Hosting a yarn swap is a great way to rejuvenate your stash at low cost to you. Seeing what others have stashed, chatting about new project ideas and getting in the mood for some stash busting might be just the kickstart your creativity needed.
Here’s a few things to consider when planning and hosting your swap:
1. Let there be light! Good natural light is really helpful when choosing colour and texture. One of the best swaps I ever attended was held on picnic blankets in a park. It made for a really low key and easy to access meetup.
2. Size counts- Too small a swap and there might not be enough there to ignite a passion but too large and it might become difficult to engage with people and oversee swaps.
3. Expectation management- We’ve all been there: the yarn fumes kick in and someone throws an elbow. Ok, maybe things won’t get this drastic but decide some basic rules before you let the swapping begin (see below for an example of Rules of Engagement).
4. Win some, lose some- Be prepared not to get back exactly what you gave. If you want market value for what you paid, there are great avenues to trade, sell and barter on the internet. If you’re attending a free swap be sure you are ready to part with your yarn.
5. Does exactly what it says on the tin- Are skeins labelled? Weighed? Provide tags, consider bringing a scale and have a laptop or smartphone to hand for checking yarn make up and possible projects. A mystery skein can be such a pain to help grow into a project when you don’t know how it will behave on the needles!
6. Time to haul out- Decide from the outset what’s to become of unclaimed skeins. Are you going to gift them? Send them back with their owners? Perhaps you might want t donate them to charity?