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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Traveling Scarf Swap Round 13 on: August 15, 2011 01:53:25 PM
Well, I've been away for almost a year.. but my yarn collection has continued to grow. What better way to windle it down but by having a traveling scarf swap! I've searched the forums and I think round 12 was the last, finished in August of 2009.

I've been interested in hosting (or just participating) in a traveling scarf swap for a number of years now, just never got the chance to. Now I've decided there's no time like the present.

What is a Traveling Scarf, you say? Well..
A Traveling Scarf is a scarf that's mailed to various knitters/crocheters, who each add a bit to the scarf before mailing it on its way again. You start the scarf, using whatever yarn or pattern you want, setting the stage for how wide you want the final product to be. Then, you mail it off for the next person to add to it. If you've specified a specific color scheme, pattern, or motif, then those who add to your scarf will keep that in mind when adding their section.

At the end of the swap, each swapper will have a unique scarf, 12 "sections" long.

See the gallery of the previous swaps to see examples. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293815.0

Ideally I'd like to have each round of the swap be 2 weeks, so that it ends in about 5-6 months, when people still need scarves in the cold months. Sign-ups would most likely start August 22nd and close Sept 12th (or when we hit 12 swappers). If we have enough interest and someone is willing to co-organize, we could in theory have 24 swappers, with two "sets" of 12 running.

Due to the aggressive shipping timeline, I'd have to limit it to US-only participates (sorry oversea-ers).

So... anyone interested?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Tutorial (Link) & Nested Birds Nests pattern (free link) on: April 30, 2010 11:58:07 AM
I made a "How to Crochet" package for my partner over in the DIY Craft Kit swap, which included a tutorial and a pattern made just for her. She's very into nature and natural colors, so I decided to make her pattern, and the package as a whole, very nature themed.

The tutorial I wrote up that teaches her how to crochet is available over on my blog: Crochet Tutorial. Feel free to head over there and start hooking today!

The pattern is available over on Ravelry, which I highly recommend, as a download: Nested Birds Nest Pattern (free).


The Nested Birds Nest pattern produces 3 bowls that fit perfectly into one another. Worked in the round, I used chunk tweed yarn to really make them look like birds nests.


They use basic stitches and are great for beginners or as a first project, which was their intent.

Here are some more pictures of the bowls, which I absolutely love, with their resident bird (made with the Birds of a Feather pattern from BitterSweet).




If enough people are interested, I could paste the pattern here. But I really do recommend Ravelry, it's a great crochet/knitting community.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / An Extra Pocket for Beginners (link to free pattern) on: April 25, 2010 07:54:46 AM
So I'm posting this hoping my swap party doesn't surf the knitting thread... I think she doesn't, cause the swap package I'm sending her teaches her how to knit, heh. But anyway, the small project I came up for her to knit is a pocket to store coins, knitting accessories and whatever else you can think of.


It's knit flat, using all the basic stitches you need as a knitter, making it a fantastic project for beginners.
- Cast on
- Knit stitch
- Purl stitch
- Decrease - K2tog
- Decrease - ssk
- Increase - m1
- Cast off

I think it's really great for beginners because you get to use all the main stitches and your final product is no not a scarf or dishcloth. That was one of the things that really drove me nuts when I was first learning how to knit, all the beginner patterns were just boring.. and took forever. This pocket takes experienced knitters about an hour, and beginners maybe 2. Perfect instant gratification!

Closed shot


All my patterns are available under Ravelry (which I highly recommend!), or you can find this one directly at A Knitted Pocket (my blog).

If you're interested in learning how to crochet while you're over there, I've posted a tutorial on how to crochet, available on the right hand side.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 13 Gallery on: April 12, 2010 12:47:02 PM
This is the gallery for the Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 13.

Color Chart:
Sent
Package Received
Feedback Left
Late

loudxmouse <-> karizmatic
zkatom <-> glambastard
pinkleo <-> Bexxer
bubblegum_phoenix <-> bexieboo
yelutci <-> edie22
jexxican <-> Slingmomma
sarantha <-> baa-me-chick
tcha345 <-> Foxy Sam
princesspimp81 <-> ohiodiygirl
Lunanne <-> Burgz
sarahj2001 <-> Ffrogg526
beefishie <-> StrawberryJeli
rockon <-> Tygermane
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / DIY Craft Kit Swap Gallery on: March 30, 2010 06:30:02 PM
This is the Gallery for the DIY Craft Kit Swap.

