Wow, now that's a mouthful of a title!
The most recent swap I've been participating in is the Teddy Bear Picnic Swap on the Itty Bitty forums. This swap consists of 3 different packages, each sent a month apart. Our first package was due to be sent by August 4th. I thought this one would easily be out the door early on in the game...but with everything so busy getting other things around (both knit and sewn), I ended up sending it out the day before the deadline. I have heard that my swap pal has received her package. I hope she likes everything.
So for the rules - there are several elements to this swap. When all is said and done, each participant should have everything they need for a teddy bear picnic. Which requires several things such as a tea set/dishes, a picnic blanket, play food, a teddy bear, and real yummies. And then of course any other goodies you feel the need to include.
The first package of the swap required us to send a "knit kit" to our partner so that she would have everything necessary to knit 1 element (i.e., the tea set, the teddy bear, the play food, the blanket, etc.). So any yarn, pattern, stuffing, polypellets, needles, and the like should be included unless your partner says otherwise. Although you do not have to send a kit that's an "Itty Bitty" or "Susan" pattern, you must use at least 1 Itty Bitty knit by the time all is said and done (that's what makes it an itty bitty swap!).
The second package is another element of the swap - if you sent a kit to knit the teddy bear on the first go around, then you could send a handmade picnic quilt. Or you could send a knit food. There are endless options on how you can orchestrate your packages. (Side note - you don't have to knit everything. We are given the option to knit, sew, or purchase any of the elements - no restrictions.)
The final package includes the remaining elements. So if I sent a kit for a knit teddy bear and then sent a quilted blanket, my remaining package would could include some play food, a china tea set, and some homemade banana bread and cookies. Like I said, lots of options here!
Although I'm not going to share yet what I sent to my swap partner, I am going to share what I have received! :) I arrived home from a weekend away yesterday to find a package waiting for me. I knew exactly what it was for!
After unpacking and getting X settled in with some juice and his toys, I opened it all up. :) I had a good time enjoying the spread of items.
Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn for me to try (on my wish list to knit some day) in a wonderful blue colorway.
Finger Foods from Itty Bitty Toys. I've been wanting to knit these for a while, this will be a great opportunity to do so. The yarn is Cascade Yarns Fixation in several wonderful colors, along with a brown skein of Universal Yarn Pace.
Nickel-Plated KnitPicks dpns! I love KnitPicks needles - it's my every intention to have a full set of Harmony & Nickel-Plated Options needles and dpns. :) There was also a pretty notebook to help me keep track of my projects while I work on them.