I recently started a super fun Ravelry Group called Sock Yarn Minis/Scraps Swapping. I’d LOVE for all of you to join me over there! We’re motivating each other, answering questions, and swapping minis. We have both regular swaps and Swapless Swaps.
A Swapless Swap is where the participants pay me a fee to join (usually about $30), I order lots of yarn from an indie dyer or yarn shop, the yarn comes to me, I make them into lots & lots of mini skeins, then I swap them up and send them back to the participants. It’s a really awesome way to build a stash of minis from some amazing dyers!!
Basically I take a pile of yarn like this…
And turn them all into adorable minis that make up the swap packages like this…
I typically offer two different variations of a Swapless Swap – either a 5g or 10g one. With the 5 gram Swapless Swap, it is open to 20 participants and each one will end up with 20 different 5 gram minis. And with the 10 gram Swapless Swap, it is open to 10 participants and each one will end up with 10 different 10 gram minis. Sometimes I’ll even post both a 5g and 10g Swapless Swap for the same dyer, but with all different colorways. With those, if you were to sign up for both of them you’d end up with 30 different minis. Pretty great, right?!
A lot of us are using the minis to make Sock Yarn Blankies, but really you could use them to make anything you wanted. Even a “Frakensock” that is made up of all the minis from one dyer’s Swapless Swap. That would be pretty cool!
Here are a few of the dyers we’ve featured, or will be featuring, in Swapless Swaps – KnitMona, Groovy Hues, Knit Picks Hawthorne, Artistic Yarn by Abi, Socks that Rock Lightweight, Inner Yarn Zen, Lamby Toes, MadTosh Merino Light and lots more! Why not come join the group? You’ll be glad you did!! All you need to do is click HERE and request to join, and then you can check out the various threads to find all the open swaps. If it doesn’t say “FULL” then that means there are still spots available. We’re having a really great time and it’s a wonderfully supportive community!
Also, if you have any ideas for amazingly awesome indie dyers or yarn companies that would be perfect for a Swapless Swap, please leave their name & a link to their shop in the comments below. And, of course, if you yourself are an amazingly awesome indie dyer or yarn company and you’d like to be featured in a Swapless Swap, then leave your contact info down below for sure!! I’m currently working on planning out 2016 so there are lots of spots to fill!