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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Don't Bleed (with pattern) on: June 29, 2015 06:09:46 PM
In the continuation of the custom blood drop characters theme, I present the Weeping Angel Blood Drop (cue the adage about getting blood from a stone...):



Start out with a normal Bob the Blood Drop:

Size F Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Round 1: SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook).  Join {sl st to first SC, ch1}
Round 2: SC in each st, join (4)
Round 3: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (6)
Round 4: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (9)
Round 5: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join  (13)
Round 6: SC in each st, join (13)
Round 7: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join (17)
Round 8: SC in each st, join (17)
Round 9: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st, join (22)
Round 10: SC in each st, join (22)
Round 11: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (33)
Rounds 12-20: SC in each st, join (33)
Rounds 21-23: *SC in first st, SC 2tog* repeat from *, join
(stuff-as-you-go decreases)
Round 24: 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.

Then you make two arms...



Round 1: SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook).  Do not join, work in a continuous spiral.
Round 2-3: Sc around (4)
Round 4: Ch2, sl st in 2nd ch, sc around (4)
Round 5-8: Sc around (4)

Then you make two wings...



Row 1: Ch 6
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in the next 4 st, then 3 sc in last stitch
Row 3: Ch1, turn, sc in the first sc, 2sc in the next sc, sc in the next 5 sc, ch 3
Row 4: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 7 st, 2sc in next st, sc in last st
Row 5: Sc in first sc, 2sc in next sc, sc in next 9 st, ch 3
Row 6: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 11 st, 2sc in next st, sc in last st, then sc 3 st down the "turn" edge to get back to the starting tail.

Sew the wings to the back of the drop along the back starting chain.  Sew arms on front.





2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Garden/Outdoor Swap Gallery on: May 31, 2015 09:53:40 AM


The baby robins have flown away...  Sad  But we will soon have lots of lovely packages to oooh and ahh over!

Send/Receive Status:

Sent
Received
Sent & Received
Feedback Left
Sending Late
Please Contact!
Negative Feedback Left


Smeddley <-> emilywilde
juliel85 <-> MissingWillow
pinkmichk <-> hellobint

Ludi <-> JoyfulClover

Zenersy <-> StainedMushroom
rscowtown <-> Muahahahaha
quaggy <-> redpopsicles
P_E_S_T <-> bronzfrog


3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Kracken's Revenge! on: May 28, 2015 06:45:34 PM


(If you can't tell, he's trying to squeeze through the porthole of a ship... I wish I'd had better fabric (but I was using all stash, I was amazed I got my purples so close!), or could think of something to do to make the ring seem more porthole-like, but...)

I wasn't sure where to put this, as it's a hoop, but there's no real embroidery (just sewing on the eyes, which, to be fair, isn't much!) and the biggest part was the knitted tentacles.  Which I knitted EONS ago as a start to a swap... before re-reading my partner's Q and seeing they hated pink!  I started over and made a perfectly lovely grey and white octopus (the pattern is from Amigurumi Knits!), but have had these two spare tentacles sitting around ever since... until now!

I also had a hoop that I'd taken the top off of to give to a friend to use as a door handle for her awesome and amazing fairy door, so it was a rather useless hoop... I had dreams of doing something like deathbeforedishes's unbelieveable Through the Hobbit Hole Hoop, but to be fair I'm pretty sure I'd never manage that level of embroidery.  So, the two leftover bits came together to become... The Kracken's Revenge!





And, the back (before gluing on the felt, just to show the double-ring arrangement):

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini Books on: May 28, 2015 06:20:54 PM
So, I have a thing about scraps of paper, and not wanting to waste them.  These are made from the cut-off bits from paper I folded to make larger books... but they got done before the larger ones did!  I also learned the Kettle Stitch to make these...

Book 1:



Inside:



Book 2:



Side:



The ribbons ended up being necessary to hold them closed, because even though I used a bone folder, they didn't want to lay flat.  Too small and not enough weight to overcome the desire to unfold, I think.  The first one is getting better since it's been tied shut awhile...

