cold hands, warm hearts swap

cold hands, warm hearts

I’ve been following Sandy‘s flavours for a while and now she’s teamed up with Much Love Illy for a little swap that just warms my heart. Simple and sweet: just exchange a pair of gloves (you just know mine will be hand knit, don’t you?) and other lovely goodies. What a treat to receive a lovely package and make a new friend right before the holidays!

If you want to join, hop on over to Sandy‘s blog for the details. But hurry, they are limiting the participants to 100 and closing on November 11.


itty bitty swap

i heart swaps!

I recieved the sweetest little package yesterday, jammed with handknit and French inspired goodness! Part of the Itty Bitty swap on Ravelry, where each person knit a custom hat based on this Susan B. Anderson pattern.

Along with the Frenchie hat and Jelly Bean socks, my pretty blue and brown photo box included 2 yummy skeins of malabrigo silky, handmade fleur de leu stitch markers, a handmade metal shawl clasp, an Eifel Tower plaque, Eifel Tower notepad, a collection of green floral French patterned sticky notes, Paris stickers, recipe cards, a red and black French patterned reusable tote, a flower-shaped snap braclet and maple candy (both of which K loves!)

Don’t you just love the pink, grey and white colour combo?

Here’s a look the complete set I sent along to my partner. Now that she has received it, I can spill the beans.

It was a fun swap indeed!

itty bitty goodness


I had so much fun putting together a little package for my Itty Bitty Swap partner. Since we haven’t exchanged packages yet, I can only show you a little bit of what I’m sending. The swap, which I alluded to here, is based on Susan‘s Frenchie hat pattern — resembles the Eiffel Tower, oui?

Aren’t these the cutest little socks? I love baby socks and booties because they make me think of the cute little toes that are inside!

I used Spud & Chloe sweater yarn for these and I am in love. I love the soft and squishy texture of this wool/cotton blend yarn. I think this is going to be my new go-to yarn for kids hats and mittens this year!

I’ll be sure to post the remaining photos of my swap goodies once my partner has received her package!

lovely packages


package fun

It’s been a while since I’ve signed up for a swap or exchange, but when I learned about these two I knew I wanted to join! Both involve putting together lovely little packages for your partner, and I love beautifully wrapped surprises, so these are perfect!

I also like the idea of meeting new friends around the world. Sort of like pen-paling. When I was a teenager, I had so many pen-pals from around the world. I used to love getting those letters from far-away.

The Love Vintage Package Exchange is hosted by fellow Canadian Rice Babies. There’s still time to sign-up if you’re interested!

The Package Project is hosted by Cupcake Couture. She’s also having a giveaway on her blog here.

The joy of exchanges I think is not only in receiving a beautiful gift in the mail, but also in putting together something you think your partner will enjoy. I love gift wrapping so stay tuned for some pretty packages soon!

[photo from The Package Project]