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31  Twisted Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by Belladune on: November 04, 2013 11:34:49 AM
I made these fingerless mittens for .:doll face:. in the Yarnies Scavenger Hunt.  I more or less made the pattern up as I went with the first, taking little notes as to stitch count, row count and how i increased the thumb gusset.  My notes are a mess, and it was a pretty intuitive process.  Both mitts were frogged once due to fit issues, both having different reasons for that problem.  In the end I really liked them, and was happy to send them off! (and I was super lucky to receive a pair of thrummed mittens in return!! )

Thanks for checking them out!
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32  Re: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: November 03, 2013 07:06:26 AM
here are the mittens close up! Two pics, just for fun Wink  And you can see the thumb on the one mitten in one.  Nevermind that.. the one picture is somehow broken Huh It won't upload to flickr either...  Don't ask for the pattern! I made it up as I went along, playing with twisted stitch/single stitch cable move I just learned Smiley  The pattern is pretty simple, but I'm sure it wouldn't make sense to many others the way I wrote out my notes as i went along... I'm not good at writing out the patterns I make...

And a close up of the needle roll, and the inside.  It was Soooooooo hard to part with this!

Knitting needle roll by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And I totally forgot to take a picture of the stitch markers.  They nearly didn't make it into the package to be honest.. I almost for got about them!! So glad they did, since you seem to love the .:doll face:.

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33  Re: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: October 28, 2013 04:25:13 PM
I can't believe I missed the gallery so far!! (how many times do I say that, honestly?  Like every time... oy...) I'm not looking yet though, I'm going to share first, because my epic package came from .:doll face:. today!!
Let me say that she packed this gift so beautifully. It was all wrapped in tissue, and labeled so I knew what category each fit into.
First, the thing that made me SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!  I nearly fell off the bed when I ripped open the paper. Something Dotted:  THRUMMED MITTENS!!!!!!!!!!!  i won't be cold this winter!

Something 'M': Squishy Merino yarn!

DSCN0688 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Something Local:  Stitch markers!  So pretty!

DSCN0685 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Something hard: A dark chocolate bar.  Godiva, no less. yum yum.

DSCN0687 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Something Senders choice:  Baby bamboo yarn, in the most luscious purple colour

DSCN0689 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Something Green:  Green tea!

DSCN0686 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Something Recycled:  "I like Big Balls" tote.   Grin

DSCN0690 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Something Funny:  A card with a knitted puppy, and words crossed out and more appropriate ones filled in  Cheesy

DSCN0693 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

DSCN0694 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

All the things in a lovely pile:

DSCN0684 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Thank you so much, .:doll face:. !!  It's all wonderful. 

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34  Re: September 2013 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: October 25, 2013 07:55:46 PM
So, in my utter lameness, I'm finally posting the cool scarf I received from NisforNeville.  Sooo sooo soooooooo sorry it took me this long.  My kids gonna love it. I just know it.  It's really awesome!! Thanks again, NisforNeville!

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35  Givers and needers swap round 12 (SU: 9/10/13-16/10/13) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Belladune on: October 09, 2013 06:39:54 AM


Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Belladune
If over 25 participants, I will need a co-organizer

Sign-up date range: 9/10/13 - 16/10/13
Date to send item by: GIVERS 28/10/13
                              NEEDERS - 6/11/13

Limited to a certain number of people?  40
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?: No.

Swap participants must meet all these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully: YES (GIVERS can be first time swappers; NEEDERS must have completed one swap successfully )
- 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 18 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

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


Welcome to the Givers and Needers swap! This is round 11!

Is your stash invading your craft space, over flowing your drawers, and pouring out of the closets? If so, this swap is for you!


Do you need supplies to be able to try new crafts, complete those pinterest projects, or refill your empty craft room? If so, this swap is for you too!


If you have an overabundance of craft supplies and are feeling the need to purge, here are the details you need to read!

Givers will send a box of craft supplies to a needer so they can continue their love for crafting. In return, you will receive a small crafted item as a "thank" made with love from your needer. The giver can choose the size and amount of supplies they send, just make sure to send enough to help the needer without breaking your budget. Send something you'd be happy to receive.

This is a great way to de stash and help a fellow crafter out who may for various reasons need some supply help.


If you have more cobwebs than craft supplies in your closets, here are the details you need to read!

Needers will receive a box of supplies from a very generous giver.  In return, you will send a thank you gift that is the equivalent of a small. The thank you gift does not need to be crafted from the supplies the giver sends. The minimum is a small, but feel free to spoil your giver!

But WAIT - Can I be BOTH?!?!

Done with papercrafts, but want to try your hand at embroidery, keep reading!

If you would like to be both a Giver and a Needer you can! Just be sure to fill out both sections of the questionnaire.


