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6861  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R4 FOCR R4 (Signups CLOSED, Send 2/7/09) on: January 22, 2009 03:57:10 PM
Oh, man! I was thinking of skipping out on this round, but I'm seeing so much great stuff (and lusting over lafemmefatale's pendant/earrings set), that I'm torn! If I get my MAJOR task finished tomorrow night, I will finally allow myself to do some other crafting, so this swap could  be happening...
6862  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 22, 2009 03:50:05 PM
I've already started marking pages in my book with the motifs I'd like to try... and, I think I'll also make a set for myself as I'm going along! I figure that once you've done the pattern once, it should go quicker after that. Plus, I can use mine as a practice one...
6863  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 22, 2009 03:45:55 PM
More fabulous squares! I'm impressed with the quantities that you guys are pumping out, as well! I'm lucky if I can get the original one a month finished Wink

I'm working my way through the February square- it's a bit tricky in the beginning, but I think we'll all be able to help each other get through it...
6864  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 21, 2009 01:52:28 PM
...avoid swaps?! (says she who is swapping on two sites and overloaded for the next few weeks....)

I've decided that I almost always love what I make for swaps, but then have to send them away. I never get around to making another one for me. So, when I see a swap I like, I'll just make a few items that I'd like and keep them Grin  Saves me on postage, too Smiley  Plus, it's much less stressful... It started when I got flaked on in the tree swap- I was happy to keep what I had made Wink  Crochet is easy enough for me to make multiples of things, so crochet swaps are still good...
6865  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along on: January 21, 2009 01:49:05 PM
For christmas I promised each of my Aunt's a dishcloth each for each month.  This month I am yet again going to attempt *gasp* a crochet rectangle.  Shocked Smiley

Stitch markers... I highly recommend them... I use them to mark the place at the start of each row where I'll need to crochet into at the end of the next row... So, mark the start of row 2.... crochet row 2... start row 3 and mark the start of row 3... get to the end of row 3 (which is now at the end where row 2 started, if that makes any sense), and know where to insert the hook into row 2.

I find it helps me immensely. Because, I always lose track of the turning chains...
6866  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tree Swap Gallery! on: January 20, 2009 07:15:30 PM
Well worth the wait! Fantastic package! Love the tree stuffies and the art, and the tote bag the most. But, it all rocks...
6867  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 20, 2009 07:14:02 PM
I'm actually trying to avoid swaps... but this one shouldn't be too hard, and it's crochet! I can use my stash for this one...

I'll try to include as much info in the questionnaire as possible- other yarn types, colors not to send, etc.
6868  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 20, 2009 07:08:15 PM
silverfisch, I have become a crochet hook addict... for some reason, I love to buy them... maybe because I like to have one for each project (no sharing of hooks allowed Wink ). I just bought a size Q hook... It's pretty big, so I don't know what I'll use it for, yet...

And, fochaux, your square looks great! Is that Simply Soft yarn?
6869  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 20, 2009 04:28:27 PM
Good thinking on the variegateds, playswithneedles! I'm beginning to like it more than I used to, but I'm not sure if I'd want it for this one. I can add something like this to the questionnaire, "Are there any colors that you would like to avoid in your motifs (i.e. neons, variegateds, pastels, your joining color, etc.)?"

And myklia, I hear you on the "later is better". So, I'm still leaning (heavily) towards Feb 19th as a start date... it'll give folks plenty of time to start finding motifs Wink
6870  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 20, 2009 03:56:45 PM
Wow! I missed a lot while I was at work! Sounds like it's shaping up!

- I like the idea of random colors (although I was thinking I'd like my randoms to be in blues, greens and purples Wink so I'm still tossing around color groups as an option).
- I also love that you guys are up for more than one partner. Two sounds like a good number, but I can give the option of three for "veteran" swappers.
- The idea of a required range of sizes is neat, too! As an addendum, what would you think of a total number of inches? Lets say, a total of at least 30 inches (just throwing out a random number) and at least 4 (or some number) motifs. Then, you could make one that was 8 inches, 5 that were 3 inches (15 inches total), and 2 that were 4 inches. That would be 8 motifs with a total of 31 inches. That way someone could make a bunch of small ones, but someone else could make a variety of sizes.
- A color exclusion would also be a good idea, just in case there's a color someone hates...

I'm a bit worried about the mix of yarn types, for washing purposes, but if they were all acrylics, that might make it easier.

Keep those cards and letters coming!

And, I have vacation in February, so I can start the swap then- does February 19th sound like a good start date? Two and a half weeks for sign-ups (March 7th) with send outs on the 31st? Does that seem like a good amount of time? Too much, too little? I could start it a little sooner, and scooch everything up a week or so. I guess once I get partners assigned for the Granny's Daughters swap, I can start this one...

And, do we need to work out a way to avoid duplicates? Or, just chance it? What are the odds that you'll get duplicates from your partners?

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