KYS "Rub My Lamp" Genie Swap...

This post needs a little introduction. If you read here often (or as often as I write here these days...), you probably already know I'm addicted to Ravelry. I have about 95% of my stash photographed and listed in Ravelry. Since I already have my entire book collection entered on LibraryThing, it was relatively easy for me to put my entire library on Ravelry---I just have to remember to put any new books in both places. I browse for patterns, drool over yarns, destash and buy, swap and trade. I read a lot of posts and write a fair number myself.

One group I'm a member of is the Karma Yarn Swap. I love this group. To me, it's a microcosm of what Ravelry as a whole is: crafters taking care of each other and helping each other out. Most threads in this group are started by someone offering something they have they no longer want. The OP (original poster) might mention how (s)he wants the thread to be limited, if at all. There's a Purple thread, a Lace thread, a Dishcloth-cotton thread... And, when someone has the time and interest, there's a "Kick-Ass" thread which lasts for just an evening or an afternoon. Things swap *fast* during a KA thread; it's best to have a couple items you're willing to destash which could be considered KA and have the postings for them (with all the links and etc. ready to go), so you can just copy/paste and beat the clock.

But there's a newer thread which has caught my attention: the Rub My Lamp Swap. This one started differently. The OP "found" a genie lamp and rubbed it. She made three wishes and waited to see if someone out there could/would be her genie. (There's always fine print, but you can look at the top of the thread for those details.) Whoever said "I'll be your genie" then put their 3 wishes up...and so it went.

What does Mal say in Firefly's pilot? "The wheel never stops turning, Badger." And it came flying back to me in the form of a gifted genie lamp from Mysteri1229. I wracked my brains for three wishes---my birthday just came and went and I got the needles I'd really been hoping for... Oh! I forgot about my Wists. So, I sorted through there and made sure that the items I selected were all within guidelines. But, to be fair, I also made sure they weren't too restrictive. (At least, I hoped not.) DigitalDurga jumped in and said she wanted to be my genie. Well actually, she said:

Wow… Umm.. I can be your genie.

Seriously. I never expected that. But I think I have some things you would love. I kept wondering why that box showed up on my doorstep saying “do not open until annekaelber”, it’s all starting to make sense to me now!

Even with life stepping in and slowing things down on her end, my package arrived safe and sound today...and just blew my socks off! I was able to compromise with my camera and get some fairly decent shots of all that came in the box.

One of my wishes was for buttons for the sweater I want to make Randy. The pattern calls for 10 3/4" buttons. She sent me five groups of ten! Wow!!!! I haven't started on the sweater yet, so I don't know which of these I'll use.

I mentioned I'm just learning to really crochet. So I asked for some really cool freebie patterns that were favorites of my genie. She sent me three rosewood crochet hooks and a 2GB Cruzer with patterns on it! My favorite two patterns so far are the (crochet) Asian Dragon and the (knit) Vernal Equinox Shawl Surprise. The Asian Dragon is a purchased pattern which can be purchased on Ravelry or at Skyfirearts Creations.

I also asked for some SpindleCat Studios stitch markers. I listed a couple single markers that I like because I know I am picky. I bought a whole bunch of stitch markers a couple years ago and have been giving away or selling them, because they aren't a style I like. If someone might be spending their hard-earned money on a wish for me, I wanted them to have a chance to please me. *grin* Well, my genie went overboard. She got three different kinds of markers. Two were of the styles I requested---and one of those there's 4 of! And the third style? A hook-style for crochet! That's my first crochet stitch marker!

So, I'm sending out a huge thank you to Mysteri1229 for RAKing me with the Lamp. And another huge thank you out to DigitalDurga for her amazing package of goodies! I am honored to know such generous people. Crafters rock!


I have been so worried about my pal's package not showing up until this week (a postal note got missed), I totally forgot about the contest.

I had a number of entries---you guys really know how to spoil your Pals! But there was a very clear winner who went way above and beyond for her pal.

Robyn, you won!

That's Robyn, of Knit Purl Mama. Would you like to tell everyone exactly how much you spent? *grin* Ladies and gentlemen, she went over by more than I spent totally---and, ahem, I hit three digits.... Yes, Robyn, you are one excellent Secret Spoiler!

Email me and let's chat about a good prize that fits with your crafty interests.

It's here! My FCS3 package is here!

I looked out onto the patio today and saw a cute little green box awaiting me. Oh! It's here! I was very good and grabbed my camera, so I'd get pictures right away. I knew you all would want to see what I got!

When I opened the box, I saw this:

Then I began to remove the items and unwrap them---smart lady, my pal Genevieve: she didn't use any tape!

When I was done ooohing and aaahing, I ended up with quite the pile of booty:

Isn't that cool? The yarns are Trekking Hand Art, in Atlantik and Noro Silk Mountain in "Color 8". I know the Trekking will become socks, but I could use some suggestions for the Silk Mountain---anyone?

I'm off to post to the FCS3 blog and to Ravelry. You can stay and drool awhile, if you like.

Swap Shopping...and a Contest!

