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1441  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 52 - DONE on: November 16, 2009 05:58:38 AM
I'd like to claim Banga for some foreign vintage ephemera and probably some vintage inspired or wist inspired christmas things too. This is my 3rd claim, 1 in transit, none received yet.

I'll go hunting for some vintage ephemera and possibly patterns for you after I get my flu shot. Our awesome thrift shop is open today!

List in a moment

Hello everyone! Im a 27 year old pharmacist from Sweden. I usually think about myself as a knitter but I do a lot of different crafts and enjoy creating artsy mixed media pieces. Pincushions with fun little shrinky dink pins are also tons of fun to make. Knitting and crafting is whats keeping me sane-ish at the moment since Im dealing with some health issues and some work related stress to top it off.

I like warm colours and fall colours. Shades of red usually attract me, especially blood red and berry shades (tomato red not so much). Dark purple is another big favourite. Colour combinations I like: red-black, red-black-silver, dark purple-silver, chocolate brown-cyan/teal, bright rainbows. My wists should give some ideas of colours and patterns I like too. Im a pale girl so the brighter colours work better on things like socks and things Im not going to wear near my face.

Our home decoration is mostly red-black-white and birch with a bit of grey tossed in with our dark grey sofa and some other grey furniture.

I love recycling and wouldnt mind getting second hand or thrifted supplies as long as theyre clean and not broken beyond repair. I really like how crafting can turn trash into treasure so a upgraded thriftstore find would be great to receive.

Since both Christmas and my fiancs birthday is coming up (29th November) some of my wishes will be for him. He likes WoW and plays a night elf Death Knight. Other things he likes are medieval fighting (think big swords and dirty fighting), airplanes and science fiction. Hes also secretly a crafty man and beats the snot out of me when it comes to embroidering, sewing and cooking.

Big wishes in blue

Crafts

An apron for the chef in the family (my fianc). Hes a big guy so itd have to be a large one. Perhaps with Life is like a jar of jalapenos what you do today might burn your ass tomorrow stencilled on it? Other themes that might be good are star wars, order of the stick, WoW (horde), realistic airplanes and big swords.

Craft apron for me. (short with pockets)

NEW! Bracelet with a lot of charms/dangly beads like this. Either shades of blue (for my sister) or shades of green (for mom). We all have rather small wrists but I can provide exact measurments if this is claimed.

Decorated T-shirts for my fianc. XXXL or XXXXL US size I think. Stencilled or perhaps embroidered or appliqud would be better than iron-on decorations since Ive had poor luck washing iron-on decorated clothes. He likes Big Dog T-shirts so something in that style would work, or see the theme suggestions above.

Funny/cute magnets for my fridge. I really like miniatures so miniature food (or other miniatures) on magnets would be great.

Baby stuff. Some people I love are spawning so if you love creating adorable baby things I can gift them to a deserving baby. Baby is due in May. (Ideas for themes: Gnomes/dwarves, library/book related, mushrooms/toadstools)

Scented sachets for my yarn stash and clothes in any textile craft (embroidered, quilted, crocheted, knitted, whatever!) If you want to be able to send a flatter package I could fill them myself. Thank you claire313!

An altered puzzle, or altered puzzle turned into a frame perhaps? Or altered puzzle piece magnets?

A project bag for embroidery projects. This would also be for my fianc so something stylish and not overly feminine.

Fun cloth pads. They dont have to be fancy or very thick and they usually stay in place without wings/fastening for me. I dont need heavy duty stuff but I like them rather long. My favourite kind is just two squares of fabric sewn together and then folded to get the right shape.

Shower/beauty items. I like handmade soaps and bath/beauty things but I dont own a bathtub... Not too strong scents, please. Thank you lapoli!

A happy shower cap. The brighter the better! Feel free to embellish with huge fake flowers and the like as long as it survives chlorinated pool water. (Here's a turorial I found)

Crochet hook roll. The few hooks I have are always missing when I want them =) Thank you claire313!

Poly clay covered hooks. I like hooks with thicker handles so thick pretty handles must be perfect.

A ceramic yarn bowl.

NEW! Shallow bowls for sushi soy. Can be handmade or storebought and painted/decorated as long as they are food safe.

A pair of hand knitted socks for me. I know this might not be a medium item for you (it sure isnt for me!) but if you are a quick knitter and would like to knit a pair for me I would be extremely grateful. My shoe size is US 7-8 I think, but Ill measure properly if this wish is picked. Thick or thin socks, either is fine.

A mail organizer. We need somewhere to put our mail and bills (the pile inside the door is not working). Im thinking some kind of wall hanged thing with 2-3 pockets perhaps? The room this is going to hang in has white walls and dark purple furniture/curtains.

A magic yarnball. The project inside can be knitted or crocheted, but Im only a beginner crocheter so nothing too complicated if you go for crochet.

A jar of whimsies.

NEW! A set of handmade christmas cards. They can either say "Marry Christmas" or "God Jul!" or just be pretty and sparkly and wintery with no text. I don't need a ton of them since I only send to my family and closest friends.

