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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My take on the very pretty puffy slouchy hat... on: August 07, 2008 08:10:35 PM
...in purple! Smiley



I love this hat so much. The pattern is so easy to follow, and for someone like me who loves to wear slouchy hats, it looks a lot different than your typical tam. I'm sorry about the blur; I was balancing on the tips of my toes in front of my toilet to take this picture. Cheesy

Here's what it looks like on my head:



And here's my attempt at taking a picture of the side of it; it didn't work very well, but you can see details of the stitching pretty well:



If you've thought about making a slouch hat out of this pattern but haven't found the time yet, you definitely should make some time since it really is an awesome hat. Smiley
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Squid, nautilus and jellyfish amigurumis! on: August 07, 2008 08:05:40 PM
I work for my community pool this summer, and when I'm not helping people, there's a lot of downtime. So, I have taken to bringing my crochet to work with me. I already have a love for ocean creatures, and when you combine that love with chlorine fumes...well...you get these little critters. Cheesy



Squiddie! I love this guy sooo much. I worked on him off and on for months (some of it at my boyfriend's grandmother's house, where everyone there was impressed that I could crochet). Also, I don't think those are going to be his final eyes; I just need to get out to somewhere that I can get him better looking ones...unless anyone really likes the tiny eyes? I kinda-sorta do, but at the same time, I don't.



To go along with squiddie: jellyfish! I love him too. I made him up as I went along and was so happy with how he turned out. The color in this picture is a little off - it's actually like a bright blue. I'm sorry about the blur, too - I was trying to hold him up to take the picture but I guess my arm wiggled a bit there.



And...I thought this nautilus was going to be sticking with the other two, but after looking at his color scheme in comparison with his companions, I've decided to give him away to my friend Heidi, who watched me make him and adores him. He's still pretty cute, though.



Here's one final shot of squiddie and jelly, sitting on top of the yarn that will become the shell for my new nautilus. Smiley

I hope you like them! Also, I got a new camera, so I just have to say - isn't it great that you can actually see the stitching and the work that I put into my critters? My old camera had no macro setting (that's what you get for ~$60) and now that I have a good camera I can't wait to show off all of this stuff I've been making. Cheesy Yay! Now, to get a tripod! Wink
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What can I do with old bras? on: July 29, 2008 03:08:47 PM
Hi all,

After going into Macy's a few days ago, I realized that I am one of the women who was wearing an ill-fitting bra. I bought some new ones and now have a few old ones that I don't really have anything to do with.
Does anyone have ideas on what I can do with 2-3 old bras? They're somewhat large (34D) so there is a *little* material to work with, but I'd really like to use all of it...and I've seen the bra purses, which I think are definitely cute and I will be making one soon. Smiley

Thanks!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Givers and Needers Swap R3 Gallery on: July 19, 2008 04:32:05 PM
Original thread is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257350.0

Purple = sent
Green = partner has received
Strikethrough = feedback given
Yellow = late with communication
Red = PM me immediately

ghilie x digital misfit
sezouli x weeping_cloud
CreativeGenes x melyssa_marie
instantkarma x missmoppet
whoopdedo_5 x samiam4321
ghilie x Kimberly_Star
mamaAnn x summerluvin_ca
ckchan x instantkarma
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Givers and Needers Swap R3! (Signups closed; Send 7/31 & 8/14) on: July 15, 2008 10:12:16 AM
Firstly, allow me to offer a big THANK-YOU to Jennickell for organizing rounds one and two - several of us would not have the beginnings of a stash without her. Smiley

Swap name: The Givers and Needers Swap R3 (round three)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: instantkarma
Sign-up date range: 7/15/08 to 7/22/08 or until full
Date to send item by: Givers send by 7/31/08; needers send by 8/14/08

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 16; that's eight needers and eight givers.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country?: YES
If so, which country?: US/Canada, just because of shipping costs
Age requirement?: Must be at least 13

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

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 13 years old: YES


Details of swap:

Welcome to the Givers and Needers swap! It's time for round three!

Givers: If you have an overabundance of craft supplies, this is your role. You send a box (doesn't matter how big or how small; it's totally up to you) to a Needer and receive a little thank-you gift for all your generosity. You do need to get a DC# for your package.

Needers: If you have a need for craft supplies, this is your role. You will receive a box from a Giver with things you asked for in your questionnaire, and once you have received it you will send a little thank-you gift to the Giver.  This could be an ATC, a handmade card, a piece of jewelry, whatever. You do not need a DC# for this gift, but taking a picture of the package before it has been sent (in the envelope) is required.

