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31  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Make Me Something From My Wists" swap? on: February 22, 2008 12:46:11 PM
Does anyone think this is a good idea OR if there has been a round of something like this already, how about another one? Smiley I'm sure all of us Craftsters have some crafty things wisted as well as the uber-expensive things we're pining after...
I think this one might get a little expensive and/or time consuming, so I was thinking maybe just a large item and either a small item inspired by the person's wists or something inexpensive purchased from same.
Any thoughts?
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Trying to "move" the shoulder seams on a t-shirt... on: February 20, 2008 05:04:25 PM
So, since I'm broke, I'm trying to McGuyver up a long-sleeve white shirt out of three of my boyfriend's t-shirts. This idea has worked well thus far (I made the sleeves and now just have to sew them onto the shirt), but I'm having a problem with the one shirt - it's a little too big for me, and the shoulder seams where the original sleeves connected are too far down my shoulders. There might be an obvious answer to this, but how do I move them up closer to my neck without making the shirt really really small?

I can take pictures to explain this better if you need them, but I thought I would start simple first and see where that got me. Wink
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Why do you craft? on: February 19, 2008 09:33:54 AM
I'm interested in knowing why you all have decided to live the life of a crafter, especially now that I have started thinking about why I craft myself.

Growing up, I didn't have much money to buy things that I wanted (and I had foster parents who *wouldn't* buy me things too), so I resorted to learning to stencil, make jewelry, and sew. This has continued on to today, and I do it now because I still lack money and also because I like being able to make original creations and I love the feeling of having something that I put my own work into and being able to say "I made it" when someone asks you where you got something you're wearing or displaying.

I have recently taken a Gandhian viewpoint of crafting as being a display of self-sufficiency and lack of reliance on the government for things that I need. I don't grow my own food (yet) or make my own electronics (yet), but I can crochet a pair of gloves for when my hands are cold or patch up my own shoes instead of having to buy new ones. It's also a great way to be environmentally sound.

How about you guys? Do you have any special stories about how you became a crafter or reasons why you continue to be one after however long?
34  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Adults Only Swap :: Round Three (signups closed; sendouts by 4/16/08) on: February 16, 2008 03:49:26 PM
Swap name: Adults Only Swap :: Round Three
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: instantkarma
Sign-up date range: 2/16/08 (Saturday) - 2/25/08 (Monday)
Date to send item by: 4/16/08 (Wednesday)

Limited to a certain number of people?: 24 + organizer (so 25).

Restricted to people who all live in the same country?: Yes and no; you need to be able to send/receive adult items into your country - if you can't do that or are not sure if you can, please do not sign up for this swap.

All ages allowed? Or 18+?: We will be swapping items that you could probably find in your local adult novelty store, so I would ask that you please either be 18+ OR have your parents permission before you join this swap. We don't want anyone getting in trouble here.

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.

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Details of swap:

Welcome to the third round of the Adults Only swap, the only (as far as I know) swap where it is ENCOURAGED to send crocheted penises and mod-podged pasties!

We will be sending one large and three small items. The size requirements for these items are not based on literal size, but rather on the time and effort put into the items.

The sendout for this swap is April 2nd. Early sendouts are allowed, but please be sure that you did quality work on your package. When you do send out, you will be required to PM me with a DC# for your package.

In addition to the "regular" rules of swaps, there are also a few other rules I'd like you all to read and follow:
1. Please be honest when answering the questionnaire, especially when it comes to the items you would be uncomfortable crafting for another person. I want this to be fun, not awkward.
2. If you get a partner with a different orientation, kink, or sexual taste than your own, please don't flame them and tell them they're gross or something like that. People are different.
3. Please be honest when answering the question about whether or not it would be okay for your partner to send you questions, especially since I think one of the awesome potential things about this swap is that it can be a learning experience about all kinds of adult activities for the people swapping!
4. Please post at least twice a week in the swap thread so I know that you're still alive and participating.

