Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
1. The swap will be once a year, not twice. I think that is one thing that has contributed to my slight burnout. Plus I think fall is a great time of year for a coffee swap. So from here on out, October will be swap time.
2. I need co-hosts. I think this is the best way to keep it from getting too crazy for me but also keeping it personal and open to lots of people. I would like to get three to four people to help me out, with each person handling about 30-40 people. My only question is how many people to open the swap up to. Is 200 too much? Last time I capped out at 112. I'm afraid that if there are too many, the blog won't be as much fun as it gets hard to keep track of people and remember who is who.
If you'd like to be a host/ess, here's what I'm looking for:
Someone who realizes it takes a lot of time to do a good job with it, who will not flake on me! You need to be online just about every day for the duration of the swap.
Someone who has done the swap before and participated in the blog, has a lot of swap experience or a long standing blog. I only say this because I know how easy it is to be excited about something on a blog, sign up, and drop it when life gets hectic. So I really need to know that whoever helps will seriously be on board.
If you think you meet all these requirements, e-mail me at coffeeswap AT yahoo.com
3. I need buttons for "Knitters' Coffeeswap 3" so if you can do that, e-mail them to the above address.
4. I need prizes for the contests. We had a lot of great stuff last time! Let me know if you'd like to donate.
5. The swap will open for sign ups October first and not a minute before. I know you're excited but please don't try to sign up early. I will make you wait and sign up again anyway:-)
I think that's it for now. Keep your eyes out for further announcements. In the meantime, if you're looking for something fun I've got a blog contest going on right now, so come on over to Knittymama for the Sow the Seeds contest!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I hope you've been having a wonderful summer. It's already time for me to start thinking about our next swap, but before I post a few ideas about that I wanted to make sure that everyone is settled from the last swap. I had a few people who needed angels and a few who thought they might but then said their package was on the way. Did everyone get a package? I don't want anyone to be left feeling glum about their experience with this swap.
Moving on to FALL SWAP INFO!!!! ( I know you are excited about this, but don't sign up quite yet:-)
Their will be a fall swap (October) and this might be the last one I do, not sure yet. The first swap wasn't that tough as I limited it to about 50 people so it felt very manageable. This last one was well over a hundred and as much fun as it was, it took my life over a bit for quite awhile and I still don't feel like it is quite wrapped up yet. So here's what I'm thinking of:
-Keeping it open to a bigger group but using Swapbot to do the matches. This would be easier for me but then I can't try to match people up with similar interests, allergies, needs, international, etc.
-Limiting it to 50 again. This means a lot of people get left out and I like to include everyone as much as possible.
-Not being a total control freak and realizing that I should get a couple co-hostesses who have done the swap before, preferable with swap experience. My only worry with this is that someone will volunteer and either flake or just not do that great of a job with it.
Okay people, now is when you bombard me with ideas and suggestions! :-) I know there will be lots!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
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Look at all the stuff she sent: a super-cute, giant tote bag; two bags of coffee from roasters in her town; chocolate; huckleberry jam; 4 bars of jasmine and sandalwood scented soap; coffee-themed stitch markers; and two beautiful skeins of hand-painted merino yarn!
Thank you, Ida - you truly are an angel! And Happy (belated) Birthday!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Also, if you didn't get your package now's the time to let me know as I'll be wrapping this all up soon. Once I do I won't be checking the swap e-mail that often, so don't get left in the cold! :-)
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Now I'll add this: please, please, please....if you have not sent your pal a package please do so now, let them know it's coming and let me know it's coming. Or at least, e-mail me and let me know what the heck happened.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
It certainly brought a smile to my face when I opened the package.
Once I opened it, I found lots of wonderful treats inside. A wild blueberry scone mix, a container of Hit Cookie, Creme Brulee flavored coffee (creme brulee is my favorite dessert, so I'm looking forward to having some of the coffee soon), a knitting diary and of course, yarn! Enclosed were two skeins of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (in a color I love) and it's so soft. And a skein of Sockotta. This is a cotton/wool/nylon mix and a sock yarn that I've not yet knit with before. The sock yarn is in colors I would normally not choose, but yet I was immediately in love with. These will make a great pair of summer socks!
