Hello all! A few of you have emailed us and asked when the International Scarf Exchange was going to happen again... and so here we go for round 3.
We wish we could run this exchange several times a year, but it takes up a bit of time (slightly understated) and a lot of energy! Celia and I have been busy... she got married and pregnant!! (go congratulate her on her blog
) and I finished up my master's program and am moving from Denver to Boston so that I can start a PhD program this fall.
Here are the rules and regulations for the exchange.Celia
have learned a few things from our first two rounds of the international scarf exchange. We've come up with a few R&R for your perusal. If you have questions, please email us
1. Minimum to spend
: $20 USD for the scarf only. Anything above those minimums is at your discretion. If you decide to use handspun, please spend $10 USD on the materials.
**if you cannot commit to spending this minimum, please drop out now by emailing either Celia or Cynthia HERE
2. This swap is international, so postage has not been included
in the minimum cost. If you are sending internationally, we will try our best to make sure you receive from an international participant, in order to keep the price of postage fair.
3. Materials - The questionnaire/interview is a guideline. Please respect allergies and dislikes. However, just b/c your pal likes cashmere doesn't mean you need to buy it... unless you REALLY want to. If you have any concerns that your pal might be allergic to your choice of yarn, please check with them before you start knitting.
4. Use this opportunity to try a new pattern or stitch!! Now is the time to try new styles, and patterns. You don't have to go out and buy a new scarf book just for this exchange. There is a wide range of free patterns on the web, so why not try one of them? It is assumed that all scarves are knitted
. If you would like to make a woven, crochet or felted scarf, please check with your pal before proceeding.
5. Pals will be allocated around the 7th of September. You will be notified of any delays.
6. We're aiming for the scarves to be RECEIVED
by November 1, 2006. Please keep that in mind if you are assigned an international pal. Please let us or your pal know if you are delayed for any reason.
7. Folks who sign up and don't keep their end of the bargain will be banned from future exchanges. (Yes, we do keep a list).
8. You will need an anonymouse email acct so that you can email your pal (the one you're knitting FOR). Please set up an anonymous email acct with either gmail, yahoo, or hotmail. Contact us
if you'd like a gmail account. You will need to email your pal in the first 3 weeks of the exchange to assure them that you are out there and that you are thinking of them.
EDIT: you need to email the person you're sending a scarf to, so that they know you're alive and thinking of them. You also need to send an email to the person who sent a scarf to you, to thank them and acknowledge that it was received.
9. Post about your progress at least once a month to this blog. Anything like choosing yarn, a pattern, etc can be an update! (in other words, we'll need you to post a minimum of two times. Once in September, once in October)
10. Enjoy it!
ps. Sorry if some of the rules sound... obvious. But after two exchanges, we've learned that we need to be pretty clear about expectations!!