Today, Eskimi has challenged us to post about a mascot project for our chosen house. This might be cheating a bit, but the first thing that came to my mind was not a project I made myself, but one I received in a swap.
In my early days of Odd Ducks swapping, I participated in a Bento-themed swap. This was after my first trip to Tokyo, and just before I started my current job, so a swap theme that mixed food, Japan, and bringing lunches was perfect. And just like the theme, my package was perfect. Amongst other awesomeness was this little guy, swimming in a sea of Malabrigo:
Isn't he cute? He just about fits in the palm of my hand. He's crocheted rather than knit, so I don't currently have the skill to make him myself, but one day I do aspire to wield a hook beyond a lacy edge for a shawl. That's one of the things I love about swaps: it's a chance to get some handmades that aren't in your own wheelhouse. And there's nothing like the feeling of unwrapping a swap box and finding something that shows that your spoiler read your posts and thought about making something just for you. Because not everyone in that swap would have squeed in delight over getting a sea cow. But I sure did.
Go team Manatee!