Have you been involved with a stash swap before? I participated in one in Calgary, and loved it, so we decided to host one ourselves this year. What a blast!

We took over the shop on a Sunday afternoon while it was closed, and gave everyone a table (or two, or three… apparently I have a large stash). It was all very casual, and we chatted and bartered and pet and squished and oohed and aahed, and it was awesome! I walked away with an entire vacuum storage bag less of yarn (yay for much needed space regained), a fair wad of cash from people who just shopped rather than swapping, and several new skeins of yummy yarn!

I finally get to try some Madelintosh Vintage, which I’ve been eyeing for a year now. I’ll need to find the perfect project first, but that was the trade I was most anticipating (isn’t stalking friends’ stashes on Ravelry fun)?! I also picked up several sock and shawl fingering wreight yarns. Lately, though, I’ve been in the mood to knit larger, simpler projects, so I also picked up a few skeins of Mirasol Sulka. I think the most surprising swap was probably 250 grams of bright tonally variegated green laceweight that I had originally traded with the roommie last year, and traded back for this year. See… I have this plan. I’ve had a vision of a bright green and black scarf or shawl. I’m thinking Stephen West’s Daybreak (or possibly his Clockwork). I may be insane for trying it in laceweight, but I don’t need a big shawl, so I think it will work out… and I can’t wait to cast on!