There is an amazing website for knitters called Ravelry. It is almost like an online encyclopaedia of patterns, yarns, methods, forums… a knitters’ paradise.
One of my favourite elements is the various groups aimed at particular interests. Through these groups I have joined swaps or mystery parcels where each person involved is designated someone to post to and a budget or theme. You then buy for that person and receive from another. These swaps are always lots of fun – I love finding little goodies for people and receiving them always feels a little bit like Christmas!
One particular group decided to do something similar, but with a twist.
It is called the Travelling Goddess. Each of us makes a Goddess of our choice with a little “passport” and today she will be posted to the next person in the mailing circle. When that person receives it, the goddess is decorated, her passport written in and, the following month, she is posted on again, slowly making her way around the world, receiving a little adornment each time.
My goddess is knitted from some hand spun, naturally dyed alpaca I have been saving for something special. I chose to theme her on the Element of Water, felting a little notebook cover with sea shells to match.
She is stuffed with Kapok, a fibre from the seedpods of the tropical Ceiba pentandra tree found in Mexico and Central America. It used to be used for life jackets, as it is water resistant and very light.
Anyway… My little Goddess is all set for posting in her special little box to France, where she will make the first leg of her journey.
I love not knowing what is going to arrive; not being able to plan ahead, or not knowing what is going to happen to mine!
I should find out in about 6 months, until then I just have to wait and see. I know she will be treasured when she does come home, not to mention having more stamps in her passport than I have in mine! I wonder if I could fit in that little box too?