I love the 'Selfish Knitters and Crocheters' Group on Ravelry. They're a constant reminder that my first reason to knit should be because I enjoy it.
So, their Holiday Swap is a genius idea -- it's a swap to yourself. It's giving tacit permission to splurge on yourself in a season where stuff usually revolves around the expectations of others.
Anyway, I just got the results of my swap.
They had three things.
The first was a 'Yarny Treat'.
Well, I think two skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label in "Dove" definitely qualifies. This stuff is -so- soft and squish-able! I'm not usually the type to pull out skeins of yarn to fondle, but this one is definitely tempting me!
Summer Queen Shawl', which is another pattern from the 'Knits for Nerds' book -- the same book my Dragon Rider Gloves came from.
I got it during Tanis' visit to the Purple Purl. It was an awesome night, and we had a chance to win yarn for each Tanis Fiber Arts purchase. Alas, I didn't win anything, but that's ok. This is awesome enough.
The second thing is a 'Yummy Treat.'
Well, I think a can of fair-trade and organic hot chocolate mix fills that role quite nicely!
And the third is a holiday treat. My first idea wasn't available yet, so I went ahead and finally bought some kids play mats to use as blocking mats.
I don't care that they're colourful, I only want them as a surface that holds t-pins.
So that was my swap to myself. The really nice thing is that the yarn had a chance to win, the chocolate was on sale, and the blocking mats were free with a gift certificate to the hardware store!