Color Chart:
Sent
Package Received
Feedback Left
Sending late with communication
Late

Tar3820's Group
astrangeone > jaders
Burgz > tcmatteson
DizzerSpinninRound > twistedbeader
DizzerSpinninRound > Elizabethsmom

Elizabethsmom > tar3820
goodmorningstarshine > Lo{ve}
goodmorningstarshine > wonderwoman1976

hika-chan > kwiltykate
icebyrd67 > Burgz
icebyrd67 > tar3820

jaders > zombiecazz
jaders > schnerby
Just Plain Goose > nostephot
KatyMai > Just Plain Goose
kwiltykate > KatyMai

Lo{ve} > redflags
Lo{ve} > mizell
lydiaharper > Troublet
mizell > TastyMagic
Mlsocci74 > Troublet
nostephot > wonderwoman1976
nostephot > icebyrd67
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / DIY Craft Kit Swap (COMPLETED) on: March 15, 2010 12:09:50 PM
Swap name: DIY Craft Kit Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: tar3820
Co-Organizer: jaders
Sign-up date range: March 15th, 2010 until March 29th, 2010 12 NOON MST.
Date to send item by: April 19th, 2010
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 30
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?  No
Age requirement: 16, just like Craftster says!

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
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO


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 16 years old: Yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO



Details of swap:
In this swap you'll be making a DIY Craft Kit for your partner(s) for the craft of their choosing. The kit will include everything your partner needs to make at least a 2 point item of that craft (2 smalls or 1 medium), instructions/tutorial, and a sample product of that kit. While most kits will most likely be made for beginners, be aware that your partner might not be a beginner at the craft the kit is for. They may just want to branch out or learn a new technique (think a sock knitter wanting to try her hand at toys). The instructions and kit as a whole should be matched to your partner's level in that craft (don't send the sock knitter instructions on how to knit stockinette).

The sample that you make and include in the kit should be a good example of what their final product should be. It should be in the small to medium range. We recommend that you use the making of the sample to test and refine your tutorial/instructions. If you can't make the item yourself with your instructions, your partner probably won't be able to either. You can also use the making of the sample to take LOTS of pictures of the creation process, and include those in the instructions. It's up to you and the craft if the sample will end up being apart of the final product your partner makes (think 1st square of a quilt kit), but overall the sample should just be a reflection of what your partner is to make.

Your kit should also include all of the tools and supplies your partner would need to make the final product (within reason). If it is not practical to send one of the tools (for example, a sewing machine or a large pot), please ensure that your partner has access to this item or is willing to purchase it for themselves. Use the information in your partner's questionnaire to make sure the colors, scents, or patterns of the supplies match their tastes. When in doubt, ask them!

It's up to you and your partner to decide if which kit they receive from their list will be a surprise or not. For some crafts it might be impossible to make a kit without their input, others not so much. The more you put into your questionnaire, the more capable your partner is to make your kit a surprise!

You can sign up to have 2 partners for this swap! If you think you have craft knowledge that will be in high demand, and feel up for the task, sign up for 2 partners. It's up to you and the partners you end up with if you'll be making two kits of the same craft or not. If you choose to have 2 partners, your feedback will reflect if you ship positively to both your partners, but you will only receive 1 swap credit overall. Also be aware that you will receive 2 craft kits! You will need communicate to your partners which kit is being made by whom so you don't end up with two of the same craft (unless you want that). By default it is assumed you want 1 partner, unless you answer otherwise in the questionnaire.

The post below this one has some kit ideas people have already listed (or shouted out) either in their questionnaires or in the various threads.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer (tar3820) AND co-organizer (jaders):
Send this questionnaire via PM, and please include DIY Craft Kit Swap in the subject for EVERY PM.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: DIY Kit 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?
If within the US, you understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap:
If outside the US, you understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap:
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old (yes/no)
 
Do you have access to a camera and are able to post pictures to the gallery?
If not, please ask your partner to take pictures before sending and post them for you.
 
Do you have any allergies that would affect this swap (pet, smoke, wool, etc.)?
Do you have any allergens in your house (pet, smoke, etc.)?

Do you want to have 1 or 2 partners?
If shipping to 2 partners, would you prefer or mind making two of the same kits?

Kits you can MAKE, be as specific as you can:
(Example: 1. Crochet - toys/ami)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Kits you would like to RECEIVE, be as specific as you can:
(Example: 1. Quilting quilt - pinwheel blocks)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Are you willing to stretch your skills/knowledge to make a kit outside your typical realm? (a toy crocheter making an afghan kit)

Favorite colors:
Least favorite colors:
Favorite scents:
Least favorite scents:
Favorite patterns:
Least favorite patterns:

Any other favorites/least favorites your partner might need to know that would effect your kit?