Also, real quick, here's two things about me that I want you to be aware of:
1. I have limited internet access during the weekends, which is why the signups and sendouts end in the middle of the week so I have time to assign partners, read PMs, and so forth while I still have 24-hour internet.
2. If you get your partner's questionnaire, you're not sure about what something they said meant, and you feel too embarassed to ask them, you can always PM me and ask me about it. I've got an oddly large amount of knowledge about adult stuff, and I'd be more than happy to answer your question.

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If you want to participate, fill out this questionnaire and send it to me via PM. I know it's super-long, but it's long for several reasons - mostly to make sure that you get exactly what you want!:

THE USUAL:
Name of swap: Adults Only Swap :: Round Three
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?:
Are you at least of the legal age to receive/send adult material OR do you have your parents' permission to join this swap?:
Can you receive/send adult material from your country/state?:
Are there any restrictions to what your country/state can send/receive?:
Do you have a camera to take pictures of what you get?:

THE BASICS
Do you smoke (allergy-related)?: 
Do you have pets (allergy-related)?:
Do you have any allergies?:
Do you have an aversion to animal products (leather, fur, etc)?:

Do you like items that are blatantly “offensive” or more subtle?:

SEXUAL ORIENTATION
What is your sexual orientation?:
Would being paired up with someone of a different orientation of your own be a problem for you?:
Are there any symbols that stand for your orientation that you like/don't like (pink triangles rainbow colors, gender symbols, etc)?:
Do you have a partner/spouse/significant other?:
If so, would you like any objects that the two of you can use together, and if so, what?:

“ADULT” ENTERTAINMENT
Do you have any favorite swear words or phrases?:
Do you have any favorite dirty/”adult” songs or lyrics?:
Are you okay with pin-up girls and/or artful nudes?:

LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX...
Do you consider yourself more of a kinky person or more of a “vanilla” person?:
Would it be difficult for you to craft for someone who isn't kinky/”vanilla”?:

Would you like toy storage/cozies/covers? If so, what toys do you have?:
Are you into BDSM?
If so, do you want anything for it and what?:
Are you okay with novelty items like stuffies with appendages, naughty candles, soaps, and the like?: 
Do you have any fetishes?:
If so, do you want anything to represent them?: 

Anything you're curious about but would like more information/stuff for/about?:

CLOTHING SIZES
Would you like any naughty clothes?: 
If so...
What's your shirt size?: 
Pants/skirt size?: 
Wrist and ankle size?: 
Bra size?: 
What kind of underwear do you wear? What size are they?: 

Do you have any piercings? If so, where?:
Would you like anything to incorporate them?:

FAVORITES
Favorite colors?:
Favorite scents?:
Favorite flavors?
Favorite fabrics/textures?:

JUST TO BE SURE...
How far is too far for you?: 
What would you consider offensive if your partner crafted it for you?:
What items do you NOT want or need?

Are there any crafts you would really like your items to be made with?:
Are there any crafts you wouldn't like your items to be made with?

Is there anything you would really like?:
1. 
2. 
3. 
4. 
5. 

Would it be okay for your partner to PM you with questions?: 

Is there anything you want to add/tell your partner?

LAST THING...(this will not be sent to your partner)

What types of crafts can you do?:
What types of items are you planning on making?:
What items are you NOT willing to craft?:

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IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, if you're new at this type of thing (or if you have any questions), please read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

HAVE FUN! Cheesy

Round One Gallery

Round Two Gallery

OUR Gallery!

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Here are some links to Etsy stores and other places that have "adult" oriented crafts if you're in need of some sexy inspiration...these are obviously going to contain adult content, so use your discretion.

KinkyCrochet - an Etsy store with novelty crocheted items
Sexy Little Knits - a book with some sexy knitted clothing
Etsy's list of adult items

Of course, you can always search good ol' Craftster as well. Smiley
35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Nerdy letter bracelet... on: February 14, 2008 01:23:39 PM
...but that's really all I can say without giving it away!

First person to guess what this bracelet says (and how you figured it out) gets to be my valentine! Wink



Any guesses?
36  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / I hate to give my secret away, but... on: February 11, 2008 06:19:46 PM
...Mill End Textiles in Crystal is SO worth the drive.

