Hey! I am excited. First, I joined a knitting group on the web called Ravelry. It is a HUGE international community of knitters. There are currently over 110,000 individuals in this virtual community of knitters and crocheters. This is their logo: After becoming a Raveler, I then signed up to chat in nine different groups, each associated with various types of interests. One of the groups I joined is termed "This American Life" for Ira Glass groupies. Another group I joined yesterday was a SWAP group that celebrates any holiday imaginable by sending a box of goodies to your swapmate. A SWAP is just what it says: I give you something and you give me something back, all tied in to knitting or special interests. A SWAP occurs about every 6-8 weeks.
The next celebrated Holiday in Ravelry SWAP is WORLDWIDE Knit in Public Day on June 14, 2008.
This is what I will gather up for my soon-to-meet friend as specified on the Swap:
"The SWAP box should include:At least one skein of yarn (one as some skeins are more $ than other skeins)A pattern that could easily be knit in public by the average knitter. Knitting accessories: this includes tools, bag, magazine, book, etcetera. Anything else of your choosing. Other Rules: a. The value of the package contents should total at least $30. b. Stash raiding is allowed on tools only* as long as you do not send junk. c. Packages are to be mailed by May 31 (a week earlier if international).* "
Check out the website Ravelry and search for SWAP in the group listing if you are intriqued by the prospect of fun; it is a certain way to make a new knitting friend who might hale from anywhere in the world!