Woolswapper Reviews

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I joined Woolswap because I live in a country where I don’t have easy access to yarn and wool and to meet other knitters from different places. I’ve had really great experiences each time! I’ve made some friends and they’ve sent me wonderful goodies. I’ve also had a fun time shopping for their packages too. Unlike other exchange programs, the partner you give to is the same person that sends to you, so there is a deeper process of getting to know the person. It’s been super fun and I’ll continue to participate! Happy swapping!

Gilda Escobar    October 22, 2019   DUBAI, UAE   
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I am delighted to be asked to give a testimonial for Woolswap. I’ve been watching all the fabulous parcels landing via Instagram for quite a while. I’ve also been part of year long swap yarn groups.

Woolswap stands out for the warmth and care of the organisers. Also the opportunity to be part of an international community. I’ve had four overseas swap partners and it has been lovely to chat online with them about their yarny lives - yarn festivals, knitting groups and to discover new dyers local to where they live. Sometimes you find yourself sharing much more of your life than you expect.

I’ve been totally blown away by the thought and generosity of my swap partners. It’s also been a joy to plot the contents to include in a gift parcel. There is always that “heart in the mouth” time between sending a parcel and seeing the reaction. Sometimes it’s the little things that have made the swapper smile.

One more thing about the organisers. They have got their system down to a tee. All eventualities are considered - from lost parcels to customs advice. And you can do as many or as few swaps as you like.

Thanks to the team. We really appreciate all you do.

Karen Walkden    October 1, 2019   London, UK   
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I started participating in Woolswap in 2019. I am enjoying the experience tremendously. I like the fact that this is a direct share between two people. I think it’s helpful to negotiate with a known partner to agree on the amount and type of fiber that will be sent. I have participated in others that have been a “Rolling Thunder” where person A gives to person B and person B gives to person C. I find that platform a bit more difficult trying to infer what a partner would like to receive from a brief survey or interview.

Gayle Is a gracious and helpful moderator. She is very fair and supportive. I feel that the cost to participate is minimal compared to what one receives in return. Keep communication lines open with her. She is very helpful in return if I questions or concerns arise about what I am going to send or whether it has reached my partner safely. She is very generous with the time that she puts into this endeavor.

One of my partners did not reciprocate, and Gayle went to the moon and back to find a person to send me a replacement package. My Fibre Angel Lindsey was a surrogate and was very generous.

I would urge you to give WOOLSWAP a try. It is so much fun to be introduced to people in different countries. All of the people that I have exchanged with been very generous. Right now I am smiling because I must admit that I am enjoying one of the candy treats that my last partner sent.

Go for it. You will have lots of fun!

Lois Chabalowski    September 9, 2019   Menasha,Wisconsin USA   
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This is only my second swap participating with Woolswap and am extremely happy. I like the fact that they pair you with the same person. I believe that more care is taken because you and your partner get to know one another. I will definitely continue to participate with them.

Sally Campbell    August 23, 2019   Pamplin, Virginia US   
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This has been my sixth Woolswap. I have enjoyed everyone, meeting new people around the world. I liken it to a penfriendship . Although it’s now done online.
Getting to know someone new and creating a parcel of goodies from your country to showcase your favorite things.

Prue Manson    August 19, 2019   New Zealand   
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I've done a few woolswaps now and I'm always blown away by my partners! Theyve all sent amazing parcels, and they've all been lovely people. I even still speak to a few through Instagram. It's also a really good way of trying new yarn you've not heard of, and sharing favourite dyers/designers/blogs etc. You get to chat to amazing people while you get amazing goodies and yarn. What more could you want!

Lucy Cree    July 12, 2019   Middlesbrough, England   
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I love joining woolswap. So nice to meet fellow knitters and try out yarn etc from their country. Some I only talk with that one time when we are woolswap partners, and some I still stay in touch with. It is an amazing opportunity to meet other knitters, but also to try out new yarn.

Torunn    July 4, 2019   Norway   
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I love the idea of woolswap - an old fashioned pen pal with the bonus of yarn! Who wouldn't want to try that? 🙂
I was paired with a partner from Australia and I'm all the way in Canada - I don't think you get a further distance between two swappers. Literally around the world. As we corresponded we realized we had a lot on common - regular stuff like our pets and families, etc but we also shared a love of Bon Jovi! LOL Fabulous! My partner Raelene was amazing at asking questions (I'm not so great at that) and she put together the most amazing package. So much thought and care went into it. I honestly couldn't be believe my eyes when I unwrapped it. Beautiful Australian yarn but also all sorts of treats from down under and a beautiful book about sock knitting! I might have cried! She absolutely blew me away. So much more than I ever expected. I think I might need to send her another package with more goodies!

Gayle did a fantastic job of matching us and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I hope to remain email pales with my partner and would definitely say I've made a new friend. Thank you for bringing us together!

Tania Brewin    July 1, 2019   Calgary Canada   
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Woolswap is a great way to meet like minded makers, all around the globe. This is my first experience with any type of fiber exchange and I am so pleased I signed up for an entire year of six swaps. I will definitely be signing up for the new season.
How fun it is to receive gorgeous yarn from different locations? Not to mention the pretty dishtowels from New Zealand or Greece of Virginia. People say, "Nice bag" and I say "It was a gift from my Woolswap Partner."
It isn't just the exchange of a package of goodies(which is super), Woolswap is a way to be introduced to interesting people who live thousands of miles away but share an interest. You follow one another on Instagram, Ravelry and Facebook. You get to know one anther virtually. Learn about each other's families and it just broadens one's perspective.
Woolswap is a wonderful community of creative people. I find it inspiring. The ongoing friendships is an excellent benefit of Woolswap/
I enjoy making purchases and selections for my partner. Hoping to surprise and please them with the well considered choices I make for them is quite satisfying. So far it seems no one has been disappointed. HOORAY for WOOLSWAP! and all the hard work Gayle does to make it happen so smoothly for us all! Thank you.

Ruth Ella Hendricks    July 1, 2019   Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA   
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I love joining in things that are close to me. So it was a no brainer for me to join in wool swap. I love chatting and getting to know my partner so I can pack a package that’s just right for that person. It’s also brings that bit of joy receiving some snail mail to our letter box.

Elizabeth Toohey    June 27, 2019   Tasmania, Australia