Hosting a yarn swap is a great way to rejuvenate your stash at low cost to you. Seeing what others have stashed, chatting about new project ideas and getting in the mood for some stash busting might be just the kickstart your creativity needed.
Here’s a few things to consider when planning and hosting your swap:
1. Let there be light! Good natural light is really helpful when choosing colour and texture. One of the best swaps I ever attended was held on picnic blankets in a park. It made for a really low key and easy to access meetup.
2. Size counts- Too small a swap and there might not be enough there to ignite a passion but too large and it might become difficult to engage with people and oversee swaps.
3. Expectation management- We’ve all been there: the yarn fumes kick in and someone throws an elbow. Ok, maybe things won’t get this drastic but decide some basic rules before you let the swapping begin (see below for an example of Rules of Engagement).
4. Win some, lose some- Be prepared not to get back exactly what you gave. If you want market value for what you paid, there are great avenues to trade, sell and barter on the internet. If you’re attending a free swap be sure you are ready to part with your yarn.
5. Does exactly what it says on the tin- Are skeins labelled? Weighed? Provide tags, consider bringing a scale and have a laptop or smartphone to hand for checking yarn make up and possible projects. A mystery skein can be such a pain to help grow into a project when you don’t know how it will behave on the needles!
6. Time to haul out- Decide from the outset what’s to become of unclaimed skeins. Are you going to gift them? Send them back with their owners? Perhaps you might want t donate them to charity?
If you’re attending the Muse Connection Volume 1 in a few weeks, we’ve got some Rules of Engagement for our swap to help things go smoothly:
- Beautiful in every way- Please give as you would like to receive. We'd like to think that everyone is passing on a thing of beauty for another to enjoy (plus we hope the goodie bags will be giving you something extra special!). In simple terms we'd like to see skeined yarn, preferably untouched, moth free (shudders), clear labelling etc.
- Mini love- If you do wish to bring mini skeins, that's fine. Please weigh, skein and clearly label them. I have created a little gradient that might be appealing to someone as an example of one of the many goodies I'm bringing.
- Give and you shall receive- Each table of knitters will be invited to place their offerings on the prepared space for others to see. Not swapping? That’s fine, just let us know not to call you up.
- A feast for the eyes- We’ll give you time to familiarise yourself with the goodies and drink in all that colourful goodness.
- Altogether now- We will call the tables up in a random order and each person who is swapping gets to choose one MUST have skein.
- Once more with feeling- Once everyone has chosen, we’ll reverse the order and let 2nd choices be made and so on until the skeins have new homes.
- You’re leaving with me- Any unclaimed skeins need to be collected and returned home with their owners please.
- Bartering- We have no problems with bartering (or begging) but please take only what you truly love and are inspired by. This is intended as a starting point for some creative inspiration and we want to see everyone excited to knit their new favourite thing!
If you're unsure in any way, please do reach out to Helen or myself and we'll gladly talk through the finer details of your yarn with you!
Let the inspiration begin!
Still on the fence about buying a ticket? We're done to the final few now, so you might want to snap them up!