A Creative Pay It Forward And A New Spinning Project

I came across an idea for a handmade Pay It Forward on the blog Life and Yarn Or Yarn And Life whilst I sat down to enjoy my lunch today, and whilst these sort of things do not usually grab my attention, I thought that this one was definitely worth putting a bit of time and effort into.

To explain, here are the rules as copied and pasted from the above blog:

1.  I will send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this post. The gift will be handmade by me.  It will be sent sometime in the next 365 days. It will be a surprise.  We all love getting surprises in the mail, right?

2. To sign up and receive a gift, you must play along, too. Pay it Forward on your blog, by promising to make a surprise for the first three people who comment on the post.

3. You must have a blog (that is updated, as I will blog stalk you to find the right gift for you).

4. After commenting here, you must repost this or something similar to your blog in 48 hours.  If not, I will chose the next person who comments…

Which is all pretty straightforward. It works pretty much like a pyramid scheme, where you get you of it something more than you put in. Oh, but yes, the cynical of you might have realised that you send out three items but receive only one! of course, that is not what you get out of something like this, it is that warm feeling of satisfaction that you will get to make not one but three people’s days!

This idea especially appeals to me because of the line stating that ‘it will be sent sometime in the next 365 days’. The fact that a completely unknown little handmade gift might arrive on my doorstep at any point in the next year is strangely appealing.


So, yes. If you would like to receive a little handmade gift from me at some point in the next 365 days and agree to take part on your own blog and pay it forward, then leave your details below, and the first three respondents shall be selected. If you don’t make the first three, why not pop along to Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life and see if she has a spot available on her blog. Or, have a look at the blogs of the first three respondents here (remember, there are 48 hours after your comment appearing here for you to post the Pay It Forward on your own blog, otherwise I will move on to the next person). I’m happy to accept respondents worldwide, too.


As for the rest of the day, I have got very little makery-type stuff done. Constant rain and thunderclouds made even taking a few pictures a difficult task. I thought I’d spin up a little fibre that I have had for a while now, and was pondering weights and ply, what spindle to select and whether to keep the fibre as is or to combine it with a solid colour single.

I seem to favour quite a fine weight single, and would love to be able to spin a bit thinker for a nice worsted or Aran weight 2-ply, but I as I have never spun a 3-ply before but live the seeming ’roundness’ of a hand spun 3-ply yarn, I think I might split this fibre into two sections and combine it with a solid colour for a nice 3-ply yarn of 70-75g, which should knit up nicely into a nice hat or pair of mittens if I knit wisely.

I want to thank all of those that volunteered to run their eyes over the written lace instructions for me yesterday and test knit a few rows (or even an entire scarf, if they wish). I shall drop the first two or three people a line with the written instructions tomorrow, I hope you all enjoy the pattern. 

12 thoughts on “A Creative Pay It Forward And A New Spinning Project

  1. I have done this one in the past and it is very rewarding. I’d love to have another go some time, but maybe not immediately. I am living under the Chinese Curse… we are in “interesting times” and it would be wrong to commit right now. That makes me sad.

  2. So glad your doing this too! I commented on the same blog as you, so we will be receiving gifts from the same lovely person! I just wanted to drop a note and say how much I think you contribute to the knitting blog world. Your posts are always so fun, informative and not to forget easy on the eyes.

    This is one of the many reasons I have nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award!
    http://suddenexpression.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the-versatile-blog-award/

  3. I think I am too late to participate in yours, but may offer similar on my blog. I did the Facebook version of this last year. While I didn’t receive any gifts, it was very nice to send 🙂

  4. There seems to be multiple different “threads” of this meme going around! I just posted up mine today (after joining in on a completely un-related train to the one you are participating from)! What a sense of community this brings to our great big world, I am very excited to be participating 🙂

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