Friday, January 30, 2009

Calling All Swappers!

Welcome all Swappers!
We know it's only just the middle of summer, but we would like to call you to join us for a Christmas Around The World Knitters Swap. We would like to ask you to join us in this trip which is not only about Christmas, but as well about the Christmas customs around the world. The idea of the swap was born when Maryanne and me started to chat about our fascination with Christmas and how different it is celebrated in the US and in Europe. And since we were already organising our KAL, we thought that it would be fun to celebrate this lovely holiday with other Knitters. It's an international swap and open for all people who love to celebrate Christmas! There will be contests and quizzes, new friends to meet and spoil. So come and join us!

Signups are open, and they might be divided in two - we close them once 100 swappers have signed up, but if there are still many willing to sign up, we will reopen them for another 50 participants.

To sign in, please email Maryanne or me at the email addresses mentioned on the sidebar:
  • your name and surname
  • your email address
  • address of your blog (it's highly encouraged to have one)
  • your mailing address (postal address)
  • and if you prefer a pal from Europe/States (because of the costs of shipping)
The Swap questionnaire will follow afterwards, and you should make sure that you publish it on your blog (if you don't have one, you might consider getting one, like that your swap partner can get to know you better and see what you're all about) by September.

This is not limited to a strict knitting swap, so you should as well consider treating your partner with something which will show your local Christmas tradition.
What you should send to your partner is:
  • something to knit from (enough yarn for 1 skein/small project)
  • something to knit with
  • something handknitted by you
  • something for the taste
  • something for the soul
  • something to hang on the Christmas Tree
Minimum spend is $20 (shipping not included) and we strongly encourage you to keep things hand made or used from your stash. Also, exchanging recipes is highly encouraged :) We know that Christmas is a very money consuming time, so let's keep it inexpensive but creative!

Packages shouldn't arrive later than 22nd of December, so please mind, if you're sending internationally, to allow enough time for the parcel to arrive. Also, please remember that Christmas is a busy time for the post offices, too, so send your parcels early enough.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all our lovely swap participants! Thanks so much to all of you for joining us in the swap and sharing your holiday spirit and traditions with all of us as we get ready for the Christmas season. We appreciate everyone joining us here for a fun swap and hope that you all have a very happy and safe holiday however you spend it and wherever you go :)

If any of you have not received a parcel from your secret pal, please send a note to Kasia or me and we will do what we can to make sure you get one. Please keep in mind that many people will not be reachable until after the New Year, so it may take us a while to get you connected with your pal. Also, Kasia is away from home until after January 8th or so, so if you choose to e-mail her, it may be difficult for her to help you as she may not have access to your pal's info. So please keep that in mind and be patient with us!

Thanks again to all of you for sharing your holiday with us and joining us in our first swap as hostesses! We enjoyed getting to know all of you and hope that you all have a very happy holiday season filled with lovely moments and wish you all the best for a fantastic and joyful New Year too!

Best wishes,