On my mind today is my disastrous first attempt at being part of a 'swap'. When the 'dishcloth swap' was announced in late April I excitedly signed up and in due course I was allocated a swap partner. I had what I thought was the perfect yarn... a soft cotton from the American yarn shop (now Yarn Over) in blues, pinks and mauves. I enthusiastically sent an email to my swap buddy, introducing myself and then waited to hear back from her...and I waited...and I waited. I hastily emailed the organiser...no response. Being me I got upset that I was unable to post the dish cloth to my buddy but eventually I just 'gave up'. It (the cloth) sits and taunts me but today I've finally made a descision...I will send the cloth, along with some lovely handmade soap I bought at a craft market, to an old friend 'who has been doing it tough'. A few years ago now her daughter was stabbed to death trying to protect her 3 children from her abusive partner. My friend and her husband have been through many dark days trying to come to terms with what happened. Occasionally I send her little quirky gifts to let her know I care about her. So, on reflection, I think things have turned out alright after all...but hopefully I won't be blacklisted from being part of future swaps as I wasn't able to send my item!!!