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10 April 2011

Down to Earth Dishcloth Swap

Hello All, this is Sharon and I am announcing another swap; in order to get back into the swing of swapping we thought to start off with a small item-a dish cloth to encourage everyone to enjoy the joy of washing dishes-a time when one can think things through or organize one's day......You make one dishcloth from cotton yarn, either knitted or crocheted, and swap it with another member. You get something useful and handmade as a lovely surprise in the post and get to improve your knitting or crochet skills at the same time - simple! 

The swap guidelines are as follows:- Sign up on Rhonda's blog or at the forum. Please do *not* sign up in both places otherwise we will get confused and possibly count you twice in the swap numbers, which would be bad. Please also indicate if you are willing to post internationally keeping in mind postage costs. Saying you are willing to post internationally does not guarantee your buddy will be from another country but we will do our best to match everyone to their preference. 

Make a knitted or crocheted dishcloth for your partner. This should be around 7-8 inches (16-20 cm) square, as a guideline. You will have a minimum of one month to create your item. If you sign up early you will have slightly longer. Once the item has been completed come back to this post notifying us of completion. At the end of the month (or possibly before if all participants have created within the time frame) Buddys will be matched up, and details exchanged. The item must be in the mail and postmarked by 14 May. Then come back when you receive your swap and show us what you got : ) 

The item being swapped is a lovely handmade dishcloth. As often happens in swaps people enjoy and/or like to pop in some little extras for their partner, while you are most welcome to do this if you want to, it is certainly not expected or required. Please don't send more than one or two small extra items. We would not want anyone to be disappointed for not receiving more than the specified swap item or to feel bad for not adding extras to their swap parcel. Through our collective experience in hosting and participating in swaps we know there are times when people don't follow through with their commitment to participate, parcels get lost and life gets in the way. Obviously we understand that sometimes things happen, but we want to avoid disappointment for other swappers. So, anyone who does not send a promised swap will be excluded from the next swap. Not sending a second time in following swaps will result in exclusion from all swaps. 


Have fun! We hope to see some amazing dishcloths in due course.

140 comments:

  1. count me in. already am a follower. happy to swap for international lovelies. what do I do next?
    jill

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  2. I'm in. I've never participated in a swap before and actually never made a dishcloth before! I have many patterns though and will be able to finish one in a month, no worries! Let me know what else I need to do please.
    Larissa

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  3. How fun! Count me in too! :) Happy to participate worldwide. ~ wendie

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  4. I love to make dishcloths and would be happy to join my first swop, so count me in. I'm in Canada and will post to anywhere.

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  5. Would love to join in. Haven´t knitted a dish cloth in several years. Might just design one.

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  6. i would love to be included! What is the next step?
    jackie

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  7. Would also love to join in I will be happy to swap anywhere! So what next?

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  8. I'll join! I'm in the UK and am happy to post internationally.
    I'm camping next week and need something small to be knitting in the evenings; perfect!

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  9. Hi please count me in. I'm happy to send overseas. I'm in the UK.

    katie @ oxfordkitchenyarns dot com

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  10. Could you count me in too please. I love using knitted dishcloths to wash up, although I could certainly do with some new ones as mine are now getting a little 'tired.' I'm in the UK and am happy to post anywhere internationally.

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  11. I'm in. I will also post to anywhere in the world.

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  12. count me in!! i would love to swap dish clothes with someone, happy to post internationally!
    Linzi

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  13. I'm in ... will mail anywhere. =)

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  14. Id love to join in too, international is fine for me too.

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  15. Count me in! I have never done anything like this before - how exciting! I don't mind posting international.

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  16. What a lovely idea. Please count me in. I live in the UK and would prefer to post to someone else in the UK if possible.
    Denise

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  17. Count me in too! My first swap - can't wait. I am willing to post international.
    Shelly

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  18. I love this idea so please count me in gladly :-). And I don't mind send it abroad if needed.

    Thanks Rhonda for bringing us even closer together.

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  19. Count me in, I love knitting dishcloths.

    Maria

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  20. I would love to join! I don't mind posting internationally. Looking forward to the fun.

    email address is:

    heritageacreshomestead AT tvn DOT net

    Thanks! :)

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  21. I would love to participate, will mail anywhere, I could not open the link for the crochet pattern, could you repost?

    Let me know how to proceed.

    Alison

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  22. I'd love to do this swap....a small project that I can finish in one month. Thank you!

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  23. Count me in-I would also do an international swap if you need one.
    ~Amy B.

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  24. I forgot to say I will be happy to ship internationally.

