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June 19, 2008

One for you, one for me...

I've just made my first trade with a fellow crafter on Etsy. To tell the truth I feel a little starstruck because it was one of the very first sellers I ever took notice of on Etsy, long before I started selling. Val of Actual Size Creations makes incredible knitting messenger bags, which I have been lusting after since I first saw them in their well-deserved spot on Etsy's front page. On my current working-part-time budget, I haven't been able to justify buying one yet but I dreamed of treating myself to one of her bags someday. Well, I made a comment on a Ravelry update post she made about how much I loved her work and she mentioned that she's always open to trade and that she liked my handspun yarns. Long story short, this bag is going to be mine!!!

It looks incredibly well-made and functional, as well as really unique (I love the zigzag of the needle pockets on the front!) I cannot wait to get it (it's on its way to me now). Val also sells beautifully dyed sock yarns in her shop - check them out!!! This one's my fave.

Oh, and my end of the bargain was this handspun yarn, and a couple of fabric headbands.

"Summer Showers" is 276 yards of fingering weight BFL, dyed by the amazing Kristin at AllSpunUp. I hope she likes it as much as I know I'm going to love my bag!

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7 comments:

skiingweaver said...

Oh, Joline, you lucky duck, I have noticed and love those bags, too! (Must gently hint around to hubby for Christmas, I think...) And your handspun is absolutely gorgeous. Wow. Great job!

Marie said...

What a great bag and pretty yarn. It looks like a win-win to me.

blackmustard said...

Thanks guys! I think so too. I hope she's happy with her end of the deal!

valutree said...

The yarn is simply devine! It arrived today and my husband laid claim on it. I love it, I'm even wearing a headband today!! Thanks, I totally feel link the winner here. I hope you love the bag when it arrives. Thanks for the nice words.

blackmustard said...

Wow! That was fast! Go Canada Post lol. I'm so, so glad you like everything. Maybe my bag will be waiting for me when I get home from work today :)

Ilix said...

Sweet trade! I love the barter system! Long live trade!!

blackmustard said...

I got my bag in the mail today!!! I absolutely love it! I'm so glad my first trade experience was such a positive one (on both sides it seems)!