My mother inlaw is awesome, especially when it comes to supporting my knitting habit. She's a bit puzzled by this "swapping thing" though. She gets that Mary won a prize, but while she sat and watched me prepare my pal's first package for the Spring Felted Bag Exchange, she had more questions than I had answers.
Why are you sending stuff to someone you don't know? Couldn't she already have one of these? What if she doesn't like this pattern? (Followed by, "I don't, but I do like these colors..." Note to self: remember those colors for a bag at some point for MIL.)
Now, my mother inlaw is nothing if not kind and generous, so it's not that she thinks it's silly to send care packages. It's that we knitters have this whole "swap thing" going, and we seem to enjoy the whole secret pal part a lot. Why is that?
For me, I swap because I tend to get in ruts, and I love that someone else will likely buy something for me I wouldn't consider on my own. That, and I wanted to know someone else who knits besides The Yarn Family. Not that Anne isn't the best friend a girl could have, and Tina is so like her little sister with her kind support and willingness to help a novice out, but once I realized from just reading Anne's blog that there was a whole, vast, international community of cool knitters out there, I wanted to be a part! So, I began blogging, signed up for the most recent Knitters Treat Exchange, and the rest is history.
Now, I must return to cleaning, and making room in the study for my ever-growing stash.