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611  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: DO NOT POST! Setting Up: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015 on: November 25, 2014 02:59:48 PM

Team Textbook - 910 pts

The optimist says the glass is half-full.
The pessimist says the glass is half-empty.
The engineer says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be...

*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver/UFO 10 pts Extra*

Team Roster

Completed Challenges
New Zealand - Smeddley
Japan - Smeddley
India - Smeddley
Galpagos Islands -
Egypt - craftADDchick, Smeddley (+UFO)
Brrr -craftADDchick (+GIV), Smeddley
Freezing point - Smeddley
C.O.L.D. - Smeddley (+10)
You're as cold as ice - Smeddley (+UFO)
Frozen tundra -

Edward Scissorhands - Smeddley
Stamp the yard - Smeddley, craftADDchick
Basket case - craftADDchick, Smeddley
Dye me a river - Smeddley
Paint the town -  Smeddley

Completed Battles:
December:  North vs. East vs. South vs. West
Smeddley - North, craftADDchick - North (+UFO)

January:  Warm vs. Cold
Smeddley - Cold, craftADDchick - Warm (+UFO)

February: Fabric Vs Paper
Smeddley, craftADDchick (+UFO)

Completed Flash Mobs:
December:  Craft an item inspired by your home country or cultural roots.
Smeddley, craftADDchick (+UFO)

January:  Craft an item inspired by something that gives you the chills.
craftADDchick (+ENG), Smeddley

February: Craft an item in your favorite medium using all stash supplies.
Smeddley, craftADDchick (+GIV)

Red Alert:
Holiday Spirit - Smeddley

New Year's Resolution - craftADDchick, Smeddley

National Hobby Month -   Smeddley, craftADDchick

Love is in the Air - craftADDchick, Smeddley (+UFO)

Geeky Giver Gang:

--Available Bounties--
Chatterbox: craftADDchick

How pinteresting: craftADDchick, smeddley

Swaptastic: smeddley

Proposed Research Projects:

Completed Research Projects:

*Completed Challenge + Charity/Engineering/Bonus

612  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: November 25, 2014 09:48:48 AM
Badwolf314, I think you did just fine! You've been a great team captain and I feel like I have some big shoes to fill!

CraftADDchick, I will try, thanks for the vote of confidence!

Are there rules to this team captain thing? Am I allowed to try to bribe people into joining our team?!  Wink

(Don't think for a moment I wouldn't actually stoop to bribery to get more people, because I totally would! Not to mention the loyalty gifts to my teammates - shhhhh, they're not allowed to know about the massive yachts until they've been a member at least a full year and passed through the sports car level... ) ;p
613  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 3D Bug Swap - Gallery on: November 24, 2014 06:19:37 PM
That book is AMAZING!  I understand the conundrum completely!

Love the butterflies!  So pretty!

The tarantula is gorgeous!  Spiders are... almost cute, just not quite!  Wink  I can't help they give me the heebee-jeebees!

That poodle moth is EPIC and so freakin' hilarious, I love it!
614  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: November 24, 2014 03:39:12 PM
I can Captain Team Textbook, I don't promise to be the most on top of things but I'll give it a try (but would step aside if someone more dependable wanted to take over!).
615  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Okapi on: November 21, 2014 07:05:19 AM
Thanks, everyone!  Yes, it would be a shame to lose such a fascinating creature.  I knew about them because we do (or did, haven't been the in awhile, we were docents years back) have them at our zoo, and I always liked their funny, cobbled-together look.

If I didn't MacGyver things, I'd never get anything done! Wink it's my speciality. Cheesy

And I'm finally getting more comfortable with knitting on the fly, which makes me happy. Crochet, sure, I can do that, but I'm comparatively new to knitting (only 10 or so years as opposed to almost 30).
616  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mecha Dragon from Mega Man 2 on: November 20, 2014 05:53:52 PM
Wow, that is amazing!  I admire your dedication!

As for what to do with him... I have no idea.  If you had a big enough wall (like on a cathedral ceiling) you could hang him like a giant mural?  
617  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 20, 2014 05:38:07 PM
I have fallen so far behind, there are so many amazing projects I haven't individually commented on - I've been slammed with swaps and a horrible cold, but that's no excuse!  I have one project to submit now, there are a few others but I need to figure out some poetry and jokes... Wink

Prompt:  November Battle: Fiction vs Non-Fiction
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Knitted Okapi
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436838.0
Brief Description: The Okapi was once believed to be a cryptid- they thought taxidermists had cobbled together an animal from bits of other animals to try to fool the world... turns out, though, that it's very real!  In the end, the fictional animal was proven to be the stuff of completely real non-fiction!

(Really, as a member of Team Textbook, I had to come down on the side of Non-Fiction!  GO Science!  Wink )

Project Picture:

618  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Okapi on: November 20, 2014 05:32:27 PM

What on earth is an Okapi, you ask?  From Wikipedia: The okapi, also known as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi and the giraffe are the only living members of the family Giraffidae.

Now, there are not a ton of Okapi patterns out there, but my partner in the Cryptid Swap really wanted an Okapi (no, it's not a cryptid, but it was considered one for a very long time - they thought taxidermists had cobbled together a make-believe animal from various bits).  So I had to make an Okapi.

There are a few very cartoon-okapi patterns, but I wanted something more realistic.  Enter... the giraffe pattern.  I found this one on Ravelry, but it was a LOT of seams and I hate seams so I tried to work it in the round.  I translated the pattern (the two halves were worked independently, so one had to be flipped) and in theory it should have worked?  But it didn't.  The legs did, but the lower body was weird (I ended up sewing in some tucks and pleats which were still less noticeable than my seams would be) and I did end up needing a seam down the back.

And don't even mention the color changes!  Since I was working in the round, for the rump stripes I didn't want to carry the yarn that much so each time I broke off the brown and attached the white/black, then broke those off and attached more brown.  At least with a stuffed animal all that is hidden very nicely in the back!

I shortened the neck (I should have thickened it, too, but... time and all) and completely winged the ears.  The head I had to pull out and re-do because I forgot the white cheeks, which was a great deal of fun to do...  O.o

This is an in-progess picture:

Overall, though?  I'm really proud of him.  It was a time crunch, and he was HUGE (I did not realize how big he was going to be when I started, but he stood well over a foot tall... this is a reoccurring theme in my projects, I just don't ever seen to grasp what I'm getting myself into.  When there are almost 150 rows in a pattern, it's not small!), and I had to pull out a lot, but it was worth it.  More pictures, just because:

He also, convincingly, served to fulfill a prompt for the Fall Nerd Battles!  If you haven't checked out the Nerd Battles, you should!  This session is almost over, but the Winter Nerd Battles should be starting soon and you totally want to join Team Textbook for all things nerdy and awesome!  Wink
619  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Cryptid Swap Gallery! on: November 20, 2014 05:04:12 PM
I am so glad you love the Okapi, that was quite the adventure!  Cheesy  The squid I've made before, and the frog was just a little extra I saw on your pinterest, he came together pretty well.  Cheesy
620  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: November 19, 2014 09:35:56 AM
Willow git to try his paw at pottery this weekend!  Not too shabby fir a first attempt!  It needs to be fired, then we'll glaze, and fire again.

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