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Old 01-17-2008, 03:06 AM   #21
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Great idea!
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.

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!
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:22 AM   #22
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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?

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Old 01-17-2008, 08:01 AM   #23
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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.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:22 AM   #24
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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.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:44 AM   #25
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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.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:16 PM   #26
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What size is an average afghan square?
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:27 PM   #27
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I like Catz and Karina's ideas!
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:08 PM   #28
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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.
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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!

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I like that idea Libbie!
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