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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / "sounds like home" playlists & pictures on: August 14, 2005 08:12:44 AM
When you get your musical surprise from somewhere else in the world, reveal it all here! 
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / "sounds like home" secret music swap (sign-up closed; mail by 13 Aug) on: July 26, 2005 10:10:18 AM
Swap name: "Sounds Like Home" Music Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: acesulfamek
Sign-up date range: 26 July - 3 August
Date to send item by: 13 August

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Not a set number, but if there are too many people from the same city we may have a problem making matches - that seems unlikely though.

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes.

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages, provided you are comfortable with / allowed to hear potential "mature" lyrics.

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:
...

This is a cd swap, where you will send your partner a mix of music that centers around your hometown (as you define it - be that where you live now, where you grew up, etc).  This can be bands from your city, songs that mention or were inspired by your city, or other songs that you think have a connection.  Your goal is to give the person who listens to your cd an idea of a "Soundtrack for X Town". 

In the package, along with track information please briefly explain to your partner what the connection between each song you chose and your home.  Also, please include a picture that you think represents your city best as the "cover art" for the cd (this can - and I hope will be - interpreted creatively and craftyly).

In some cases, you can expand the idea of "hometown" to mean a bigger area (such as country, etc), if you want, but please just run it by me and/or the group first.

This swap is a "secret swap" in that you will not know who is sending to you until you open your mailbox.  I will assign someone from a different geographic area, but you will not know who that person is.  Since we are making mixs based on our own preferences and cities most of all, I think this will work out well (no need to ask your partner for her measurements or anything in this swap).


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US? (Remember you will only be sending a cd or two)

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE...

What city/region/area will you be representing?
What is your connection to this place?
Are there other places you have lived (to make sure you get music from someplace unfamiliar)?
Very generally speaking, are there genres of music you especially like or dislike?
Are you interested in music in a non-English language (if this comes up)? Any particular language?
Do you prefer regular music cds or data/mp3 cds?

Optional Bonus Question: fill in the [blanks] - "my city is better than [another city's name] because of [reason]" 


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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

...
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "sounds like home" music swap on: July 21, 2005 08:42:15 PM
There have been a lot of neat music/cd swaps going on and proposed lately, so if this is too much like another one, I apologise.

My idea would be to make for one's partner a mix of songs that form something of a picture of your hometown.  This might include local bands (similar to this swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21344.0 ) or songs about your area.  Maybe the song has subject matter that relates to where you live, or maybe there is some other connection that isn't even that obvious.  With the cd, you could include explainations of the connection of each track.

To top it off (and to help your partner visualize what being in X Town is like) swappers might be encouraged to work a picture or two of your city into the package - possibly as 'cover art' or in some other way.

Does this sound fun and different enough from other swaps to be worthwhile?
4  COOKING / Dessert / summertime = tasty cobbler on: May 16, 2005 09:32:40 AM
this cobbler recipie is super-easy and very, very tasty. you know that it is probably both yummy and totally unhealthy as it has been used for generations of my boyfriend's nice Southern family.

ingredients:
1 stick of butter
1 c / 250 mL flour
1 c / 250 mL sugar
1 c / 250 mL milk (or vanilla soy milk - I have subbed for vegan guests and it works perfectly well)
.5 tsp / 2 mL salt
1.5 tsp / 7 mL baking powder
3 c / 750 mL (approx) fruit (you can go very simple - mixed berries, bing cherries, peaches... - or get more fancy - pear + plum + ginger, etc. anything will work.  you can use more fruit if you want, or less.  whatever you see at the farmer's market looking good)

directions:
1. pre-heat the oven to 350 F / 180 C
2. wash your fruit and chop it into bite-sized peices.  I wouldn't go too small - it's better when you get a big chunk of peach or what-have-you.  set it aside for a minute.
3. in a big bowl, mix all the non-fruit ingredients until smooth.  you don't need a mixer or anything - just a whisk or fork should do the trick.
4. pick either a smallish square pan (like you might make brownies in) or a larger more rectangley pan (more cake-sized) depending on if you want more, shallower cobbler, or less, deeper cobbler.  it is up to you.
5. chop the stick of butter into a few pieces and put them into the ungreased pan.  put the pan in the oven to melt the butter.  about five minutes.
6. take the pan back out of the oven.  pour in the batter, then the fruit.  put it back into the oven to bake.
7. bake for about 35 minutes

I guess you could eat the hot, gooey cobbler without a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but that might be missing the point.