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  25. I'd like to play, and would prefer a partner in the US, if possible. Fun stuff! :D

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  26. I would love to do this! I just started making my own dish cloths, so this will be a perfect opportunity for me to share some dish washing love!

    Also, I don't mind posting internationally!

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  27. Sign me up! I would love to share! May I stay in the U.S., please?

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  28. I would love to swap dishcloths! I'm in Washington state in the US and am willing to ship anywhere.

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  29. I am a lurker/follower. I would love to join the swap and I will happily send my dishcloth around the globe. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  30. I got a bit over excited and made my dishcloth last night, so I'm all ready to go :-D.

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  31. would love to particpate and have no issue with international postage...this is a first for me too!!!

    cheryl

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  32. So great to hear from you again Sharon! I've never swapped before, but this time around, count me in!
    Hugs,
    Yvette

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  33. Oops, for got to say that I cannot ship internationally - sorry.
    Yvette

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  34. I would love to be included, I am in the US and would prefer not to do international :)

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  35. Count me in too. I'm in Canada>

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  36. Yes, this is a funny swap. I participate with joy. I live in France.

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  37. I'd love to swap with anyone in the world. Keep me posted. I'm ready.

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  38. I'd love to join the swap. Count me in.

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  39. Count me in! I have never knitted a dishcloth, but i can knit. i am in germany and will mail anywhere.

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  40. I'm a member of the forum, is that all I have to do? Oh and say, yes please count me in! I'm in the UK and happy to post anywhere. I've never knitted a dishcloth before (although last week started my first) so I hope nobody expects a thing of beauty!

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  41. I would love to do this, I am in Canada and will post to anywhere. I love getting things in the mail!

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  42. Hello,
    Sounds like fun! Count me in! I'm in the USA and I'd love to do international.
    Send me more info if needed.
    Thanks,
    Vanessa
    vae1001@yahoo.com

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  43. I would love to join the swap too, please.
    melanie _ sykes at hotmail dot com (omit all spaces)
    I am in Canada and am happy to swap internationally.
    ~Melanie in Canada

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  44. Mary Ellen in US says count me in! I make them all the time for myself so would love to share.

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  45. I'll do the swap .. I'm in the USA but will swap anywhere in the world. What a great idea.

    Cathy

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  46. Hi Sharon

    I hope i'm not too late!

    I would like to join in, I live in the UK

    Anna

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  47. Hi, would love to participate. Will ship international if it ends up being the case. So excited, this is my first swap....♥
    yarnfreak@optimum.net

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  48. I'd love to join in on this please. I can post to wherever necessary.

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  49. I would love to participate, and am happy to swap internationally.

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  50. Just forgot to mention that I'm in the US.

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  51. Cecilia from Central California

    Yes, count me in on the dishcloth swap!
    I will be happy to join in, this is my first swap!

    I will be happy to post internationally!

    Cecilia

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  52. Please count me in!!! I will send anywhere.

    Lucy

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  53. I have been around here for ages and never done a swap. Would love to participate this time and would love to post international as well. Great to see you back on deck sharon, Regards Julia in Mackay

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  54. This sounds like fun! I am in Australia and are happy to post anywhere.

    Lisa

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  55. I would love to participate in the swap. International is no problem at all. I will let you know when my dishcloth is done so I can be matched with a buddy. And Sharon, I'm so happy to see you back and well.

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  56. Please add my name to the swap. I'm in the UK and happy to post internationally. Mrs T-W

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  57. Hi Sharon, so good to see you're well and organising us again. I'll be in, and happy to post internationally.

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  58. Oh this is perfect for me. I was only thinking over the weekend that I really should start crocheting my own dishcloths. I haven't made one before but have made pot holders etc for myself and others with great success.
    Count me in!

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  59. yes please, i would like to participate! i began to learn to knit after the swap last year when i was new to your sight. i would be willing to swap international as well. how exciting to be part of something as fun as this!
    jan smith

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  60. Yes please, I have always wanted to be in a swap, but have never had the required skills. I have been practising my sewing and knitting in recent months and feel quite capable of this one!!!!

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  61. I'd like to play as well. I am in California, on the Central Coast. I would be happy to ship international.
    Roberta

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  62. i forgot to mention that i would be happy to send my dishcloth overseas.
    jackie

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  63. I'd love to participate.
    I live in Queensland and will post to anywhere.
    Anna

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  64. Would love to participate - its wonderful to have the opportunity to participate in another DTE swap.

    Lynda

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  65. This would be lovely to join! I have never done this before, but have recently taken up crocheting dishcloths!!! I will happily post to anywhere in the world!!!

