Earlier this year I decided to sign up for Fibreshare, which is basically an organized international yarn swap “(…)with a focus on fostering connections beyond the screen while contributing to the growth of the Fibre-community”. I guess my expectations were set pretty high because in the past I have seen these lovely yarn packages on Instagram and people gushing about making new fibre besties. This is not to say, that I was completely disappointed with the outcome. Some things were just a little bit different than I expected!
First I got the ever exciting email with the information about my assigned partners. Well, actually, there was mostly information about the partner to which I was going to send the package to. At that point, I got quite excited because the person seemed interesting and had a similar taste in yarn. Both of my Fibreshare partners started following me on Instagram right away so I guess I was lucky in that area as well. To me, what was a little bit disappointing about the whole thing was that the conversation or interaction between me and my partners never really went any further than a couple of formal emails. I did try, but I had the sense that my partners didn’t really entered this swap to foster some meaningful connections. Maybe the age difference played some role in this, I really don’t know.
I enjoyed putting together the package though. Based on my partner’s Instagram and what she wrote about herself, I had put together a special luxury blend of natural alpaca, silk and merino wool. I had spun this into a fingering weight yarn.
The package I sent consisted of Scandinavian yarns, one Brittish yarn and a few little gifts.
When I received my package, I was quite surprised with the content. My other partner’s Instagram was not revealing anything about her yarn tastes, so I really had no idea what was going to arrive. I was very pleasantly surprised with four really lovely hand-dyed yarn skeins, packed in a beautiful canvas bag handmade in Alaska. I’m still quite floored by that. Of course, I rushed to thank my partner and tell her how much I loved the package – in an email and in an IG post where I tagged her. Guess what. Zero response!
I’m not angry or anything, I just really don’t get it. Wouldn’t you be glad that your yarn swap partner loved your definitely-not-cheap-actually-probably-super-expensive package and respond…something? Maybe I’m just from a different planet 😊
All in all, I did enjoy my Fibreshare experience. Was it different than what I expected? Yes.
I didn’t expect much from the actual package, but I thought there would be a lot more communication.
Am I gonna sign up again? Yes 😊