Do you have access to the tools required for the kits you want? (ie, power tools, sewing machine, etc)
Is there anything you flat out do NOT want to find in your package?

Anything else your partner should know?

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1.   tar3820
2.   jaders
3.   psuedo_pix
4.   zombiecazz
5.   redflags
6.   uluru
7.   DizzerSpinninRound
8.   Lo{ve}
9.   Troublet
10. mizell
11. TastyMagic
12. Sejimara
13. Zombie_Queen
14. icebyrd67
15. twistedbeader
16. Burgz
17. nostephot
18. lydiaharper
20. schnerby
21. KatyMai
22. goodmorningstarshine
23. Just Plain Goose
24. tcmatteson
25. astrangeone
26. shelina
27. wonderwoman1976
28. UntouchableFace
29. kwiltykate
30. hika-chan
31. Elizabethsmom
32. Mlsocci74
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Organize, but not participate? on: March 08, 2010 04:53:31 PM
I really loved organizing. Like REALLY loved it. I want to do it again, especially seeing as so many of my swappers were dying for another round.. but I'm kinda wishing I could just organize without participating, unless I was needed to step in (Angel, odd #, etc). I'm literally always online, but sadly it's mostly while I'm at work or traveling.. which means while I'm always on Craftster, I don't have a ton of time for actual crafting.

Am I allowed to organize without participating? Do I still get feedback for organizing but not crafting?
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 13: Themes (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 5/3/10) on: March 08, 2010 04:20:20 PM
Swap name: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 13: Themes
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: tar3820
Co-Organizer: sarahj2001
Sign-up date range: March 8th, 2010 until April 1st, 2010 12 NOON MST.
Date to send item by: May 3rd, 2010
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25 (likely to expand)
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?  No
Age requirement: 16, just like Craftster says!

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
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO


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 16 years old: Yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO





Details of swap:
This is the MAGIC YARN BALL THEMES SWAP!!  You will send your partner a themed project kit consisting of a one (or more) skein pattern and yarn of corresponding weight/length for the pattern. The really fun part is that you will first make the yarn into a "magic yarn ball."  This means that you re-wind the yarn yourself, hiding little trinkets and treats inside the yarn as you go, that all tie back to the theme!  Some theme ideas already suggested include: a movie/show, beaches, rainbows, dog, technology, spinning, new baby, etc!

Since we're all crafty people, it goes without saying that we should craft some of the treats ourselves. You will be required to have 15-20 things in the yarn ball and at least 4-5 of them should be small crafts made by you. All of which should tie into an over arching theme your partner has listed. If you are sending more than one skein, you are only required to send one MYB, though ideally it would all still match the theme. The additional skein(s) can be sent as is (no need to rewind).

Also, while I know not everyone can afford it, if its only one skein, try to get the nicest yarn you can afford. Im not saying go buy a forty dollar ball of cashmere yarn (unless you really want to, in which case you can be my partner!) but try to get something youd be excited to receive. I will try to group partners by interests, as well as how much they're able to spend on the yarn.

When you sign up, let your partner know if you already know what you want the yarn for ("I would like yarn so I can make the MagKnits Sophie Bag"); or, if you have a general idea ("I would like yarn and a pattern for a felt handbag"); or, if you just want a surprise pattern. If you have more than one idea for a pattern, feel free to give your partner a choice of patterns (or books) to choose from.

Round 12 Gallery:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334565.0

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer (tar3820):
Send this questionnaire via PM, and please include Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 13 in the subject for EVERY PM.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 13
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?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old (yes/no)
 
Do you have access to a camera and are able to post pictures to the gallery?
If not, please ask your partner to take pictures before sending and post them for you.
 
Do you have any allergies that would affect this swap (pet, smoke, wool, etc.)?
Do you have any allergens in your house (pet, smoke, etc.)?
 
Do you knit, crochet or both?
If both, would you prefer a knit or crochet pattern?
How would you rate your skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.)?
Are there any stitches/techniques you like best or want to experiment with?
Would you prefer a one-skein project, or multiple skeins?  
If multiple, please indicate how many?  Up to 2? or 3?
Are you willing to send more than one skein of yarn? Up to 2? or 3?
What pattern/project would you like, or would you prefer a surprise?
Any patterns/projects you would NOT like to receive?
 
