Stitch Swap time!

Seeing Jenny Hart’s post about her Tea Towel Tour, plus some other stuff, has me inspired to swap. And by the way, the towel-tour is an example of small business done right. As an preliminary test of her new product, Jenny:

…sent out a sample tea towel, chain-letter style, to 12 loyal Sublime Stitchers from the Sublime Stitching Craftster Forum to get their respected approval for size, weight, absorbancy and general stitchability.

After she got their thumbs-up, she went forward with the product. Talk about great customer service! Ok, back to the swap part of this post title. I’m going to be putting together the first Cleveland Swap-O-Rama-Rama when our new workshop space is open, as a kind of celebration and fun, stitchy thing to do. But since I can’t wait that long, I had another swap idea last night while spinning some fiber I got from Pippi. Why not have a 3-way mail swap where one person would make an item, pass it on to a second for additions/alterations/etc and then it goes to a third person?

Here’s the scoop. There will be two separate swaps going on simultaneously, each with its own mailing list. #1 will be hosted here, and #2 at the AlterNation blog. You can sign up for either or both. Stitch Swap #1 is the knitting-and-fiber oriented swap, Stitch Swap #2 is the sewing-and-embroidery oriented swap. Here’s the signup for #1. See this post at AlterNation for #2.

I’m going to limit the swap to 25 participants in this round, so sign up quickly! I’ll go by timestamp, and manually remove those of you who aren’t in the first 25. Once you’re on the list, I’ll gather your addresses, etc, and mail you the info to get started on your swap project. As swap moderator, only I will have access to all the addresses, so no worries there.

Name: Email:

Sheepless in Seattle

(Sorry, Amy. I couldn’t help the joke when I read about this swap, it’s the first thing that came to mind!)

Announcing the First Sheepless Yarn Swap from Interweave Press

Just in time for summer knitting, Interweave Press is celebrating the launch of Amy R. Singer’s No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights by organizing the first Sheepless Yarn Swap.

Registration is open until May 1.

Perhaps you are allergic to wool, don’t like how it feels against your skin, or just don’t wish to use anything that came from an animal? Or maybe you prefer knitting with cooler plant-fiber yarns for hotter weather? Do you want to meet other fiber fans who feel the same way?

Participants in the No Sheep for You Secret Pals Skein Swap will receive two skeins of nonwool yarn—one in June and one in July 2007—from their anonymous secret pal; they also mail two nonwool skeins in two months to their assigned pal.

You can listen to an interview with Amy here. When I get a second, I have to do a full-on review of this book for the site, but the short version is: it is absolutely brilliant, whether you have allergies like Amy or just like to take on new fiber challenges.

I don’t think I need to tell any of you how much I like these fibers — my alt-fibers class and upcoming book (which has been in the works for many, many moons now) are so fun to teach and design for, and now that many more companies are incorporating soy, bamboo, etc into their products, there is such a wide range of yarns to choose from. When I first started getting into soy yarns — spinning and knitting a hat for a vegan friend of mine — I had no idea how popular they’d become! Lucky us.

There’s also a No Sheep knit-along, if you’re interested.