Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I am very happy to see that so many of you already published your questionaire! That's great and thank you very much for your enthusiasm! For those who are a tiny bit lazy or aren't here that often, the deadline for publishing your questionaire is the 15th of September, and please stick to this date! After this date, give us about 2 weeks to complete the matches: we need to read through all the questionaires and with the proud amount of participants, which is about 130, it will take us some time. Remember as well that we want to find you a perfect match, and since Maryanne lives in the States and I in Switzerland, the time zones work always against us, so every meeting in the chat room to discuss the swap and exchange some gossip is always a big logistical challenge.
We had decided, maybe against the will of some of you, that this will be a secret swap, and that the person to whom one sends won't be the same person sending to you. We know that many of you would wish for an open swap, but we thought that a secret swap really works with the Christmas spirit, so that everyone of you can have a chance to play the real Santa for someone else. So please, my Dear Ladies, get yourself an anonymous email account (with Secret Pal or Secret Santa or whatever your imagination tells you) to write to your swap partner. You will always be writing from your secret email to the person's private email.
After the swaps are made we will give you the deadline to contact your swap partner. Again, please stick to it. In case of any troubles - swap partner not writing to you, or not answering your emails, etc. - please let us know and we will try to deal with the situation.
In case your partner doesn't respond neither to you nor to us, you will be given an Angel who will take over. Four lovely ladies volunteered for this task: Linda, Skylar, Betty-Jean and Jo Ann. Thank you ladies for being there for the others! We of course hope that your services will not be needed!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Jane in Maine
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sign-ups are officially closed! I know that we do not yet have our full complement of 100 members listed in the sidebar. Kasia has asked me to let all of you know that she has not been able to get much access to her e-mail while she has been traveling and she knows that there are several requests in her inbox. She tells me that she will be able to get to those requests in about 8 days or so. So, if you are one of those people who has sent your request to Kasia, please be patient, she'll get to you just as soon as she can :) It's for that reason that we've closed the sign-ups a bit early. We know there are 100 members counting those that are still to be signed up, so to be fair to the ones who are still waiting for their invites, we are trying to preserve their place in "line" before signing up anyone else.
In addition, I know some of you have had some difficulty accepting your invites to post, so I am extending the deadline to accept your invites to Midnight Friday the 24th of August. I will resend all the invites as well. Please - if you know you have been accepted as a member and have not received an invite, let me know! We want you to be able to join in on the fun :) And if you are having any problems at all in accepting your invitation to post, please e-mail me so we can try to fix the problem.
One last thing. I hate to be thinking about this, but occasionally someone signs up for a swap and does not follow through on sending a package to their swap partner. We could really use a few people to volunteer as "angels" to fill in for someone whose swap partner has flaked out. Anyone willing to be an angel, and we thank you *so* much in advance!, please send me an e-mail (knittymugginsATyahooDOTcom) and let me know. We would really appreciate it!!
Also, I know a lot of you have been wondering about the questionnaire. Yes, there will be one! And it will be fun! But it won't be posted until the swap officially starts on or around September 1. So just a little more patience and the fun will start! Thanks for sticking with us and we look forward to kicking off the holiday season right with all of our new friends :)
Happy knitting everyone!
Monday, August 20, 2007
I love christmas and is very glad I found out about this swap-I am very Exited. I have never don this before. I live in Norway on the west coast with my boyfriend anf 2 boys who ois 8 and 9 years old. And I like Knitting and other handcraft(not sure that is the right word ,but hopefully you understand)
I also am very exited to get to know you better.
All the best
From Hanne in norway
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Greetings from Houston, TX!! I have to thank a new pal from another swap (Hi Lynda!!) for telling me about this swap.
I haven't been a "Christmas" person for quite some time but I love choosing just the right gift for people! Ya think that's why I'm now in 3 swaps and just finished 3 others??!! :-)
My most memorable Christmas was when I received my Black Knight bicycle and sat on it all day in the living room. I'm from Rhode Island USA which is northeast of New York and of course we had snow on the ground. My mother even had to braid my hair while I was on the bike. :-)
Any way....can't wait to see who I get to spoil. Wouldn't it be funny if I get to buy for Lynda since she bought for me!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I can't wait to hear who my swap partner is so I can go looking for things and also make some things.
I always love to make things for christmas, as presents or decorations in our own house.
Can't wait to get started.
