Originally founded & hosted by Hello Yarn & her good friends, the Annual Potholder Swap is going into its 4th year, over the past years it has become a kitchen phenomenon, last year hundreds of potholders were swapped! Have a look at the awesome flickr photo pool from the past exchange! This year due to other obligations the Hello Yarn team has decided to pass the potholder torch (for this year) over to Eve & Michele at the sister group, the Annual Dishcloth Swap to guest-host! ..SO LADIES & GENTS…TIME TO GET YOUR POTHOLDERS ON!
There are Ravelry forums full of fun chatter & photos for this swap here (the annual dishcloth swap turned this years potholder swap group) & here (the original annual potholder swap group, coming back to life next year!) Not a Ravelry member? Maybe something new to try for this 2012 !?! (The ultimate online community space for all things knit & crochet :)
But you DON’T have to be on Ravelry or part of any group to play! It’s open to everyone, you just have to make sure your knit or crochet potholders fit the rules & are at headquarters by April 21st!
There’s no need to sign up or notify anyone in any way that you intend to swap. Have your potholders at the destination below by April 21st and you’ll be swapping. If you don’t have them there on time, they’ll be returned to you. Feel free to participate in the Flickr and Ravelry groups, but it’s not a requirement.
Each participant is required to crochet 5 potholders in the same pattern. Please do vary the colors as you see fit. We don’t want you bored to tears! Please be sure your hot pads and potholders measure between 6 and 8 inches across and are double thick. THEY MUST BE WITHIN THESE SIZE PARAMETERS OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU. To make a double thick potholder, crochet the same pattern twice, or do a fancy side and a plain side, then join at the edge. Please make your potholders at a reasonably tight gauge. We don’t want any burned fingers!
We’ll be using 100% cotton yarns exclusively. No blends, please.
Label each pad/holder with maker and care instructions. Feel free to include yarn and pattern info. Affix the label with a safety pin or tie it on. No straight pins, please.
These are absolute requirements and if you don’t follow them, you won’t be able to swap.
The Actual Swapping:
After the potholders are received, your hosts are going to get together and have a grand time looking at all of your gorgeous work and selecting 5 different beauties to send back to you.
The goal of this swap is to produce and receive little pieces of crocheted art. Use beautiful yarns, color combinations, and patterns. Don’t feel pressured to use teensy little crochet cotton. Thicker cottons like Tahki Cotton Classic , Rowan Cotton Glace, and Elann Sonata make great potholders. Have a ton of fun.
Postage + Envelope:
US participants need to include a self-addressed, postage-paid, large First Class Envelope. You also need to provide your own Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE). Please do NOT use those super-bulky 1/4” thick full-of-shredded-insulation type envelopes for the SASE, as they will cause over-weight and require extra postage (the envelopes themselves weigh 3 ounces or something ridiculous). Best are plastic envelopes or Tyvek®-style (though NOT the free priority ones the PO provides). Please put the P.O. as the “sent from” address on the SASE. Do not leave it blank – the USPS will not accept a package without a return address. AND, if the return address and the mailing address are the same and the postage is short your package will get stuck in the DEAD MAIL box (details, details…I know…snooooooze).
The current first class rate for a large envelope weighing up to 13 oz. is $3.75. We will make sure all packages stay under 13 oz. so that we’re sure your postage is covered. You will have to purchase the stamp(s) to cover this.
Also, as much as we love people sending us cash, do not send cash for postage instead of buying your own stamps. Your return envelope should be complete: mailing address, return address and adequate postage.
We’ll need to receive your potholders by April 21st. Please mail them to:
PO BOX 1492
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91012