The hardest part was putting the buttons on!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Circus Main Attraction and Sideshow Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) on: May 08, 2015 05:15:14 PM
STEP RIGHT UP, STEP RIGHT UP to the GREATEST swap on EARTH!  The Craftster Circus Swap Extraordinaire!  Straight ahead you'll find the main tent, full of acrobats and clowns and feats or daring-do!  To your left, games of skill and chance!  To your right... the sideshow... if you dare!  Come one, come all, and enjoy the spectacle that is... THE CIRCUS MAIN ATTRACTION AND SIDESHOW SWAP!


OVERVIEW

Swap name: Circus Main Attraction and Sideshow Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smeddley
Co-organizer: Bow and Sparrow
Sign-up date range: 5/8/15-5/15/15
Date to send item by: 6/9/15
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No

Big shout-out to artsycandice for posting the idea!!!!

THE WRITE-UP

This will be a swap for a MEDIUM {OR} TWO SMALLS.  To give you an idea of what sizes are:

By Time/Price/Physical size
-Large = 3 or more hours/$30 or more
-Medium = 2 or more hours/$10-$30 dollars
-Small = 2 or less hours/$10 or less

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.  If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.

Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post up it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Please keep you mailing receipt if you are sending internationally.  PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know as soon as you know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*

THE FINE PRINT

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


THE QUESTIONNAIRE

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval:

Allergies:
Allergens in your house:

What are your favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", items you already have):

Do you have any memories of the circus that might help your partner tailor a craft for you?  
Do you like the main show, the sideshow, or the games most?

Please list at least 3 main attractions you like:
1.
2.
3.

Please list at least 3 sideshow attractions you like:
1.
2.
3.

BONUS (not necessary, but I thought I'd include it): Please list at least 3 games you like:
1.
2.
3.


Are you interested in extras/spoiling?

Do you have a pinterest or other website that you would like to show your partner? Please list the links here:

Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?  


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

THE PARTICIPANTS
1. Smeddley (organizer)
2. Bow and Sparrow (co-organizer)
3. hannabear
4. artsycandice
5. moriarT
6. squidget
7. goatgoddess
8. emilywilde
9. stitchzBstitchz
10. MsZombieElvis
11. petskin
12. Mellifluous
13. pioneer9

THE PARTNERS

Bow and Sparrow's group

Smeddley <-> MsZombieElvis
emilywilde <-> Mellifluous
squidget <-> stitchzBstitchz
squidget <-> pioneer9

Smeddley's group

Bow and Sparrow <-> petskin
hannabear <-> goatgoddess
artsycandice <-> moriarT
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Garden/Outdoor Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) on: May 05, 2015 04:06:11 PM
GALLERY!



There once was a robin red-breasted,
at my bedroom window she nested.
The eggs were quite cute,
the babies not mute...
...my patience was certainly tested!

(yes, that's really a picture of a nest right outside my bedroom window... babies should be hatching any day now!)

OVERVIEW

Swap name: Garden/Outdoor Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smeddley
Sign-up date range: 5/5/15-5/15/15
Date to send item by: 6/9/15
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No

THE WRITE-UP

It's Spring!  It's Spring!  Well, in the Northern Hemisphere (sorry, Southern Hemisphere).  Time to get out and plant plants and enjoy sipping lemonade on patios and... whatever else it is you enjoy doing outside (horseshoes? croquet? water balloon fights?)

This will be a THREE POINT swap, and it has to have a Medium or Large item (so, basically, a Large or a Medium and a Small).  To give you an idea of what sizes are:

By Time/Price/Physical size
-Large = 3 or more hours/$30 or more
-Medium = 2 or more hours/$10-$30 dollars
-Small = 2 or less hours/$10 or less

Ideas to get you thinking: wind chimes, fairy houses, gnomes, yard art, plant markers, birdhouses/feeders, toad houses, flags, signs, seeds/bulbs (check on shipping regulations!), stepping stone molds, mosaic chips, outdoor pillows, outdoor tablecloths/mug rugs, lanterns, tree faces...

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.  If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.

Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post up it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Please keep you mailing receipt if you are sending internationally.  PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know as soon as you know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*

THE FINE PRINT

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


THE QUESTIONNAIRE

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval:

Allergies:
Allergens in your house:

What are your favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", items you already have):

Describe your outdoor space/style (whimsical , zen, bold, overgrown):
Favorite garden critters (real)?
Favorite mythical garden creatures?
Favorite plants/flowers/trees?

Please list at least 5 outdoor/garden things you'd like ("anything off my pinterest board" can be one of the items!)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.


Are you interested in extras/spoiling?

Do you have a pinterest or other website that you would like to show your partner? Please list the links here:

Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?  


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

THE PARTICIPANTS
1. Smeddley (organizer)
2. juliel85
3. pinkmichk
4. hellobint
5. Ludi
6. Zenersy
7. rscowtown
8. Muahahahaha
9. quaggy
10. JoyfulClover
11. redpopsicles
12. MissingWillow
13. P_E_S_T
14. bronzfrog
15. StainedMushroom
16. emilywilde



THE PARTNERS

Smeddley <-> emilywilde
juliel85 <-> MissingWillow
pinkmichk <-> hellobint
Ludi <-> JoyfulClover
Zenersy <-> StainedMushroom
rscowtown <-> Muahahahaha
quaggy <-> redpopsicles
P_E_S_T <-> bronzfrog
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / You will be... depleted (with pattern) on: April 30, 2015 05:57:19 PM
Onward with my themed blood drop squeezies, this one a Cyberman!



This one is crocheted just as a normal Bob the Blood Drop, with the changes of sewed on felt eyes and mouth, and the extra bits (not sure what to call those?  Helmet struts?).

Size F Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Round 1: SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook).  Join {sl st to first SC, ch1}
Round 2: SC in each st, join (4)
Round 3: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (6)
Round 4: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (9)
Round 5: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join  (13)
Round 6: SC in each st, join (13)
Round 7: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join (17)
Round 8: SC in each st, join (17)
Round 9: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st, join (22)
Round 10: SC in each st, join (22)
Round 11: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (33)
Rounds 12-20: SC in each st, join (33)
(about here you probably want to add the eyes I used just those safety craft eyes, but you could used yarn or buttons, as well.)
Rounds 21-23: *SC in first st, SC 2tog* repeat from *, join
(stuff-as-you-go decreases)
Round 24: 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.

Helmet bits (make 2):

Round 1: 6 SC in magic ring (alternatively, ch 6, join in loop, sc around).  Leave long tail for sewing to top of the drop
Rounds 2-5: SC around (6)
Round 6: Sl St in next st, TURN, SC in the next 3 st, Sl St in the next stitch, TURN, SC in next 3 st, Sl St in last 3 st (6)
Round 7: SC in 3 st, Sl St in 3 st (6)
Round 8: SC in 3 st, Sl St in 3 st (6)
Rounds 9-16: SC around (6)
Round 17: Sl St in next st, TURN, SC in the next 3 st, Sl St in the next stitch, TURN, SC in next 3 st, Sl St in last 3 st (6)
Round 18: 2 SC in each of the st around (12)
Round 19: SC, 2 SC around (18)
Sl st in next st and fasten off.

Sew the helmet bits to drop as shown.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Hand spun... acrylic? 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?!
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Cannot upload pictures (Firefox) [RESOLVED] on: April 18, 2015 11:27:27 AM
The quick upload just stalls on "processing image" and won't go any further, if I try to go to the photo hosting page and upload them I get:

Error creating thumbnail! Error code: 1

Command:

"/usr/bin/mogrify" +profile "*" -size 100x56 -quality 70 -geometry 100x56 -unsharp 10 '/home/craft/public_html/pictures/data/500/thumbs/221575_17Apr15_tmp_23611-20150417_091152955514328.jpg'


EDIT: seems to be a Firefox issue.  Sad  I uploaded some pictures in IE (ptewy!) and it went fine.  Sad
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / EXSANGUINATE! (with pattern) 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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