The Knitting in France 2017 Birthday Game

Hi there, today’s post is a short one just to talk to you about my upcoming Birthday Game. This year I organised my first ever Knitting in France Birthday Game and it was a lot of fun and so I’m going to do a second edition for 2017.

The idea behind the game is to gift each participant a knitting/spinning/crochet themed Birthday gift. This year we were only 5 so it was easy to organise and it also meant that there was no financial strain for the participants. I’d love it if we got more participants this coming year but I would still keep the group/groups to a limited number of people just to make this more accessible for everyone.

The idea is to include a skein of yarn and/or mini skeins and/or fibre for spinning if the person is a spinner along with maybe sweets or tea, little fun accessories, maybe a paper back you have read and enjoyed or something fandom related, a pattern on Ravelry etc. For 2016 we set a target of around 20 USD per gift. You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive hand dyed skein, you could give one from your stash or make minis from your left overs etc.

Before we begin, I will send out a questionnaire to each participant. Once I get everyones answers back, I compile them into a document that I then email out to everyone. That way we will get to know each other a little better and it will help us choose what to gift each other when the time comes.

If you are interested in seeing the pictures from this years Birthday gifts to see if maybe this could be for you, you can check out the thread in my Ravelry group which you can find here

And if you want to sign up, there is another thread for that in my group as well and you can find that one here

I’d love for you to join the fun. You have until November 19th to sign up. After that I’ll be preparing the questionnaires and sending those out to the participants so we can all get ready for the game. And let me tell you, this was so much fun. I LOVED getting all those knitting and fibre related birthday gifts. The sweets were a real treat as well and just basically everything I received I loved. And it’s not just about receiving, its also about the giving and the plotting and putting together a package for a new friend. Seeing the reactions to your gift, looking at pictures of what the others have received for their birthday and so on. Just an overall fun game and I think we all enjoyed this a lot. And by the way, the DK weight socks I showed you in my last post, they were knit out of yarn that I received in this years Birthday game:)

That’s it for today. Take care and enjoy your crafting. I’ll be back soon because I have a ton of more knitting to share with you all:)

A Birthday gift along/swap – would you be in?

Hi there, this is an idea that I’ve been toying with in my head for a while and I’d really like to put to you and see if any of you are interested in doing this.

The history or back story is that a few years ago I participated in a birthday gift along and it was so much fun.  This was a big group of knitters that was divided up into smaller groups of 10-12 knitters and so basically each month I would send a birthday gift to someone in my group and then in September when my birthday finally came, I got all those knitting related gifts. I think I haven’t had so much fun or gifts on a birthday since I was a kid!!!

And so I’d love to do this again. I’ve been on Ravelry and I didn’t find any I could join nor did I find a Christmas swap or mystery Santa swap I could join either. I guess I’m a little late waking up to this as everything seems to be already closed for entries. So I thought maybe I could organise this myself.

So the idea would be for a birthday swap/gift-a-long for 2016.

How would this work? Well to begin with, anyone interested in joining please leave me a comment below and hopefully we’ll get enough participants to do this. Don’t worry about having to send out multiple gifts each month as my blog is still fairly unknown and read only by a select few knitters such as yourself:) Also, if I did manage to round up a huge number of participants I would divide them up into groups of 10-12 so you would be sending a gift a month on average. You would have to accept international shipping as my readers are from all over.

So if enough people are interested in joining, the next step would be for me to send out a mini questionner for each one of you asking for: your full name and postal address, information about your crafty life (are you a knitter/crocheter/spinner or maybe all three), do you have a favorite fibre/yarn/yarn weight/color? What sort of projects do you mostly do? Are you a gourmet (would you enjoy a little candy maybe with your knitting)? Do you read books and if so what type of books (mystery, thriller, sic-fi (we could include a paper back with the gift) ? Are you a geek? (Dr Who, Star Wars? etc

So a questionnaire so that the other participants can get to know you a little and better chose your birthday gift. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on each gift. You could gift a yarn from your stash, a paper back you’ve enjoyed but won’t be reading again, a set of stitch markers you made yourself and so forth.

I think we could maybe decide upon an approximate amount for each gift so we all “give equally” sort of. Also I could either open a thread on Ravelry to keep track and let you share pictures of your birthday gifts or we could do it here on the blog.

So what do you think? Would this be something you’d enjoy? Let’s say I give you until November 20th to think about it and then I’ll see how many are interested and could go on to making and sending out the questionnaires. (I admit that even if there are less than 10 interested I just might go ahead with it anyway just because I enjoyed it so much that I really want to do this again).

So think this over and let me know if you want to join. And remember, yes you do have to send a gift every month or so but think of all the fun picking the items for each new friend and last but not the least, think of YOUR birthday and all the goodness you can expect to get 🙂

On this note, I’ll leave you to contemplate my offer. Take care until next time