I was reading over on The Strumpet's Crumpets that with the Great Granny Swap over, the gals are looking to fire up a new swap. Becky was asking for ideas and something that came to my mind was to do a crochet-along with a swap at the end.
What's a crochet-along? ...well, everyone works on the same pattern, posting pics and experiences as they go. It's a great support group for trying something new -- you can ask any of the other participants if you get stuck, plus... everyone has the work-in-process photos.
The real fun in the whole experience though is to see how others make the pattern their own. For example, Tammy Snow (Roxycraft) did a really cute crochet-along with her panda pattern. I just love this one:
Seriously though, you can't appreciate the variety until you've browsed through of the variations in the Flikr group.
So, back to my train of thought... I got to thinking that maybe I would like to host a crochet-along with swap. I have plenty of my own amigurumi patterns and it would be total fun to see what others come up with. But here's the rub... I'm afraid of total rejection and since I don't have nearly the size following that The Strumpet has, I'm afraid that I'd get like three people (including me and my mom) participating.
Long story short, I'm putting it to my readers to see if there's any interest. If you are interested, what experience level crocheter do you think we should focus on? And most importantly, which pattern?
Here are the latest from my pattern shop -- it wouldn't necessarily have to be one of the free patterns either. If there was enough interest, I could be persuaded to issue some free copies of a pattern to the participants :-)