Thanks again Kathy!
Monday, July 02, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
I loved everything in my package. Thanks Angela! You really know how to hook a person up!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thank you again, Becka!
Monday, June 18, 2007
What's in it:
Rowan's Rowanspun 4 ply, Bazic wool super wash in green, and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in light pink. As well as soft stitch ring markers and Pocky milk chocolate biscuit sticks. I love the coffee! Javana's Caramel Swirl. Mhmm. It's deliscious. I already had a cup!
Friday, June 15, 2007
So....You all can see that my wonderful swap buddy Mandie went above and beyond. Delicious coffees, one named Jamaica Me Crazy! Yummy candies for my 7 year old and chocolaty goodies for me.
Adorable hand made, coffee/knitting themed stitch markers she crafted herself.
AND I get to custom color my yarn!!!
Thanks for a wonderful swap KnittyMama and Mandie - You are sucha cool chick.
I know we will remain in touch. You are awesome.
Thank you for everything. You're Wonderful ;)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
While the decision was NOT easy - I truly wish there could be prizes for EVERYONE who entered, alas, that is not the case! So, with great difficulty I have selected 3 winners!
Emicat with her entry of Louet Gems Mocha Latte Anklets! Wow, what perfect yarn and what a perfect pattern!
Dawn with her Shetland Humbug Mocha Capp - I love the roving - that will spin up into some amazing yarn (I am resisting learning how to spin, but this fiber may just pull me in!!)
Susan with her "Cup O' Joe - Something Coffee" suggestion - I love all of Wendy B's designs and I have on my list Wendy's "Something Red" sweater - I love the twist on this, and I am sure Wendy will as well!
Okay, ladies - please email me at email@example.com and I will get your prizes out to you.
Thanks to everyone for participating in this final contest!!
Now, I am off to have an iced latte - my new office is right next door to Starbucks - how awesome is that!?!
Later from your Contest Mistress Kat!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I won't list out all the wonderful things that came in the package ... you'll just have to come over to my blog to see all the wonderful things that Jenni sent to me. The heat had it's way with some chocolate - but I'm sure it'll still be delicious.
Thanks knittymama and enjoy Estes Park!
This is ao lovely! The coffee delicious! The chocolate creamy! The yarn I'm desparately searching for a shawl pattern - oooooooooooo I can't wait!!!
Joko, it was a pleasure shopping for you and thank you so much for my wonderful parcel.
This was my first swap and I'm delighted that I was allowed to be a part of it!
Looking forward to the next swap!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Now for some business:
As of today, you should have received your swap package. Delays are understandable, but please let your swap partner know if you're running behind and let them know the ETA. If for some reason your partner has gone missing on you, please e-mail me asap.
Contest Number Three is now closed. You guys did a fabulous job sharing yarns and patterns. I've got a bunch of new ones on my "to knit" list now! The winners should be announced later on this week.
I will be offline starting this Thursday for awhile, as I'm off to Estes (anyone else going?) I'll be getting back to e-mails later on in the month.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Missing in this pic is a bar of very very dark chocolate. It was dissolved in my dark roast coffee. wow what a treat. The chocolate didnt last very long, actually the bar of chocolate pictured here is half gone too.
I had so much fun with this swap, thank you for letting me be a part of it.
The yarns she sent are gorgeous! She sent four balls of Ovation Kid Mohair and Silk in a beautiful lavender shade, two balls Idena Mohair Lux in a varigated multicolor pastel and two balls of watermelon colored Fleece Artist yarn that she hand-spun herself from Fleece Artist roving. I'm a mohair nut and I love the colors she sent me. I'll probably make a shawl from the Ovation and maybe or hat and scarf or two from the others. I was getting antsy too - my mohair stash is down since I started working on a mohair sweater over the weekend so this arrived just in time.
