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gargoylelib
01-14-2008, 08:52 AM
Just curious if anyone would be interested in doing a knitted item swap?
I've just seen an afghan squares exchange where each participant knits
let's say 12 squares and then sends to 11 other people so that
everyone ends up with 12 different squares to sew together into
an afghan. It looked like alot of fun and seemed like a brilliant way
to do some stash busting! It didn't matter what type of yarn you
used or what pattern just so long as each square measured the set
size.

Anyway, I'd love to get involved in something like that or if not
something that big then even a sock swap, scarf swap, *insert
knitted item here* swap....haha Just thought it would be fun to
swap some actual knitting....

Any thoughts?

Libbie :)

msmelody
01-14-2008, 09:07 AM
I could go for that. I give away most of my knitting anyway. So at least if I give it to another knitter, they would know the work that went into it.;)

tarrentella
01-14-2008, 09:16 AM
i like that idea. i have several currently unloved random balls of yarn that would just love to be made into freindly swap squares im sure.

miccisue
01-14-2008, 09:22 AM
Sounds nice, but it's not one I'd take part in.
My skills aren't all that fantastic yet, so whatever someone would get from me would be VERY simple and most likely disappointing. Add to that the fact that I work (besides at home) 11 hour days, and just don't have the time to get something whipped out in a limited deadline time.
Just some random thoughts. Don't know if others are in the same situation as me or not, but it might be a consideration......

Samsam
01-14-2008, 06:10 PM
I like the idea! I think something like dishclothes or scarves or even socks (redheadrachel would like that!) can be good ideas. It can also be a learning project for people too! if someone doesn't know how to make something but are willing to learn and have the dedication then they should join. All the people in the swap will be making (for example socks) so they'll be plenty of help for anyone that's having a problem doing something. Plus there's tons of internet resources. :) I love swaps and I think knitting something for someone and possibly learning a new thing, would be a fun challenge

Catz
01-14-2008, 06:22 PM
I'd be up for it when it gets off the ground

YarnKitten
01-15-2008, 02:14 AM
Oh my gods, I would LOVE to ... but I'm such a slacker about stuff, I'd probably never get it done until forever. Add to that ... I really don't like a lot of the knit stuff I've run across for myself, so most of what I would get, I'd probably regift.

sig
01-15-2008, 03:47 AM
I think is a great idea! Maybe we should think of the time, like two months to finish the item. Some of us are not fast knitters... :oops:and when life comes along... hehehe! Anyway, if you guys start this swap i will love to join.

Sunny_Singer
01-15-2008, 05:12 AM
I love the idea of the afghan squares.

I would have to opt out of a sock swap as I haven't mastered dpns yet, nor magic loop.... I have frogged my husband's tie which won't show the ladders about 50 or more times now for I can't figure out why or how I start knitting one way, then reverse so my once knitted side is now purled and the purled side is suddenly knitted.

gargoylelib
01-15-2008, 08:37 AM
Ok, so maybe we should post a poll to see what the most people
would be interested in doing? Anyone know how to do that? hehe
go ahead whoever does. I certainly don't want to exclude anyone and
as Samsam said the idea of it being a knit along is so we can all help
each other out! Also, I think we need to be reasonable with the time
and not expect anyone to belt out anythign too fast... And, for
what it's worth, if we did exchange afghan squares I'd be fine with
receiving a simple garter st or stockinette st square from those who
are still new to the craft.

Anyway, someone who knows how to post a poll maybe put one up
with a few options and see what people would go for....? Also, I
have no idea how to host a swap so if this starts going forward
there would need to be someone who'd want to do it.....:)

Libbie

Lisa_H-Town
01-15-2008, 01:48 PM
I like the square idea, in that, it would be small areas to try something new... I have never done cables, and this would give me an opportunity to try them (or something else), without taking on a whole project... Not that I would be opposed to another item,,, but I am not that efficient of a knitter, or experienced....

Look forward to seeing what happens!!

GiddyKnitter
01-15-2008, 04:14 PM
Count me in xx

Catz
01-15-2008, 04:18 PM
Regardless on what pattern you can knit I think it'll be great to have a blanket made from the squares knitted up by those who've joined in.

oneyarn
01-15-2008, 04:20 PM
Sounds like a great way to use my stash yarn--like the idea of making "blocks" to send. I would be great to have a "blanket" with other knitters work on it.
Count me in.

a.shin.grace
01-15-2008, 04:29 PM
I love the idea of the afghan squares.

I would have to opt out of a sock swap as I haven't mastered dpns yet, nor magic loop.... I have frogged my husband's tie which won't show the ladders about 50 or more times now for I can't figure out why or how I start knitting one way, then reverse so my once knitted side is now purled and the purled side is suddenly knitted.