Which kinds of yarn would you like to receive (texture, weight, fiber, etc.)?
Any type of yarn you would NOT like to receive?
Are there any colors that you would like to receive?
Any colors you definitely would NOT like to receive?
How much would you be willing to spend total on yarn? 10? 20? 30+?

Themes you'd like your ball to be based off of:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Items you could craft for the ball:
Items you would like to get in your ball:
Items you would NOT like to see in your ball:
Do you have a wist?
Are you a member of any other websites (eg Ravelry, Facebook, Myspace) or do you have a blog?
Anything else your partner should know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER  (tar3820) VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also please remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap. You should read this whole thing so you not only understand whats expected of you, but youll also see what Im expected to do.
As with all Craftster swaps, DC# will be required when sending within the US. If you are shipping internationally, please save your receipt as proof of sending.

PLEASE do not ask your partner for a photocopied pattern from a book. This is against copyright laws.


In this swap discussion feel free to talk about one skein patterns you love, good websites with patterns, and places to get yarn some people may not know about! Talk about themes and other things that tie into this swap!
Also, if youre not a member of Ravelry yet, I suggest you get yourself on the list. They make it really easy to find wonderful patterns online and its totally free.

Note: I'm a huge fan of Ravelry and HIGHLY recommend joining. It's a great way to share what projects you've done in the past, as well as get patterns. I would really like for people to be able to track the status of their partner's projects after the balls are received, and Ravelry is a fantastic way to do that. If you're already a member, feel free to add me as a friend (tar3820) once you sign up.

*Special thanks to previous MYB organizers from whom I shamelessly borrowed most of this information! (Me too!!! Hehe..)

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
loudxmouse <-> karizmatic
zkatom <-> glambastard
pinkleo <-> Bexxer
bubblegum_phoenix <-> bexieboo
yelutci <-> edie22
jexxican <-> Slingmomma
sarantha <-> baa-me-chick
tcha345 <-> Foxy Sam
princesspimp81 <-> ohiodiygirl
Lunanne <-> Burgz
sarahj2001 <-> Ffrogg526
beefishie <-> StrawberryJeli
rockon <-> Tygermane

Gallery
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My Big Bad Boss on: February 19, 2010 09:15:01 AM
So my boss isn't that bad. For a VP, he's actually really nice. Down to earth, knows when to have fun, and turns a blind eye to our office antics. Antics that anywhere else would get us into trouble.. like building a giant cardboard penguin that takes up three people's cubicles. Yeah, those kinda of late night antics. I mean, just look at him! Doesn't he look nice?


So nice, in fact, that we cloned him! The clone noticed that we were working really hard on the latest release and felt bad the first Thomas couldn't be there with us on those all-nighters. When I told him of my plans to make a "Late Night Survival" Kit for the yearly White Elephant gift exchange, the clone, who is noticeably smaller, offered to be put in the kit.


I tried to make him as comfortable as possible on top of the instant coffee, late night snacks, glow-in-the-dark sword (to keep him safe), and candy. He seemed pretty happy when I put the lid on and wrapped the box up.


He passed hands a couple of times in the gift exchange, but his final owner ended up being a friend of mine. The real Thomas was in attendance and was a bit surprised at the existence of his clone. When I said I cloned him, I didn't say it was with his permission.. did I? He took it all in stride, though, and welcomed his clone to the BU with open arms. Well, hands, really.


Now the clone, who I've dubbed mini-T, resides on top the lucky employee's monitor. Woo! Just for scientific progress, I'll tell you that the clone's skin is made with wool yarn. His shirt is cotton and his suit is acrylic. His tie is also acrylic, you know, for easy washing.


For more pictures and the REAL story, check out my Late Night Survival Kit Blog post.
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Babushka! Dolls (/w Pattern link) on: February 15, 2010 01:40:13 PM

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_iyvKZkXNwhY/S3LzOnbdExI/AAAAAAAAFUw/J-uumSWlCRs/s512/IMG_4600.JPG

My latest swap partner had an adorable Babushka Doll set in her wist. It didn't look too difficult to recreate, and I've been making a point to try and reproduce items best I can without a pattern. I figure this'll make it easier for me to make my own patterns based on anything in the future. The first one I made is a little special (not pictured).. but I think I figured out a general pattern, which you can find on my blog... http://thinkcraftythoughts.blogspot.com/2010/02/babushka.html

It's also on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/babushka-dolls

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_iyvKZkXNwhY/S3LzM-lnv7I/AAAAAAAAFUo/2wRW_r3m0rg/s512/IMG_4593.JPG

I think I'm really getting the hang of making my own patterns... what do you think?

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