Please put G&N 12 in all PM subjects.
Please mark all PM's with Approval, Sent, Received
I reserve the right to refuse ANYONE based on late sending, history of incomplete packages, etc, etc.  
Should your needs be something that no givers are offering, you may be contacted about changing your questionnaire.
Should you be offering something that no needers need, you will contacted to change your questionnaire.
You must have swapped at least once before to join this swap as a needer.  
Please be sure to take pictures and post items that you receive. If you do not have a camera, please PM your partner and ask them to take pics for you!
DC# are needed for ALL packages! If you are sending from or to someone outside of the USA please keep your receipt. I will need a copy of it once you send!
Please go through your stash or your needs well before filling out the questionnaire, this way, you know exactly what you have to give and what it is you need, itll be a great help when partnering time comes.
No one likes to be flaked on, so please only sign up if you can complete this swap.
Communication is important! You must communicate once a week.

Name of swap: Givers and Needers Round 11
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and mailing address including the country:

Are you at least 18 years old?
Are you willing to ship outside of your country?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?

How many packages would you like to send (this isn't guaranteed, please put the maximum number you are able to send):
What types of supplies do you have to give? Please be as specific as possible!
1. Fabric/sewing supplies (including patterns, trim, stuffing, buttons):
2. Beads/Jewelry supplies:
3. Crochet/knit supplies (books, yarn, hooks, needles, etc):
4. Art supplies(paint brushes, etc):
5. Pottery/clay supplies:
6. Paper/scrapbook supplies:
7. Needlework (embroidery, cross stitch, etc):
8. Soap/Candle supplies:
9. Image reproduction supplies (silk screening kit, stamp carving materials, etc):
10. Other (please describe):

Please list any Pinterest or wists you may have to help your partner to design an awesome thank you gift:

Anything else youd like your partner to know?

What types of supplies would you like to receive? Please be as specific as possible!
1. Fabric/sewing supplies (including patterns, trim, stuffing, buttons):
2. Beads/Jewelry supplies:
3. Crochet/knit supplies (books, yarn, hooks, needles, etc):
4. Art supplies(paint brushes, etc):
5. Pottery/clay supplies:
6. Paper/scrapbook supplies:
7. Needlework (embroidery, cross stitch, etc):
8. Soap/Candle supplies:
9. Image reproduction supplies (silk screening kit, stamp carving materials, etc):
10.  Other (please describe):

Anything else youd like your partner to know?

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

*Copied and pasted from round 11!! With the appropriate edits made Smiley*

 LeapFeetFirst - Fabric/sewing box or Yarn box or Paper stuffs box.
 tendstowardschaos - Fabric/sewing box or beads/jewellery box or knitting box
 lovesclutter - mostly fabric, but will see what else she can toss in that box, based on her partners needs Cheesy
 Monty - Well, suffice to say, she's got all the things.
 lmseeley - Nuetral fabrics
 Averia - red heart yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, fabric/sewing box
 arwenjade - patterns and scrap fabric, paper supplies
 Craftsunderground - embroidery supplies, some leather

 margiej - fabric thread, beads, yarn bits for accent, polymer clay, embroidery hoops, blocks....
 coconutbells - fabric, yarn and needles and hooks, embroidery kits with instructions, sculpey, beads and wire.....
 missmopet - pug sized doggy clothes patterns, yarns, safety eyes,
 lilyla19 - wire, yarns, knit/ crochet stuff, poly clay kit
 Mountains and Clouds - fabric, small buttons/snaps, beads, paints, paper
 bookstorebabe - Beads findings etc, paint glue art supplies
 Ruby Copperhead - yarn, hoops and floss, LED supplies
 Lo[ve] - leather scraps, serger thread, cotton yarn, Tunisian crochet hook, embroidery supplies, soap/candle supplies and silk screening kit.
 Craftsunderground - Steam punk stuff: washers, cogs, bedsprings, steampunky fabric etc...

arwenjadeMountains and Clouds
MontyRuby Copperhead
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36  Some embellished shirts for little ones in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 02, 2013 08:59:21 AM
I know a few people who had babies recently, and just by chance I found some packages of onesies in the back of my daugthers drawer that were labeled 18 months.  None of my kids are that small anymore! I took advantage of this in the form of baby gifts! There was also a package of small kids t shirts, so I whipped up a matching shirt for the older Bro of one of the babes, too.

4 Shirts done in gnomes.

And one tetris shirt!

I put some light heat and bond on the one side of the felt, cut my pieces out, ironed them on and stitched them down so they were secure!  Easy peasy Smiley
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37  Separating the thel from the tog. in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: September 15, 2013 04:13:03 PM

Seperating Tog and Thel on the drum carder by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

So, I heard that there was a method to separating the Tog(long) and the Thel (short)on a double coated fleece with a drum carder.  So I tried it with a Scottish Blackface fleece I had.

