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One of the things I struggle with most when crafting is actually finishing a project. As ridiculous as it sounds I frequently get 95% of the way through a project and then abandon it for another. Often this is because I really really hate sewing up items and will try and put it off at all costs but sometimes deadlines come calling and must be met.

So, in the midst of summer, I was to be found knitting nativity characters* (well, naturally). The idea being that if I started that early in the year they were bound to be finished by Christmas, right? Er…wrong. I got so far as a Jesus, Mary and a bald Joseph before being distracted by a post at the brilliant One Hook Wonder about a Waldorf inspired craft swap. I was too late to join in the summer one as items had to be posted to the USA but I figured that if I started on items for an Autumn/Fall swap then and there I would have them finished in plenty of time – not only that but it meant I wouldn’t have to carry on sewing up the ridiculously fiddly nativity characters – hurrah!!

For those of you who, like me, hadn’t taken part in a craft swap before, the idea is this…sign ups are capped at a set number. You make that many identical items, of a certain value and theme and post them all to the swap organiser by a certain date. Once all the items are received they are repackaged and postal prices calculated. Postage was handled (in this swap) through paypal and the package is then dispatched!!

Since this swap was for items for an Autumn themed nature table I turned to my old favourite of incredibly cute and fiddly-footed hedgehogs from a pattern by the ever-talented Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits. I made ten of these for party bags for the Bean’s second birthday, last year, so what was another 15 between friends?

In case hedgehogs weren’t common in the recipients country, I made a little fact sheet to go with each hedgie.

So off they went…as it turned out it takes less than a week for the package to get to America (not the 3-4 weeks I was expecting…apparently they travel on some sort of new-fangled winged contraption, rather than having to swim there themselves).

So, then the wait began for the return package…but that’s another story… :)

*I had left a couple of figures on the top of my knitting bag and the Bean brought them out to me, saying, very matter of factly, “You very good at making these. Now, I must put them away as there is a spider attack coming” before walking off purposefully…you’ll be relieved to know we all survived.

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