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2015 Stocking Stuffer Swap

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:ctree It’s beginning to look a lot like holiday time! Swap a stocking filled with holiday cheer and get a start on the holiday season with us at Crochetville. :menorah

General Swap Requirements: Each swapper is required to send one holiday stocking (either crocheted or store bought) filled with a maximum of $10 of holiday goodies. The goodies can be either crocheted ornaments, holiday candy, yarn—whatever your partner wants, but please mind the dollar maximum. You can make or buy a small- or regular-sized stocking, and spend more on the stuffing if you like. P.S. Holiday yarn is on sale now, so a stocking can be made for cheap!

If stockings are not part of the holiday you celebrate—never fear! Your partner can use another inexpensive container that is suitable to your celebration of choice; just please provide some direction in your survey (e.g., a blue box for Hanukkah).

And per previous Stocking Stuffer swaps: items you destash from your own supply of yarn or holiday items don't count in the $10 maximum for this swap. So go stash diving! Be creative!


Swap Dates: This swap starts 1 NOVEMBER 2015 and ends 15 DECEMBER 2015. All packages must be received by the ending date, so the mailing deadline for this exchange is 8 DECEMBER 2015. All packages MUST be in the mail by 8 DECEMBER 2015 (mailing deadline).

Remember: Crochetville admin limits Villagers to two swaps at one time. If you are already signed up for two swaps, one must be completed before the Stocking Stuffer Swap starts for you to be eligible to swap. See the Swap Guidelines. A swap will count as completed if you have mailed your final package and delivery confirmation information shows your package has been received OR your swap partner has posted a thank-you in the swap thread.

GUIDELINES:

Here are the rules. Please read them thoroughly before signing up.

1. Please submit a survey if you want to participate in this exchange. (See second post for Survey information.) Surveys should be emailed to the swap coordinator, DesertCrocheter, at patrysia_520 AT msn DOT com. You will receive a confirmation email when your survey is received, and your username will be added to the list of swappers posted below. Surveys can be submitted until noon Eastern zone DST (New York City) on 30 October 2015. N.B.: Please do not send your survey as attachment--attached surveys always make my msn account freeze! Please cut and paste the survey in the body of your message.

2. It is not required that you answer all the questions on the survey (except for name, address, and Crochetville nickname), but it is a good way for your partner to know your other preferences: favorite color, allergies, etc. If you have been in a recent swap, you may want to let the hostess know who your swap partner was, so you are not accidentally teamed again (this has happened).

3. By submitting a swap survey, you agree to follow all Swap Guidelines and general forum guidelines. Please note—there is now a new requirement re: digital patterns.

4. Partner assignments will be e-mailed to you on 1 November 2015. Packages must be POSTMARKED BY 8 December 2015. **Proof of shipping is required whenever it is available (see Swap Guidelines for details), and the delivery confirmation number must be emailed or PM'd to the swap coordinator.** All packages should be received by the end of the swap on 15 December 2015.

5. E-mail the coordinator, DesertCrocheter at patrysia_520 AT msn DOT com, when you receive your partner information at the start of the swap, and when you send and receive your exchange item(s) so that she can keep record of who sent and received. Do not PM her through Crochetville. This is in addition to posting to the swap thread that you mailed or received your assigned partner and your packages. Lots of messages are posted to the swap thread daily. Please don’t make the swap coordinator go through all those messages to see if you sent/received your package!!! Remember, these emails are now required of all Crochetville swappers. Failure to do so will result in the accumulation of reputation points.

6. Please thank your partner for their thoughtfulness when you receive your package. It will make his or her day. **Thank-you’s MUST be posted on the swap thread, but you can post links to your blog for photos, etc., if you choose. Thank-you’s are REQUIRED!!**Please also thank your partner personally with a private email, as well as a post to the swap thread. The private thank-you lets your partner know that their package has been received, and the public thank-you lets the other swappers know what you received and adds to everyone’s enjoyment of the exchange. Both public and private thank-you’s are required.

