I belong to a couple active groups on Ravelry and we do swaps occasionally. I can never decide if I like planning my swaps or getting my package the most. Both are always great fun to me!
Our most recent swap was a fall-themed tree ornament. The most obvious plan would be to knit a small pumpkin, but I quickly rejected that because I like to try to come up with something that seems a little unusual. My idea started with a bag of white chocolate and candy corn flavored M&Ms I saw in the store. I searched and found a cute knit candy corn pattern that I thought would work, and so my plan was set!
I think I might be a little dorky in my love for creating a theme for my swaps, but I don’t care. I think it makes it easier–and at times harder–when I know what I want. Occasionally it can make me go a little crazy searching, but it becomes kind of like a scavenger hunt for me!
In addition to the knit candy corn, and some unusual candy corn chocolates, I found candy corn socks and made a tiny bag from candy corn fabric.
The ornament is made from a free pattern from Purl Soho, you can find it here:
I tried my hand at creating my own quick, easy little bag pattern. I did some things right, some wrong. I hope to write a little tutorial on how I did it, without the parts I did wrong. Stay tuned for that!
I am excited for my partner to get her package. We always send a note, and I have found I can even make that match, by printing a Google image on cardstock, then I attach it to a basic blank note card, these black and white ones work for everything! I like to use double sided foam tape to attach the image.
I hope you like seeing my dorky, sort of OCD need to match my gifts. Kinda reminds me of how I used to always match my socks to my t-shirts. I loved that look!
I am looking forward to the long weekend, hoping to get a bit of time in my sewing room.