I hope you try the recipie and enjoy!


EDIT: though this is totally obvious, I guess I should mention that, if you're going the soy milk-route, you would also want to not use the butter.  I have not tried it with a butter sub, though I don't see why you couldn't.  didn't want you thinking I thought butter was vegan! Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Maryland Sheep & Wool on: April 15, 2005 04:26:29 PM
the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is coming up very soon (May 7 -8).  a lot of local and not-so-local knitters are making plans to attend, and I'm becoming reasonably excited at this point.  are any other fine Craftsters going to be in the sheep house with me? 
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Feuerbach shirt on: March 31, 2005 10:03:12 AM
my boyfriend and I have started into screen printing, using the very DIY chiffon-in-a-hoop technique.

our first shirt came out like this:

http://home.ripway.com/2004-10/183985/shirt1front.jpg

http://home.ripway.com/2004-10/183985/shirt1back.jpg

the design on the front is taken from a picture of 19th C. German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach. the words on the back (it reads "theology is anthropology") are taken from his writing.

because it was our first project, there is a little smearing/blurring, but I think we will get better with practice.  screen printing is so much fun.  I want to run around printing little Feuerbach heads on to all kinds of things!
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Stitch n' Bitch Journal on: March 26, 2005 10:34:59 PM
Just F.Y.I....  I assume some of you are aware, but for those who are not, there will be a new Stitch n' Bitch journal book coming out next month called  Stitch 'N Bitch: A Knitter's Design Journal (to get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0761138331/002-2151940-7664012?v=glance ).  My understanding is it will be more or less like the other knitting journals that are on the shelves, like the 'Yarn Girls' one for example, but with a SNB theme. 
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Manly Sweater on: February 15, 2005 07:34:50 AM
I noticed that a bunch of people have made this sweater, and have shown off some great finished projects.  (Just look at this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4064)

For those who are still working or just getting started, is there any interest in a knitalong?  I just started mine yesterday, and I think the knitalong encouragement would be fun. 
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Head Hugger (SNBN) on: November 23, 2004 01:34:31 PM
I made one of the headband/neckwarmers from SNBN yesterday.  I started in the morning, and I got it nearly-done at my Stitch n' Bitch meeting last night - I just needed to do some finishing once I got home.  A nice little gift to me, in between all the gift-knitting!

This picture is of it being used as a choker-neckwarmer, but I think it looks better as a headband.  Unfortunately, I just couldn't get a good photo of my own head.


I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (as the pattern says) for the green and purple, and DB Baby Cashmerino, held double, for the red.



Once I had the whole thing done, I compared it to the big photo in the book and I think I sewed the flower on inside out!  The flower curls under in the picture, but my petals curl up.  I don't really mind though.  I certainly have plenty of yarn leftover to make a couple more if the mood strikes.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Knitting Swap (over!) on: October 10, 2004 10:01:29 AM
Swap name: Knitting Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: acesulfamek (Brittany)

Sign-up date range: October 10, 2004 to October 20, 2004.

Date to send item by: November 1, 2004

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no.

Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes.

All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages.

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will make sure that every participant has been a member for at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap: Each participant will be assigned a partner.  You and your partner will exchange either yarn or, if you are both willing, finished knitted projects.  Each participant is encouraged to spend around US$20 on what they send - just to ensure that each person gets something as nice as what they send.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

Would you prefer to get supplies or a project?
Would you prefer to send supplies or a project?
Do you have any fiber allergies (angora, for example)?
Are there any colors you love?
Are there any colors you hate?


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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap
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