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2331  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Socks! on: February 11, 2012 09:22:10 PM
Thanks you guys!

Anti digger, I usually don't mind mismatched socks but when I made ZQ's pair, there was a huge difference in how wide the bands of color were. I should have learned but I didn't. It's not as bad on this pair, but one sock the way the colors go from the heel turn to the gusset really bothers me.

Mama, I this they are just as nice. I got pair of knit socks in swap once and they are nice, but these feel more elastic to me. I think it's the alternating flhdc/blhdc. Pain to crochet but so much stretch!

Ffrogg, DO IT! Then show us! I want to see more crocheted socks. The knit ones get all the attention.
2332  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R7 - Silhouette & Negative Space! (SU CLOSED, SO Feb 27) on: February 11, 2012 09:14:41 PM
Done stitching! One "piece" is missing but I like it. Just need to wait for this paint to dry then I can "frame" it, finish the back, and pack it in a box to wait until I'm done with my 2 Pinterest Swap claims to get shipped!
2333  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R7 - Silhouette & Negative Space! (SU CLOSED, SO Feb 27) on: February 09, 2012 08:29:25 PM
Working on hoop #2. I gotta say, I think these swaps are improving my stitching skills. We'll have to see how the color choices work out but I am liking it muchly thus far. Need more floss, though! Good thing I know a hoarder. Seriously: she has a gallon of each color category. Gallon of browns, gallon of reds, gallon of blues... Gonna see her tomorrow after a parent teach conference. Woot!
2334  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU- CLOSED , SO 2/20) on: February 09, 2012 02:22:00 PM
I have this swap, the hoop swap, and 2 claims in the pinterest swap that I want to have all out by the 20th. I'm thinking I'll just stack them up until until they are all done and send all 4 boxes at once. Can I do it? We'll see! I think I'm doing pretty good. Have about 2/3 done for this swap. Just need to figure out what I'm going to spin for the last skein and I'm good.  Cheesy
2335  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Misc Challenge - Random Acts of Crafty Kindness! Entries Due Feb 25 - Mar 3 on: February 08, 2012 07:41:44 PM
hm... I want to but what? Ack!
2336  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Socks! on: February 08, 2012 03:20:34 PM
I've always wanted to learn to knit just so I could make socks but who needs to knit them? I can crochet them because crochet is the cro-shit. Seriously. So the first pair I made was for the Marvelous Zombie_Queen in the latest Magic Yarn Ball Swap and you can see them mostly here. Her feet are bigger than mine and since I didn't have reference they ended up a little big for her. Sad But I made some for me last month and I loved them so much that I made some for my sister who's birthday is Tuesday also. She has the same size feet as me Cheesy I was wanting to make some for my other sister for her bday in March but her feet are smaller than mine and the instructions usually say something like "Repeat round x until 2" from tip of longest toe" and I can't make them that long if her toes are 500 miles away. So enough wordiness, on to the photos!

Mine, after they've been worn and washed a couple times:

I used some Paton's color changing sock yarn. Didn't like it. Even though the balls were from the same batch or whatever, the color changes were different.

And for Kathleen:

Used some Paton's stretch lightweight cotton blend yarn for these. Very nice. Didn't use as much as I thought it would. I think when they wrote the pattern for these they were just trying to get as much texture and different stitches in as they could. Amusing, but I'm glad they went to her instead of staying with me. Don't know if you can see if but the heel flaps have a ribbing that was done using FPDCs. I love drop stitches!

All three of these patterns were from the book More Crocheted Socks.
2337  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Silhouette Hoop on: February 07, 2012 07:35:38 AM
really really beautiful, I love your choice of colour.

And as a needlefelter with a new xstitch and hoop addiction I could feel my mind explode with just the idea of needlefelted hoops!

If it's all felted why did you bother to use xstitch fabric?

Looking at it I would have guessed the finer lines were just stitched rather than felted but I take it not?  I suck at fine line drawing type felting so I'm just amazed.

Yeah, I was really wanting to try to incorporating both felting and stitching, but figured with this image simple was better. Maybe later. Or maybe I can just be your inspiration/motivation and revel in your successes.

I didn't use Aida fabric. I actually used a scrap from some fabric that I made something else out of years ago. It happened to be the only teal fabric I had. The weave does make it look like Aida, but it's not! I was very not sure about it but I did a sample felting and it worked so I used it. Now that you mention it looks like x-stitch fabric I might have to take on a whole new project with the other scraps. Ooooh...

And no, the lines are not stitched. I'm also a spinner so drafting out and twisting the fibers to make lines wasn't even something I thought might be difficult to anyone. I didn't succeed too well at making the loops in the lines very well. I still think they came out OK but make and learn and make some more, right?
2338  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted ATCs on: February 07, 2012 07:27:12 AM
I agree:  BRILLIANT!
2339  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Olivian Mermaid on: February 07, 2012 07:23:30 AM

I have yet to try glass etching - it intimidates the heck out of me! Since yours started out so nice, do you have any suggestions on how to start?
My first etchings were done (over 2 years ago) with paint instead of contact paper and I basically just followed Onyxnox's tutorial including her tips. Big thing that I was super worried about: make sure all of what you don't want etched is covered, even the parts far away from where you are etching because when you rinse it off you stand a chance of creating a kind of halo. Also, the first time I used contact paper some of the spots weren't completely flush with the mirror and spots got under and totally ruined the image. Another reason I was afraid of the contact paper method was because the first time I was a little too hard on my knife and ended up cracking the glass a little. Those 2 things are probably why this stayed on the "to-do list" so long. But I got over it and I'm really glad I did. Also, etching cream is a little expensive so either make sure it's something you want to do or get a coupon before you buy or BOTH! I've been using the same jar for the past 2 years and it's still very full. I read somewhere some lady saves the cream when she's done etching with it and the jar has lasted her like 10 years.

aheartofglass, I don't see an apology. Is that how I came across? I think I may have been going for timid, not apologetic.
2340  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Pinterest Swap February 2012 Discussion and Gallery on: February 06, 2012 07:49:13 PM
I made 2 claims yesterday. I made something for one but it's not what I said I was going to. It's an extra! Is that cool? I hope so because I got so in to it that I made 4 of them all together. One for me, one for said unclaimed claim, and 2 more for who knows? Maybe my penpal will get one? Maybe my sister? Ooh, mysterious even to myself. Mwahahaha.
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