Monday, August 08, 2005

The Rules and Contact Info

Deadline to sign up: September 3, 2005

Matches will be Distributed: On or before September 11, 2005

Secret Pal 6 Dates: September 12 - December 4, 2005

Who is this for?
Knitters and crocheters only please.

International Participation

This SP event is based in the United States - the term "International" will refer to all participants outside of the U.S.

Where ever you are - you are welcome to join!

If you would prefer to send to a pal who is either in the same country as you are OR on the same continent, please indicate when you sign up. Unfortunately, with the number of international participants we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate this request, but we will try. If we can't match you, we'll let you know and you can decide if you still wish to participate.

Finally, if you are able to communicate in any language other than English, please let us know. We have a few people who may be more comfortable corresponding in other languages.

Having a blog (or website) is mandatory for participating in this program. This online journal is a great place for the SP who is spoiling you to find out who you are and what you like or dislike (do you like sweets? Are you allergic to specific yarns?). It also provides a place for you to publicly thank your SP when the packages start rolling in. Your blog certainly doesn,t have to be a knitting blog, just somewhere where your pal can find out about you.

Anonymous Email Address:
You must set up an anonymous email address such as the free ones from Hotmail or Yahoo so that you can contact and be contacted by your SP buddies anonymously to find out more information about preferences. Make sure to check the account regularly; you might consider having that account's mail forwarded to your regular account so you don't miss anything. If you do this, though, don't forget to reply from the anonymous account!

Minimum contribution:
$50 in US dollars over the course of three months. This can include the value of your time if you make something, and it can also include any postage costs. Establishing this amount should make it clear to all what a fair commitment should be, and no one should expect more, or less. $50 over three months is just $16.67 a month; if you feel this is too much or not enough, We're sorry, this is not for you.

Your Pal
Once you have been assigned a secret pal, please send them a quick note to say hello (from you anonymous email address) so they know they've been paired. Keep in mind that the fun of a Secret Pal event is to meet and get to know a random person who shares a common interest with you (knitting and/or crochet). There is a method to the madness of matching up all the participants, and you only get one match. Complaints about your secret pal of the "i'd rather not have a pal who " nature are a quick way to have yourself removed from the event. If you feel you have a valid reason to request a rematch, email away... just know that you cannot pick and chose your secret pal and we will not hesitate to remove anyone who appears to be missing the point of a Secret Pal exchange.

What to give?
Knitting and crochet-related items are great but not the only thing. If you've been following any web sites whose authors were in other Secret Pal programs, you'll know that people gave special bars of soap, cards, candy, and other nice treats to their pals. Just remember that not everyone likes to crochet, and not everybody spins...that's why it is a good idea to get to know your secret pal a little bit by reading his/her blog or sending a few questions by email.

Number or frequency of gifts, mailings, etc.:

You must make contact with the person you are spoiling at the beginning of each SP6 month - let them know they have a pal, and let them know you're still around with an email to touch base at the beginning of each month (sept, oct, nov)!
It is required that you send your secret pal at least one something per month of the event. This something can be something as simple as an e-card or postcard, with one package of gifts at the end, or you can send a little package every month, or whatever - how you manage it is up to you, as long as youreceivescieves something each month. This ensures that your pal knows you're still around and thinking of them.
Remember to use your anonymous email when contacting them. If you are going to be out of contact for a while - let your pal know. It's an awkward situation when you think your pal may have forgotten about you. You can also use Hallmark (or countless others) to send free e-cards as often as you like. Remember to treat your pal as you would like to be treated.

Also, please be sure to keep in touch with the secret pal who is spoiling you. A quick email to let them know you got the package will ease their mind as to whether or not it got lost in the mail. Part of the fun of Secret Pal is the joy of giving, and that includes knowing your gift was received.

Stuff happens. So - if for some reason you are unable to follow thru with your responsibility with the program - please do not hesitate to let us know.

If you find you cannot participate, you must let us know ASAP so that we can find a replacement. If after a reasonable amount of time, if you can't come up with a good excuse for failure to hold up your end of the bargain on the Secret Pal 6, you will be replaced and your name will be passed on as blacklisted for hostesses of future SP programs.

If you have not received any word or package from the SP who is to be spoiling you, please let US know instead of using your blog to blast that individual.

Let us know, we will try to find out what happened to your pal and if they have flaked out, we will get you a replacement.

If someone does fail to participate as they agreed, we will remove their name from the participation list and replace them with someone else. This means that we will need a list of "angels" who are willing to jump in as replacements. As a replacement, you might come in after a package has been sent to the person you are replacing. This means you might not get 100% of the packages you normally would receive.

Final Note
And it's important!

Please keep in mind that we are *volunteering* our time to run this event. We have all participated in past Secret Pal events and know how much fun they can be and wanted to help continue the tradition - but it does take a lot of time and effort. While we're perfectly open to constructive criticism if you think something is a bit amiss, and we will gladly respond to any civil and respectful queries, please check your attitude at the door. Thank you.

Once you have agreed to these terms... and we will assume that you have agreed. Send us an email to: (if this email doesn't work please try )

Please include the following in the email.

1) Your full name
2) Your main email address
3) Your mailing address
4) Your blog/website
5) Your anonymous email address that will be used to communicate to your SP buddies


By the way, please visit our blogs and say hi!!!!


KniTaPaLooZa said...

Are we going to have the "What we like or don't like" questions posted soon so we can gather up the information and post it on our websites and/or blogs?

maggieBB said...

we will be posting it closer to match date.

KnitnMomofboys said...

Will we get a confirmation email advising us that you got our 'application'?

Christine said...

Yes, you will get a confirmation of our receipt of your request for participation :)

aliassak said...

I just sent you my sign up email. Can't wait for the next round!!!

Heatherly said...

Dec 4?
are we taking a Christmas break?

Jennifer said...

If we have done a secret pal exchange before is it safe to use that anonymous email address or better to make up a new one?

J&BBooks said...

Hey, do you guys match to skill level as well? I am a beginning crocheter and think this sounds very fun... but would hate to have my SP bummed by my treats. If it is not, I will wait until the next round before I sign up.


Christine said...

I do believe that you can use the same email, the chances of you getting the same person are slim to none! And if you did, we could always switch!

Brianna said...

I signed up! Can't wait to get started :)

Coffeespoons! said...

Hey. I don't think I'll be able to join up, but I can volunteer to be an Angel in November or December. I sent mail, but I didn't receive a confirmation, so I just wanted to check that you received my message.

FranklinMinty said...

Oooo I can't wait! My first SP!

Just posting a comment to say that I signed up yesterday but haven't received confirmation yet. No biggie - but just checking

Laura said...

I'm not going to participate, though it sounds like fantastic fun. I just wanted to let all the button makers know that they did an incredible job. There are some *wonderful* buttons to choose from! :-)

Cheerio said...

I was curious why the swap says it is "for knitters and crocehters only" but all the questions in the new questionnaire are aimed at knitters? Did I just happen to overlook the crochet questions?

Not that it really matters, I'm not dropping outta this one! lol

Anonymous said...

As we come to the end of this one, my newbie to SP question is:

Do we tell our spoilees who we were, or do we just fade into the mist? I don't want to mess up on the etiquette! :)