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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 07, 2016 05:33:08 PM
I agree that the points are not my main motivator, and it can be hard to judge how long an item takes. The hat I recently posted took me about 3 hours to make, but someone who crochets faster could probably make it in an hour. I know I've submitted projects for prompts that could have been Big Time projects, but I really love the challenge of figuring out how to fit a project to a prompt! 

As for Research Projects, I like that we have to declare them in advance, knowing that it's a project that has multiple steps or components, and that we can put them on hold, if needed. I try to choose a project where I'm actually learning something new, not just a project that will take a long time. For me personally, it's the distinguishing factor for a Research Project. My Fireworks Blanket Research Project, for example, requires me to learn how to do a join-as-you-go technique I've never tried. I'm also working on a poncho, which will take me just as long, but I'm not learning anything new, so I'll eventually submit it as a Big Time project. I don't know if that was the original intent of a Research Project, but it's how my science (and teacher) brain interpreted it- doing some bit of research to learn something new.

Maybe we could add in the option of a few more Big Time project submissions, and be a bit "stricter" about the definition of what a Research Project is, if that makes sense. So, a Big Time project could be based on number of hours, but a Research Project should be something with a timeline (minimum hours/weeks), multiple steps, and some kind of new skill/knowledge gained.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: February 06, 2016 06:59:40 PM
Prompt:  February- Snow Fort
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Tassel Hat for the Celtics Game
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Tomorrow, I'm chaperoning a school trip to a Boston Celtics game. Winter weather has finally arrived, and it can be cold on the bus and when we have to stand outside to wait for the bus after the game, so I figured I'd make myself a hat in Celitcs colors. I used the instructions from this video on YouTube. I had to add an extra set of stripes, plus a few extra stitches in the starting chain (because I crochet tightly, not because I have a fat head Smiley ). I also changed the style of the tassels. And the best part? IT WAS ON CLEARANCE!
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3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list on: February 06, 2016 06:54:02 PM
I finished my hat for tomorrow! It's the "Hat with Tassels" and I had to add an extra repeat (plus a few extra stitches in the starting chain) because I crochet pretty tightly (or I have a big head Smiley ). I also changed how I made my tassels- I twisted  2 strands of yarn together and then folded them in half to create the thicker twist, and then I tied the end into a knot. I trimmed that end for a bit of fringe and, at the other end, I put a piece of yarn through the loop and used that to attach it to the hat. I like how it looks!

I just noticed that the hat is on backwards in the photo. And, somehow, my join gave me a diagonal seam, and I don't know why... But, no matter! I have a hat for the game!
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list on: February 06, 2016 01:40:41 PM
wendiek, that shark hat is fantastic! Thanks for posting the link! I'm going to add it to my list Smiley

And, I'm going to a Boston Celtics game tomorrow, so I might try to knock out a hat tonight so I can wear it to the game. I have to leave here at 10 am, so I'd better get crackin'!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 06, 2016 01:38:24 PM
Great interview, LovelyMiss! I don't remember seeing that Star Trek beaded curtain before, but I love it! And, it's pretty cool that you built your own computer! Makes it easy to know how to fix it if it breaks Smiley
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap- Discussion Thread on: February 04, 2016 03:59:40 PM
Whoo-hoo! I am still planning to start sign-ups in a little over a week, with crafting to happen for most of March. I have a lot of things to catch up on and there's a possibility we might have a snow day tomorrow. When I left school this afternoon, word was it would most likely be a 2 hour delay, but the storm track seems to have shifted north, and we're expected to get more snow. So, since I thought I'd be in school tomorrow, I left all of my work on my desk. This now leaves me much of the day for crafting... and shoveling Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Thrift Store Cake Stands on: February 02, 2016 06:06:17 PM
Thank you! I was lucky to find the platters and the candleholders when I randomly stopped at the thrift store on my way home. I've got a couple of items I'm hoping to find by next year, but I have a DIY solution if I can't find what I need Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: February 02, 2016 06:03:34 PM
Congrats to my fellow Nerds of the Month!

Lately, I have been checking posts on my phone and I have a hard time typing replies on it, so I haven't been commenting much. But, I have been admiring all of the projects.

I have not been super crafty lately. Seriously, knocking out that quilt over vacation kicked my crafty behind, and I haven't recovered yet! I have a very ambitious list of projects to tackle (and I still have Christmas gifts to finish... tsk, tsk), so I'm going to have to concentrate on the more pressing items, and then see what else I can squeeze in. I am chaperoning a trip to see the Boston Celtics on Sunday, and I might pack a little crochet project for the bus ride Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list on: February 02, 2016 05:56:00 PM
They are both adorable! And, I love how you switched the blue and green to make them coordinate without them being identical. Great idea!
10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list on: February 01, 2016 07:22:37 PM
That hat is totally cute! I love the colors you used! There are 4 babies due at work, so small hats are definitely in my future!
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