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1  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 23, 2015 12:41:52 PM
I've actually made progress on a research project!!! I've told myself that I just need to go into my craft room and crank out at least 100 rows per night (it doesn't take that long).  This is *not* sewn together yet, it's just coiled into an approximation of what the rug might eventually look like...



I don't know about it, I'm hoping it grows on me - I'm also realizing how much I have to do to get a decent sized rug... O.o
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2  Hand spun... acrylic? in Spinning: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: April 22, 2015 06:05:36 PM
Okay, I'm really new to spinning (as in, before this, I'd spun about 10 inches of wool during a mini-lesson at a friend's house) so I know this is a little rough, but I'm pretty proud of my first 13 yards (man, it takes forever to get that much!  I would hope I'll get faster...).  It actually looks a bit like yarn, so I call that a result!





So, I said it was acrylic, and that's because... I'm cheap and I don't like spending any money on things I'm fairly certain I'm going to mess up royally.  At the same time, I have (had) a big bowl of yarn-ends cut from projects - some were novelty yarns but a surprising number were bits of regular old acrylic yarn.



I started picking it apart with my fingers and started twisting it... and I had a drop spindle I'd bought because I was totally going to learn to spin... then I realized I was patient, but not that patient...



...and I went and bought two dog slicker brushes...



...and the fluff process started going faster.  That's right, I'm deconstructing yarn to make more yarn.  Makes total sense (also, this is red because I didn't take pictures of the blue/green as I was doing it, so I have a ball of red to work on now!)



My single ply:



And then I wound it on my yarn thingee so I could pull from the inside and outside at the same time to ply, and yarn was born!

I need a LOT more practice, I'm dead slow but it's relaxing, so maybe some day I'll get decent?

Also, what in the world can you do with such a small amount of yarn?!
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3  Re: Spell My Name Round 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: April 20, 2015 04:48:15 PM
More wonderful stuff, and I get to add even more!  My package arrived from Spikefan and it's amazing.  I just keep grinning!

M - Metallic yarn.  I've stared at this stuff in the store for so long... and I already have the perfect project in mind!



I - I swear hoop.  I mentioned I'd even just like the pattern, but she stitched it up for me!  As soon as I find my hammer, I'm adding to my hoopla wall!



C - crocheted pig (with wings!).  I had a bunch of flying pig pins, and she made the cutest, tiniest little perfect pig!



H - heartless (gravity).  Probably one of my favorite quotes from BBT, because I'm always cursing gravity for making me drop things!



E - elephant hoop.  You do not know how much I love this hoop.  That saying just makes me giggle, and the elephant is so cute!



L - Labyrinth journal.  She gussied up a blank journal, which is fortuitous timing as I've just instituted both a doodle a day and a limerick/haiku a day habit on HabitRPG, so I need that!  Perfect carrying about size!



L - little butterfly - will go perfectly in my curiosity cabinet!  Also, my craft room happens to be purple!



E - eensy Jayne amigurumi.  I don't know how she does such tiny perfect things, but he's amazing! 



Sorry about the grungy ironing board cover background, it's clean, just very... used.  It's the only place in my house with bright light, though!

Thank you for the wonderful package, spikefan!  You rock!
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 19, 2015 05:54:46 PM
Must have been a temporary glitch, I can upload photos now!  Which means you get a glut of photos.  Sorry...

Coloring Mandalas while playing D&D - a coworker bought me a coloring book, it has 3D glasses and they look really cool in person...  they take a deceptive amount of time, though... you dont realize how much time has passed as you just color and color and color...  Cheesy





More Operation Beautiful/"feel good" ATCs to hand out:



Cupcake art (for swap)



Fabric postcard (for swap)



Pineapple magnets (for swap)



Wizard of Oz peg people (for swap)



aaaaaaand a crane stamp, my first carved stamp (I used an eraser) which will hopefully be used in Goal Book 2016...

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5  Re: Cannot upload pictures (Firefox) in Craftster Picture Hosting Support by Smeddley on: April 19, 2015 08:32:57 AM
37.0.1, but it seems to be resolved:



Went very quickly, no hiccups! Must have just been a weird glitch.
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 18, 2015 11:40:22 AM
Everyone has been doing so much!  I've been a bit of a slacker lately, if I don't have a deadline (swaps) or I'm not coloring while we play D&D, I'm not doing too much... but I have a few things:

Exsanguinate! Dalek Blood Drop (pattern here, if you, for some crazy reason, wanted to make one: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438947.0



Linguine bunny, for a swap, made from a pattern on Craftster here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346637.0



And a red button and bead embroidery hoop, also made for a swap:



I have a few more things but the photo uploading isn't working on Firefox for me right now and I hate having to even temporarily switch to IE, so... it'll wait... :/

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7  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 18, 2015 11:32:17 AM
Ludi, more amazing embroidery, as always!  You never cease to amaze me!