7. Make sure your postage and receiver's address are correct before mailing. Mark your package with Crochetville Stocking Stuffer Swap. Do not forget that delivery confirmation (or other proof of shipping) is required whenever it is available, and the delivery confirmation must be emailed to the swap coordinator. This provides proof of mailing in case your package is lost during transit.

8. If you have a problem with your partner or an item you receive, please DO NOT post complaints to the swap board. Please PM or email the swap coordinator privately.

9. If your package is not postmarked by the Mailing Deadline of 8 December 2015, you will be subject to the consequences listed in the Swap Guidelines. Please contact the swap coordinator BEFORE the mailing deadline passes if there is a problem.

10. Since we are an international group, everyone is more than welcome to participate. That means that your exchange partner may live across the world and packages may take longer to arrive and cost more to ship. Keep this in mind when mailing items.

11. Most importantly, have fun! Happy Swapping!!


PRIVACY INFORMATION:

The information you provide on your survey is provided to assigned swap partners. Information may also be provided to the Swap Coordinator Leader (DesertCrocheter) and Crochetville administration (AmyS and Donna) for the purposes of swap coordination only. With prior permission, survey information may also be shared with members sending “Angel” replacement packages, if necessary.

IMPORTANT DATES:


October 30: survey deadline
December 8: mailing deadline
December 15: end of swap

 

Happy Elves:

 

#1CrochetFan

alp1

beckyb

hershey038

jessicali

JustAddGlitter

lil_hippie

minwifeof4boys

owlvamp

Peggy85225

segi1974

sopo

TampaDoll

Tiffer93

yarn_monkey

 

Partners:

JustAddGlitter -- beckyb

lil_hippie -- hershey038

JessiCali -- #!CrochetFan

Peggy85225 -- TampaDoll

Yarn_Monkey -- alp1

owlvamp -- minwifeof4boys

segi1974 -- sopo

JustAddGlitter -- Tiffer93

Edited by DesertCrocheter
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:sheepxmas   STOCKING STUFFER SWAP  :kwan

:kinara

 

What is your full name (for mailing purposes only), and C'ville nickname?

Email address for swap information?

What is your mailing address?


Can you send to a foreign partner?

Do you have any allergies? (Smoke, certain scents, food items, cats/dogs, etc)?

Do you, or anyone in your household, smoke?

Do you mind swapping with a smoker?


Do you have cats/dogs, other pets?

Do you have any fiber allergies (wool, mohair, etc)?


What holiday(s) do you celebrate (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, etc.)?

What holiday-related items would you enjoy? E.g. peppermint candies, anything snowman-themed, candles, chocolate gelt, etc.

Is there anything in particular that is cheap and cheery you'd like Santa to bring you?
 

Do you decorate your tree or house in any particular style or color?
 

What are your favorite colors?

Are there any colors you don't like?


What sort of extra goodies would you like to receive? (Tea, coffee, candy, holiday thank you cards, etc.)

Anything else you want your partner to know? Be specific. We want the stocking and its stuffing to be perfect for you and to help kick off your holiday celebrations with a bang!

Anything you want the swap hostess to know? (This information is removed before survey information is sent to your partner. It's kept private and confidential). E.g., a recent swap partner so you’re not partnered again, if someone is your relative, etc.

Have you read all of the swap rules, both for this specific swap and the general swap guidelines? And do you agree to follow these rules?

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Looks like this will be the only swap I participate in this year!! Which is fine - I enjoyed doing this one last year! Off to fill out the survey!!

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I'm in too! It's been forever since I've done a swap so I think this sounds like a good one to come back to!  :)  Off to fill out the survey and maybe try to convince the ladies in the Granny Square group to join in. :D

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Okay, I've been debating on this and thought ,, why not?? It's not too expensive, looks fun and would be a great way to get to know a crocheting sister better!! So , I just sent the survey filled out to you DesertCrocheter!!   Let me know if there is a problem with it and looking forward to the fun!!

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Well, I'm delighted to see some who haven't swapped for a while join us!

