Recently I did something I’ve never done before: I took part in a gift swap through one of the Ravelry groups I am a member of. it was organised by Lola from Third Vault Yarns.
The rules were pretty simple. Each of us would take it in turns to host Sadie, a knitted bunny, for two weeks. At the end of the fortnight Sadie would get posted on to the next person in the chain with some surprise gifts. There should be one handmade gift, which didn’t have to be knitted, and one shop-bought gift.
I received a beautiful handmade notions pouch with some stitch-markers and a colourful scarf The pouch is large enough for a small project and the scarf has quickly become my go-to office wrap for when the air conditioning is fierce or i just feel the need of an extra layer
Unfortunately, the package spent a week at the sorting office waiting to be collected, so I only had a week with Sadie. She missed the chance to come with me to the Sri Lanka Test Match at Lord’s, and I didn’t get to take her on a business trip to The Hague. But we packed in some fun.
After spending some time chilling with Baby Groot, I took Sadie to a recording of a Radio 4 comedy called the Now Show, which was doing a special for the EU referendum. The recording was at the beautiful Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any pictures of the auditorium (not allowed).
But I did get this snap of Sadie meeting a Dalek just outside.
And later that week Sadie helped me vote in the EU referendum itself.
But it wasn’t long before I had to wave Sadie off on her travels again, this time with gifts from me.
My handmade gift was this pair of fingerless mitts, made in Rowan RYC Baby Alpaca DK. The pattern is Hands of Blue by Lucy Hague, a Firefly/Serenity-inspired pattern. I love the texture created by the twisted stitches. I also popped in some handmade stitch markers and a notebook before sending Sadie on her way.