I've always wanted to learn how to crochet but I've never managed to find the time. Pinterest has been fuelling a burning desire to own a crochet blanket for ages and I regularly hunt on ebay for them just in case I see the perfect one, problem is there's too many and none of them have a personal feel. It's just like going to a shop and buying one, which I wouldn't do with a quilt.
It got me to thinking that back in the olden days we wouldn't buy something we really wanted if we had a skill we could swap with someone else and it made me realise that we're all sitting on skills that could be shared around. I make quilts so how about offering up a quilt for a blankie? It was worth a shot, and so I posted a little note on instagram (and actually got inundated with offers - far more offers than I thought possible) and I'm now swapping 2 quilts for 2 blankies with 2 different people.
Sarah (you can find her on twitter and instagram as @sairzey) is making me an amazing flowers in the snow blankie (the pattern is by Solveig on ravelry. Find it here) and I'm making her a scrappy trip along using botanics by Carolyn Friedlander (inspired by this scrappy trips by Michelle).
|photo credit @sairzey on instagram|
Tracy (@buttonbeautiful on instagram and twitter) is making me this scrappy granny square (she is ridiculously fast and is onto the edging already - I think she has some kind of super fingers). I gave her a few pointers as to what I had in my mind and she has hit it perfectly.
|photo credit @buttonbeautiful on instagram|
In return I'm making her a giant star (using Jeni's fantastic pattern which I will never tire of) from Blythe (by Robert Kaufman) and Michael Miller painter's canvas as the background. I'm quite a lot in love with this quilt (which is now with Trudi waiting to be quilted), and might have to make another one.
I know I could have gone out and bought blankets that were already made, but swapping the skills with others feels really special. I know that once my blankies are home and being used they'll be loved a million times more than if I'd have just bought them, they're more personal and have stories behind them rather than just receipts.
I don't know about you but it feels like something we should all do. Now I need to find someone to make me dresses in return for quilts....but maybe I should get these quilts finished first.