 

So you can get your thinking caps on and your eyes peeled for deals while out and about this week. Remember, we all agreed a few years ago that anything in our stashes (yarn, hooks, material, anything at all) was fair game and not included in the $10 minimum on this swap. So if you took advantage of those after-holiday sales last year, hooray! That's all 'free' by our standards! And we all have seen that holiday items have been in store for several weeks now, including holiday craft magazines.

 

But remember, just because this is what I like to think of as a budget-friendly swap doesn't mean we're cleaning out our junk drawers, lol. Read your partners' survey, email them to ask questions, and general chatting here will help you learn more about your partner to create a great, and first, holiday present.

 

Some ideas for stuffers from stuff we all already have lying around:

 

thread snowflakes or candy canes

cosy for a cell phone or book reader or anything else

thread or yarn bookmark

yarn flower (I like to have one on my cross-body purse)

holiday ornament

cotton yarn coasters (in red and white, or green and white, or a mix)

crocheted santas or elves or reindeer

 

Anyone want to share some great items they have received in Stocking Stuffers from years gone by?

 

Patty

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I have not participated in a swap before but if I can figure out how to fill out the survey I would love to.

In answer to your question my thoughts are: tea, flavored instant coffee mixes or hot chocolate mixes, or other craft supplies,(I once received a small kit for making Christmas gift tags a scrapbooking friend put together from her stash of supplies). Happy Halloween!

Pat

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Copy the survey into an e-mail that you send to DesertCrocheter.  Once it is copied to an e-mail, you can answer the questions. 

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I haven't done a swap in I can't remember how long but just sent my questions in. :) Happy happy joy joy  :yay

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:cheer :cheer  I'm in!! Getting so excited!! Since I only did this once about 3 yrs ago (and it was a different kind of swap) - Could any of you that has done this before do like DesertCrocheter mentioned and maybe share with us anything from Stocking Stuffer swaps you have done before? And thank you DesertCrocheter for the ideas!!!

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For new or returning swappers, here's another trick:

 

On the main swap forum page, up at the time, you will/should see a forum entitled archived swaps. That's where all good swaps go after they have been finished. If you select that tab, you can search on 'Stocking Stuffer.' Go the last page of the swap and surf backwards, and you'll see previous swap packages from that year.

 

The last one I did, I received a sweet red and green stocking that my partner had made, and inside was a blue and white furry commercial stocking (blue is my favorite color). I hung that blue one on my bedroom door last year. ( Red and green was hung in the living room).

 

When Tiffany was my partner, I made her a hexagonal motif stocking in pink, black, and white, as those were her favorite colors, and I remember making her 6 red and white peppermint coasters. I really need to make myself a set of those.

 

Of course, if you start stocking up on stuff now (like hooks, or yarn, a magazine, or whatever), its purchase won't count because our swap won't start until November 1, and it's purchases made after the swap start that counts to our $10 goal. Yup, another work around some of us devised in years past, lol. I don't usually go crazy purchasing beforehand (because I don't know my partner's tastes), but a crochet accessories magazine or stitch markers, for example, usually find their way into my cart before the stocking stuffer swap starts officially.

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For new or returning swappers, here's another trick:

 

On the main swap forum page, up at the time, you will/should see a forum entitled archived swaps. That's where all good swaps go after they have been finished. If you select that tab, you can search on 'Stocking Stuffer.' Go the last page of the swap and surf backwards, and you'll see previous swap packages from that year.

 

GREAT idea! I love looking through old swaps anyway, love seeing what everyone puts in their boxes! :D

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More ideas:

 

I always like to throw something in for the kids if my partner has little ones. Stickers or a coloring book are always a welcome treat, I think. Right now they have those silly headbands with snowflakes or antlers or whatever on them, which would be cute.

 

One of my swap partners sent me homemade lavender soap, as this was another of her hobbies. What a treat!

 

And, of course, yarn. My stash is finally getting used up, but I often have one leftover skein from a finished project, and we all love to get yarn. Stashbusting and swapping--woot!

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