routinely buy it in bulk from Costco. In the same spicy vain, she gave me a jar of homemade Buffalo spice made from peppers grown in her garden! You know I’m into that hippy-gardening-eat-local thing. I put some on sweet potato fries. Died. Came back. Ate the rest of them.
Speaking of hippy gardening nonsense, she included some flower seeds – Marigolds and a butterfly attraction mix. I am on a tirade to make my yard full of little buzzy creatures, so these are for sure getting planted in the spring.
She included some rad notions like some Soak brand wool soap. This is great since I’m starting to dye yarn kind of often and want to find a good wash with lanolin to get it nice and sheepy after making fun colors. There is a row counter, which is perfect because I just make tally marks on a piece of paper and it’s a total mess. As long as my toddler doesn’t get ahold of it, I will make good use of it! I’ve already used the little 6 inch straight ruler a bunch of times for measuring gauge count and small progress like hat brims and sleeve cuffs. I’ve been using a worn out tape measure, so I’m sure this is at least marginally more accurate! She also included some little kitty stitch markers which are going for a ride at the moment on my Portage cardigan. And some ones handmade my her from her Etsy shop Scara Creations – these are little lightbulb ones with sparkle beads and the cutest witch holding a kitty. These ones have been helping me keep count during long cast ons (I’ve decided any amount over like 60 stitches needs a marker every 20 stitches or else I’m 100% miscounting).
Onto the yarn! First was a little kit with a mini ball of gradient yarn with a button and a pattern to make a wrist cuff bracelet. It looks like such a super cute fast project! She also included a shawl pattern – Clincher by Ash Kearns – if I wanted to use it for one of the other yarns she included. There were two skeins of Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Natural Mix and Pumpkin. I think I might use these for a baby blanket, but I can’t make up my mind! Next there was a skein of Sheep Loves Monkey Adventure in the colorway Silver Swords, which I want to make socks out of! I’m thinking of finding a good dark contrast heel/toe/cuff. And finally a skein from Dyed in the Wool Yarn Co. Sparkle Twisted Sock in BB Guns & Black Eyes. This is 100% going to be a shawl, it’s so sparkly and bruisey, but in a pretty way.
I love everything, holy guacamole. FibreShare is so much fun – not only because of the gifts you get to send and receive, but the friends you make in the process. My advice – figure out when the next round of FibreShare is and sign up immediately!