They have cheap fabric and a LOT of different kinds and types of it, including loads of batiks, holiday fabrics all year round, tons of fleece and loads of quiliting fabrics.

They have a remmants table with .25/yard scraps, which is worth the digging (and gives you an added thrill of the hunt!).

They give you freebies sometimes - for instance, on a return, I got .49 of free fabric because they didn't want to bother with the paperwork.

They have awesome sales - 60% off coupons are going around right now...

AND it's literally pretty much right by my house...which is, of course, an added plus for all of you. Grin

It's on 42nd Avenue, right off of 100. If anyone wants to go and needs more detailed instructions, let me know.
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fingerless gloves for Valentine's Day! Oh, and a cuff. on: February 04, 2008 06:48:34 PM
I find this ironic since last Valentine's Day, I bought the boy a pair of fingerless gloves from Hot Topic (I then had no crochet skills). They've since worn out, so what else would make a better gift than...new gloves!

Armed with the knowledge of how to slip stitch and single, half double, and double stitch, I embarked on a mission: to crochet fingerless gloves out of some yummy (but challenging) yarn the boyfriend picked out with my trusty 6.5 MM (read: beginner's) hook. I confess, the hook was probably too large, but I have enough yarn left over should he want them to not let as much air in.



Booyah, baby. They're nowhere close to perfect, but I'm very pleased since I worked with a self-drafted "pattern" (which was really a lot of trial-and-error, honey-does-this-fit-right stitching, frogging, and re-stitching).



My attempt to get a better picture of the dark gloves (they're black-and-whitish-gray) in the darkened a la dorm lighting room.



No rly, they is fingrless!



One more shot, this one of the gloves on my roomie's desk. When the boy gets them, I will attempt to take better pictures.

Oh, and since I didn't feel like making another post for another one of my lame-o projects, here's a little cuff I made using some cruddy yarn and double crochet (which I love the look of):



Yes, yes. Thank you. Grin No, really, thanks for looking. <3
38  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / How about another round of "One Tiny Thing"? on: January 31, 2008 01:29:49 PM
I'm a big fan of tiny things...what do you guys think? Smiley
39  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "I want to learn a new craft" swap? on: January 30, 2008 02:54:58 PM
I'm sure something like this has been suggested before, but bear with me:

Let's say that there's a craftster on one side of the world who does a ton of crafts with polyclay, but lately she's been wanting to take up knitting. On the other side of the world, there's a craftster who knits but has always wanted to learn the basics of polyclay.

The craftster solution? We hold a swap for these types of people - those who know a lot about one craft but very little about another - and let them swap basic supplies to get the other started in the craft they want to learn.

I know several crafts out there are expensive (resin and PMC come to mind), so I was thinking that maybe swappers who want to learn an expensive craft could be paired up with the same type of people, or there could be a price limit for what is sent (say, $10-$20 or something), OR they could negotiate between themselves as to what they are willing to spend, OR OR or they could sign up to be in a category depending on how much they want to spend and how many people are participating.

They could also throw in patterns they've drawn up, a list of tutorials they found helpful, business cards of stores they buy their supplies from (if they're from the same area), or whatever else.

In addition, I thought it would be fun if, after the swappers have had a while to fiddle with their new supplies, they sent a small item to each other that was made using the new skills and supplies they have picked up...but this might be a little too much.

I thought this might be fun since not only do you get a starter kit for a new craft, but you'll also get to know someone who already understands the basics and can help you out while you're learning the ropes.

What do you guys think? Is this a good idea, or if it's already been suggested, is anyone up for a Round xx?
40  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What does this mean in a pattern? on: January 30, 2008 10:50:28 AM
I was trying to make a octopus with a pattern, but then I came across this:

"* sc in next 2 sc, inc; repeat from * around..."

So, what does that mean? I gathered from the internet that the asterisk is shorthand for "repeat", but repeat what exactly?

Thanks for helping little newbie me out. Smiley
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