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  66. I would love to do this!
    Jennifer

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  67. My first swap!! yay, I'd love to join..count me in..

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  68. Hi Sharon,
    Yes, me too!
    will post anywhere.
    Vicki

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  69. I'm up for it! I'll do international if I need to, but I'd prefer US if possible.

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  70. Count me in. I have never made a dishcloth but it has been on my things to make for some time. I am in NZ and happy to post wherever
    Frances

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  71. I'm in. And already knitting. I would like to ship within US, if possible.

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  72. Please add me to the swap. I will ship international and can also be an angel if you need them later.

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  73. I would love to join in. This is something new for me and sounds like a fun project. Happy to send anywhere.

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  74. I'm game.

    In Alberta, Canada and will ship anywhere.

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  75. I love to knit dishcloths, count me in, I will mail internationally.
    Charlotte

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  76. Please count me in too! I've never done a swap, but I have knitted many dishcloths :) I'm in Canada and can ship to anywhere.

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  77. Wonderful, please count me in. I'm in the US and prefer to swap with someone in the US. Thank you!

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  78. I'm in. I live in Canada and I am willing to post internationally.

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  79. I'd love to participate. I'm in NSW and am willing to send in Australia or overseas. I'm so excited, I've never participated in a swap before.
    Kath

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  80. I've participated in a former swap from Down to earth blog, and enjoyed it a lot. I would be happy to join in this one. I live in France and will post internationaly

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  81. Me too...I am in the UK and willing to post internationally.

    shipley5052@aoldotcom

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  82. I would love to participate! I am in Canada and I can mail internationally. I haven't done a swap before, or knitted a dishcloth.....but I want to challenge myself this year.
    elpharris at gmail dot com
    :)

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  83. I would love to participate! Happy to ship anyway, including overseas (I'm in the US).

    Sara

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  84. Count me in. I have been knitting for a while, but just recently learned to crochet. Would love the practice! I will mail to anywhere.

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  85. I'd love to participate. I live in The Netherlands but will
    post internationally.
    Ingeborg

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  86. Enter me please! I'm in the USA and would be happy to swap internationally.

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  87. Me too...I am in the UK and willing to post abroad.

    Wendy

    shipley5052@aol.com

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  88. I am excited to join my first swap. I am in Canada and I am willing to swap internationally, so what is the next step?

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  89. Please can I sign up for the dishcloth swap too. Happy to go international. Izzy

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  90. I'm in, and will post internationally.

    What fun!

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  91. I'm in, and I'll post internationally.

    What fun!

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  92. Count me in! I been reading about the swaps in the arcives, and always wanted to join in. ^_^

    I live in the U.S.A, and to be honest, have no real experience in sending anything internationally. I can learn, but would rather try that when I know better how to do this.

    This is so great! I can't wait.


    April

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  93. Yes, I would love to join the dishcloth swap. Please count me in.

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  94. Count me in-I'd love to be in the swap. I will mail anywhere.

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  95. Ok--my dishcloth is finished and ready to go! :D

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  96. hi, rhonda. please sign me up for the swap! i am willing to post internationally. :-)
    karen

    my email: mskarenofhayfield@gmail.com

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  97. Sorry! I added myself "twice" yesterday, new to adding comments to blogs, so thought the first one had not gone through, please remove one, or I can just mail two cloths?
    Charlotte

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  98. I'd love to participate! International for me please.
    My first swap! Yippee yay!

    Houston, TX
    Valexiss@yahoo.com

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  99. Not a problem, Charlotte. I deleted one entry. :- )

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  100. I've been going to make myself a dishcloth for ages and even bought the cotton but keep putting it off. I'd like to be in this swap as then I'll be motivated to start/finish and I love to see how others make things. Thanks for the links :). I'd prefer to post within Australia.

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  101. Count me in. I'm in the U.S. and would rather not ship internationally, sorry. Looking forward to the swap.

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  102. I would love to participate. I'm in the US, and would prefer not to ship internationally, but I will if you need more people willing to do so.

    Helena

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  103. Hi Rhonda!!! How fun this will be! I would love to join the swap. I live in a small town in Idaho. A while back you posted my email about my situation with losing my house on your blog, and I received such kind messages it made me cry! I would like to give something back. Count me in!!! Thanks for setting this up! Yay! And I would be happy to ship anywhere!
    Dee - Payette, ID USA

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  104. My dishcloth is finished.

    I have a favour to ask....
    I will be away from the 9th May and so will be unable to post on the 16th so would it be possible to receive my pairing before this date so I can get it in the mail before I leave?