But that's not all. She also sent me a box of snickerdoodles which I never had before but they have cinnamon in them so I know they're good - love cinnamon - and a tin of irish coffee flavored sugar for my coffee.
Thanks so much for everything, Lisa and for being such a great swap partner!
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Granted, this color is no longer available, but Adrian's colorways are always stunning, so it's hard to go wrong.
As for the pattern, I'm planning on making Monkey. And let me tell you, I'm having one heck of a hard time restraining myself from casting on for these. I really want to see how this color works up.
As I thought through a coffee-themed sweater, the color and the pattern became the beans, the yarn-weight morphed into the water and the foam rose to the top--I wanted a sweater to wear while I drank my coffee and knit. I wanted it to capture the essence of the most blissful moment of my day. I wanted the calm, gentle, soothing sensation to be available to me in places neither coffee, nor knitting friendly.
I would knit my sweater out of Twisted Sisters "Zazu", a hand-dyed, fingering weight merino wool. When I fondled it at my LYS, it was all over for me. Its soft hand reminiscent of the sleepy warmth of my bed and the smooth blend of color evoked thoughts of my favorite earthenware coffee cup. Tactile--check. When I found these colors, the visual clicked.
On the right is "Mink", a rich dark roast to replace the black. On the far right is "Corriander" from the lower half of the blurry INSPIRATION pic at the top. The creamy natural (not pictured) would stay the same as the original.
It would become a fantastic, wear always and forever, mitered jacket by Marianne Isager.
Enter that imp we call Practicality. Pointy lapels. Hmmm. Where do they point? Perhaps not. "Upgrade" the pattern. Nope. Comfy, not dressy. T-shirt, blue jeans and barefoot--who cares where the lapels point anyway. The leftovers would become Enterloc socks.
And fantasy has blurred into reality. I'm swatching the "Corriander" Zazu and "Natural" Gems Pearl. The "Mink" has been ordered. I'll probably finish it for KCS IV. :b
Friday, June 08, 2007
My swap pal Laurie took so much care in putting it all together. She put in extra info about the yarn and coffee. It's just like mid-year Christmas! Thank you Laurie, and thank you Knittymama for arranging this swap! It was my first online swap and it was a fantastic experience.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Thank you Knittymama for hosting this wonderful coffee/knitting swap. This was my first forage into the world of swaps and it has been a fantastic experience. I hope to keep in contact with my swap pal long after the swap has finished.
everybodies gifts look amazing they really do!!
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Ok, the contest. I don't often buy brown or earth colourways, so this was an easy one. There is only one brown colored yarn I have to try some day, it is Fingering weight Buffalo Gold, and you can find it here http://www.kyarns.com/buffalo-gold-bison-artisan-yarn-fingeringd-weight-yarn.html
the pattern I want to knit in this yarn is the Wavy Feathers Qiviut scarf by Caryll Designs, and the free pattern is available at http://www.carylldesigns.com/wavy_feathers_scarf.htm
Thanks for such an enjoyable swap.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
update: I was going through box before trashing it and found the sweetest Sheep magnet...almost didn't make it.Thank you Sydney!!!
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I got my swap loot from my partner, Dandy (Vicki), the other day, and such a wonderful package it was! Two kinds of coffee- Kona and Coconut Cream (shared and much appreciated!), some melon-mint gum, a sheepy pad and pen, a quickly devoured Toblerone bar, a neat set of fairy notecards/ papers, a nice, heavy-weight coffee mug, some pretty in pink stitchmarkers ... all great stuff!
But, the yarn? Truly lovely! A small, handspun, Kool-Aid dyed skein that is a rainbow delight, and a wonderful, huge skein of coffee with cream-colored yarn, that is soft and lovely! That has been earmarked for something challenging and pretty just for me! Thanks so much Vicki!