Friday, August 17, 2007
This is so Exciting! I'm so looking forward to spoiling someone who has an idea of why it's okay to give yarn as a gift-my family just doesn't get it! Though after our vacation last week and "a few" hundred dollars the the destination yarn shop, I think he's starting to catch on.
I live in Iowa and have spent Christmas in one other country, Iraq. While there I befriended the driver of one of our contractor groups. He was very kind, had something like 9 kids (one in the Iraq National Police), and a new baby on the way (he truly loves his wife). His last day I gave him one of my company coins and he cried because all he had to give in return was this plastic, round, BRIGHT ORANGE hairbrush...think mega Barbie folks! For the past 2 years that...um...unique...brush goes on our tree where all can see it and I share some of the man's stories with my now 9 year old stepson and 1 year old daughter. It reminds us all that the emotional weight of something can raise the value of that item more then a million times over, to remember those who are not with their families and to reflect on our own sacrifices as a family.
Now that there are only 7 spots left, we are unfortunately, going to have to be a little less relaxed about a few things. Some of you have not accepted your invitations to post to the swap site. I am going to resend any invitations older than August 13. If you do not accept your invitation by August 21, we are going to have to remove you from the swap unless you have extenuating circumstances of some kind (sickness, being on vacation etc.). I'm sorry to be such a stickler, but if you are not willing to participate in the blog then I'm afraid we may not be able to count on you to participate in the swap and that just wouldn't be fair to everyone else. Also, if you have received a membership confirmation but have not received an invite please let me know and I'll get one sent to you.
Also, Kasia is currently away on travel and has less access than she'd hoped to her e-mail, so please feel free to send your membership requests to me (Maryanne). I will however, be on my way out of town Saturday morning (August 18) so any requests made after that time will be on a first come first serve basis, meaning I will check the date and time that each e-mail was received and sign people up accordingly. If you are not able to make it into our 100 at this time, please don't worry. We *may* be able to add another 50 people to the swap and will keep your info on file.
O.k. Sorry to be such a scolding schoolteacher, but I guess we have to have a few "rules" here and there to keep things fair. We're looking forward to a really fun swap and meeting lots of new friends. Welcome everyone!! Happy Christmas Swap :)
C'mon people - advertise! I'm so looking forward to getting to know all of you!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I see that we need 17 more people to sign up so we can start. I am so excited I have already found a pattern to knit for one of the things I will send to my new pal. Will probably start that this weekend!! I have some awesome yarns coming in too and that is just cool beanz too. Hope you are all just as excited as I am. I just posted a new entry on my blog that shows he prize I won for the most postings in the ITEIV group and I also posted pictures of my latest eBay yarns I received in the mail this past week. Everyone have a great weekend!!
Really excited to have signed up for the swap. Looking forward to having "a new pal" and being able to share some Xmas goodies with them. Hannah and I (Hannah is 11 1/2) are both Scottish - have been living in Toronto for 5 years now. I have also lived in Australia, Africa, the Middle East - so I hope my new pal is from some far corner of the earth and I can visit her via the WWW! Xmas will be extra fun this year with someone else to share it with (usually it is just Hannah and I) and I can't wait (Hannah is also intrigued by the concept of it)! I used to knit a lot when I was younger and have only started again in the last year or so. I am teaching Hannah to knit as I want to pass the skill onto the next generation. Knitting is in my blood - my late Mum was an avid knitter (from the Orkney Islands and her ancestors are from the Faroe Islands, Fair Isle). It is also my form of therapy!
More later - back to the reality of the "modern world".
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I echo the sentiments of excitement and anticipation - for both Christmas and this swap! It's been hard for me to get into the Christmas traditions (too much traveling) for the past couple of years, but I'm determined to pull out the Christmas spirit full force this year!
I'm relatively new to blogging and although I've done swaps in the past, this is my first knitting swap. I can't wait!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Oh, I'm so happy I'm part of this swap, I love Christmas and I love swaps! And the whole idea behind it is one I love; making something special for someone you don't really know, but your partner will know you putted so much effort in your project.
This is my second swap, after I rediscovered knitting last year I was part of the The International Tote Exchange, and I have to say; it's an addiction..
Whoever my partner will be, I'm already thinking what I will make for you and what kind of goodies you will get..
Hope to get to know you all,
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I'm very glad to be a part of this swap. I'm not religious, so for me, Christmas has always been about taking the time out from the day-to-day to show our family and friends our love. How wonderful to set apart a time to dwell on on the people who make our lives all the richer for their presence. In that vein, my second favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually. First place, however, goes to the eternal brilliance of Nightmare Before Christmas. Looking forward to getting to know you all through this swap.
