November 22, 2008

Value of Trade

I'm becoming friends with a woman I've met at work. She noticed that I'm always FREEZING at work; I wear layers and have my coat draped over my knees and still am cold. Most days I'll bring my pashmina and wrap it around my shoulders and arms while I work, too.

Anyway, so she commented on my pashmina because she loved the color, and then told me about how if I liked shawl-type wraps that I should try alpaca because its really warm. She said she had an olive green alpaca shawl that she bought and never wore because it's too hot and she felt like she's drowning in it. She said she'd bring it in for me to see if I liked it and maybe we could work out a trade.

So yesterday she brought it in and I wore it during the afternoon. OH! So warm! Like, *immediately* warm. Better than wool. As soon as I wrapped it around me, I could feel the warmth rising in me. It was wonderful. And quite a lovely shawl, very simple but elegant-- green with a scalloped edge with fringe and a button to hold it shut. Fuzzy and warm, warm, warm! I told her I loved it.

Well, let's talk about trade, she says with a gleam in her eye. Yep, she definitely had something in mind. She knew I crocheted and what she really really really wants is... (drumroll please)...

a crocheted tea cozy!

That's it! Can you believe it!? I don't know why, she says, I've just always wanted one. I like the idea of them. And you're the first person I've met who could make me one. Her teapot? Round, 3-4 cup size, she wants something in blues. She drinks a ton of tea, in fact earlier this week I brought some special Red Bush Chai blend to share with her because I knew she'd appreciate it.

So. I'm scouring the 'net for a nice crocheted tea cozy pattern. I'm thinking maybe I'll make her a nice little set as a surprise... tea cozy, napkin ring, place mat or something like that.

I hope that will make a fair trade. I dunno, I'm new at this. But I like the idea of trading. Each of us gets something we really like and want. And it's nice to be able to give something that I created.


Sacred Suzie said...

Amazing! That she helped you out and now have given you a very cool retro creative project to work on. Sounds like a fair deal to me! I'm glad you will be warm at work now. :)

Howling Hill said...

So glad to hear you got a job. What are you doing?

Trade is awesome. And so is your crocheting!

Turtleheart said...

SACRED SUZIE~ Yeah, this is turning into a fun experience! Hope we both end up pleased with the outcome.

HOWLING HILL~ It's the same job I was doing back in the spring/summer; it's just that the FT hours kicked back in.

peppylady said...

Nothing wrong with trading if all is happy with the deal.
My mom did some trading with our strawberries and raspberries. It was good customer relationship but my dad real didn't care about it. But my mom took care of that. Not going into a long story.

I'm like Howling Hill so what kind of job you have.

mrsb said...

Oh, I love alpaca! I'm always cold, being a Texas girl in NJ. Last year Mr.B. bought me alpaca mittens, scarf and hat to go with my winter wool coat. They are sooo warm!

Sounds like a great trade!

Turtleheart said...

PEPPYLADY~ Seems to me that trade is a good way to go, so long as everyone is happy with their end of it.

MRSB.~ Alpaca is awesome, wish I'd found out about it sooner!

Nydia said...

Oh, How lovely this woman seems to be! I bet you'll make a wonderful set for her teapot. I feel glad that you're really really warm now at your work, so cosy! I hate feeling cold (I freeze in Brazilian winter, can't imagine how cold it must be there!)


Dia said...

How delightful!! I've been thinking that trading is going to become more popular again! Alpaca is so very warm - what a treat to be instantly more comfortable! There's an Aplaca farm ~ 10 miles south, & my dau & I stopped a few times with my grand daughers - the younger one (almost 4 now) didn't want to get out of the car - it was way 'too stinky!' for her :)

I came here from Peppy Lady - know SC is almost over, but may I join your blog??