Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Knitters Lace Swap - The Rules

We've had a few questions about the interpretation of the guidelines for this swap. Personally, I prefer anarchy, but since we don't want this event to run feral we've come up with some general rules.

WHAT IS LACEWEIGHT YARN?

The term laceweight is quite discretionary, and it ranges from fingering weight right through to the gossamer cobweb yarns. Experienced lace knitters may want to try some cobweb weight yarn, which would probably be not the best choice for a newbie lace knitter. Fingering weight yarn can make lovely lace projects and could be an ideal choice for a beginner.

So, rather than get bogged down in the semantics - let's firstly say that your judgement and common sense should prevail. Ask your match questions, and try to match your gift to your recipient.

If you feel good about what you're sending and you think your match would like to recieve it, then you can't do any better than that, can you?



NOTE -YOU'RE THE MYSTERY, NOT THE YARN


Many laceweight yarns come on cones which have miles of yardage on them. Jaggerspun Zephyr, for example, is a ubiquitous and wonderful 50/50 wool silk laceweight yarn sold predominantly on cones.

It is perfectly all right to wind 1200 yards or so off a cone of yarn and send it to your match, as long as you can identify what you're sending.

We do ask the following; as a courtesy to the recipient as much as anything else. Please weigh/measure your wound-off yarn and provide a written information card which states

APPROX WEIGHT/YARDAGE
FIBRE CONTENT/BRAND
NEEDLE SIZE/GUAGE INDICATION



PATTERN CHOICE


Once again this is up to you. Bear in mind the skill level of your recipient, or send them something to aspire to - it really is up to you.

Some patterns are sold only as pdf files, by all means you can send these to matches if you have purchased them for the purposes of this swap and you're not violating any copyright laws.

IMPORTANT POINT - COPYRIGHT
Please take the time to make yourself aware of copyright laws and the reasons behind them. As knitters, and particularly as knit bloggers, we often see how much effort goes into designing knitting patterns, it really is not good form to do the wrong thing in this area.

FINALLY

I DEMAND THAT YOU HAVE FUN.

This is a great opportunity to get the impetus something you may not have thought yourself capable of doing before.

Enter into the spirit of the swap, be friendly with your match.

And most importantly, remember the fundamental law of karma: What goes around, comes around.

Happy days everone!



COMING SOON .......

A list of lace resources on this site later this week (pattern source, yarn sources, free pattern links etc etc)

Matches sent out next week

Participants list in the sidebar

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wondering,do you have to have a blog to join this?

~Pippi~

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Hi Pippi!
You don't need a blog to join in.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

Hi, as a knitting designer who sells pdf's, I'd like to let everyone involved in this swap that I am more than happy to e-mail patterns to swap pals. Just e-mail me directly. AND I'm having a sale until August 4th.

Miriam Felton
new blog address: http://www.mimknits.com/wordpress

1:55 AM  
Blogger Cece said...

Sign me up!

5:08 AM  

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