Friday, February 29, 2008

The Rules of Engagement...

Okay, in a few moments, I will have all the matches sent out. I'm sorry I haven't done so sooner, but I've been a bit busy with a sicky wife and a hectic work schedule. Luckily, it's all straightened out. First off: I, as head mod of the swap, am bowing out of the game and will be watching from the sidelines in order to keep swap matches even. Now, let the games begin!!! :)

The Rules!

1)Matches will be sent out on Saturday, March 1st, 2008. All packages should then be mailed out by April third. If, by that time, someone has not recieved their package,then they should send me an e-mail notifying me of that fact and I will handle it. I know in most swaps, a gentle reminder by swap buddies is acceptable, but I just think it'll keep bad feelings between swap partners off the blog.

2)Because I am not participating in this round, this is a Mystery Swap, which means that you do not know who has you as a partner and vice versa. After you recieve your swap match, please contact that person anonymously to let them know that you are out there,and continue to do so. I noticed in a lot of swaps that lack of communication between swap partners can also cause some bad feelings, and while I want this to be a Bad (as in Badass) swap, I do not want this to go badly. If it goes well, then that means maybe more folks would become interested and feel free to join in next round!

3)When you send out your packages, PLEASE INCLUDE A LITTLE NOTE LETTING YOUR PARTNER KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN THE PACKAGE. The caps are there, not because I'm yelling at you guys over the internet, but because this is important. People who recieve their swap packages want to thank the senders, and often are unable to because someone has failed to follow this rule.

4) When you recieve your package, PLEASE SEND A NOTE BACK TO THE SENDER LETTING THEM KNOW IT WAS RECIEVED. Once again, not yelling :), but this one is also important. The senders in swaps are almost always agonized with worry that somehow their package will become lost in the mail, so they like to know when they're package has been recieved. Really, they do!

5) Please remember that your spending limit is $40 USD and to try to stick as close to the limit as possible. I know, it's hard, but some people participating in this swap might be on kind of a tight budget so I tried to make it a limit that everyone could achieve. :) Also, remember that each package should have half of that $40 spent on yarn as this is primarily a crochet/knit swap, and then the rest can be spent on whatever little creative, macabre doo-dads you can think of to stick in there!

6) Once you have recieved your package, please, please, please post pictures of it on this blog, your blog and everywhere you can think of so people know that this was a success (which hopefully it is), so more people aren't afraid to try out a new swap!!!

Okay, and that's really all the rules I have to put up here. I'd like to say a big thanks to you guys for giving me the opportunity to host what I hope will be a fantastically fun swap and for being patient with me while I took what seemed to be my sweet ass time getting these matches sent out!

***PLEASE, if any information is missing from the matches that were sent out, or anything is wrong with the matches that were sent out, let me know so I can correct my mistakes. :) This is my first time hosting so I'm really not meaning to screw up. I mean, some of you did get two e-mails from me because I neglected to include something in the original one. Sorry about that. ****

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Happy VD!


Friday, February 1, 2008

UPDATE #2!!!!

Okay, this is the LAST time I'm going to do this, but I'm going to put ANOTHER extension on the sign up date. You now have until February 20th to add your name to the roster. This is a last ditch effort to get more interest going on this swap. However, if we don't get a few more folks interested then I'll be adding a poll to the blog to find out where people stand and whether or not they still want to participate even if it's only a few people! :) Anyway, so if you are just stopping by the blog for the first time, please send an e-mail with the following information in it to me at fiberphiliac(at)gmail(dot)com, or if you're a member of Ravelry, send me a PM with the info in it, okay? Thanks!

This swap is limited to the United States for the moment. We may go international at another date, but for now, USA only. Thanks.***EDIT: This swap is primarily a knitting/crochet swap, but if you do not do either of these crafts, please join anyway and state specifically which other craft(s) you DO do! This is not meant to exclude any Dexter fan that wants to participate! Thanks! ***

1)All packages should have a total cost of about $40.00 before postage, with half the amount you spend being spent on yarn (or an item of use to whatever craft your partner takes part in). Please, stick as CLOSE to this limit as possible. I know, it's hard...especially if you really like to spoil your partners, but we'd appreciate it if you'd try. ;)

2)All packages that you send should contain a variety of things, both crafty, and otherwise, with both Dexter-related goodies, and other little tidbits that you may want to throw in for good measure. Also, there should be a little note of some sort explaining who you are! :)


1. Full Name:
2. Blog address (preferred, but optional):
3. Shipping address:
4. Do you smoke or have pets?
5. Any allergies?
6. Would you be willing to have an international pal?
7. Would you be willing to be a swap angel* if one is needed?

1. How long have you been knitting/crocheting?

2. What other crafts/hobbies do you do?

3. What is your favorite color?

4. Favorite candy or snack?

5. Whatare your favorite scents?

6. How long have you been watching Dexter?

7. Have you read the books? If not, do you want to?

8. Who is your favorite character (besides Dexter) and why?

9. Who is your least favorite character and why?

10. Does the forensic aspect of the show interest you as well as the
plot, or are you just in it for the story?

*Swap angels will only be used if there is an extenuating circumstance and one (or more participants) do not receive gifts from their swap partners. Your duties would be not only to the original pal assigned, but also to your "rescued" partner. This is not a task to be taken lightly, but I would hope that some of you have enough time to dedicate to more than one person if needed!

Please get your application in as soon as possible. Once you have been accepted into the swap, please check back here or on the Ravelry Board (if you are one of the lucky non-waiters) for further information.