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1  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Found - Ongoing Wish Swap 36 - 1 angel found on: August 30, 2008 09:24:25 AM
Swap Name: Ongoing Wish Swap 36

Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254441.0

Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254715.0
# of Flakers: 1
ThreadorYarn was flaked on and needs an angel!  The chosen item should take about 2 hours or cost $20.  PM me for address information.

I'm in Massachusetts US, I do mostly knit, but I also crochet, spin, and used to cross-stitch, embroider and a little bit of tatting. I like the cooler colors (blues, purples, greens) but a little oomph of the red/orange/yellows doesn't hurt either. Nothing holiday themed please - I like being able to use my things all the time, not just a few weeks a year  Grin

My list, in no particular order -

decorated (and absorbent Smiley) kitchen towels, potholders, etc

lounge-y shorts (43" waist)

shoe-bags (so when you put them in a suitcase you don't end up with shoeprints on all your clothes  Undecided )

handmade soaps, shower gels, lotions, salt or sugar scrubs, type stuff (but not a bathtub-soaking kind of thing)

rubik's cube stuffie (this idea)

double-stitch markers or any stitch markers for small needles (US size 3, 3.25mm or smaller)

tawashis (japanese style scrubbies - small-ish, acrylic yarn discloths)

wetbag to carry cloth pads (doesn't need to be waterproof, but resistant enough that something damp won't soak through the bag)

small totes (about 6"x6", 15cmx15cm) with longish handles - I use them to hold spinning fiber when I use a handspindle

A pretty, but not really lacy, ladies crocheted kippah this in one style I like but in purples and/or blues.

neckwarmer/cowl/shortscarf to wear with a pine green coat or an earwarmer/headband to use instead of a hat (I don't look good with the squashed hat-hair look  Wink )


1 1/2" (4cm) cotton fabric squares (any color except neon-bright, and no holiday themes please)
anything to help me improve wire-wrapping beading kind of techniques. I'm self-taught and the teacher doesn't always know what's going on Cheesy

Casein Knitting needles

Flex knitting needles (they look like circulars that have been cut in half)

New Pathways for Sockknitters book by Cat Bordhi
Cool Socks, Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby
Andean Folk Knits by Marcia Lewandowski
(pre-owned books in good condition are just fine with me)

something from, or based on, my etsy favorites or my wists

'souvenir' bookmarks
Chocolate, plain or with nuts (unless you want to share with the hubby - he likes the mint & fruit-filled chocolates)
tea, hot chocolate mixes
Gone With The Wind (paperback book) by Margaret Mitchell
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ongoing Wish Swap 36 on: June 30, 2008 05:38:39 AM

Organizers: Therisa and pinupmommy

*IMPORTANT PM INFO*: When sending PMs, please label them as OWS 36 with one of the following tags:
Package sent
Package received

So when sending the questionnaire, the subject will read OWS 36 Approval. When notifying us about sending and receiving packages, add the corresponding tag. If you just have a general question, label it as that. This will keep things organized for us!
When sending a sent/received PM, please include the 'Send by' date so my craziness will stay at a minimum.

Qualifications to Join

To join this round you must be cleared in all Ongoing Wish list Swaps through Round 33
(except for international delivery).  You also cannot join this swap if you are currently late in Round 34 or 35.
Do not join this swap if you are late in other swaps.  Please make those swaps your priority.

There will no longer be items allowed that are not craft or supply related, if you have questions please let us know

Swap Info

Swap name:  Ongoing Wish Swap 36
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Therisa, with co-organizer pinupmommy
Sign-up date range:June 30- July 31
Date to send item by: 14 days after claiming

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? /NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement?

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yep
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yep
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Correct
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed at least one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes

Organizer meets the 5 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: Yes
All swappers MUST be pre-approved for this swap!


***PLEASE! Do not claim someone while waiting for approval!*** You may claim as soon as you get confirmation from me.

Anyone watching this thread who thinks they might be interested in participating at a later time is VERY welcome to PM me answering the swap questions now...then you can participate whenever you want.  Please have a wish list prepared BEFORE you start swapping, it makes things much easier!

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to the organizer.  Please have the title of your PM be the name of the swap.