Hey Sunny, the same thing used to happen to me ALL the time..!! About not knowing if I was on a purl side or a knit side when I come back to my work after a day or so, or even after just a few minutes of playing with the cat!

Learning what the stitches "look like" and the anatomy of how that stitch is put together is a GREAT HELP, but kinda abstract and hard to understand before it all clicks, and believe me it did CLICK. Like, one day I'm all "this will NEVER MAKE SENSE AHHHHHHH" and then all of a sudden I SEE what I'm doing and it makes sense!

Anyhoo. In the meantime, I tried to pay extra attention to which side the tail thread was on from the cast on. Or, weave in to about 2 or 3 stitches on the bottom RIGHT corner (of the right or "correct" or "public" side) and that way I'd always know when the scrap of pink on my green scarf got to the right-hand side I was on the right side of the piece and if it went to the left-hand side I was on the wrong side of the piece.

Sorry if that seemed uber obvious but it took me a while to figure it out!

Oh, and magic look can look REALLLLY intimidating. But it's really not. SOOOOOO much better than DPNs I think. I'm using Silver's sock tutorial doing two toe up on one circular needle to kill two birds with one stone: learning socks, learning magic loop.

Sunny_Singer
01-15-2008, 06:36 PM
And, for
what it's worth, if we did exchange afghan squares I'd be fine with
receiving a simple garter st or stockinette st square from those who
are still new to the craft.

Libbie

Yeah, that would be okay with me, too. If everyone used their own ideas of types of stitches, and patterns, it would add texture and interest to the completed afghans.


Sunny

gargoylelib
01-16-2008, 04:08 AM
Ok, I figured out how to post a poll so if you are interested in this
swap go vote so we can decide what to swap! :)

Thanks...
Libbie

Doodknitwit
01-16-2008, 09:25 PM
scarves would be nice ! simple or not; many choices.. felted purses too. I'm not into afghan squares:waving:

a.shin.grace
01-16-2008, 09:41 PM
Just taking this idea and running with it, lemme know what you think.

How bout taking the 12 squares and dividing it out over the span of a year, one square per month. Each month you send your square to a different person (meaning in for Jan you send to person A, for Feb you send to person B, and you might be getting a square from person G one month then one from person H the next, and so on).

Beginners can work on simple color squares, or simple textured squares, more advanced of us can do image work/more advanced techniques. Depending on how others feel, you could try to mix it up so everyone's final piece will have roughly equal amounts of "newbie squares" and "pro squares." Plus, that way say if one person's not so advanced and makes 12 single color square blocks and recieves 12 crazy intricate detailed work, well... I guess maybe the other way to do it might be to have separate catagories for beginner/advanced?

I dunno, but the 12 and 12 thing caught my eye. It'd be nice to have a themed knit-along-swap, and spread out like that we wouldn't have to make a huge committment with a close deadline, and instead one simple (or complex, depending on your skill level and schedule) afghan square per month which seems a lot less daunting, I think. Though, it would be a greater committment over a long period of time (meaning it would be stinky if a bunch of people dropped out after a few months leaving that same number of people with unfinished throws)...

I dunno, just a suggestion.

I still haven't decided whether or not I'd want to join, I guess it really depends on the final parameters and schedule... The semester just started up again so I don't know if I could commit to anything that large unless it was relatively spread out over a bit of time.

Lisa_H-Town
01-17-2008, 01:25 AM
a.shin.grace.
wow... that sounds like a cool way to approach it... I had expressed curiosity on how it could work in the "Poll" thread ... not sure if you have been to that one yet...

and the timetable would give "newbies" a chance to move "up" from that ... And it would split up the mailing costs. And still allow time to work on other projects....

Unfortunately a very valid concern in the "commitment" factor... But I thought it was a well thought process, if the "right" people were involved...

Side note: not sure how many go to crochetville (I know there are some of you out there), any way... they have a "Hall of Shame" and they keep track when people don't fulfill swap obligations.. and they are forbidden from future swaps until they perform restitution... They one thing I don't like about their "swap rules", is you have to be a member for so long with so many posts... I have been here at KH for almost a year and have half the posts of some people that have only been a member for a few months... I am just pretty shy... PLEASE NOTE: I am not suggesting such a thing here, just thought of it becuz of the topic.

evona
01-17-2008, 03:06 AM
I would love to be part of a knitting swap. Like many others who've replied; however, I am a beginner and I am not that fast of a knitter. :shrug:

I've been learning fast though and I am really into trying new things. I just fear not being able to do a project quick enough. But if its small and newbies like me are given reasonable enough time to get them done I would be so up for it! I like a.shin.grace's idea.

