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191  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / ToyBox Tuesday 6/29/10 on: June 29, 2010 12:04:08 PM
I don't have anything too exciting this week but I'll get us started in hopes that there are some fab projects out there waiting to be shared Smiley.

I made this taggy blanket thingy for itchyfingers super secret baby shower a while back. I suppose it's kind of a toy. Close enough!

This shows the other side and the changing mat and burp clothes I made too.

192  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting + Pets = Test of Patience on: June 22, 2010 07:22:33 PM
I have great danes and dachshunds and they quite literally played out this scene from the old Disney movie, The Ugly Dachshund (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iraBZJ-zvLM) for me today.

Grrrrr. Our doxies love yarn and are jealous of anything I touch or hold that isn't them. This tends to lead to general naughtiness when it comes to my knitting.

I've decided the best way to punish them would be to knit very embarrassing sweaters and hats for them and parade them through the dog park.

Does anyone else have a similar problem with your pets feeling the need to compete with your knitting?

And just for laughs, here is a quick shot of some of the aftermath. Beatrice looks so innocent, doesn't she?

193  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Stained Glass Bag on: June 15, 2010 07:42:38 PM
I made this bag for my awesome partner in the Be Awesome swap. She received so I thought I'd share it here Smiley.

I used this pattern, http://www.etsy.com/listing/43067947/felted-stained-glass-fan-bag-pattern, lambs pride for the black bits and Noro for the colored shell parts.

This project was really fun except for the yarn ends. Since each fan (and the black that surrounds it) is picked up and knit separately, you wind up with TONS of ends. I cheated and tied most of them off since I knew I was going to line the bag.

I love the way the bottom of the bag comes together.

Here are a couple of in-process shots. I hope the yarn ends don't give anyone nightmares!!

Thank you so much for looking!!

194  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Taming of the Double Pointed Chaos on: June 13, 2010 04:04:30 PM
I was planning on starting a knitting project for a swap today that required size 7 double-pointed knitting needles and after 10 minutes of searching, a few flying DPNs and more than a few cuss words I decided to skip the swap project and make a needle roll instead Smiley.

And here is a shot of the chaos before the order...

Thanks for looking!
195  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / ToyBox Tuesday 6/8/10 on: June 08, 2010 09:16:10 AM
Time for another installment of ToyBox Tuesday!

I'm sure you're all shocked that I'm sharing another yarn creation today Smiley.

This is a grumpy bear made from a DangerCraft pattern.

This is a dust bunny made with the same pattern - ears are a bit longer and he has a big round bushy tail.

I hope you'll pull something out of your ToyBox and share it with the group today!!
196  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Battlestar Galactica Swap Rnd 2 (SIGNUP 6/4/10 - 6/18/10, SENDOUT 7/19/10) on: June 04, 2010 11:15:04 AM

Swap name: Battlestar Galactica Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LimeRiot
Sign-up date range: June 4, 2010 June 18, 2010
Date to send item by: July 19, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? 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

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
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Do you know who the 5th Cylon is? Do you ever dream of being a Viper pilot? Do you wish you had a summer home on one of the Colonies of Kobol? Then this swap is for you! Lets get frakkin crafty and swap some Battlestar Galactica themed goodies.

This swap is for 1 Medium and 1 Small item. Estimates of times and sizes are below.

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

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

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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Favorite BSG episodes and /or subplots:
Favorite BSG character(s):
Favorite BSG quotes:
Would you like to craft or receive classic BSG items?:
What kind of items would you like to craft?:
Is there anything specific you would like to receive? (Please include sizes for clothing, and preferred jewelry lengths):
Is there anything you would not like to receive?:
Favorite colors, motifs, and/or patterns?:
Least favorite colors, motifs and/or patterns?:
Do you have any allergies or sensitivities:
Do you have any allergens in your house?:
Do you have a Wist/Blog/Ravlery Account (anything stalkable)?:
Anything else youd like your partner to know?:

Link to Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213893.0


197  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / ToyBox Tuesday 5/25/10 on: May 25, 2010 09:41:40 AM
It's time for another edition of ToyBox Tuesday!

I'll start things off this week with an amigurumi I made for a recent swap. It's a smiley popcorn tub and little popcorns (that double as octopi Smiley).

Please share your toys!
198  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PB&J Best Friend Wristlets on: May 20, 2010 06:09:33 PM
I made these Peanut & Jelly Wristlets for my partner in the Odd Holiday swap. They are for Best Friends day (June 8th) - one for her and one for her BFF Smiley.

They were inspired by some adorable pb&j finger puppets from my partners wists.

Thanks for looking!
199  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini Sand Dollar Quilt on: May 14, 2010 12:25:34 PM
I participated in the sea-life swap recently and really wanted to try my first mini quilt for my partner. Well, I had big ideas but executing those big ideas was a bit more challenging than I had expected Smiley.

After 4 attempts, multiple seams ripped and a few choice cuss words, I decided I should stick with something simple. I based this loosley on a design I saw in Pretty Little Mini Quilts.

It's only about 9" x 12" or so. I added a tab with button holes to the top for hanging. It's the first time I've done any applique work so don't look too closely!!
200  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Briggs & Little Yarn Substitute on: May 14, 2010 09:08:38 AM
I recently purchased a pattern for a felted purse that calls for Briggs & Little yarn (http://www.briggsandlittle.com/wool/). I'm not familiar with this brand and unfortunately haven't seen it locally.

I've been chatting with the maker of the pattern about possible substitutes. She said that she really hasn't been happy with the result when she's used other wools...even the old standby, Cascade 220.

Is anyone familiar with this brand?

I can order it online but it's for a swap item so I don't really want to have to wait to have it shipped.

Thank you SO much!
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