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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: July 19, 2016 06:09:17 PM
I'm done.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I'm actually done!!!  I didn't think this was ever going to end... so boring... so much knitting...

Research Project Name: Dr Who Scarf
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Community, EPIC
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448870.0
Brief Description: I know there are a lot of iterations of this scarf, that he wore different ones on different seasons, but this one is from the Dr Who Pattern Book (thank you, Interlibrary Loan program!).  I'm not sure why I picked this one (although the fewer stitches were nice, I do like purple and would have been happy with that addition)

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2  Dr Who Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: July 19, 2016 06:05:09 PM


Modeled by Dog, indoors, because we have a week of heat advisories and there's no way I'm going outside unless I have to, and certainly not wrapping myself up in 10' of scarf!



Laid out on the chair.  I know there are a lot of iterations of this scarf, that he wore different ones on different seasons, but this one is from the Dr Who Pattern Book (thank you, Interlibrary Loan program!).  I'm not sure why I picked this one (although the fewer stitches were nice, I do like purple and would have been happy with that addition) and I'm really, really, really not sure why I didn't weave in the ends as I went...



I thought the knitting would never end...



But it did, and I will never ever ever do that again. 



Unless I make one with the purple.
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3  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: July 13, 2016 07:03:00 PM
I agree, the interviews are wonderful!

I'm making progress on a research project! *gasp* I might actually even finish one! Then what will I do with my weekends?! I've really worked conscientiously on this one, for the 6-8 hours we game on most Saturdays and during lots of movies (at least it's just knit knit knit knit...  easy!)



I'm so close to done I can taste it! Oh, yeah, except the weaving in the ends... Drat, why wasn't I doing that as I went?!

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4  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: July 12, 2016 11:23:48 AM
Sorry I missed out on game night, it was book club night... Hopefully next time!

I'm working on a project that might become Epic, if I ever finish it...  Right now I have step one done, and have started step two...  but in case I never get around to finishing it, I'm going to leave it for now!

So. Zentangles...  if done properly, there are a lot of "rules" and "official Tangles" and I always chafed at that. For one, some of those official Tangles are complicated! I much prefer doodling and squiggling lines about. Except...  when you face doodle-block. What to doodle next?!

So I thought I'd give the official (sort of) process a go.  I made a book of 100 tangle patterns, and got some D10s. Three options for rolling - the die in a die, the percentile set, and the two different colors (one pre-designated as the first number).

Roll the dice, put that tangle on the page!





As you can see, the cover is plain (and already creased! The curse of needing cardboard thin enough to punch through...), I might decorate it later, and replace some official Tangles with doodles of my choosing, but for now it works a treat. I used the back of the pages to outline some of the steps for the more complicated tangles.

And I'm really enjoying it! Okay, not all of the official Tangles, but the not having to think so much. Smiley
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: July 05, 2016 04:53:24 PM
So behind again, but I swear I did look through all 50 pages I was behind.  I tried not to look toooo closely, though, because I end up wanting to try to make half the things I see, and I have over 70 WIPs right now and an even longer list of "to do" projects...

Felt Viking Hoop:


Crochet Jack Sparrow:


Crochet Zill Dragon

(pattern here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448254.0)

Tiny Pear (finally finished!)


Wonky Mug Rugs (salvaged from quilting disaster)


Purple Hip Scarf


Shark Hugs ATC (for the Grumbacher ATC swap on Facebook)


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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: July 05, 2016 04:39:55 PM
Prompt: Zap #2
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Tiny Pear
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: This little pear has needed a stem and a leaf for years.  Okay, maybe one year.  In an effort to reduce my WIP load I'm tackling them one by one, and this one (and the coasters) reminded me why I put them off.  The stem and leaf were ad-libbed, and it I think it took waaaay more time to get the supplies and figure out how I was going to do it (frog, try again, different hook size, no, not that yarn!) than it did to actually finish it.  Still, one down, 70-some to go!

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Prompt: June - Lemonade
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Mug Rugs
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Another WIP from my never-ending pile, I had one log cabin square quilted (but not finished) and another backing and batting cut (but no sewing).  And lots of strips.  I think this was a foray into quilt-as-you-go?  I dunno.  But I sewed up the other log cabin thing, realized they were off-center and not the same size, and went, hey, mug rugs.  I cut them wonky and put a binding on the edge and called it good. The other strips will go into the misc quilting bin, but at least I can check them off because the "started" part has been used!  And mug rugs are so much easier than quilts...