    Wendy
    shipley5052@aol.com

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  105. I'll join in too please Rhonda & Sharon....happy to post anywhere...

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  106. Count me in, too. Scarves and dishcloths are pretty much the only thing I am able to knit! I am happy to do an International swap, too. I'm in Queensland.

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  107. count me in please. if there is an option to stay within the US with the swap, i would prefer that. i love my handknit dishcloths and am excited to swap.

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  108. I'd love to join in! I'd be happy to swap internationally, but it's not necessary :-)

    Anna

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  109. I can't knit (or crochet) yet but I want to try and learn and a dishcloth sounds great. I am so tired of the cheap wipe cloths that don't last. I won't take part in the swap but thank you for inspiring me to try something new. I really enjoy your blog and hope to follow you taking joy in my home and the little things.

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  110. I would like to try too. I will be my first crochet project and give me a goal. I live in the states, but I am willing to post internationally.

    What do I do next?

    Kim

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  111. I'd love to participate! I'll swap with someone in the US if possible.

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  112. I am in the Us and would love to be part of this swap. I will gladly post internationally.

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  113. I'm in!! In the US, can't wait!!
    ~Cody

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  114. If it's not too late, I'd like to join the swap. I love to crochet dishcloths. Also, I am willing to ship internationally.

    Heidi

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  115. Please count me in. I realy enjoyed participating in the other swaps. I will post any where.

    I am so glad you are feeling well enough to do this Sharon, thank you very much.

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  116. Love to participate and happy to post anywhere. Will be lovely to send and receive

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  117. I would love to participate. I live in the United States. I am willing to ship internationally. Claire G.

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  118. I'm in too and will post internationally. This will be my first dishcloth...can't wait

    jim.danielle@hotmail.com

    Danielle

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  119. I would like to participate please and will ship internationally.

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  120. If it's not too late to join, I'm in. I'm in the UK and will post anywhere. Frances

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  121. I've already started the knitting so sign me up. Can send anywhere.
    Vicky Garrett
    Pensacola Florida

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  122. I'd love to swap! I'm in the US and willing to ship anywhere! -Ashley in CO, makeway4ducklings at gmail

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  123. I am new to this community, and I would love to participate in the swap. Will start making one tonight and watch for instructions!

    Kay (Washington State, USA)

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  124. evening everyone, please count me in too, i dont mind where i post too either so inetrnational is fine with me, it sounds like fun

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  125. I thought I had already posted, but don't find it with a search on my name. Anyway, count me in! I live in Glendale, AZ USA and would be happy to mail internationally if need be. Karin

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  126. I have to be honest with myself and not be in this. I'd love to be (as I stated near the top) but I just won't have time. I don't have any cotton yarn and the craft shop in our town doesn't sell any. I won't be able to get to a bigger town within the time needed. I'm sorry. I'll get some and do the next one.

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  127. OK -I'll join in on the fun! And I will ship a dish clothe ANYWHERE! I actually have one nearly finished on my needles right now - will finish it up toady.

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  128. mines al done and ready to go, do you contact us for an adress or do we poet it here ??

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  129. Count me in! I'd love to send anywhere. :) I've got some finished that I could send whenever.

    Laura in AK

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  130. I completed my dish clothe yesterday and posted a photo on my blog... http://lifeforus.blogspot.com/2011/04/more-signs-of-spring.html

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  131. Dear Rhonda,
    I would also love to participate in the swap. But am I too late? I live in Sri Lanka and recently participated in the Great Big Stitched POstcard Swap (3) hosted by Do What you Love blog and loved it. Please count me in if I am not too late,
    Dhilma.
    dhilmaa@yahoo.com

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  132. If I'm not too late I'd like to participate, I'll send anywhere.

    -Jessica

    Jessica.Bunneh@gmail.com

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  133. Hello Rhonda, Its Dhilma again. Just to say I will post international (inevitably I will have to :-) cos I'm in Sri Lanka!)I don't know if I'm in or not but will start making the dishcloth tomorrow.

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  134. Dhilma, you're in. Keep knitting dear.

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  135. Heya, finished my dishcloth yesterday at my son's rugby tournament under sunny English skies (lucky to have sunshine! LOL). Can post whenever you want.
    Mrs T-W

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  136. I'd love to join in if I'm not too late. I'm in Perth, WA and happy to swap internationally.

    Jude :)

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  137. Dear Rhonda, I finished my dishcloth. You can check it out here:
    http://dhilmaa.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-dishcloth.html
    Hope to hear from the swap soon. Thank you for the lovely idea. I really enjoyed knitting this.

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