Check it out! I signed up for a Sock Yarn Stash swap in Ravelry (link to Ravelry Group). The premise is that you choose sock yarn from your stash, add a few other knitterly items & treats, and send it on. My upstream partner is DeusXMachina on Ravelry, and she lives in Vienna! How cool is that? She sent me two skeins of Socken Effekt Strickgarn in this cool red-gold-peachy combo that I can't wait to knit up. Also, some chocolates (partially consumed now), tea, mints (Orbit Professional Mints!), a Vanilla candle, Orange fragrance oil, because I love orange and vanilla together, sewing pins, and bubble bath!
My downstream partner is Stefanina from Switzerland. I sent her package out today, but sadly, forgot to take a picture before I sent it off. I won't post what I sent just in case she reads my blog - Hi Stefanina - I want you to be surprised! This is an ongoing swap, in fact sign ups for Round 3 started today. Each swap is limited to 50 participants, so you've got to move fast. I don't think I'm going to sign up again just yet - I love all the yarn in my stash too much!
I've decided not to participate in Secret Pal 11 this time. I've been waiting and waiting for months for it to start up again. Sign ups started a couple of weeks ago, and I've been reconsidering it. I've decided we've got so much going on this summer, I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up with the packages I would want to send, as well as the posting and contact requirements. Between family stuff, house stuff, and work stuff, the rest of this year is going to fly by, I'm afraid.