Friday, 30 March 2007

More Buttons!

Donyale at Indulging My Inner Knitter very kindly made us another two buttons, so if you'd like one of these, grab away!

Thanks!

Thursday, 29 March 2007

TWO days to go.....

Oh, we are excited!
There is TWO DAYS until close of sign up's, and we can't believe the response we have gotten so far!
So, for any of you lurkers out there, last day of sign up is Saturday, the 31st of March.

We have been, are, and will be going through all your blogs, matching people up, and you will hear from us by the 9th of April with your matches.

Hope you are all looking forward to it as much as we are!!

Oh, and if you haven't posted your questionnaire, could you please do so as soon as you can, and make sure that it is visible for your treater to see, i.e. not buried under hundreds of posts.
Not that hundreds of posts is a bad thing, it just needs to be easy for them to find.

Of course, your treater will get to know you from posts that you have written as well, so make sure you keep them up!

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Participants List

Hi Everyone

Sign ups are coming along nicely - it's a big enough swap so far! Sign ups will stay open until the end of the month, so if you're lurking get the email off to us so you don't miss out. Sometimes it'll take a day or two for us to get back to you to confirm that you're in - just bear with us on that one, you won't miss out.

We've added a list of participants to the sidebar, so if you want to go and have a browse and see what other people are up to you can check out the other people in the exchange.

We're browsing all of your blogs at the moment, getting to know you to make matches - it's very exciting and great seeing what you're all working on at the moment.

Looking forward to the treating beginning!

Friday, 16 March 2007

Happy St Patricks Day to all

Hi everyone.

A very Happy St Patricks day to you for tomorrow.

Tea and Cakes and I are both taking the liberty of the weekend off from PC's, so if you have just come across this exchange, and want to join in, please do so and email us, and we will be back on track on Monday the 19th again.

If you have any queries or comments, again feel free and we will respond to you as soon as we get back to the technical age.

I'm off to the West of Ireland now, Isobel is also off somewhere nice for the weekend!

I'll have a pint of Guinness in honour of all of you great treaters tomorrow!!

Enabler Tangelled Angel

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Button Help

Are there any kind people out there who could explain how to put the button on to a blogger blog?

I just tried and couldn't figure it out (my personal blog is run on Wordpress instead), and we have a request for help - I know from reading some of your blogs that it's possible - any suggestions?

Thanks

Enabler Teaandcakes

Monday, 12 March 2007

Button


Thanks to Panda, Krafty1's very talented daughter, we have a button for the exchange!

If you'd like to use it please save it yourself rather than linking to the image here. (If you don't know how to do that ask away...)

Thanks a million Panda!

Saturday, 10 March 2007

Questionnaire

Hello

If you've signed up you'll have received an email from us confirming it - if not, don't worry - there's still plenty of time.

We'll send you out your treatee's details by April 9th.

In the meantime though, it'd help us and your treater (who will be a different person to your treatee) a lot if you'd post up the answers to this questionnaire on your blog. It needs to be posted by April 1st at the latest, so there's no rush, but feel free to put it up whenever you want.


Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire

1. What's your favourite type of yarn?

2. What's your least favourite type of yarn?

3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop?

4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do?

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to?

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:
Knitting / Crochet / Other Craft / Food / Home / Fashion / Celebrity Gossip / Garden

7. What items do you like to knit / crochet?

8. Are you allergic to anything?

9. What do you like to* smell of?
(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of)

10. What's your favourite way to relax?

11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first?

12. What do you come out with?

13. Where do you go next?

14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal?

More answers to questions...

Is there a language requirement?

No and yes. We haven't specified that blogs must be in English, but please bear in mind that most people taking part are English speakers - answers to the questionnaire should be posted in English, and if your blog isn't an English Language one then ideally it'll be in a language that Google can translate, or put the Babel Fish Translator on your blog, so that your treater can find out a bit about you and the things that you like.

You'll also need to think about this when buying a magazine for the person that you're treating - the popularity of Japanese craft books with non-Japanese speakers shows that written language isn't always an issue - it's just something to think about.
If you would like to receive magazines like that, where you just want to ogle over the pictures and try and work out patterns yourself, please say so in your questionnaire when you fill it out.

When you are filling out your questionnaire, you should put as much information as you can into it, as this exchange doesn't require people to email each other to ask questions if they are a bit stuck on ideas and such-like. (Of course, you can always ask your treatee if you're not sure about something and they haven't mentioned it in their questionnaire)

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Answers to a couple of questions:

Where's the questionnaire?

It's coming, be patient, oh eager treaters! It's written and ready to go, and we'll post it up a little closer to the closing date.


Do you have a plan for when people flake out on their treatee?

Oh, yes: a big stick!
No, seriously though. The exchange is only for one package - if you don't think you'll be able to manage that please don't sign up.

Occasionally life throws things at us that can't be helped and people may have to withdraw - if you need to drop out for any reason please let us know so we can re-assign people or sort out an emergency rescue package.

Anyone who flakes on their pal and doesn't send a package without letting us know will have their blog* named and shamed here** - be warned!



*Only the blog address - any personal details (real name, mailing address etc.) will only be seen by The Enablers and your Treater and there's absolutely no way we'd post them on a blog, no matter what you did. Promise.

**We will try to contact you first to find out what the story is - this isn't intended to put pressure on people who find themselves in an unexpected crisis, just to embarrass people who receive a package and don't send one out.

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

The Important Stuff

What's this all about?

This is a one off swap of treats for knitters (crocheters can play too).


The Rules

You must have a blog that has at least 10 posts on it, and you should post to it roughly weekly.
You must be prepared to send things internationally. (If this is a huge problem let us know and we'll try to accomodate you)
You must be over 18, as we'll be giving your address to someone.

As this is a one package swap you do not have to have an anonymous email address - you will be required to contact your pal anonymously but this can be by commenting on their blog.


What to Send

Treats you MUST send:
1. Enough yarn for a one skein/small project
2. Magazine
3. Pampering treat - e.g. Hand cream, bath fizzer etc
4. Delicious treat - e.g. chocolate/candy/tea/coffee
5. Your blog address, so your pal can say hello

The yarn and magazine can be from your stash, but must be in good condition (ratty unlabelled skeins and dog eared magazines wouldn't really be a treat to receive!)
Pampering products must be new and unopened.

Minimum spend: $30 / €27 / £18 not including postage

Other treats you could include:
1. Your favourite recipe
2. A pattern to go with the yarn (please respect copyright)
3. Candles
4. Knitting notions
5. Anything else you'd like to treat your pal with


The Time Line

1. Deadline for sign ups: 31st March
2. Questionnaire posted to your blog by: 1st April
3. Matches distributed by: 9th April
4. Make contact by: 16th April
5. Packages received by: 5th May (Please allow time if posting internationally)


How to Sign Up

Send an email to: knitterstreat AT gmail DOT com with the following information:
1. Name
2. Email address
3. Blog Address
4. Mailing Address
5. Country
6. Are you knitter/crocheter/both?


Any questions? Leave us a comment or drop us an email and we'll post up a reply.

Monday, 5 March 2007

Hello!

Welcome to the Knitters Treat Exchange.

Pop back here in the next day or so to find out more and how to sign up!