A couple weeks ago, I posted my questionnaire for Favorite Color Swap 3. Since that time, I've been shopping for my pal's gifts. Oh, boy did I get a challenge! I doubt anyone else would have the color(s) she listed, so I'll have to keep my shopping details rather coy, but I've had fun.

I found some of her items at Michael's. And that lead me to shop around on Etsy for some complimentary items. In particular, I was able to find just what I wanted at Beth's Boutique. I also found some neat things for my pal at Prossack Designs which I really hope she likes---I know I'm going to have to go back for something for myself there soon! (As for Beth's Boutique, I was smart and ordered for myself there at the same time!)

In the process of shopping on Etsy, I may (or may not) have purchased from Ialuna and Little Projects. It's a darn good thing Etsy doesn't show who bought sold items! So, I feel safe in revealing my Etsy identity as "whichcraft".

And I haven't even mentioned any of my shopping on Ebay!

Now, I recall the post title mentioning a contest.... I've been tossing this idea around since so many people have had trouble staying within the bounds of their spending limit. That's it's own kind of "Swap Angel"---doing more for your pal than you're really supposed to. So, I'd like to have a contest. Here's the rules:

1. You must be a member of Favorite Color Swap 3 to enter.

2. You must post in the comments to this post the following information:

  • Your name and blog
  • The difference between your spending limit and the amount you spent.*

3. If you want (and the timing is right), you can reveal your Spoilee.

On the 1st of May, I'll check the comments for the most "over-the-limit" Spoiler.

Here's the challenging part of the contest: since FCS3 is open to crafty people of all types---and in reading some of your blogs, it's clear I know nothing about some of those crafts---I'll need some help assembling the winning prize. I haven't heard any suggestions for a prize yet. What about a gift certificate to Etsy (do they do those?)? Any other suggestions? You can leave a comment here or email me at the address under my picture up on the right.

* I think this is the best way to be fair to those who were in the various levels of spending this Swap offered.

Malabrigo contest....

I was over on Ariel's Knitting, another participant in the Favorite Color Swap 3 and she pointed to a contest over on Happy Handwork for Malabrigo yarn!

Go tell Cinnamongirl93 your favorite flower in her comments before 25 March 2008, 1900 Central Time and you'll be entered in her contest for some Malabrigo! If you tell her I sent you, I get another entry too! Yay, Malabrigo!

(Okay, now I'm gonna have the "Macarena" song in my head the rest of the night...only with "Hey, Malabrigo" instead.)

Favorite Color Swap 3: The Questionnaire!

1. What are your top three favorite colors? Jewel/deep tones of Emerald, Maroon, Blue.

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? Knitting, Spinning, designing knitting patterns.

3. What products do you really covet? Within the scope of this swap? Hmmm.... Patterns and yarn and roving!

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? Reading, playing with my ferrets, computer games, listening to audiobooks, browsing for "dream home fixtures" or design elements...

5. Is there anything you collect? Reaper Dark Heaven miniatures; giraffe-themed desk tchochkes, sock patterns *grin*...

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? Zodiac sign: Pisces/Fish. Chinese zodiac symbol: apparently dog and Yang Metal

7. What are your favorite:

  • scents/smells? Due to my Fibromyalgia, I tend towards scents which aren't too strong. I've liked "Pumpkin Spice" candles, lavender tarts, rain-scented incense. But I wish more people understood that perfume/cologne is meant to be a light touch, not an all-over cover!
  • types of music and/or bands? Disturbed, Tool (metal?), KT Tunstall, Alex Parks....just about anything except Country/Western and HipHop/Rap---oh, and Bach! ::shudders::
  • authors? *sigh* How long do you have? Kelley Armstrong (own everything she's written), Octavia Butler (ditto), Rachel Caine (ditto), Kim Harrison (ditto?), David Weber (not quite), SM Stirling (not quite?)....I'm sure there's more!
  • animals? Ferrets! Oh, cats are okay too.
  • places to shop? Yarn stores, bookstores, gaming stores, online---especially Etsy!
  • season? Well, I live in Arizona, so....uhm, well Monsoon Season has some really stunning skies...that's usually late June to October, I think---we just moved back, so I'm re-learning it all.
  • yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? Stitch markers (!), Blue Kitty Design bags, KnitPicks nickel needles, folding scissors.
  • candies or goodies? Chocolate. But not the dark stuff. ::shudders::

8. Do you have any wish lists? Well, I have a bunch over at Amazon---I had to sort them into separate lists! And I have a Wist list--that's linked over on the left or down at the bottom of the page. I think the Wists stay more up-to-date, especially where knitting and spinning are concerned.

9. Are you allergic to anything? Besides manual labor? *grin* Nothing that one could get without a doctor. *smile*

10. Do you have any pets? What are they? 10 Ferrets and two cats. Plus, just started up a 120 gallon aquarium.

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy.
I'm mom to a 15yo son, will celebrate 18 years of marriage this August. I've apparently quit working on my sci-fi writing. I'm currently trying my hand at desigining lace patterns. I've owned the Ptolus Campaign Book for over a year now and I've been a little intimidated about running a campaign from it!

Also, if you have a Ravelry ID, please include it here. annekaelber

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