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21  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Hooded Skully Sweater! on: February 16, 2006 09:35:03 AM
I made this for a swap, and my partner (crafty_dame) received, so here are my pics:

(ignore the light spots, that's just my camera)



(You can see her wearing it in the gallery thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=80170.0, first page)

Pattern: Skully Sweater from SNB
Yarn: Substituted doulbed Caron Simply Soft for Lamb's Pride Bulky (I got row gauge, but not stitch gauge.  I didn't want to go up a needle size, so I just did a little math.  I made sure that the body was still wide enough, and I had to pick up several extra stitches in the sleeve cap.)
Needles: US 10.5 Denise Interchangables
Modifications: I only changed two things.  Obviously, I added a hood.  I knit the front and back mostly as normal, but I widened the neck hole.  Then instead of picking up stitches for a crew-neck ribbing, I picked up and knit for a hood.  I don't remember the exact number I picked up, but I made sure that the stitches overlapped a little in the front.  Then I knit the hood, starting each row with 5 sts in garter, then the body of the hood in stockingnet st, then ending in 5 sts garter.  When the hood fit comfortably over my head, I transfered half the stitches to another needle (so I guess I picked up an even number), and then did a 3-needle bind-off.  The other thing I changed was that I added decreases to the sleeves.  After I worked the skulls chart, I decreased on each end of the row every five rows 4 times, then every 3 rows 2 times, and then I *knit 2, ktog* across a row, ending the sleeve. 
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / We Need Your Help: Common Yarn Substitution Chart (updated with chart) on: February 10, 2006 07:52:44 AM
Hey knitters!

(Inspired by knitty mcknitknit's thread and gertierose's suggestion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=65402.0)

At some point, all of us have contemplated subsituting a cheaper or more easily available yarn for the recommended yarn in a pattern.  We want to hear about your experiences, sucessful or otherwise.  I will compile the information into a PDF chart (or maybe a webpage) and then make it publically available.  The information I need is:
-the original yarn called for in the pattern (brand and specific name)
-the yarn you actually used (brand and specific name)
-a star rating for your results: *=poor subsitution, **=acceptable substitution, ***=excellent substitution. 
-you can add comments, which I may include if I have room

You can PM me the info, or reply here. 
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Another "Shaun the Sheep," from Silk81's Stencil on: January 30, 2006 02:30:18 PM
I just made this as a gift for one of my friends.  The stencil worked great, but I ended up freehanding an outline around the white parts because they blended in too much with the pink shirt.  Thanks for the inspiration and the stencil, Silk81!  (that original thread with the stencil is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=63753.0)

24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Jane Austen Swap Gallery on: January 17, 2006 08:32:32 AM
Let's see some pics! 

Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=66069.0
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Some More Braided Cable Fingerless Gloves, with Tutorial on: January 13, 2006 08:21:02 AM

These are pretty easy if you know how to make a thumb gusset.  Here's a rough pattern on my blog: http://longrunknitter.blogspot.com/2005/11/pattern-braided-cable-fingerless.html

Uses only one skein of Knitpicks Merino Style. 
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Capelet Fun! on: January 10, 2006 09:17:04 AM
These are two easy capelets I have finished in the past week or so. 

The Spiderweb Capelet from SNBN.  Done on US 15 circs, with almost exactly one ball of Sirdar Nova.  Note the errata for this pattern: http://www.bust.com/knithappens/oops.shtml



Julsey's Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0).  Done on US 11 circs, with two balls of Knitpicks Sierra. 
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Jane Austen Swap (Sign-Ups CLOSED, Send by Jan. 30 2006) on: December 03, 2005 03:12:03 PM
Swap name: Jane Austen Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: quincy134
Sign-up date range: Dec. 3 2005-Jan. 2 2006
Date to send items by: Jan. 30 2006

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): nope

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.  No members with negative feedback allowed!

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

Details of swap:
Calling all Jane Austen fans!  With the new Pride and Prejudice movie out, I'm sure there are tons of craftsters dying to express their love for all things Austen.  Just imagine the possiblities...Regency inspired jewelry, knick-knacks with images of our favorite Darcy on them, t-shirts proclaiming our Austen fandom....  For inspiration, check out these sites:
http://www.pemberley.com/
http://www.prideandprejudicemovie.net/splash.html
http://www.austen.com/
http://www.songsmyth.com/costumerscompanion.html
http://www.regencylady.net/repository/

Be prepared to send about 3 or 4 items, one of which should be "big" (requiring more time/effort)

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Jane Austen Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
What is your t-shirt size?
Wrist measurement?
Do you have pierced ears?
Are you alergic to any materials (metal, etc.)?
Do you prefer not to get something made from animal products?
Anything you would not like to receive?
What is your favorite Austen novel?
What is your favorite movie adaptation?  Adaptations (list in decreasing order)? 
Who are your favorite characters?  Do you have a particular actor/actress from the screen adaptations that you associate with them (that is, Colin Firth with Mr. Darcy, etc.)?
Are you a fan of the regency period in general? 
Would you like to receive crafts based on some non-Austen aspect of the period?  If so, what aspect are you interested in (like regency art, fashion, etc.)? 

And just for fun:
Colin Firth or Matthew MacFadyen?
Jennifer Ehle or Keira Knightley?

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:
quincy134
lasandri
Sweetttart3
CosmicCranberry
knitty mcknitknit
opiate_rose 
yoyowa
ctgirl
Knit_core
meowari
raindrops
tucanchild
bijouxpuck

AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
lasandri--> quincy134--> Sweetttart3--> lasandri
bijouxpuck <--> yoyowa
CosmicCranberry <--> opiate_rose
Knit_core <--> meowari
ctgirl <--> knitty mcknitknit
tucanchild <--> raindrops
28  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Disney Love: Mulan Stencil on: November 19, 2005 01:45:11 PM
Finished this one today.  I was having a little trouble with my iron and the freezer paper, but I still like the results.  I took this from a coloring book page. 

29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Jane Austen Swap on: November 14, 2005 06:18:49 AM
I just watched the new Pride and Prejudice movie (and I re-watched the 1995 mini-series last weekend), so I am very much into all things Austen.  Plus, back in college I was a history major, and I very much enjoyed studying the Regency period.  I think this is fertile ground for inspiring crafts.  Any takers?
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Horse lovers swap? on: October 26, 2005 06:21:33 PM
So, I actually had a dream that I was participating in a swap for fans of horseback riding, horses, etc.  I woke up, and I was like, Hmmm, maybe that would be cool to do in real life.  So, any takers?
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