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amalgam
« on: January 04, 2014 04:06:58 PM »

Hi everybody!

So, I've seen this idea kicked around a couple of times through a search through previous topics, and I want to be the one that actually follows through on making this happen. UFO stands for UnFinished Object. That craft project that you started but just can't seem to get around to finishing due to loss of inspiration, you don't like doing that type of craft anymore, or some other reason.

The swap would go like this:

1. Swap partners would send an UFO to each other
2. Each partner would finish the UFO they receive in whatever way they wanted
3. Before and after pictures would be put up in the swap gallery so everyone can see the new creation

Since I'm the one bringing this up, I'm happy to organize the swap. However, I know that there are details that need to be ironed out if this is going to work. Here are some of the issues I've come up with so far:

1. Do we want to use the point system to help with matching partners?
2. How much time should be given to finish your UFO? Should it be based on the size of the UFO? Should everyone have the same amount to work on their UFO?
3. This question is more personal: As an organizer, do I also have to participate in the swap? I'm fine with being an angel or partnering up if there is an odd number of swappers, but I would rather just organize.

I'm sure there are other questions that need to be answered as well, so post them if you think of any. Depending on how much is figured out, I was thinking of having signups in early February (give everyone time to recuperate from the holiday season) and sendouts in early March. That timeframe is completely tentative though, I'm flexible.  Smiley

So what say you my fellow Craftsters? Is this feasible or has this been abandoned several times with good reason?
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2014 01:46:43 PM »

Hello & Happy New Year!

I can answer #3 easily -- you are not obligated to participate as a swapper --
if you only want to organize, that is fine.

The main issue I see is with ensuring that swappers who sign up have the
same skill sets -- in other words, I basically only knit, so would need to finish a project
from another knitter.... I could be sent a crocheted UFO, but would prob have to
unravel it & make a completely new project.
But if you have several multi-talented folks sign up, this could be a wonderful way
to pass on projects that would linger forever (I personally would like to know that
someone else is enjoying a project that I started but could not complete.)

I wonder if this would work best as an ongoing swap where everyone posts a list of
several UFOs (maybe 3 to 5?) and others can choose from the lists?
I believe the ongoing Pinterest swap works that way:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430477.msg0#new

Good luck & I'll be watching   Cool
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amalgam
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014 08:23:49 PM »

Thanks for responding kayrun.

Doing this like an ongoing swap sounds like the best way to go. Swappers getting something that could actually work on was my biggest concern. I've noticed that several people have read this thread. I hope some more people reply. Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2014 07:53:15 AM »

I've just seen this. I think ongoing is definitely the way to go on this, and it's a wonderful idea. I know for myself, I'm pretty booked up with swaps and WIPs for myself, but the nice thing with the ongoing ones  is you can keep an eye on the thread and see something you can/want to make and say "oh, hey, yeah, I can fit that in."  I know I have a cross stitch I started when I was pregnant with my daughter and she's now 8 that I haven't finished---too much of the same color, and well, I just kind of lost interest...so, I can't say for sure I'd be in right now, but I do very much like the idea.
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amalgam
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2014 05:43:04 PM »

Yay! That's another yes towards the UFO swap. I figured people have already gotten themselves in plenty of swaps by now, but that will be the reality no matter when I started this swap. I might start it a little later though. Have it go through the month of March perhaps?
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angielou1
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2014 11:22:38 AM »

I have a question. Ok maybe more than one Roll Eyes
One of the reasons we have UFO's is because we have lost interest or time or what-ever thing might have came up Roll Eyes(No Judgement).
Should we decide on a UFO we would like to see finished or don't care for any-more?
Should this be a project that will be returned or kept? I don't know if that's possible or preferable?
Should we be able to alter/finish UFO to our skills or preference(not necessarily re-start from the beginning) or just finish the UFO as originally started with original colors and style?
Just a few thoughts?
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amalgam
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2014 05:12:42 PM »

Hello angielou1! Here's my answers in the order that you asked them:

1. I think that should be decided by the swapper. Although I think an UFO you don't care for anymore might be more ideal.

2. I was thinking of letting swap partners decide whether they want to return the project. I could make that a question to answer in the questionnaire. I would imagine that most people wouldn't want to pay for postage twice in one swap. Or, following the ongoing swap style, the swapper could make a list of available UFOs and note which projects they would want mailed back. That way the swapper can decide which project to claim based on whether they want to mail back a project.

3.  Altering/finishing an UFO to one's skills or preference was what I had in mind for this swap. I think it gives a better opportunity for creativity and would be less stressful. It also makes finishing the project as originally started an option, not a requirement.
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2014 05:39:45 AM »

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2. I was thinking of letting swap partners decide whether they want to return the project. I could make that a question to answer in the questionnaire. I would imagine that most people wouldn't want to pay for postage twice in one swap. Or, following the ongoing swap style, the swapper could make a list of available UFOs and note which projects they would want mailed back. That way the swapper can decide which project to claim based on whether they want to mail back a project.

I just want to point out that in the altered puzzle piece swap, you do send postage twice. Once when you send your puzzle pieces to your partner (so you can continue work on the puzzle you've purchased and not just get random pieces) and secondly, when you send back the pieces you've altered to your partner. 

So..with that in mind, it happens, albeit not all the time in swaps. For me personally, I read this concept as I have an UFO, I've lot interest in finishing it myself, so someone will finish it for me. For me, that doesn't mean I don't want it  back when it's finished. I probably do. I'd most likely want to have it returned to me.
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2014 06:03:53 PM »

I really like the idea of letting swappers agree on whether the item
will be returned to the person who started the UFO or not.
(or in the case of a list-type swap, posting that in the list as amalgam
mentioned, so it's clear how much shipping is involved).

Glad to see this still has some interest --
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2014 03:51:19 PM »

Ok. After seeing the responses, this is what I'm thinking of so far:

1. The swap would be in an ongoing style. You can pick whomever you want from the swappers that have posted.

2. Swappers will write a little bit about themselves, then list and briefly describe the UFOs they have available. They will also note whether they want the project mailed back or not and any other notes they feel would be helpful.

How much time should be given between choosing a project and having it done and posted in the swap gallery? I know that the amount time to send the UFO will vary and different projects are more time-intensive than others. Maybe do three weeks from the time the UFO arrives? I figure postal tracking (where available) will be crucial for this swap.
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