Hold the tog in one hand and the thel goes against the drum of your drumcarder as you spin it. The thel is pulled out by the teeth of the drum carder, leaving you with just the tog in your hand. This method gives two types of prep, with 1/2 the effort it would take if you did it the traditional way (combing the long fibres out for a top, and then carding the short ones for a batt or rolags)  The down side: my drum has 120tpi. It's intended for fine fine fibres, and not a double coated fleece. As such some of my teeth are bent Sad  If you have even a 72 tpi drum, then I think you'd be fine to do this and have no harm to your carder.
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38  Re: FOC Secret Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: September 15, 2013 08:44:06 AM
Great package!  Love the leaves and the mason glass.

I received my secret package! I almost forgot I was waiting for something (because creating and sending is the really fun part, the receiving is the part is just icing on the cake!)

So, Lots of pictures, because I got a bit spoiled!
(Almost) All the things

The art - soooooo cute.
The frame - Soooo perfect, and I think I have the perfect picture for it. I just need to print that off.
The Sheep pens and tape - so cute and fun.  I wish I could find that tape here! it's perfect.
The penny ball - it will make an awesome paper weight at work!   Odd fact you may not know yet... Canada got rid of the penny. We no longer use them! So the penny ball is really fun.

Crafty kits for my kiddos!  (so thoughtful. The kids say thanks!! Cheesy)

The part that made me *squeeee* (lots of pics, because I had to set it up right away!)

The only thing in those pics you can't see is the pompom topiary.  It's super cute!  The sign that hangs off the planter even glows in the dark! So much fun!

And the magnet that made it to the fridge faster then fast, that did not make the first everything shot Wink

Who was it?  Who made this fantastic package?  Crazyda79!!  again, Thank you so much, Crazyda79! It's all so fabulous!
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39  Gluten free pancakes -With my own perfect GF flour mix in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Belladune on: September 07, 2013 09:04:34 AM

I've been gluten free for just over 2 years. I used to very much miss gluten baking, until I finally made the most perfect GF flour mix. It took a lot of experimenting to get it just right.

The recipe for the flour:
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 cup white rice flour
1 cup arrowroot flour
1 tsp xanthan gum

It's easiest to stick these ingredients in a ziplock bag and mix mix mix by shaking it around.  i keep this mix in the freezer, because the coconut flour keeps best in there.

On to the pancakes!
Now, I didn't *exactly* measure.... Because I'm really bad for just winging it.  Here's the list of ingredients anyway Cheesy

2 over ripe bananas - smashed
2 eggs
1 big tbsp of peanut butter
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
The above GF flour mix

(see... I just kinda added the flour and milk until I got the consistency I wanted.... given the amount of flour in my bag before and after, I'd say it was about 1 cup of flour, and enough milk to make it the right consistency.  Undecided any who....)
I will say that the consistency is thicker then your average gluten full pancake batter, it does not run, and you have to spread it a bit in the pan.  And a picture is worth a thousand words, so I took some I'll share with you.

When it first hit the pan.  Notice that the little blob of batter on top doesn't sink into the pancake. It's that thick.

Right before I flipped.  Note that there really aren't bubbles, as you would normally see in a pancake.  Again, the thickness of this batter plays a big role in that. ( i know they look really similar, but I promise, these two pics were taken about 3 minutes apart)

Right after I flipped.  wonderful!  This one's a bit darker then you'd find a normal pancake, as you need to cook GF flour a bit longer then normal. You can adjust your stove temp accordingly, so you don't burn the outside, and have an undercooked middle.

And the crumb.  Spongy, yummy, and I was told it does have a very close consistency to a gluten full pancake!

I've used this flour to replace wheat flour 1 to 1 in cakes and muffins and cookies as well, and they turned out really well!  Some gluten eaters couldn't tell the difference between the two cakes I made for a birthday party. So I'd say this flour mix is a keeper!

Thanks for looking!

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40  Felting Challenge- Fall 2013 -Gift it! Enter Oct1-5,2013 in Fiber Arts: Challenge Entries by Belladune on: September 03, 2013 03:22:53 PM

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to felt something wonderful as a gift! The gift can go to anyone, but cannot be a swap item.  Is someones birthday coming? Getting ready for the winter holidays? Does someone you know need a little pick me up?  If it can be done in the form of a felted gift, then it counts as an entry!  One entry per person. Your item can be done in any form of felting, be it wet, needle, shibori, upwolfing (which is really cool) or what ever method you favour!

Entry Dates: October 1-5
Voting dates: Ocotber 6-11

Prize!! littlecircles has donated a pair of quiled earrings!
As well, I myself, Belladune, am donating a small selection of felting fibres!

I cannot wait to see what beautiful gifts you'll be giving!

A picture of the prize from little circles!
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