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« on: January 18, 2010 06:32:11 PM »

So, I've thinking about starting up another round of the Little Odd Ball Swap (swap ten different 10-yard balls of yarn with your partner). Typically it has been worsted acrylic yarn only, but I wanted to open it up to other possibilities, but I'd like some feedback/input/etc.

Should I leave it as ten 10-yard balls of acrylic?
Should I make it 15 balls with at least 10 worsted acrylic and the other 5 available for other yarn types?
Should I keep it at 10 balls but make the fiber content variable?
Should I increase it to 15 yards per ball?
Should I just set it up as it ten 10-yard balls and let partners discuss additional options?

My problem is that I'd love to receive some wool yarns, but don't have much besides acrylic or cotton to swap (I may have some fun fur somewhere). I don't know if anyone wants to send wool and get acrylic or cotton in return...

Anyway, I'd love to hear what you guys think. I'm hoping to get it started after I wrap up the Granny's Daughters swap.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010 06:57:47 PM »

Those are some good questions. I've never done an Odd Ball Swap, but it sounds fun. Even though I'm trying not to swap Grin

One of my crafty resolutions is to A) use my stash and not hoard yarn or fabric. So this means that I don't have alot on hand (that isn't related to a current project) and would probably have to go out and buy some yarn (which I may have to do anyway for the motif swap). My other crafty resolution is to B) move away from using acrylic and use cotton or cotton blends (bamboo, linen, corn, etc.). Unfortunately I'm allergic to wool and other animal fur/hair yarns tend to make me itchy too. So I'm not sure if I'm the right person to ask.

But, along the same line of what you said - I would feel weird asking someone to send me just cotton or cotton blends, but me sending them acrylic in return. Unless that is what they really wanted, of course.

My personal preference, if I decided to join, would be to either keep it at 10 balls and make fiber variable or discuss options with partners. Although it might make more work for you if you were thinking of attempting to match preferences.
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010 09:22:59 PM »

This sounds like it could be fun! I'd love to receive something other than acrylic and I'd be able to send, too. I think Playswithneedles was on to something with having a fiber variable but keeping it at 10. Matching up people based on needs and wants would be more work but I think it would also be more rewarding in the end.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2010 02:59:46 AM »

My stash is almost exclusively acrylic, mostly worsted, but with some bulky, and some novelty thrown in. I've got some dishcloth cotton, as well, but that's about it.

I'm up for any number of oddballs exchanged, though. Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010 04:53:49 PM »

Thanks for the input, folks! I'm liking the leaning towards having random types, even though partner matching would be more of a challenge.

And, while I know that one of the main points of the swap is to make it a stash-buster, I'm also trying to expand beyond acrylic. So, I'd probably buy a few sample skeins of yarn and share a bit with my partner(s) Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2010 08:42:04 PM »

When were you looking to start sign ups?
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2010 03:36:11 PM »

Well, I'm wrapping up the Granny's Daughters swap (I have a glitch to sort out first), and then I can start anytime after that. Possibly by the end of next week. I'm flexible on that, however Wink

Do you have a preference?
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010 04:27:40 PM »

I'm not sure if I'll be able to join in afterall, I had some major doggy health drama this weekend. I think she's going to be okay, but my financial status, which wasn't great to start with is even worse. May take me several months to dig myself out  Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2010 05:32:12 PM »

Oh! Bummer on all counts! I hope everything turns out okay!
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2010 08:17:54 PM »

Ugh, I'm sorry to hear that. But, I do hope she makes a full recovery. We just recently lost our doggie Sad

The end of next week works for me. I have one more swap slot opened.
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