Nice tomatoes, Mountains and Clouds!  (that sounds so wrong... Wink )

Puzzled-penguin, great cross-stitch!  I have friends who are Pokemon mad and are trying to drag me into it, but although they are cute, I've resisted.  I have enough hobbies!

Calabaza, I don't know, that looks hard to me!  I did the duct-tape one once, but I never got to use it as it was right during some weight fluctuation.  It would make sewing clothes a little less daunting...

Prompt: April - The Beatles
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Linguine Bunny
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  I'M CRAFTY - The song is "With a Little Help From My Friends" because it was a Craftster (you're all friends here!) that posted a pattern that helped me fulfill this prompt and a craft swap item! 

Here is the link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346637.0

Project Picture:



Prompt: April - Union Jack (red)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Red Button and Bead Hoop
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Made for my partner in the Spell My Name swap, in colors she said she liked.  Smiley
Project Picture:


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8  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: April 17, 2015 08:38:19 AM


Anana went with Bob the Blood Drop and the new guy, Dalek Blood Drop, to donate.  It went okay, except the new guy kept yelling "Exsanguinate! Exsanguinate! Exsaaaaanguinnnnnnnaaaaaaate!" in a really annoying voice.  I don't think Bob has to worry about anyone stealing his job!
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9  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 16, 2015 05:34:06 PM
Prompt:  April Battle: Dr Who vs Sherlock
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering (pattern in link)
Project Name: Exsanguinate! Dalek Blood Drop Squeezy
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438947.0
Brief Description: I dearly love my Bob the Blood Drop, but I decided to branch out into character blood squeezies - the Dalek is the first of what I hope will be many!

Project Picture:


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10  EXSANGUINATE! (with pattern) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: April 16, 2015 05:30:55 PM


It's nearing the Police vs Fire blood drive, and it got me thinking - why do they have all the fun?  Last time we had a blood drive that week I crocheted a bunch of red and blue Bob the Blood Drops*...

(*he's a squeezy to use while donating blood - yes, they will give you a rubber ball wrapped in a paper towel, but Bob is way cooler... at least in my mind)



...and gave them away as an incentive.  But I was thinking... why do police and fire have all the fun?  Why not Public Works (orange) vs Parks (yellow-green)?  And THEN I started thinking about Klingons (pink) vs Vulcans (blue)... Unicorns (silver) vs Dragons (green).... THEN I started thinking about giving the unicorn blood drop a horn, and the dragon a tail and wings (that may still happen) and THEN... THEN I saw on TV tropes about Daleks (green) and... and... it had to be done.  (I also want to make a Cybermen (white) blood drop!).

Here's the pattern (whooo-hooo for Nerd Games Bonus Points!!!)

Size F Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn
Work in a continuous spiral
Booble: yo, insert hook through st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through two loops, *yo, insert into same st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through two loops * repeat from * to * twice more, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook

Round 1: with light green, SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook). 
Round 2: SC in each st (4)
Round 3: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * (6)
Round 4: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * (9)
Round 5: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st (13)
Round 6: SC in each st (13)
Round 7: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st (17)
Round 8: SC in each st (17)
Round 9: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st (22)
Round 10: SC in each st (22)
Round 11: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * (33)
Rounds 12-13: SC in each st (33)
(attach dark green yarn to be used in bobbles)
Round 14: * Bobble (dk green), sc in the next 3 st (lt green)* repeat from *
Rounds 15-16: SC in each st (lt green) (33)
Round 17: * Bobble (dk green), sc in the next 3 st (lt green)* repeat from *
Rounds 18-19: SC in each st  (lt green) (33)
Round 20: * Bobble (dk green), sc in the next 3 st (lt green)* repeat from *
Round 21: SC in each st  (lt green) (33)
(end lt green, switch to dk green)
Round 22 - 24: *SC in first st, SC 2tog* repeat from *, join
(stuff-as-you-go decreases)
Row 25: SC 2tog
(Cram as much stuffing as you can in as youre closing him up, remember, hes there to be squeezed so he needs to be fairly firm.)
Fasten off.

Eye Stalk:
Round 1: with white yarn, sc 6 in magic ring
Round 2: switch to dk green, sc around (6)
Round 3: in blo, sc around (6)
Round 4: switch to light green, sc, sc2tog around (4)
Round 5-6: sc around (4)
Fasten off, use tail to sew to body.
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