BTW - I've become quite good at scarves if that's the way the swap goes! ;) :happydance:

gargoylelib
01-17-2008, 03:22 AM
The square a month idea sounds interesting! I was actually wondering
about a square a week and suggesting the swap be for 3 months if
we did 12 squares. Some things to ponder! My biggest fear is with
such a large project swap that when someone drops out, as it always
seems to happen, then there are alot of people who end up disappointed.....

My suggestion is we just do the squares as a knitalong and then when
everyone has there 12 squares done divide up for the mailing as this
way if someone drops out their name won't be in the final mailing
scenario. This could pose a problem making sure everyone with allergies is covered and also if not everyone is willing to swap blocks
internationally..... I don't know! :)

Anyone else with suggestions to make this swap fun?

Libbie :)

Samsam
01-17-2008, 08:01 AM
hi great idea. what if we all make our squares out of machine washable yarn? so no surprise felting..and made if eople can't have wool, everyone can knit a few of each type of square in different types of yarns ie i'll make 5 wool ones, 7 cotton. then the ones who can't have animal squares can pick from the other materials. hope tha made sense, opps gotta catch the bus! have a nice day.

Catz
01-17-2008, 08:22 AM
If we do a KAL how about if we do a different square for each month then the ones that are new to knitting can learn different patterns as they progress through the year?

Start off with simple knit and purl and then progressing through to cables and 2 color squares.

Just an idea.

Karina
01-17-2008, 08:44 AM
If the swap is done as a KAL one square a month, could it not be done set pattern starting with something simple, then progressing to something more complicated as we go along. People new to knitting will have the help from others in the swap and could also progress to learn other stitches. Set each month as an individual swap so if somebody did not want to join in for a square just let everybody know before it is started so numbers can be amended.

Eccie
01-17-2008, 12:16 PM
What size is an average afghan square?

evona
01-17-2008, 02:27 PM
I like Catz and Karina's ideas! :thumbsup:

Karina
01-17-2008, 03:08 PM
ECCIE I don't think there is a set size. in the Charity knitting section they knit squares which are 12 inches big. I am working on a blanket for my daughter from the book More Blankets and Throws where all the squares are 6-7 inches. I think we just make up our minds how big we want to make them and take it from there. If Im wrong somebody correct me.
Karina

gargoylelib
01-19-2008, 06:11 AM
Ok, so what if we just start an Afghan Block KAL thread and have
a featured pattern/technique at the start of each month starting
with something basic and progressing to more advanced techniques.
This way a basic knitter can do it and get help and more advanced
knitters can maybe embellish a bit if they want a more complicated
block. This would allow for different people to play host for the kal
each month, if you have a pattern or technique to share then you
be the host of the month. We could cover all sort of techniques:
cables, lace, intarsia, texture patterns, etc.
Then at the end of the the 12 months you either have a
completed afghan for yourself or 12 squares to then enter into a
swap.

If we did it this way there would be no pressure to get something
finished by a deadline and would leave time for all the other knitting
projects I know everyone has...I can not be the only knitter with a
project list 2 miles long...right!!??

What do ya'll think...sort of puts the swap part on hold for this
particular idea but that doesn't mean there can't be other knitting
swaps!

Libbie :)

Samsam
01-19-2008, 10:23 AM
I like that idea Libbie!

Karina
01-19-2008, 01:47 PM
I like that idea too. will take the pressure off deadlines and won't stop people from other countries to join in because of postage prices etc.

evona
01-19-2008, 07:40 PM
I am down with the Afghan Block KAL thread too, Lib! When will it start? Beginning of Feb?

YarnKitten
01-19-2008, 08:28 PM
Oh man, I wish I was getting in on this with you guys. I'm so short on cash, I'm buying bit by bit (credit card is almost paid off though!) and not always able to just out and pick up more yarn, so the stuff I have here now is already slated for projects. (Armwarmers, illusion socks, a scarf ..)

Good to luck to everyone! I'll try to check in and see how you guys are going.

gargoylelib
01-21-2008, 04:23 AM
I am down with the Afghan Block KAL thread too, Lib! When will it start? Beginning of Feb?

I guess if I'm the one starting it then yeah, I'll wait until Feb 1 to
start the official KAL thread so we can just follow the regular
months as our guideline for when to introduce the next technique
and/or pattern :)

Oh man, I wish I was getting in on this with you guys. I'm so short on cash, I'm buying bit by bit (credit card is almost paid off though!) and not always able to just out and pick up more yarn, so the stuff I have here now is already slated for projects. (Armwarmers, illusion socks, a scarf ..)

