What pray tell is a journal swap partner? Here’s the skinny. On Ravelry there are groups for all sorts of hobbies and interests beyond just knitting. As some of you may know I’ve been keeping a journal forever. I first remember keeping a diary at age ten. There have been periods without journals or writing notebooks but not many.
Back to the journal swap – once or twice a year a group organizes a journal swap. People post their answers to a questionnaire about their interests, needs, desires and type of journal they prefer. Now Ravelry is a knitting/crochet community so you know there is going to be yarn involved too. The organizer pairs up participants and they have 4-6 weeks to trade messages and get to know one another.
My journal swap partner was a fascinating young woman in Wisconsin. We hit it off right from the start. She likes to travel, has musical talent, is a rock climber, is writing a novel, knits, does watercolor… See? Fascinating!
I think our USPS packages passed somewhere in the midwest. What I sent her arrived a day before what she sent me. I was flabbergasted by my swap partner’s generosity and thoughtfulness when I opened my package. The wonderful purse-sized journals are eco-friendly and made from Italian paper and in colors I love. The paper – oh the paper is good! And one journal has graph paper, perfect for testing design ideas! The yarn is a rich teal color lace yarn from Habu, and I do love Habu Textiles. This yarn requires much thought so I’ll chose the “right” pattern.
She included a rock, and a framed photo. Strange? No – incredibly touching! She knew of my interest in Estonian knitting and my desire to someday visit Estonia. The photo is of a ruin in Estonia, and the rock is a memento from her trip to Estonia! Carried home in her backpack and now resting on my window ledge with other treasures. Estonia!!!