NEW! A hand carved stamp. I've seen so many pretty ones. I'd love one with a rabbit in the style of the Watership Down movie. The ones during the parts with "rabbit religion" and not the animated regular ones. Some pictures to show what I mean are here (first picture) and here

Or an owl stamp... I like owls too Smiley

NEW! Pretty stitch markers. There is no such thing as too many stitch markers. For crochet it's good if they can be opened, but I can use closed rings too.

Surprise me with your best craft! If you create something you love making Im sure Ill love receiving it.

A wisty surprise. (I've tried to add some jewellery and new stuff lately)

Craft Supplies
Fleece/roving that can be used for thrumming mittens. Undyed or dyed wool doesnt matter since I can kool aid dye it myself if needed. Thank you lapoli!

Shrinky dinks or shrink plastic in other colours than white and transparent.

Ive heard you can use some kind of stick to wind yarn into centre pull balls. Nostepinne? Id like to try one out since Ive failed every time I try to wind centre pull balls by hand. Or if you happen to have a yarn winder you dont use Id be glad to take it off your hands. Ha ha.

Bamboo sock yarn in fun colourways. I have plenty of sock yarn already, but adding sock yarn of different fibre to your stash doesnt count right?

Im slowly overcoming my crochet fear so any hooks, pattern suggestions or other useful crochet things would be welcome. Ive found that hooks with thicker handles are easier on my hands.

Starter kit for soap making. Melt and pour would probably be easiest since I dont feel like handling corrosive stuff...

Pretty bookmarks for papercrafting and decoupage. I like them rather small, and vintage looking if possible. And glitter is never wrong Wink

Knitting magazines or craft magazines you are done with. Pre-loved is fine.

T-shirts for my fianc that I could decorate. XXXL or XXXXL US size. (hard to find bigger ones in Sweden...)

Extras
Tea (I drink mostly loose leaf tea, but teabags are ok too.)

Local candy (Id love to try candy corn for example, and Ive discovered that Nerds are delicious)

Small balls of leftover cotton or acrylic yarn you might have kicking around. Partial skeins/small amounts is fine as long as it's enough to at least knit something small. (for making tawashi, amigurumi and dishcloths) I'm putting this as an extra since I wouldn't want a packages stuffed with it Wink
1442  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 51 and 52 Discussion on: November 16, 2009 04:46:54 AM
Ohhh! I think my package is at the post office now =) I got a note about a package that was too big to deliver and I'm going to pick it up this evening when I have access to a car. I could walk there, but... I've walked all over town today and I'm feeling a bit lazy.
1443  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: My 2009 Holiday Greeting Card design (and contest!) on: November 16, 2009 12:59:57 AM
Cute card =) You've got my vote.
1444  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: '10 Minute' Craft Swap (Signups: 11/09 - 11/15 Sendouts: 11/30) on: November 15, 2009 01:04:43 PM
I think talking to your partner is key here... If I should knit something for this swap for example I'd have to stick with one small item (and I'd probably have to cheat a little and let it take slightly longer than 1 hour). I think I'd tell my partner roughly how much I was planning to send to make sure one of us weren't going to feel shorted.

I can make simple amigurumi, but they take me waaay more than one hour. Still a crochet novice Smiley In fact... Even my knitted little amigurumi take more than one hour. Time consuming craft...
1445  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: '10 Minute' Craft Swap (Signups: 11/09 - 11/15 Sendouts: 11/30) on: November 15, 2009 12:26:23 PM
I want in too! Must fill in form...
1446  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 51 and 52 Discussion on: November 15, 2009 12:02:30 PM
I don't think a long list is greedy, it's helpful! Much easier to find something to claim Smiley I'm a bit more than half way done with the scarf for Hika-chan and I might have to make another like it later. "You're not going to send that away are you?"

Comments like that are usually a good sign Tongue
1447  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Bead update on: November 14, 2009 01:40:47 PM
I really like the red fish. It makes me happy Smiley
1448  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: i *do* give a hoot! on: November 14, 2009 01:09:47 PM
I love the colour, and the pattern is very cute too. Owls <3
1449  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Gail and Storm Cloud Shawlette on: November 14, 2009 09:35:26 AM
Beautiful! I really like the first shawl. Someday I will be brave enough to try some serious lace knitting...
1450  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: One Large Thing Swap on: November 12, 2009 02:25:21 PM
I'd love a lace shawl... I really like shawls, but I have only knitted simpler ones without much of a lace pattern. I could make another illusion shawl and possibly custom make the illusion too. That would be fun Smiley I could offer socks too depending on foot size/yarn weight. I haven't knitted socks with thinner needles than 2.5 mm yet and I'm not sure how long it would take really.

Last shawl I made was from acrylic since my first partner was a vegan, and it turned out nice. Cotton blends should work depending on the pattern, but I think pure cotton might be a bit heavy. In fact... My little cousin knitted a small triangular shawl for her stuffed giraffe from a really nice and soft cotton yarn (cotton mixed with something else I think).

I should probably add what I couldn't knit. I've never knitted anything fitted besides socks so I wouldn't want to do that. I've got a fear of sweaters Tongue

Hmmm... What else could I make? Possibly knitted baby clothes depending on the pattern.
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