Group DescriptionIt's that time of year again, when the sun is a little brighter, the air a little warmer, and thoughts turn to... cotton and crochet hooks?
Cheryl, Maryse, Stacie, and I are back and raring to go. We'd love it if you joined us!
THE RULES- PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY AS THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES:
There’s no need to sign up or notify anyone in any way that you intend to swap. Have your potholders at the destination below by April 28th and you’ll be swapping. If they arrive late, they’ll be returned to you. Feel free to participate in the Flickr and Ravelry groups, but it’s not a requirement.
Each participant is required to crochet 3 potholders in the same pattern. Please do vary the colors as you see fit. We don’t want you bored to tears! Be sure your hot pads and potholders measure between 6 and 8 inches across and are double thick. **THEY MUST BE WITHIN THESE SIZE PARAMETERS OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU.** To make a double thick potholder, crochet the same pattern twice, or do a fancy side and a plain side, then join at the edge. Please make your potholders at a reasonably tight gauge. We don’t want burned fingers!
The theme of this year's swap is to produce and receive little pieces of crocheted art. Think of these potholders as objects you would hang on a wall and stare lovingly at, in addition to potholders to actually be used in the kitchen. Use beautiful yarns, surprising color combinations, and intriguing patterns. Challenge yourself to use a new stitch pattern or a finer gauge yarn. That said, don’t feel pressured to use teensy little crochet cotton. Thicker cottons like Tahki Cotton Classic, Rowan Cotton Glace, and Elann Sonata make fancy potholders. Have a ton of fun.
We’ll be using 100% cotton yarns exclusively. No blends, please.
Label each pad/holder with care instructions. Feel free to include yarn and pattern info, your Ravelry name and/or email address, if you'd like to hear from the people who receive your potholders. Affix the label with a safety pin or tie it on. No straight pins, please. We had a lot of trouble with labels coming off during the first swap. We don’t want to accidentally send you one of your own potholders.
These are absolute requirements and if you don’t follow them, you won’t be able to swap.
The Actual Swapping:
After the potholders are received, your hosts are going to get together and have a grand time looking at all of your gorgeous work and selecting 3 different beauties to send back to you.
Return Postage + Envelope:
US participants need to include a self-addressed, postage-paid, large cardboard (15" x 9-1/2") Flat Rate USPS Priority Envelope, as shown. These are free from the post office. You will have to provide it yourself and include it inside your package of potholders. The Flat Rate Priority rate for this envelope is $5.75 anywhere in the US. You will have to purchase the stamp(s) worth $5.75 and affix them to the self-addressed envelope before mailing it to us with your potholders. Postal regulations have changed since the last swap (Don't they always?), so to be sure you receive your package, we require this particular flat rate Priority envelope only. People have trouble every year with a postal employee trying to be helpful and telling them to do something different than what we are saying to do here. Any deviation from this is going to be a hassle for your lovely swappers.
How you mail the potholders TO US does not matter. First class, Priority, Express, or donkey- it's all A-okay.
Non-U.S. swappers, the only way for us to collect postage fees from you is PayPal. We expect packages to weigh under 10 oz., so postage should be between $10 and $15, depending on where you live. You must include your PayPal email address ON the outside of your return envelope, with your address, so that we may email you for your postage fees. If you don’t, we won’t be able to contact you and send your package back. Please note: We’ll be covering your address with a shipping label before mailing, so no one but us will see your email address.
We’ll need to receive your potholders by April 28th. Please mail them to:
P.O. Box 19
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Inspiration + Patterns:
We’ll create a thread in the Ravelry group for pattern and yarn suggestions. Please add to it!
Keep us abreast of your progress, both here and in [the Flickr group]. Talk about yarns, show your in-progress hot pads, and tell us about patterns. This will be a blast!
PM one of the mods of the Ravelry group or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
- Accepted content types: Photos, Images
- Accepted safety levels: Safe