This swap is limited to 16 people because it takes some work to match swappers up. There will be eight givers spots and eight needers spots; once they are filled, they are filled.

This is a great way to de-stash and help a fellow crafter out who may for various reasons need some supply help. I have personally been on the receiving side of this swap and have never been disappointed with what I received.

New for this round: if you have not sent out by the sendout date, you will be given negative feedback UNTIL you PM me with your proof of sending your package.

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Givers and Needers Swap Round 3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Are you at least 13 years old?:

Givers:
What types of supplies do you have to give?
1. Fabric/sewing supplies (including patterns, trim, stuffing, buttons):
2. Beads/Jewelry supplies:
3. Yarn:
4. Crochet books/supplies:
5. Knit books/Supplies:
6. Paper/scrapbook supplies:
7. Needlework (embroidery, cross stitch, etc):
8. Soap/Candle supplies:
9. Other: (Please describe)

Needers:
What types of supplies do you need/want?:
1. Fabric/sewing supplies (including patterns, trim, stuffing, buttons):
2. Beads/Jewelry supplies:
3. Yarn:
4. Crochet books/supplies:
5. Knit books/Supplies:
6. Paper/scrapbook supplies:
7. Needlework (embroidery, cross stitch, etc):
8. Soap/Candle supplies:
9. Other: (Please describe)

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.


EDITED: THANK YOU for all the generosity, especially on the part of the givers. Please do not send me any more questionnaires for either givers or needers as all our slots are most likely filled up.

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258165.0
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Craft My Religion (signups closed; sendouts 8/18) on: July 07, 2008 10:18:50 PM
Swap name: Craft My Religion
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: instantkarma
Sign-up date range: Tuesday, July 8th, 2008 to Friday, July 18th, 2008 or until full
Date to send item by: Monday, August 18th, 2008

This swap is limited to twenty-four people.
It is not restricted to people who all live in the same country.
You must be at least thirteen years old to participate in this swap.
Please ask an adult's permission before signing up if you are under eighteen years old.

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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yep.
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yep.
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yep.
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yep.
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yep.
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: Yep.

Details of swap:
Welcome to the Craft My Religion swap! If you are interested in learning more about other religious traditions while sharing your own personal views and experiences, this swap is for you! My goal in organizing this swap is to give swappers an environment where they have the opportunity to learn a little about religious traditions that may or may not be like their own.

During the course of this swap, you will be assigned with a partner whose religious traditions may be vastly different or nearly the same as your own. You will use their questionnaire answers, along with conversation and a little personal research, to craft a minimum of one medium and two small items for your partner. These items will pertain to your partner's religious tradition, not your own; however, if you are interested in swapping a small item or two that has to do with your own religion, then feel free to discuss this with your partner.

Also, if you feel that your personal beliefs don't really “fit” into one religious tradition or the other, if you take some things from one tradition and others from another, or if you consider yourself non-religious but still spiritual, that's just fine – you can certainly still join this swap! I don't mean to exclude anyone by using the term “religion”; it's just an easier way for me to say all of that without having to say ALL of that, know what I mean?

If you want to join this swap, there are two requirements that I ask of all participants along with the usual swap rules of sending out with a DC#, making sure to communicate when you're late, and all of that jazz:

1. You must have an open mind to participate in this swap. Included with this, I ask that all communication be respectful and that, no matter how true you believe your traditions to be, you do not attempt to “preach” to or “convert” others in the swap.

2. Please, please, please, I cannot stress this enough: communication is key, not just with me but especially with your partner. The questionnaire will be rather vague as I could go on with pages of questions to ask, so it will be up to you to talk with your partner and find out the little details of their traditions that will help you make the most appropriate items for them. In turn, you also have to be willing to share information with your partner as they need it. Of course, it is up to you what type and amount of information you're willing to reveal as I understand that religion is a very personal thing to some people, but it would be nice if you're at least willing to talk about the very basics of your tradition, if not more.

