A few weeks ago, I posted about Creative Pay It Forward 2013. I invited folks to sign up to pay it forward themselves, promising that those who both signed up with me AND promised to pay it forward themselves would receive a creative gift from me some time during the course of the year.
Because neither I, nor the person who started this game, are wholly insane, there was a limit on the number of people who could sign up with me. That number, which is the recommended one, was five.
Oddly, I've had two people both comment (thus signing up with me) and post about it, one person post -- offering to pay it forward -- without actually commenting on my post, and one person sign up by commenting but only link to my post without actually promising to pay it forward herself.
I'm not quite sure how to work all that. Do I stick to the official rules of the game which require people to both comment and promise to pay it forward themselves? Or do I get creative with the rules, and take note that a) the promise to pay it forward is more important than the comment, thus that person should be on the receiving end too; and b) the person who commented and shared a link to me without making the promise herself does all sorts of pay it forward things in her life in the ways she serves her local community that being a stickler about it all would be stingy?
And why am I so concerned right now? Well.... I seem to have finished a perfect Pay It Forward type of project!
In the Great Fiber Organization about which you've all read more than you wanted to know, I discovered a lonely UFO started by one of the girls. I'd have ignored it, and let them finish at will, but it was messing with my inventory of needles and they actually declared their intention to abandon the poor thing.
I think it's a nifty thing -- made niftier by the fact that even though she's a novice knitter, she designed on the fly to make it more interesting.
It seems appropriate to send it off as a Pay It Forward thing ... it's creative, it was knit by multiple hands, which kind of makes it a community offering to the good that paying things forward does for the community at large (as Pay It Forward things are wont to do).
All that remains is choosing the recipient. Which will actually have been done before this posts -- because I plan to post the project via the mail before I post the project via the blog.
So, who do YOU think will be wearing this next?