This is just such a cool concept. It's been done in a variety of ways on the net, via blogs and websites both. Swaps are all over the place. I've seen one where a journal was passed around, eventually traveling all the way around the world. Pretty cool. Bloggers are so inventive, and it still amazes me sometimes how small the internet has made the world.
This blog - Knitters Tea Swap 2 (and where, pray tell, is Knitters Tea Swap number ONE???) lets folx sign up and send each other little packages of oh-so-wonderful stuff. I had a great time reading the posts and looking at the pictures of what was in the packages. It was a voyeuristic joy. Sort of like vicarious Christmas. Because it's not just tea - there's cups and biscuits and even chocolate!
Of course, a mention must also go to TeaSwap, which has been around for a long time. They're a little more organized, complete with yahoo group, database and all.
Here's one for coffee lovers - the Knitter's Coffee Swap. It looks like this one is just starting a swap, I couldn't find any posts or pics of packages. What a great idea though.
I wonder, when you ship yarn and coffee beans together, do you end up with a sweater that always smells like coffee? I could live with that.
And joy oh joy, here's one for chocolate. And there's pictures and posts and lots of vicarious enjoyment to be had at the Chocolate Swap blog.
I wish I had the oomph to be able to participate in something like this. Of course, I don't knit anymore, but I think I would really enjoy the swapping process. At least... heheh... I would enjoy the packages arriving. I remember what a thrill it was when my tea package arrived from the tea fairy. My problem is I'm allergic to the post office. I break out in hives at the thought of going there. If I have to drive by it, I go real fast, and if the light happens to turn red right there, I hold my breath and avert my eyes.
Pretty pathetic, huh? I guess I'll just have to enjoy other people's gifts. So keep blogging about your packages folx! Somebody out here is enjoying them with you.