Now, if you still want to participate, answer the below questions and PM them to me! Smiley

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
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?:
Are you at least thirteen years old?:

What religious tradition(s) best describes your beliefs?:
How long have you been practicing this tradition?:
Would you say you're a strong adherent or somewhat milder?:
Are there any main points or points of your tradition that are important to you that you would like to note here?:
Are there any webpages or other resources that you feel would help your partner better understand your beliefs?:

Do you celebrate any religious holidays?:
Do you attend any religious services?:
Do you hold any religious rituals (prayer, meditation, etc.)?:

Do you have any favorite...
Symbols (web links are appreciated)?:
Religious texts?:
Religious figures/icons?:
Concepts/philosophies?:

What are your favorite...
Colors?:
Smells?:
Textures?:

Are there any things that you specifically need/want?:
Are there any things you do NOT need/want?:
Are there any things that you would consider taboo from a religious standpoint if they were crafted for you?:
Do you have any allergies/personal adversions?:
Would you prefer to be matched with someone with the same/close to the same or a different religious tradition than you?:

Write anything else you want your partner to know here:




By the way, if you're new to this whole “swap” thing, be sure to check out the Swap Info Guide if you haven't already.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Any CUTE sweater patterns out there? on: June 25, 2008 06:04:37 PM
It seems like every time that I decide I want to crochet a sweater/button-up for fall and winter, all the patterns I can find are these fugly 70's types of things.

Are there any nice, modern crocheted button-up/sweater patterns out there anymore? I've seen the things in the Happy Hooker, and I'm trying to find more things like that.

Thanks in advance!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I figured out why my hair is sticking together! on: May 31, 2008 11:52:07 AM
I have one central table in my room that serves as my desk for my laptop, table for my sewing machine, and my place to do all my other crafts.

One of the things I use a lot in crafting is my hot glue gun - it's a low temperature gun, really small; I think I bought it for literally like three bucks at Michaels one day. It serves all my purposes well, so I use it a lot.

I'm also not the neatest person with my glue gun - I get the glue on my fingers (don't worry, it's low temp plus I'm used to it) and I peel off the pieces and tend to leave them on my craft table. I don't really worry about it since it's MY table that no one else uses or even has to see, so I'm allowed to be messy.

Today (and on a few other occasions), I had done my hair only to run my hand through the back of it and discover that bits of my hair had stuck together. I was never able to figure out why until now...

Another thing I use a lot in my day-to-day life is my hair straightener. I have straight hair, but it curls at the ends, so I fire up the straightener on the highest setting (that's what it takes to get the curl out!) and use it to set my curl straight again. I usually do this at my craft table.

Turns out my straightener gets hot enough to melt the hot glue bits on my table; the bits stick to the straightener until I run it through my hair, leaving straight hair stuck together with old hot glue. Shocked

Glad I figured that one out - I'll pick up my hot glue bits from now on.  Roll Eyes
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I was given a Kenmore 1525 by the boyfriend's mom - how do I take care of it? on: May 31, 2008 11:35:44 AM
Hi there everyone! This is my first post in the sewing machine boards since the last machine I had was a $20 plastic one that couldn't really do much of anything shy of sewing a straight line (and sometimes it couldn't even do that well).

Anyway, I was given a Kenmore 1525 Zig-Zag Machine by my boyfriend's mom (best present EVER) and I really do NOT want to mess it up as I have broken other machines in the past. I realize that a lot of the reason why I broke other machines is because I was an impatient child, but I also realize that a lot of it was because I just didn't know what I was doing.

So, I'm wondering if there are other Kenmore 1525 owners out there who can give me tips on keeping the machine in good working order or if there are things that I should know about sewing machines in general to keep mine in tiptop shape (well, as tiptop as a machine made about 30+ years ago can be!).

Also, I am really, really new at this whole sewing machine thing since I just use the straight, "regular" stitch...can anyone give me any tips on how to venture into the world of stitches that aren't a straight line? I sew mostly t-shirt (is that called "jersey"?) material because I resize a lot of t-shirts, but I also do some denim patching and little repairs like that.

Thank you so much for any help you can give me in advance! I really don't want to mess this one up; in fact, I hope to someday join the ranks of the people who make things with patterns in the Clothing boards...*eyes shine with admiration*..."I wanna be the very best like no one ever waaaaassss"...okay, I'll stop now. Thank you! Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Don't get hot glue under your fingernails... on: May 30, 2008 01:01:43 PM
It hurts. Believe me.

I clipped one of my nails way back because it got caught on something and ripped, which was painful enough. When I was hot gluing for another craft this morning, I managed to get hot glue on the exposed, raw part of my skin that I had just clipped back my fingernail from.

Ow. It still hurts.
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