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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: October 04, 2015 01:44:46 AM
No, not at all: we welcome fellow crafters all year long. Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 26, 2015 02:38:21 AM
Does anyone else still have the bug that when you go to "new posts", a whole bunch of them are skipped? Because I keep running into that (using Chrome) and I'm surprised that it's still not fixed.

Yoopidou: I knit the Icord with needles. You need douple pointed needles for that, and it's surprisingly easy. I 've only got the one set of DPN's though. I guess you could knit them on circulars too though, if a bit less practical.

cmouse01/FreakieGeekie: how do you get that ribbed effect on the crochet mitts? Especially cmouse's ones look really like knitting. Is it also extra stretchy? I do always wonder about the climate people with fingerless mittens are from, because they would get so little use here: either you don't need them because the temperatures are nice and warm, then there's about a week or three that you could use them, but halfway through fall through at least the end of winter, you'll definitely want full coverage on your hands. (Though I have been contemplating making a pair for when I'm knitting...)

Lol sheep, for somebody who doesn't want to think about winter, you're really early with the Christmas cards! They're really pretty though. Smiley I went and had a look at the process, and wow: respect! And you might feel like they're not perfect, but they so are. They've got that excellent artisan feel and they're stunning.

Lindy: 102 degrees? Like, 38.9C? :O Where do you live that the outside air is hotter than your body temperature? It's 16C here today, or 61F.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 23, 2015 02:43:10 AM
Wow on that cookiemonster stuff!!! :O Dedicated & talented mommy, your little bean is so lucky. Smiley I'm sure the recipients of those shoes are also super enthousiastic, such stylin' kicks.

Great job on the wigs too. Is loop stitch hard? Sure looks it! I used to love wigs as a little kid, I'm sure these will get a lot of use. Smiley

Next up: I wanted to learn how to knit I-cord, so I went looking for a fun pattern to incorporate it. Trying new techniques is so much more fun for a project than just as a trial run. I knit a silly little rabbit in striped pajamas. It's quite small (head + body is just about as big as my thumb) and I'm not sure yet what I'll do with it, but it's a funny little thing and I had fun making it.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 21, 2015 10:12:05 AM
AIMR, if your problem is stitch definition, I think you might like the Liffey pattern, which is a similar kind of design, but it seems to pop out a bit more. It showed up in my pattern search when looking for fun projects with I-cord design elements, because that's a technique I haven't tried yet, even though it seems rather simple.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 20, 2015 05:32:10 AM
Seeing a real face in a new avatar inspired me to finally replace the "temporary stand-in" one I set years ago.

I finished the foliage hat! My own gauge was a bit tighter than what the pattern prescribes, but thanks to AIMR's warning, I didn't make adjustments, and for the better: the size is perfect. Smiley If only the weather would cool down a bit faster. Tongue

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 12, 2015 01:12:41 PM
jillybeans, your daughter is so the cutest bean ever, and I love the cute stuff you made for her friend. So adorable. The cross-stitch is just magnificent for a Harry Potter fan, I'm jealous of your swap partner!

That1girl: love the orange hat! Perfect for fall. Smiley

cmouse01: three afghans? Wow!!! And this one seems plenty complicated too. R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

pinokeeo: stunning carving on that gourd. Enjoy the wedding next week!

trinalocakary: Those shelves are awesome! Great job, and your stuff comes out very nicely. Props to you.

sheepBlue: What a perfect wreck! Isn't it amazing to go wild with these things?

I have (apparently) committed heresy and combined crochet & knitting in a baby-blanket. I'm not sure which board to post it in. XD After five weeks with hook & needles, this is my final product (sorry for the lens flare):

You can't really tell, but the outside border is 8 rows of seed stitch, and the eyelet border gets some extra texture in the form of a couple of rows of garter stitch. It turned out a bit smaller than anticipated (apparently I swatched with a 5mm needle, and I knit with a 4mm needle) but it's still 80x80cm (31.5x31.5 inch). Plenty large to last a baby quite a while, I expect.

Onto the foliage hat which AIMR recently made & shared the pattern for. I've cast on and working on the brim right now. Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: August 26, 2015 12:59:20 PM
Do you have a link for the pattern of that foliage hat, AIMR? It's really pretty and I might want to make one for a friend. Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: August 14, 2015 08:27:17 AM
Wow, it's been SO long since I posted here! Been busy doing other stuff I suppose, but in the mean time you've all been making so many amazing things! Really love that rug. Smiley Part of my brain says the sheer amount of work is insanity, the other is reminding me that I'm working on a single crochet baby blanket, so maybe I'm just as insane. XD

With the happy news that one of my friends is pregnant, I've taken up my crochet hook again and started working on a baby blanket. It's now ~46x46cm (18") and I'm aiming for 90x90cm(35"), so I'm just over a quarter of the way there. And getting slightly bored with it at the moment, to be honest. :-/ I've done the major design element so far, and now it's just mindless single crochet all the way round. I switched to double crochet for a while as that would speed the process up, but it was starting to get quite wavy so I decided to switch back. It gives nice bit of visual variety.

Here's my current WIP:

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: May 31, 2015 09:14:22 AM
Woops, I haven't been keeping up with the HPC this semester! Been really busy with this year's bellydance show with many many rehearsals and also crafting days. It was a great success! Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sword dance bra - cup embellishment
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439495.0
Brief Description:
When I was making this bra, I wasn't really sure where I'd end up yet. Our belly dance teacher had made a prototype for inspiration, but we were encouraged to take the elements and create our own version with it. Lots of crochet and sewing went into this. A full day of crafting per cup! A labour of love. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sword dance bra - covering
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439495.0
Brief Description:
Before I could do the above embellishments of the bra for my sword dance costume, I first had to cover a regular strapless bra in a non-stretchy silvery satin fabric provided by our belly dance teacher. Let me tell you: that's not easy! Hiding the original bra took a full day of hand-stitching.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hair with friends
Brief Description:
Is there anything that says friendship more than braiding each other's hair? Probably, but it's such a staple! On a weekend outing with friends, lots and lots of hairstyles were tried out. The twisty half-up/half-down hairdo was for a friend who was complaining that because of her curly hair, she couldn't really pull off hairdos beyond leaving it down or a simple ponytail. I wanted to prove her wrong. The mesh hair band was one I once saw on youtube, but was unable to recreate on my own hair. Working on another person's head is a whole lot more practical!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - May
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Finished sword dance costume
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439495.0
Brief Description:
After covering and embellishing the bra of my sword dance costume, I kind of lagged behind in finishing the costumes. But there was a deadline: we had to perform! In the week leading up to the show, I picked up the costume again and finished it off. Using silvery ribbon, I created a six-stranded braid to make halter straps for the bra. Got to avoid on stage wardrobe malfunctions! Another finishing touch was the fringe on the belt of the costume.
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10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Belly dance - sword dance costume on: May 31, 2015 08:01:06 AM
My belly dance teacher celebrated her 25 year anniversary this year, and organised her sixth Belly Spotting show. I had great fun performing (the show was a great success Smiley) and also fun working on this costume. The bra took me over three days of full time crafting! :O

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