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Prompt: June - Fungus
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Purple Hip Scarf
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Yet another WIP from my never-ending pile, this one was for someone else (bad me!) and she'll finally get it... it's a bellydance scarf, two piece adaptation from the Josephine Hip Scarf pattern.  It fits this prompt in two ways - first, if you hold the sashay ruffled yarn at the edge up just right, it looks like that ruffled fungus that grows on the sides of trees.  Second, and much more disgusting, I swear I honestly once pulled some old noodles out of the back of my 'fridge that where this royal purple color.  I can't say if it was actually fungus (and not a bacteria, or some weird reaction) but it's my best guess.  I'd have taken a picture but, one, ew, moldy food and two, it smelled really bad.  Yay for oversharing!

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Prompt: July - Roadside Attraction
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name: Shark Hugs ATC
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: For the Grumbacher ATC swap on Facebook, this month's theme was water, and with Shark Week... I of course had to re-create my favorite shark week art from last year.  As for how it's a roadside attraction, well, there are LOTS of shark-related roadside attractions (including one in Kansas!): http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/39401

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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: June 29, 2016 06:01:52 PM
gozer, that zipper pouch is adorable!  I love the fabric, too.  Cheesy

puzzled-penguin - I LOVE THAT HOOP!!!

Prompt:  June - Battle (Sweet
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Community, WIP it, Engineering (pattern in link)
Project Name: Dragon Zill Holder
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448254.0
Brief Description: I started this guy about a year and a half ago, and as part of my "clear out my 75 (known) WIPs, I thought he would be a perfect edition to the "sweet" side, because isn't he sweet looking?!  Fuzzy and cute!  And I've been meaning to "publish" the pattern, so...  Cheesy  Many, many, many more pictures of other dragons I've made in the link!

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8  Dragon Zill Pouch (with pattern) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: June 29, 2016 05:56:14 PM


Many, many moons ago I participated in a One Tiny Monster Swap, and I made up a little guy on the fly.  I didn't write down the pattern, but once I was done, he was so cute I wanted one!  So I went about trying to re-create the pattern, and over the course of making three more, I came up with something that was about the same as the original...



And they were cute, but just little stuffies, and then... and then someone had the idea (I'm not going to say it was me, I honestly can't remember) that if you stored your zills in the bottom, it would 1) solve the issue of him not wanting to stand up without a weighted bottom and 2) give him a function.  So the task was set... make it a zill case!

There was one small problem... I had originally crocheted the dragon from the bottom up...

...allowing me to take "in progress" stuffing pictures of them impersonating Albert Einstein...



...but when I crochet in joined rounds, my work twists dramatically, and lining up the head with the zipper opening was problematic.  I still have one not-really finished one with a terribly off-centered zipper.  Sad

Back to the drawing board, and re-writing the pattern from the top down.  This doesn't effect it if you don't want to add a zipper, but it makes the lining up of the zipper opening way easier.

Here's some detail pics on how the zipper looks:



And at one point I also added some spikes down the back...



Sometimes I add them, sometimes I don't.  They don't show up well on the really super-fuzzy yarn.

And then I just... made more.  And more.  And more.



And just the other night I finished another super-fuzzy one I started a year and a half ago, because I was TIRED of making them... and had been putting it off... (I think I still have one part-made, I may just make him an ami, it's the sewing in the zipper that's the hard part!).



And here's the pattern...

Little Dragon (Zill Case)

(I originally worked this pattern from the bottom up, but because my work tends to twist as I work in rounds, I re-wrote it to be top-down when I converted it to a zill case so the zipper is properly aligned.)


Suggested Materials:
Sz 7 (4.5 mm) hook
Worsted Weight yarn for body
Fluffy boucle yarn for wings

Gauge doesn’t really matter, you can make it larger or smaller based on zill size (if you’re making a pouch) or desired stuffie size.

Instructions:
Join all rounds with a slip stitch and a ch1
SC = single crochet
INC = increase (work 2 SC in the next stitch from previous round)
DEC = decrease, SC two stitches from previous round together)

Top-down zill case, main body:

