I'm upset and must vent. This isn't a pretty post, and is full of emotion................
if someone wants to swap one on one, or if someone does a private swap where people have to be pre approved as to skill level, commitment level, quality of work, etc....then I'd do it but no more random swaps....
I'm in yet ANOTHER yarn swap that isn't going well...This time is "Spin me a Treasure"...my swap partner has NEVER EVER contacted me. I emailed the swap hostess about it last week and she said the person who got me, was having trouble getting ahold of me. So I assume she gave her the email address again..Its possible=typos have been made in the past.
So I emailed her today saying that my partner STILL hasn't emailed me. I just got an email saying "Your swap godmother has sent message saying that she has trouble reaching you by email. Her yarn is ready (maybe already sent). She was very happy with the yarn she has received and hopes that you will like hers as much."
I want to cry and scream at the same time. This person doesn't KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ME!!! and obviously didn't even TRY!!! The Secret people were to email their partners in Dec....if she was having trouble not getting replies from me in Dec why didn't SHE contact the swap hostess??? why is it that it took ME the recipient to start asking the questions before she decided to say she couldn't get ahold of me. Why do people sign up for swaps that they don't follow thru with?
I'm so upset over it....I'm picky-I'll admit it! Like how I hate brown and taupe or that I prefer chunky to thin, or that that like SOFT stuff and lots of glitz...But she spun something without out even bothering to ask me about my likes, dislikes, interests, etc....ridiculous. I spend ALOT of time trying to get to know my partners and do soemthing THEY want....and, my yarns aren't INEXPENSIVE. In this swap, my partner wanted something red, black, silver and funky & chunky...And thats what she got and she loves it. I didn't send her something pastel and laceweight, I ASKED what she wanted as a perfect swap gift. And quite frankly, the yarn I spin is good and interesting and I expect the same in return.
This is the last random swap I will do. I'm sick to death of spending alot of time and energy making something wonderful for my downstream partner, while I end up getting stuff that is poorly spun and nothing I'd ever use. My last swap was supposed to be a magic ball (where you wind up things in a a yarn ball) and I got a horribly handspun skein & a handful of beads in a bag-not in a ball as per the rules and no hidden treasures. I felt so let down I called Natasha & cried. I had worked so hard on my yarn for my partner, and after I wrapped it up with all the hidden treasures it weighed over one lb!
Now, I would love to have to eat crow on this and get something super duper amazing..I really would, but I've had so many bad swap experiences I don't have hope.