Name of swap: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 36
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and mailing address:
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
( If not then you will not be approved )
Send at least a medium item to the person you have chosen?  ( A medium item represents 2 hours of crafting time or either $20 in supplies.  If you buy the items at a thrift store or get them from stash, they should be things that *would* have cost $20 at a store)

Are you willing to post a photo of the item/s you receive or have the person who sent to you post of the photo for you?
Your List must be created in the following format
Craft Supplies
Do you agree to follow this?
(There will no longer be items allowed that are not craft or supply related, if you have questions please let us know)
Are you a Friend of Craftster?
Have you been a Swap Angel (with proof in profile)?
Are you willing to ship outside of your country?
If you are willing to ship outside your country? (You MUST be willing to ship air postal or an equivalent which will take a maximum of 3 weeks.) Are you willing?

IMPORTANT: Remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0

Please bookmark this thread and/or post here. All updates will be made here and this will help you to keep up with everything.


How This Swap Works:
Please READ CAREFULLY! This swap works differently than most!

Try to imagine a chain.  The first link is the first person whose wish list is on page 1 (Person A) - that will be the craftster member who was the very last wish list from Ongoing Wish Swap 34.

Now, we want to put another link in the chain.  People will read that list and see if there is something they want to/can make from the list.

Someone (Person B) will claim Person A for some item on their wish list.  They post a reply to the thread that says I claim Person A for [item].  This is my X claim (however many times they have picked someone for example, "this is my fourth wish, with one sent, and three received, (meaning that this is the fourth claim they've made, one is in transit to it's destination, and three of the items have been received by the people they previously claimed).  Also add your location, and any preferences or aversions I live in Wisconsin USA, I am a vegetarian, and I am allergic to wool.

IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU REPLY WITH YOUR STATUS WHEN YOU CLAIM SOMEONE!  This means you need to post who you are claiming and for what, how many claims you have made, including how many in transit and how many received, and your location/preferences/aversions.

Then comes the fun part!  After the introduction, Person B is the last link in the chain, and they post their wish list!!!  YOU CAN HAVE AS MANY ITEMS ON YOUR WISH LIST AS YOU WANT, HOWEVER YOU MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF SIX.  THE MORE ITEMS YOU LIST, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF BEING CLAIMED QUICKLY.

(Please have your list ready, this swap moves very quickly!  Please include your country at the start of your wish list). Person B will also PM Person A to get her address so they can mail the item when it is finished.   

Along comes Person C, who claims Person B for something on their list and the chain is built, link by link.  (If Person C wanted to make Person B a purse AND a stuffie, that would still count as ONE WISH.)  Then they post their list, and so on.

When you want to make a claim, you can ONLY pick from the very last wish list in the chain.  You can't pick anyone else in the chain - you can only connect to the very end of the chain, which is that last wish list posted.

After you have made your claim, you need to PM that person for their address.

Friends of Craftster are allowed 3 wishes at one time, others are allowed 2 wishes.  If this is your first swap, you are only allowed one wish until your craft is received for this month.  Do not choose over your given limit.
 If you already have one claim that will be sent out late, please don't claim again until that one is sent out.

Become a Friend of Craftster!  Go here: https://www.craftster.org/subscribe.php

If you are at your limit of wishes, you can choose again once one of your partners receives, NOT when you send.
***Do not claim someone unless you can fulfill that wish to a high caliber***

Let's keep the quality high here. I don't want to receive PMs with people concerned over the lack of quality of their items.  Please, just work your hardest to keep the bar high on the quality of items here!  Don't choose just for the sake of choosing; choose to make someone else a really AWESOME wish!

Now if the thread gets in a rut for a few days/hours, the person who made the last wish should add to their list if they can think of anything else, until someone decides to craft for them. Please make sure this is not you!

Unsure of where to find wish ideas?  Try the previous ongoing wish swap galleries or any other gallery on craftster.  Look through your fellow crafters wist lists.

( the medium can be a couple small items etc as long as it adds up to a medium )
( A medium item equals two hours of crafting time or 20$ worth of store bought items )

Please be communicative if you are having any issues. If you communicate you still need to send your item in a timely manner.  Communication does not mean you can send as late as you want.  After one week past the deadline you will have negative feedback.  This is only temporary as it will be changed back once you fulfill your obligation for late item(s).  Do not choose to craft an item if you do not think you can meet these deadlines.

