Monday, February 14, 2011

Mardi Gras Swap 2011

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IMG_3287This year's swap was a challenge...which is good for me.  My swap partner requested no beads.  "Not invited...Really, as a person who lives in NOLA, I have more than enough already."  OK, first of all...who signs up for a MG swap and doesn't want beads?!?  Secondly...how can one EVER have TOO MANY BEADS!?!?  Like all MG love affairs, bead passion dictates that you desperately want them for a couple of days, and then lose interest and get rid of them immediately after Mardi Gras is over.  There is ONE other possibility...      

...that a B-cup gal will never understand...  ;-)

That being said, I knew I would have to work hard to make this swap partner happy. 

So, here it is all packed up and ready to go. IMG_1648My partner collects pewter figurines...which is great since Boston has a long history of pewter production.  A little vintage shopping and voila!  A Bouef Gras, or fattened bull...the traditional symbol of Mardi Gras.IMG_1644

IMG_3180I also came across these darling antique European glass buttons.  IMG_3181They reportedly came off a card of buttons that were manufactured fro the Haute Couture Houses in the early 1900's.  They were purchased from a family member in Europe who had them in storage since WWII and so are in mint condition.  The manufacture date is not known, though they were all made prior to the war and thought to have been made before 1910.

IMG_3221The buttons were so special I designed a pair of gloves to feature them...fingerless, of course, so as to be able to catch throws.  IMG_3225The yarn was malabrigo.  I like them...they have a sort of steam-punk look.

The most fun find, was this...
IMG_3270a drop spindle kit with alpaca roving in Purple, green, and gold.  IMG_3268I had no idea such a thing existed, but as my partner listed it, I've learned.  Apparently, one can spin yarn with a tool as simple and primitive (AND portable) as this!  If you're interested, HERE are some instructions on how to utilize this marvelously simple tool.

IMG_1646IMG_1645Topping it all off was a box of miniature coffee cups from our local chocolatier, Serenade., and a lovely pair of petite sewing scissors in MG gold.

...and not a bead in sight!  Hope she enjoys her package as much as I enjoyed gathering it!

[For those of you who are not on Ravelry yet, let me explain the notion of the Swap.  An online group will give your name and address to another participant and you will receive a name and address in return (these may or not be the same people).  Generally speaking, a swap has a theme and one can pick and chose the swap theme of choice.  As I lived in New Orleans for 15 years and have a deep-seated love for everything Mardi Gras, I participate in a MG swap each year.]

HERE is a link to the pattern for my Striped Fingerless Gloves.