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Topic: COMPLETELY RANDOM SWAP - CLOSED EARLY FULL UP!  (Read 28042 times)
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« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2008 09:04:28 AM »

I just love to craft for ANYONE!!!!!! 
Oh me too!!!!  That is why I'm addicted to swaps.  Cheesy

I am so glad I had a spot open to join this swap!
Now the long wait till partners...
I think I'll go pre-stalking.  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2008 09:35:46 AM »

I'm all excited and already working on my list!!

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« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2008 10:07:00 AM »

I really really want to do this... but I would feel bad if somebody got paired with me and thought .."OMG, I'm crafting for my mother"... hmm.. any other olders signed up?Huh

I craft for the love of crafting too and firmly believe when it comes to crafting age ain't nothing but a number!!!  Not to mention in my group of friends, the majority are old enough to be my mom (wait one of them IS my mom :O!!!)  Please please please don't let that feeling keep you from playing!!!  I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't enjoy having you as a partner!  (Yes I stalked you lol)
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« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2008 10:27:28 AM »

HAAA  I stalked her too!!!!  No kidding what a great lady!!!!!!
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« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2008 02:03:22 PM »

 

6-10 points equals ?
i like random.
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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2008 02:14:20 PM »

6-10 points equals ?

I was curious about this to.
In the discussion thread it was explained as...

i dont know if there's a link anywhere, but from all I know, a small is worth 1 pt, a medium worth 2 pts and a large worth 3 points. so 6-10 pts would be 6 smalls or 2 larges and 4 smalls, etc.

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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2008 03:31:28 PM »

I was definitely just about to respond, and then saw that I had been quoted...

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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2008 03:57:12 PM »

The Short answer based off craftster guidelines
1 point is equal to any of the following 3 things
1 craftster small, 1 hour of crafting time or $10
so 2 points is a craftster medium, 2 hours of crafting time or $20
3 points is a craftster large, 3 hours of crafting time or $30

1 small 1 medium and 1 large would be equivalent to 6 points, or 3 smalls 2 mediums and 1 large would equal 10 points, which is our point range, if you crafted 10 smalls that would be 10 points, or 5 mediums would be 10 points, 3 larges and 1 small would be 10 points, etc... 

I have seen different arguments on what the $ value means (some say it's the cost of materials, some say it's the final value of the finished piece)

My personal take on the number system vs set sizes (and this might be a wordy post lol)  But I think it might be helpful to others in other ways too Smiley

I prefer points because my ideas don't come necessarily come to fit a particular size.  And I don't like feeling like I should have to alter my ideas to fit a size guideline set by someone else lol, and I don't want (as an organizer) to limit anyone else's creativity in that same way. 

Also I find many times my crafts could fall in all 3 categories, for a recent swap I made a floral scarf.  The materials were not substansial (at very most like $5 total used material in the item, but much of it was scrap yarn so really it was free from other projects)  The scarf was completely freeform, roughly 10 feet long and all worked on the piece, because of the way I did it, it took me about 6 hours to complete it. 

Using this scarf as an example,  based on $ value of materials it was a small, based on time invested it was an XXXL, based on craftster item size guidelines it was a medium (scarves fall there If I am remembering correctly)  If I were to sell it the price basis would be in the Large to XL range ($30 to $40 or more).  So it makes it really hard to determine where something falls all too frequently for me. 

So I take the categories it could fall into and average them to determine what size the item is when finished.  Then i consider the way I would feel if I received such a thing in the mail myself, would I feel like I had received a small or a medium or a large? 

And after I determine a size, I also factor in my 'crafting ability' in different areas.  In some areas I am an expert, and in other areas I am a novice.  I try to consider how my experience might look to someone that is more experienced than me.  I also try to consider that what took me X hours as a novice, someone else with more experience, may have been able to create the same item in 1/2 the time it took me.  So I factor that in too. 

In regards to the scarf, I did decide it was a large.  But felt a little silly about that because it wasn't as substantial as other things I had done, and again I am a novice in that craft.  (only seriously crocheting for a few months)  I then compensated for my weaknesses in that craft with extras I knew my partner would enjoy. 

On the receiving end, however, I consider 2 things in a swap "Did my partner make this item with me in mind?" and "was it made with love?"  If the answer to those two questions is yes it's almost a guarantee that I will love whatever they have sent me.  It's not about the money spent to buy the supplies for me, but it's about the thought and time someone put into creating something just for me.  And that completely rocks. 

Anyway that is just my 2 cents (and the reason the swaps I organize are on a point basis vs a set size basis, and in the case of this swap, it just leaves it open for even more random goodness!)  I wouldn't typically post this so publicly, but I really am curious about how others feel about sizes, and what methods you may or may not use to determine what size you consider something to be when finished. 

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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2008 05:28:42 PM »

WOW!!! What a response.

I completely understand the difficulty of deciding what size an item is.
I think you have done a great job describing this dilemma.

Size is alway hard for me.
I have gone by the description of size (i.e. a scarf is a medium) most often.
But really, in swaps I usually go with what I first think of or am inspired by; then I go from there, regardless of size.

I go overboard most of the time, but I try to keep a good communication with my partner and tell them that I am please with just the guidelines, for going overboard is my weakness. (Plus, I'm the one getting all the fun of crafting the items.)

I always try to think of my partner.  I always try to think of what they may like (or stalk).  I always craft my best and explore new venues when called for.  That way I figure my partner will be pleased.

I think GothChics expressed my sentiments best of how I judge size or my goodies "Did my partner make this item with me in mind?" and "was it made with love?"  The thoughtfulness and effort of my partner always amazes me, and that is what I love about swaps and their rewards.

Gee, I hope that makes sense.
And KUDOS GothChics!  I loved your post!
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« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2008 05:44:15 PM »

I tend to base my sizes off of time. Since time is easy to measure and its one thing I don't have enough of so it must be valuable  Smiley
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