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« on: July 10, 2014 09:03:50 AM »

When you get a swap partner, would you rather have a partner who wants to micro-manage every part of your project (tells you exact colors, patterns, placement, etc) or a partner who is too open (tells you "just make me something awesome!")?

Do you find one more stressful/annoying than the other?




Note: this is not directed at any of my swap partners because y'all are awesome and everyone else is jealous.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014 09:22:23 AM »

I'd rather have more guidance than less.  I feel very uneasy and uncertain when I get open swap parameters from a partner, b/c I wonder if what I send them is going to be liked, or if they are going to be sorry that they weren't specific enough.

That said, now that I'm thinking about it, I might be one of those people who give less guidance to a swap partner.  But that is because after being in so many swaps, I've learned to broaden my horizons, b/c I just may be happily surprised at what I receive.  I've also received so many items from swaps that I HAVE to be more open to different things, or I would just receive duplicates!

The main thing, IMHO, is to have good communication between partners because then you can ask questions and get a better feel in general of who the person is and what he/she likes.

How's that for a specific answer?   Grin Roll Eyes

P.S.  The "note" part of your post made me giggle!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014 10:29:17 AM »

I'm more comfortable with a little hint or guidance, but not micro-managing.  I prefer to have a theme or subject rather than just "make something awesome!"   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014 11:58:11 AM »

I'm more comfortable with a little hint or guidance, but not micro-managing.  I prefer to have a theme or subject rather than just "make something awesome!"   Smiley

About the same for me - a few hints, but mostly open to interpretation Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2014 03:28:31 PM »

I think it depends on what I'm making... I definitely like a little bit of guidance all the time (because I want to make something they really want) but if there's a knitting pattern they just adore and really want, I'm fine with them saying "THIS... I want THIS".  But I think with knitting/crochet, because you work (usually, though not always) from patterns, the structure isn't as restricting as it would be to say, art.  Like... "I want an altered shrine in a Wintergreen Altoids tin, painted X brand of cobalt blue, with... etc etc etc". 
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014 05:52:49 PM »

I don't like to be micro managed.  But, I do like some guidance.  I'm not a, "make whatever" kind of person.  I need some ideas to work with.  But, I do like a partner that lets me have free reign to work in mediums I feel most comfortable with.  It's stressful to try and make something in a medium I'm not familiar with.  Swapping should be fun, not a, "I want to tear my hair out" experience.  But, I do want to make my partner happy. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2014 06:33:37 AM »

I'm somewhere in the middle. I've had a couple of micro-manage partners (to the point of "here's a link to EXACTLY WHAT I WANT, NO CHANGES PLEASE!!!") and I made what they wanted (and hopefully liked!) but I couldn't help feeling I'd been "hired" to make something on commission. It got worse the one time my partner misread the questionnaire and made my swap item from the "do not" part of the questionnaire. oops Embarrassed   

Sometimes I think people put all that micro-manage kind of info in the questionnaire and 'about me' section of the profile so they don't have to answer the same questions swap after swap after swap...  That makes sense, but then there's not a lot room left for 'let's chat about your likes/not-likes' to start to know each other.
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2014 07:44:31 AM »

I definitely like a little guidance, and wouldn't mind someone asking for something similar to something I've already made, just because I'd know I could do it again. "Just make anything" is overwhelming for me; I appreciate at least a list of themes.

I like chatting a partner up to get an idea of what I should make. Usually a few exchanges of PMs serves to spark up a fun idea.
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2014 09:24:41 AM »

I also like the chatting!  I don't think I could ever get so blase' about swapping that I would feel annoyed at getting a PM from a fellow Craftster!   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2014 09:18:51 AM »

No micro-managing.  I would like to think that I don't micro manage.  I like some guidance, like a pinterest or something that shows what they like and things they would want, and usually I will ask some things via PM to streamline the package more to their liking, but I am very obstinate and find that when someone starts telling me what to do, I will not.  As a recipient, I also like when people stalk and ask questions, but ultimately get inspired to make what they want - I like surprises!
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