This is my first official swap, and I am so excited! I've been knitting up Christmas gifts since May! I just learned to knit last October, and there are so many things I want to learn - socks, lace, construction....
I have three children, ages 7, 2, and 1. I wish I had learned to knit before they were born. There are so many cute baby things to make.
Most of my family's Christmas traditions stem from my mom's Norwegian family. We always look forward to krumkake (Norwegian Christmas cookies) and Jul Kake (Christmas cake).
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Hello from Southern New Hampshire...a wonderful New England state where summer is in full swing with swimming, boating, and many outdoor activities and fairs to attend!
I'm Kris...a mom of 3 boys, a wife to a wonderful hubby, and I love knitting and reading. We homeschool the kids (one just left for college) and I keep busy with crafts and a kid's club at our church. This is me (on the left) with the wonderful designer and lovely Vivian Hoxbro, and I was able to try on one of her wonderful sweaters (the Trip-Trap Jacket) at a Harrisville workshop.
I'm looking forward to participating in this swap! Christmas in New England is always fun, as we celebrate the Lord's birthday and have many traditions and local foods/crafts that I look forward to sharing with my swap pal! :) Many of our local Christmas celebrations center around handicrafts, sweets, and such.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
We have lots of diversity here in Maui, all contributing to make a wonderful holiday.
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaiian for "Merry Christmas." There are lots of phrases like this in the Hawaiian language that are really just phonetic translations of English, Portuguese and/or Japanese. When the missionaries first brought the traditions of Christmas to the islands, the Hawaiians had difficulty saying "Merry Christmas," so they ended up with "Mele Kalikimaka."
I am looking forward to sharing local Christmas traditions with someone far away!
Sunday, August 5, 2007
I'm Cheryl and I am a 100% service-connected disabled veteran, and so is my husband Michael. Since I no longer work I need to keep busy with all this free time I now have. We share a beautiful home with Sir Angus Seton and Rita our two small dogs. After a 20+ yr. hiatus I picked up knitting again and I am having the greatest time making gifts for others and family. I will be taken classes to learn how to do lace knitting, cables and also socks I learned how to make them on my own!! I have many projects on many needles to keep me busy and when I get bored with one I can work on another. I am looking to learn how to spin and hope to start classes in the fall. Presently I have the following projects OTN: yarn; Spa Sox ~ D. Bliss Cashmerino; Mystery Stole 3 ~ Zephyr Lace yarn in Mahogany w/Czech Glass Beads in Red Rainbow color; Forest Canopy Shoulder shawl in Vintage Silk Maiden & Louisa Harding’s Grace. I just finished a shrug for my daughter’s 28th birthday. I used 3 balls of D. Bliss Soho in #9 Red, which is a silk, rayon and cotton yarn. I also make one of a kind jewelry using sterling silver and semi-precious gemstone beads. I also make stitch markers using Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystals and other types of beads.
Cheryl (or my friends call me CW)
As summer has finally arrived here in England this weekend and we are looking out at blue skies and sunshine Christmas should really be the furthest thing from my mind!
So this is located near by a fjell called Aakenustunturi ( if you like to search thru google maps or otherwise)
In Rovaniemi they have Santas Post Office, and if you have some wishes to that direction, I'm able to help :)
Have a nice sunday
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Christmas time is a busy time for me but that is because I have a handmade candy business, that I opened in 1988. I start making candy in early October and hopefully am finished by the 2nd week of December so I can rest up before Christmas.
I love to knit, am still learning this craft, the 2nd time around. I also love to do Hardanger, it is so relaxing. Last year my DH worked in Hawaii on Oahu during the winter and when he came home for Christmas I went back to Hawaii with him and spent 30, yes thirty, glorious days exploring the island while he worked during the day. .
Visit my blog and join in on a contest I'm having there. You could help create the name and colors for hand dyed yarn and then win it as a prize. Here's the link Christmas Movie tvyarn contest.
I live near by ski resort called LEVI .
At summer we have nightless nights and in winter, we have days that the sun does not rise..
Looking foreward to meet you all.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Best wishes to all.
I love Prairie Chicken's idea of buying a special ornament for each family member at Christmas. I've started collecting Christmas ornaments from around the world when we go on holiday. Only a few so far, but each one means something special to me.