Good to luck to everyone! I'll try to check in and see how you guys are going.

YarnKitten, you are welcome to join along whenever you want. There won't be a cut off. You might want to check in with us
occasionally as I really hope to have lots of information for each
technique we do so that hopefully we will all learn a bit while having
fun knitting!

Libbie :)

Karina
01-21-2008, 06:46 AM
where will the patterns come from. Will you decide on a stitch pattern and then let people decide for themselves how many repeats they want to do and how large they want to make it. I want my afghan to be nice and chunky so have already bought some super chunky denim from ebay at half price to use for this project.
YarnKitten, I imagine that one skein of yarn would be enough for a block, you could always see what is on special and buy one or two as and when you can. you could make all the block different yarn. so you would have different patterns colours and textures. a feast for your senses.

gargoylelib
01-22-2008, 05:25 AM
where will the patterns come from. Will you decide on a stitch pattern and then let people decide for themselves how many repeats they want to do and how large they want to make it. I want my afghan to be nice and chunky so have already bought some super chunky denim from ebay at half price to use for this project.
YarnKitten, I imagine that one skein of yarn would be enough for a block, you could always see what is on special and buy one or two as and when you can. you could make all the block different yarn. so you would have different patterns colours and textures. a feast for your senses.
Not sure what everyone else is thinking but my thought is to just
suggest a technique at the start of the month (i.e. intarsia, cable,
lace, etc) and then let everyone choose their own pattern. Maybe if anyone has a link to a pattern they like they can post it. As a few people suggested it, I was thinking for thee first month doing a very basic square to get us kicked off. Do a quick walk through on how to determine gauge and use the info from your gauge swatch to get started on your first square. After that, well anyone who wants to suggest things are more than welcome!

Libbie :)

Lisa_H-Town
01-22-2008, 02:49 PM
another resource could be Lion Brand Website... I know I get their emails and each time there is a "stitch of the week" (or month?)

The last few have been crochet, but I would think the others (there were lots of knit) would be archived?

It's free and anyone could access by signing up... Just a thought.

Karina
01-22-2008, 04:19 PM
Thanks Lisa-H-Town will check it out.

kimmypooh
01-22-2008, 05:09 PM
I think this is a great idea. I am a new knitter so it will give me a chance to try new things. And how great would it be to have an Afghan made by people from all over! I think it would be a great keepsake. But i would think it might be best to use at least worsted weight or fatter yarn, so they will be nice and warm. I have already learned so much from this group, cant wait to learn and share more. :grphug:

a.shin.grace
01-22-2008, 06:57 PM
If we go ahead with this one a month for a year plan, I'm in..!!! Like kimmypooh said, I'm a new enough of a knitter than having a guide/plan to follow month by month will be great for learning new techniques without committing to a HUGE project. One afghan square a month will be do-able, and I'm uber excited for the final product!

Is there an official sign up yet or is this still in the brainstorming phase?

Karina
01-23-2008, 07:04 PM
I think gargoylelib will start it off in the beginning of feb with an easy beginner square. and if anybody wants to jump in and come up with an idea for march etc as the year goes by. Hopefully we will all be expert knitters by the end. i imagine that a new thread will have to be started when we start.

a.shin.grace
01-24-2008, 01:29 PM
Wooohooooo!!!! I can't wait!

I've started up a stitch marker swap, registration ends the 31st, markers mailed by Valentines Day. So sign up now, get yourself some sweet hearts and get ready for a year of afghan squares!

I don't mean to derail this thread or whatnot, but for those of us planning to participate, this might give us something to do in the meantime to prepare, ya know? Have a beautiful set of 25 markers made by yourself and 4 other (random) KH members, right before starting an adventure to make yourself a KH-community-made afghan. =]

This sounds like so much fun!

kozyknitter
02-02-2008, 06:39 PM
I would love love love to swap. I know this was posted a couple of weeks ago, but it would be great to swap something. How many people have said they'd like to do this? Is it Afghan worthy yet? :-) It's kind of hard to remember what I've logged on to read and what I haven't, so if you're comfortable e-mailing me, I check daily: keyla773@yahoo.com. My 9-yr-old daughter is catching the knitting bug now, so I'm sure she'd even like to take part. Let me know either way. It really sounds like fun.

gargoylelib
02-08-2008, 10:44 AM
Someone mentioned I should post a link to the KAL thread that
we started on Feb 1 for those interested! :) We are doing an
Afghan Block a month KAL found here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74944)!

Libbie :)