Mijn eerste SWAP

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On the Dutch Amigurumi forum they sometimes organise swaps. When they do, I watch those fora as a hawk, because I’m always very curious what people would send/receive 🙂

This month they organised a new swap and when I saw they would divide the Dutch and the Belgian swappers by country I decided to make the plunge and participate.
The reason why I wanted my swap to remain in Belgium is because postal costs in Belgium are completely insane 😕 . To send a package weighing less than 2 kg in Belgium to a Belgian address, you pay €5,70 and an extra Euro if you want the person to sign off on the package and to have insurance. That makes €6,70 for a teeny package within Belgium 😯 . To send the same package to the Netherlands, you have to double that amount. Absolutely crazy, if you ask me 😡 .

Anywho, I decided to not think about the costs for this once. I wanted to feel the real excitement of a swap, so I signed up 😀 .
Requirements for the swap-package were:

  • One self-made amigurumi (7cm minimum)
  • One or two skeins of yarn to make an amigurumi with (look at what your partner likes to use, make sure the yarn is useful!!)
  • Some nice embellishments to decorate an amigurumi (ribbons, eyes, buttons)
  • One amigurumi-pattern you think your partner will like
  • Send your package before September 15th

The person who organised the swap decided on the swap partners, but the person you make a package for isn’t necessarily the person who will make a package for you! So your swap-partner remains a mystery until you receive your package :D.

I haven’t received my package yet, but I just got word that my swap-partner received my package :D. I’m so curious about what she will think :D.
I went a little over-board with the contents, I think. Here’s what I made and gave in my swap-package.

The box with all the little presents, wrapped up and ready to go!
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The whole, unwrapped picture of the contents.
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As a pattern, I gave my partner a print-out of Beth Doherty’s Fawn 2.0. The embellishments were chosen mostly in line with this pattern: two small pieces of felt (enough for eyes and ears), assortment of sequins and beads, a pair of 15mm safety eyes and embroidery thread. The ribbons were added because I liked the colour so much 🙂

I added 3 skeins of yarn. Yes, I know, more than required, but my partner had said she was open to new stuff. So I bought her two skeins of her usual yarn and added an extra skein of yarn I like to make amigurumi with.

For my Amigurumi, I made 靴下にゃんこ or Kutsushitanyanko [link] from the book I bought a while ago.
I decided to make this ami in Catania mercerized cotton, the first time I worked with this type of yarn to make amigurumi. I usually make my ami in softer, acrylic yarns.
This cotton was easy to work with. I now understand why people like making ami’s with this. It glides really well, so there’s little pushing and pulling involved. But I must say I still prefer the acrylic for the end result. Ami’s are softer and more cuddly with the acrylic, while with the cotton they’re firmer and more solid. I guess it’s for each his/her own 🙂

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This cat, 靴下にゃんこ or Kutsushitanyanko, is a cute character by San-X. 靴下 or kutsushita is Japanese for socks and this cat really likes his socks :D. I made him two pair to go.

Kutsushitanyankocollage

But it turned out that this ami measured a little under 7 cm, so I decided to add another extra: Another Hello Kitty keychain. This time I used my usual acrylic yarn. This way my partner can also immediatly feel the difference between the two types of yarn 😀

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Well, I know I’ve probably given too much, based on the price reference given by the organizer, but I really wanted to give my partner something useful and nice. So I really hope she’s happy with everything she got :D.

And now I’m eagerly awaiting my package… 8)