....a like minded gift exchange for those who knit & crochet in a punk state of mind...
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Knitting Makes Me Punk Because...
I make things (some of which I can actually wear on my person) with bits of string and pointy sticks. Note that said sticks can be used as weapons if, say, someone tries to accost me while on the subway. Or so I like to fantasize. (Frankly, I'd rather poke them in the eye with a molten hot glue gun, but there's nowhere to plug in a glue gun on the subway.)
And I can make things like this with aforementioned bits of string and pointy sticks:
Not to mention, it really doesn't require much skill to knit something basic, like a scarf or a hat. This is the first yarn I ever spun and my first-ever knitting. I still wear both this scarf and this hat.
You can take an image you like, chart it, and then knit it, like Ignignokt. (Chart here.)
Or, you can take a pattern and make your own thing out of it. This is the S'n'B Alien Illusion Scarf with a sort of Alien Armada thing (chart here) going on in the middle.
THESE ARE THE RULES - THEY ARE NOT OPTIONAL - IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM - DON'T SIGN UP!! IT'S NOT VERY PUNK, BUT ITS REALITY!! If you like, you can do more these are the basic minimum guidelines!!
$25.00 MINIMUM - you can spend more if you like, but you have to spend this! This is a $50 total exchange commitment before postage.
CONTACT YOUR PAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK - YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE EXCHANGE IF YOU DON'T - its nice, it lets them know you care. And be polite and respond to your pal. If you are nicer, you may get more gifties!
THIS IS A HALF SECRET/HALF OPEN EXCHANGE! You will be a secret punk pal till your first box is received, then it will be an open exchange from there.
POST WEEKLY ON YOUR BLOG - and it would be nice if occasionally there was a knitting or crochet or crafting entry, too. It helps your pal know what you like and again, it will get you better gifties! And post your gifties on your blog in a timely manner. Pals like it when you say thank you!
This exchange is only open to knitters and crocheters (?? is that a word? those who crochet....you know what I mean!) You must knit or crochet to participate, have a blog and be a little punk in mentality.
If you can't/don't follow these rules you will be kicked out of the exchange. I hate to be a hard ass, but I will be! Its only fair to all the good pals out there. So if you join, please play by the rules. If you have something happen and you can't play after joining, please e-mail me so that other arrangements can be made. Anyone who just bails will be blackballed for all future exchanges. And yes, the list started with the last one - lets not add any more names!
Please be conscious with International Pals that you need to send boxes earlier, so that your pal receives her gifts about the same time as the rest of us. The mail service has gotten better but it is still 10 to 15 days behind domestic mail service.