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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Thank you, Secret Craftster!!! on: October 21, 2005 12:53:40 PM
I received the most marvelous surprise package last week -- a set of glasses decorated with colorful skulls and sequins, and a matching little picture.  They've been adorning our dining table ever since, and I am SO thankful!  All I know is that the package came from Portland OR, and by way of my old address, but my detective skills are somewhat limited, so please reveal yourself!  I'd love to be able to thank you personally!!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Skull Swap Round 2! (SIGN UP CLOSED, SEND BY 8/29/05) on: July 20, 2005 03:47:36 PM
Swap name:  Skull Swap Round 2!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Messily

Sign-up date range: July 20 29, 2005

Date to send item by:  August 29, 2005

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

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

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will make sure that every participant has been a member for at least 1 month: Yes

Details of swap: Make at least two awesome skull-related crafts for your partner.  For inspiration, check out the round one gallery here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28302.0

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:  Skull Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Anything youd especially love/hate to get?  (For example, do you not wear jewelry?  Do you collect little boxes?  Etc.)
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Shirt size?
Wrist size?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sari-inspired scarf on: June 03, 2005 12:12:10 PM
I found this lovely light aqua ribbon yarn with silver threads running through it, which reminded me of sari fabric.  I made a skinny drop-stitch scarf:





Neither photo really does it justice, but the color is much more accurate in the second one.

I bought two skeins and the scarf only took up one, so now I need to find some sort of bag/accessory pattern for the second one.  Any suggestions?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Gashlycrumb Tinies pillow on: May 14, 2005 04:32:15 PM
I made this pillow for the Edward Gorey swap.  At first I'd tried to embroider the picture, but there was too much detail for the cloth to handle, and it ripped.  So I got some more cloth, blew up the picture in Photoshop, and half traced/half hand-copied the design using Marvy Uchida fabric markers.





The back of the pillow is black velvet, and it's stuffed with a pillow form.  I'm still afraid of my sewing machine, so the whole thing is handsewn.   Roll Eyes  It was really fun to make!  It's the first pillow I've ever made, and the first sewing I've done in about ten years, but now I'm ready to try more. Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Preppy Stegosaurus on: April 25, 2005 11:23:16 AM
My take on the pink-and-green trend:



I hand-drew the pattern after looking at a few different stegosaurus pictures on the internet, but I also improvised quite a bit as I went.  I like embroidering useful things (I still don't know what one is supposed to do with a tea towel), but that canvas is a bitch to sew through.  My fingers got really sore.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can this scarf be saved? on: January 31, 2005 04:37:32 PM
So despite everything I've read about "the curse", I've been knitting a scarf for my boyfriend (at his request) for the past few weeks.  It's 2x2 rib, a nice yellow-tan color, soft wool-acrylic blend yarn.  I'd done about four feet or so when a mad search for a lost inhaler caused me to dump out my bag on the floor.  When I went to pick everything up, I found the scarf, the ball of yarn... and two shiny needles, neither of which was attached to the scarf any longer.

I scooped up the stitches as best I could, but I haven't really examined it yet.  The only time this happened to me before, I'd only knitted a few inches, so I just pulled it all out and started over.  Has this happened to any of you?  Is it fixable?  Is there anything I can do (aside from not being a spaz) to prevent this from happening again?
7  California / California: South / Knitting supplies/yarn in LA? on: January 17, 2005 11:13:11 AM
I've been knitting for about three years now, and now that I've finally mastered the purl stitch, I feel ready to move onto exciting new things.  I'd really like to experiment with different kinds of yarn and patterns.  Problem is, I've only ever been to Joann Fabrics, and I'm starting to get tired of them constantly being out of yarn and needles.  (Also, they're pretty far from where I live, near Melrose and Fairfax.)

Does anyone have a recommendation for a yarn store that is a step up from the big chains, but isn't one of those scary "celebrity knitting" stores where everything is hugely overpriced?  I want somewhere friendly and reasonable... tough things to find in *any* kind of store in LA, it seems.

Thanks in advance!
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