Rnd 1 – sc 9 in Magic Ring (9 st)
Rnd 2 - inc around (18 st)
Rnd 3 – sc around (18 st)
Rnd 4 – sc around (18 st)
Rnd 5 – sc in next 5 stitches, [inc, sc] x 2, [sc, inc] x 2, sc in next 5 st (22 st)
Rnd 6 – sc in next 5 stitches, [inc, sc] x 3, [sc, inc] x 3, sc in next 5 st (28 st)
Rnd 7 – sc in next 12 st, inc, sc in next 2 st, inc, sc in next 12 st (30 st)
Rnd 8 – sc in next 18 stitches, then sl stitch into next sc, TURN work, sc in next 6 stitches, sl stitch into next stitch, TURN work, sc in next 18 st (this should take you back around to the beginning of the round)
Rnd 9 - sc in next 25 stitches, then sl stitch into next sc, TURN work, sc in next 20 stitches, sl stitch into next stitch, TURN work, sc in next 25 st (this should take you back around to the beginning of the round)
Rnd 10 – sc in next 4 st, dec, [2sc, dec] x 5, sc in next 4 st (24 st)
Rnd 11 – sc in next 6 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 2 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 6 st (20 st)

*you may want to add the eyes now if you’re using safety eyes, it’s a little easier before the neck (but It can be done at the break for the zipper as well).*

Rnd 12 - sc in next 4 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 2 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 4 st (16 st)
Rnd 13 – sc in next 7 st, dec, sc in next 7 st (15 st)
Rnd 14 – [sc in next 4 st, inc] x 3 (18 st)
Rnd 15 – [sc in next 2 st, inc] x 6 (24 st)
Rnd 16 – sc around (24 st)
Rnd 17 – [sc in next 3 st, in] x 6 (30 st)
Rnd 18 – sc around (30 st)
Rnd 19 – [sc in next 4 st, inc] x 6 (36 st)
Rnd 20 – sc around (36 st)
Rnd 21 – sc around (36 st)

** If adding a zipper, stop here!  Finish off and work in tail, then skip to “bottom”. If not, attach the eyes if you haven’t already and stuff head and neck firmly. **

Rnd 22 – sc around (36 st)
Rnd 23 – [sc in next 2 st, dec] x 9 (27 st)
Rnd 24 – sc around (27 st)
Rnd 25 – [sc, dec] x 9 (18 st)

*Stuff firmly – also note that if you’re not using it as a zill holder, the little dragon will be wobbly and won’t stand up on his own without a weighted bottom. *

Rnd 26 – [sc, dec] x 6 (12 st)
Rnd 27 – dec around (6 st)

Tie off and pull tail through last 6 stitches to tighten.

Dragon Zill Case – Bottom section (crocheted from the bottom up)

Rnd 1 – 6 sc in magic ring (6 st)
Rnd 2 – inc around (12 st)
Rnd 3 – [sc, inc] x 6 (18 sc)
Rnd 4 – [sc, inc] x 9 (27 sc)
Rnd 5 – sc around (27 st)
Rnd 6 – [sc in next 2 st, inc] x 9 (36 st)
Rnd 7 – sc around (36 st)

*Now, lay your zipper around the edge of the bottom piece.  You’re going to TURN and work sc across the back gap where the zipper doesn’t meet, then TURN and add another row of sc.  I usually do about 7 stitches, but you zipper size and gauge may vary.  Finish off and leave a tail to sew the bottom 7 (or whatever) stitches to the top*

You will need to cut a piece of felt/fabric and sew it to the bottom of the body, just above the zipper, to hold the fiber-fill in.

Ears (make 2)

Rnd 1 – sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 – inc around (6 st)
Rnd 3 – sc around (6 st)
Rnd 4 – sc around (6 st)

*Fold in half, sew to top of head (see picture for approximate placement)*


Spines (optional)

Small top spine:

Rnd 1 – sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 – sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 – [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 – sc around (6 st)
Rnd 5 – sc around (6 st)

Large spine:

Rnd 1 – sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 – sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 – [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 – sc around (6 st)

Extra large spine (optional, I usually stick with just a small and 2-3 large):

Rnd 1 – sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 – sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 – [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 – sc around (6 st)
Rnd 5 – sc around (6 st)


Wings (make 2)

Ch 11
Row 1 – sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc, dc, tc, dc, sc, sl st, sc, dc, tc, turn and ch 1
Row 2 – dc, sc, sl st, sl st, sl st, sc, dc, sc, sl st, sl st, turn and work 2 more sl st around tip of wing, then sl st along top edge of wing.  Finish off, leave a long tail to sew to body.
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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: June 29, 2016 09:12:04 AM
We've just been enjoying Shark Week - it's been so warm here and we really hasn't been up to much...

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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: June 16, 2016 07:08:49 AM
Yesterday, the forecast was for 97*F and sunny. Today, they say 94*F and partly cloudy, maybe a stray thunderstorm. The view out my north-facing office window is nice...



The view out the south-facing conference room window...  Not so much...



Good thing I brought stuff for lunch and we don't have to go out!
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