Other people

I have a love-hate relationship with the Secret Pal programs: sometimes I love the idea of surprising another knitter with goodies, and being surprised in return, and other times the Grumperina chimes in to rant, “I know what projects I want to knit, and I want to chose the yarn for them. No one knows my taste better than I do. I would want my surprises to be 100% yarn: no lotions, no candles, no candies, I have enough of that crap, it’s a waste of money. I wouldn’t want Grumperina as a secret pal, that’s for sure, she’s too particular.” While I carry out this internal debate (and I would love to hear your opinions), I take the opportunity to do intentional swaps with other knitters as I find them. For example, look what I got in the mail today!

Why, it’s an oddly-shaped package from Karma! I knew what I was getting, but I still ripped open the package with the zest of a two-year old on Christmas:

And inside, some vintage straight needles! These are in the larger sizes, which is great because I don’t have any in my stash.

Thanks, Karma! I will be returning this good karma (hehe) by mailing you something early next week.


Hey, look at this!

Oh my goodness, this is what it must be like to be an aunt! my pattern. Wow, it looks great and I’m sure the recipient will appreciate this gift. Great job, and I’m so happy the pattern worked out for someone other than just myself!

11 thoughts on “Other people

  1. Colleen

    Secret Pals? Yeah, I’ve got some opinions. Share them here? Nah, maybe not (lest I get set upon by the SP people).

    Congrats on the iPod pattern user. I know the feeling, and it’s GREAT!

  2. Karma

    Yay! Your package arrived! I’m so pleased that this worked out. Have a fun time knitting this weekend. :)

  3. Carolyn

    yeah, I am new to the whole SP thing…not a participant, but seeing everyone get these goodies. What do I think? I guess it’s ok…I would surely make a list (as I do all gifts) of things I truely want…I am very particular…so I would hope the SP would choose something off of it. Will I join…probably not. Swaps between knitters are just as fun in my opinion! Love the ipod cozy…that is so awesome..I don’t have an ipod (maybe someone will get me one for mothers day…)or I would knit it!

  4. Nancy

    Yeah, I’m totally with you on the secret pals thing of no extraneous stuff unless appropriate to the swap/SP.

  5. Amy

    Hmm, I’m not sure if I’ve ever de-lurked here or not, but I do enjoy your site.

    I’m glad you posted about the secret pals thing, for I have just been waffling about joining. I’ve done some small swaps, and it was fun (well, except for the “famous” knit blogger I got matched up with who didn’t even email a thank you), but the commitment for secret pals is a bigger deal. I’d probably end up all neurotic about what I gave my giftee and, like you, I am very particular. Anyway, you swayed me to not join up and I’m grateful for that!

  6. Jenn

    I feel the same way about exchanges. The ones I’ve participated in give a survey so that helps a bit, but yeah, I’m a control freak like you.

    As for the iPod cozy, don’t be so surprised. I’ve already printed the pattern and it’s on my to-knit list. :)

  7. nimrodel70

    SP programs are not for me either. I couldn’t stand anyone picking out yarn for me–and then not sending enough to make something decent from it. I spend hours researching yarn before I decide to buy it.

    Plus, I have heard too many stories about Secret Pals who aren’t very pal-like (i.e. don’t send anything) but are still happy to receive goodies from their SP!

  8. Stephanie

    I fall in the other camp on the secret pal thing. I joined one (my first) and I’m really having a good time with it. I try to buy small things for my secret pal – like 2 skeins of sock yarn – so that she can make a complete project (socks or something else small)and little knitting accessories that she’s indicated she needs – point protectors, stitch holders – stuff like that. I also include some tea or a baking mix – something that I would like to get – or some chocolate (who doesn’t like chocolate?). I think a secret pal is definately a committment – you have to be willing to spend some time finding things you think the person would like. But the upside is that when they get the package and love what you sent, you get that warm tingly feeling inside. I don’t think I’d want to do more than one at a time (and this one lasts until the end of the year), but it’s something I’d do again.

  9. Tara

    oooo, I love vintage needles! I don’t use them but they looks pretty in a vase. I’m sure the fiance loves it – ha!

    By the way, my hollyberry bled like a b*tch too! And it apparently wasn’t done when I thought it was b/c after I wore it, my armpits were red! :)~

  10. Rebekah

    Hmmm, I’m personally on the fence about Secret Pals. I can see where it would be a lot of fun, but also how it could be very stressful, time consuming, and problematic. I doubt I’ll ever join one, but then again I doubted I’d ever knit socks, you know do they make a pill to make up your mind, if so I need that.

  11. Purly Whites

    I’m totally with you on the Secret Pals. It sounds like a nice idea. But in reality, I don’t want to spend my money on candy and candles and postage. Nor would I want any other knitter to spend their money on that for me. We could all be buying yarn we have picked out for ourselves.

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