Double Crochet Secret Pals

Friday, March 03, 2006

Too Many Thoughts; Need Dumbledore's Pensive

I woke up this morning wondering about a few ideas regarding how the Secret Pal swaps have run in the past. I'd like your feedback on two thoughts that have been swirling around in my head. 1. The $25 spending limit I think this amount is totally understandable for the Single Crochet swaps, but for the experienced swapper, I think it should be increased, or at least be set as the minimum. Exceptions can be made for international swappers because I know how expensive air-mail can be! Yikes! 2. This may sound pathetically lazy coming from a co-coordinator...but what do you think about picking your own Secret Pal? Would you like to have some control in whom you spoil and surprise, or do you prefer to leave it up to the seemingly randomness of your assignment? Or option numero 3: Leave well enough alone! Let sleeping dogs lie! Don't upset the apple cart! If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and so on.


At 3/03/2006 06:07:00 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

1. I am planning to use the $25 as a minimum and will more than likely go over. I am sure you or I will not police the people that went over the limit, ha ha. However, not everyone is able to be so flexible in their budget and I would hate for someone to feel they can't participate because they can't go over the $25 swap amount.

2. Mass craziness. That is what you would get if everyone got to pick their own partner. I think that would be a little difficult, especially if more than one person wants the same swap partner.

What we might be able to do is leave a spot on the sign up form on who you would want to have as a pal, if you had a choice and then as the coordinators were swapping names we could take that into consideration.

At 3/03/2006 06:18:00 PM, Blogger Natalie said...

Hmm - I definitely think that to do a good spoiling, even over a two month span, $25 should be the absolute minimum you're spending. I think every swap I've been in I've gone over the limit... Which isn't to say everyone should be like me, of course - but I think $35-40 is still really reasonable when you think about it. It's less than $5/week, total.

As for picking your own pal - as much as I would like to spoil someone I know, or pick who I send to, or whatever - I think often times alot of the fun is making a new friend and learning new things about someone. It encourages me to keep reaching outside my safe little online clique, and I like that! Plus, it'd be a ton harder to keep yourself secret to someone who probably knows you pretty well already.

And what if they ended up being disappointed? Wouldn't that be doubly as rough?

Just my $.50 worth, LOL...

At 3/03/2006 07:15:00 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Well, here's my 2 cents :). I think a minimum, instead of a maximum of $25 would go over better that just outright raising the bar. I too would hate to see someone not participate because the minimum was raised to say $30 or $40.

I like the not knowing who I'm getting as a secret pal because I like to get to know other people that I otherwise may not have know and it that the purpose of getting a secret pal?!

At 3/04/2006 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Alison said...

I agree with the consenses of $25 being minimum - convert it to serling & you will see my problem! I think uou have a wider range of great yarn, patterns and accessories in the US at relatively lower prices.
Also - pick my own SP? not sure if that works. Also it's nice geting to know a new person. The other thing is that you could pick your own only to find you've picked a duffer!
That's my bit!
Is there a clever soul who could write a random generator code for the computer?

At 3/04/2006 10:44:00 AM, Blogger Deneen said...

I think going higher than $25 would make some people feel left out. Postage alone makes it tough for some people. I end up spending more, but that's okay cause I spread it out usually and make sure I get 1-2 items the person really wants or I think they need (LOL).

Pick your own partner, what are you crazy! Mayhem I tell ya!

At 3/04/2006 11:30:00 AM, Blogger The Shrone said...

Writing the code for a random pal wouldn't be that difficult. Just tweak some code already written for random output. A separate one would have to be made for those willing to ship internationally since a basic generator wouldn't be able to account for that variable.

I think what would help is to add on the questionnaire sign-up who you've already had as a pal (if you can remember). That way duplicate pals could be avoided.

At 3/06/2006 05:45:00 PM, Blogger Lani said...

1. I can see both sides on the $25 limit, but I'll frankly confess that I've gone over previously and I'll go over again this time -- and that's not counting postage. $25 over 2 months just isn't that much, ya'll! Even if I toss in stuff from my stash and only buy at sales, that's just not much spoiling.

2. I think picking your own pal could lead to some real problems. I do like Wendy's idea of putting a space on the signup survey for someone you'd like to have, though, with the understanding that while it'll be taken into consideration it doesn't guarantee you that person.

At 3/07/2006 02:50:00 PM, Blogger Faith said...

I've gotta go with the general consensus. I think that a $25 minimum is good, and I also think that choosing your SP could be a bit quirky and I prefer the surprise - I've gotten to know people I probably wouldn't have approached otherwise, and I love that.

I probably wouldn't raise the minimum, just set as such rather than maximum. I think most people go over but I'd hate anyone to not play because more is too much - and for some, that $30 just might be too much for them.

At 3/08/2006 06:59:00 AM, Blogger Amy (yarnaholic) said...

I also think with having the $25 as a minimum, at least for this go around since the amount was set prior to sign up, is a good thing. I wouldn't have a problem with it if the amount was changed for future swaps.

If you are lucky enough to live in an area with stores with sales and discount coupons, you can easily spend the $25 and still end up with close to double that amount in regular retail prices. Personally, I always try to find things that my pal wants when they're on sale, so my spending dollars go further and I can get more for her.

I also like having the pals randomly assigned. I like getting to know new people better!


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