I joined another swap on swap-bot. This is a website that organizes swaps for everything from scrapbooking supplies to atcs to quilt blocks to funny socks! If you look hard enough, you can find a swap for just about everything. There is a deadline to sign up for each swap. After the deadline, I am guessing that a computer program sets people up with their swapping partner. You send out to one partner(s) and receive from another. I have only completed two swaps so far, and I am becoming a little addicted to getting packages filled with fun goodies.
This one was a pincushion swap. I read my partner's profile and learned that she likes miniatures. She doesn't crochet or knit, and indicated she would like amigurumi. I picked an easy pattern from Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute. This book is full of cool patterns and easy instructions. I chose an easy strawberry pattern. I had some strawberry pincushions that were my grandmothers, and these reminded me of them. I have to say that they were really easy to crochet up, and fun to embellish with felt and little beads. Here is the finished project.