I will be giving feedback in the following way:
-  great swapper: for those who follow all the rules
-  good/poor communication:  where applicable
-  sent late/early: where applicable
-  no dc number: failed to comply with the rule about using a delivery confirmation number for packages within your own country
- did not follow item amount rule

Previous Swap Rounds:
If you are confused in any way by how this works, please look at some previous rounds:

Round 35 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249161.0

There is a gallery for this swap:

and you are also invited to participate in the discussion
Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What is the lowest price for DMC floss? on: April 04, 2008 06:59:56 PM
I'm saying, when you see it offered at a special discount sale, how much is it?  I thought I remembered it as 5 for $1 at the after-Thanksgiving sale, but am not sure.  Do you know how often the chain stores in the US put it on 40% off or 50% off?  Thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing what I don't want to on: January 14, 2008 02:03:07 PM
I really enjoy sewing, and sew almost every day.  But the project I'm working on isn't exciting me.  The main problem is the color.

A lady who has retired from sewing gave me a bag with, according to her, $300 of silk fabric, plus matching thread and needles.  The fabric is a wonderful charmeuse, looks like there were 7 yards, plus 2 yards of sik burnout velvet on chiffon

She had already cut the pants out as palazzo pants.  I put my crotch curves on them, recut them, and sewed them up.

The velvet on chiffon I have been making into a kimono, using the charmeuse as the front extensions and the neckband.

And I'm making a camisole to go under it all.  I am just not enthusiastic all the way around, thinking of how I will look wearing this in public.  'Cause it is CHAMPAGNE colored - a light pinkish brown.  That's just not not me.  I was afraid to try to dye it because of the fact that the velvet and the body were so perfectly color matched. 

If this had been hot pink, purple, or something, maybe, but I am completely not feeling this color.

Today I made a decision: I'm going to finish this outfit up as an in-home lounging outfit.  I don't have a problem in lounging around in champagne, and it's a beautiful quality outfit.  I'll cut the camisole in such a way that it will be comfortable to sleep in, and make a belt for the kimono instead of an obi.

It will be lovely the next time I go on a vacation or stay at someone's house.  Not like I don't already have a lot of this kind of outfit, but, still, one's gotta start somewhere.
5  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Summary of sources for re-useable crafty stuff in Ann Arbor on: December 18, 2007 01:28:12 PM
1.  Check the classifieds in the Ann Arbor News.  They put a good list on Friday, so you know what yard sales to go to on Saturday.

2.  Saturday Mornings: http://www.myannarbor.net/kiwanis/.  Kiwanis Rummage sale. This is the monster department store of used stuff.  Sometimes you find fabric, yarn, beads, always a zillion clothes, tools for sewing, glass for painting on, furniture, etc.  This place is a destination in itself.

3.  http://www.svdpaa.org/ St. Vincent De Paul is a smaller place but sometimes they have bag sales, plus you never know what's there, if you're in the area.

4.  http://www.a2ptothriftshop.org/ PTO Thrift Shop.  They have recently expanded and have usually got large sections of stuff for you to make things with.  Plus there is a 50 cent room which is re-stocked every Saturday.

5.  Re-Use Center http://www.recycleannarbor.org/reuse/reuse.htm  They work in cooperation with the PTO thrift shop just down the street, so you won't find a major degree of overlap between the two.  This is where you go to find bigger things to craft with, wood, furniture, used kitchen cabinets to store your stuff...

6.  Salvation Army Thrift Store http://www.satruck.com/FindStore.aspx is HUGE and AMAZING.  They're not the cheapest, because their focus is on raising money for their organization and its many activities, but it's really a great place to check out, especially if, for example, you are looking for a jean jacket in good condition to craft on.

7.  The Scrap Box http://www.scrapbox.org/  As people have mentioned, you never know what stuff is going to pop up here.  They have a $5/bag room, a free room, plus a room where things are priced by the item.  There's also a special resource area for members.  Make this one of your regular stops.

8.  Ann Arbor Thrift Shop http://annarborthriftshop.org/  Again, they're not the cheapest, but they sometimes have bag sales, plus there is often a "free" box by the door where some good crafty stuff can be found.  Drop in if you're in the neighborhood.

9.  Don't forget to get on the local recycle lists freecycle.org and http://a2ecycle.org/  A lot of times people want to give something away and your home may be just the place for the item.  I've gotten sewing machines and fabric for the kids group where I work, and have given away lots of stuff which was junk to me but good to someone else.
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