Why We SwapBy Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments
I am in a really cool group on Ravelry.com! The name of the group is Lion Brand Swaps. I was attracted to the group because I love Lion Brand yarns and someone invited me to join.
Because it was Lion Brand, and the people were nice, I felt comfortable enough to join and participate in my first craft swap. To make sure it was fair to everyone, we had some requirements about what to send. We each filled out a questionnaire about our likes, dislikes, and wishes. We were each assigned a partner and set off to “stalk” our partners. (We were just looking at their projects and their Ravelry queues to see what they liked! It was not scary stalking!!) We corresponded with our partners, and we also chatted happily on the swap thread.
I have to say, participating in a swap was exciting then, and it still is today. There have been times when I’ve felt that I hadn’t sent enough in the package. I remember one swap where I got a box loaded with goodies and I’d sent very little. I was a little embarrassed, and I learned to be more creative within my budget for the future. I reminded myself that I swap to connect.
Don’t get me wrong, I love goodies! But there are lots of goodies in this world. Why wouldn’t I just buy my own? Why swap? Again, I swap to connect. I love the friends I’ve made through Lion Brand Swaps. Now I am even a co-moderator with a good friend, Sheila. We work hard to keep the swaps fun and create a welcoming community for our members. Yes, we know that sometimes people will take advantage of others’ kindness and want to receive without giving, but we are on top of that.
It makes me so happy to swap in this way! Have you ever participated in a swap? If so, how did it go? And why do like or dislike swapping?