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161  Make Me a Hat! Round 3 (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY March 21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bananaleg on: January 24, 2012 12:54:06 PM

(Photo courtesy of Fashion-Era)

Swap name: Make Me a Hat! Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: bananaleg
Sign-up date range: January 24 - February 11 (Or until full.)
Date to send item by: March 21

(Copied from Make Me a Hat Round 1)
Do you love hats? or maybe you just live somewhere really cold and hats keep your ears from falling off? Looking for a way to practice a new knitting/crocheting skill? Looking for a fun, low pressure swap? You've come to the right place! The Make me a Hat swap! You can choose to just make a hat or make a matching scarf or mittens! with 5 weeks to crafting time. Now matter what you choose to do, it will be a nice relaxing swap and cheap to ship.

To make things easy for partners, it would help to have all lists (pinterest, wists, Etsy and Ravelry favorites) well-filled out.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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 yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

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

Name of swap: Make me a Hat Round 3
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)

(Since i'm adding sewn hats as a possibility, just answer whatever pertains to the type/s of hat you want.)
Do you want to do a single hat or a hat plus other (scarf, mittens, neckwarmer, second hat, etc...):
Do you knit, crochet, sew, or any combination of the three:
Would you prefer a knitted, crocheted, or sewn hat:
Fibre preferences:
Favourite colours and patterns:
Do you like to knit/crochet cables or lacey patterns:
Would you like to receive a cabled or lace pattern:
What kind of hats do you like (slouchy, toque, brimmed, berets/tams, etc...):
Head size:
Other sizes (hand width & length and wrist size for mittens, height for scarf):
Any allergies:
Any pets or other allergens in your home:
Do you have a pinterest, wist, Etsy favourites or Ravelry account?:
Do you agree to post in the thread weekly:

Organizer reserves the right to refuse you if you have a history of poor communication and/or sending late/flaking.

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

Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333256.0
Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354584.0


1) bananaleg
2) TheManicCrafter
3) Radmom
4) Kookaloo_Starr
5) that1girl
6) Alchamy513
7) ifallthraindrops
8 ) Arryl
9) Spiffyhink
10) IHeartsTheArts
11) Eclectic Dreamer
12) winter83
13) taloola
14) hgddm

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404464.0
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162  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: January 20, 2012 12:15:01 PM
I must have missed my notification because i have to play catch-up again!

nisforneville, the toddler afghan looks wonderful! I kind of like it without a border, but if you want to use up more yarn, it couldn't hurt. Aw! The owl hat is adorable!

Brackish, loving the smash book! Great colors for the cozy.

michelleandbean, i love Teesha Moore, and your pillows are awesome.

apm, the delicious/yum and cupcake combo made me laugh. Perfect. And of course it is super cute on you.

hgddm, i have to tell you, i don't do much with jewelry or beads, but i do love a big bowl of beads and buttons and the like... It's a good thing i can't reach through my screen and yoink it.

supertink, what a cute dress!

LaughingLark, i like the way your afghan looked before. Too bad it was too long.
And i was just watching that video on how to make a scoodie the other day!

that1girl, pretty skirt!

MeganCrafts, awesome Star Wars skirt!

Antidigger, i am digging the hyperbolic plane.

cloudsnapper, that is a cute doll dress.

jfer, great skirt!

MiLady, great iPad case. And awesome blanket!! That baby stuff is so cute!!

Gomerriffic, love the socks. I can tell your blanket is going to look really cool!

I made myself another pair of slippers. But the yarn wasn't from stash. Well, some of it was, and the buttons were from stash... but i won't post a photo. You can check out their own post, though. Smiley

My aunt has been wearing some things i've knit for her to work, and her coworker always comments on how she loves everything. She ordered a cowl from me and a pair of fingerless mitts. The cowl was not from stash, but the mitts were. The only photos i got were pretty glare-y...

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163  Scarecrow Mary Jane Slippers in Crochet: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: January 20, 2012 11:58:47 AM

My niece and i are currently obsessed with Wizarboz (or i guess you could call it Wizard of Oz). It is our movie. Every time she comes over, she'll ask me oh so sweetly, "Can we watch Wizarboz...?"

Yes, WeeWee, we can watch Wizarboz.

I made myself a pair of slippers on New Year's Eve called my new year new slippers. But i hate them. They don't fit right. And i want to start making Wizarboz-inspired things, so i made myself a new pair of better-fitting slippers that don't want to fall off... in colors inspired by Scarecrow. My favorite.

If you'd care to read a little more about it, you can check out my tumblr post.

Thanks for looking!
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164  Re: Ongoing wish swap round 76 gallery in The Swap Gallery by bananaleg on: January 09, 2012 11:40:56 AM
I received from Velvet Rose. She claimed me for roving, and i told her i love colors inspired by rain/water/clouds, etc.
And just look at what she sent.

Seriously, look how gorgeous they are!

Thank you so much, Velvet Rose! I can't wait to finally start spinning!
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165  Snowflakes! in Crochet: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: January 06, 2012 05:20:23 PM
I needed to find something to make my friend for Christmas that would be cute, but not add a bunch of stress to my already full plate. She likes snowflakes, so i decided a nice, easy snowflake garland would be perfect.

For the first 4 snowflakes (the ones in the middle), i used this pattern: http://www.mockingbirdhillcottage.com/2011/11/crochet-snowflake-garland.html
But i changed it so it would have 6 points, like a snowflake, rather than 7.

Then i came up with my own.

I am no pattern writer, these are just my notes... So, if it doesn't make any sense (very likely), let me know, and i'll do my best to explain it.

Top row of snowflakes:
ch 6, sl to join
ch 3 (acts as first dc), dc, ch1, *2dc, ch1* until there are 12 stitches, sl to join
*ch2, dc ch4, sl tbl of first chain, ch2, sl next stitch* rep around

Bottom row:
ch 9, sl to join
ch 3 (first dc), 17dc, sl to join
ch 7, sl tbl of 2nd chain, 3sc, *ch6 sl tbl of first chain, 3sc* repeat ** to end, sl to join

If anybody tries these out, please show me! I'd love to see them!
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166  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: January 05, 2012 02:49:08 PM
do any of you use anything for you hands when they hurt from crafting... eesh im only 25 and already need a brace  Undecided

I have that problem too.  I crocheted for maybe a half hour last night and my hands were starting to hurt.  I think I may need to invest in some ergonomic hooks.
I've noticed that my thumb feels the same way after a long day of crafting as it does after i've been on my phone for a while... and i found exercises for "texting thumb" that have actually really helped me. Haha. It sounds silly, but my hand really feels better after i've done them.

Might not be what you were looking for, but it might help nonetheless.

I tend to not stick to the themes, but i think i might actually give it a shot this year...
So, here's my for me. I call them my new year new slippers.

I used buttons i got in a swap last year. Smiley
I'm not totally satisfied with them. I'd like to make a pair in wool, or some other natural fiber, soon and compare them.

White (i actually finished this late in 2011, but i didn't post in the 2011 destash-along, so i figure it wouldn't hurt to post here):

After i took this, i crocheted all of the snowflakes onto a chain to make my friend a snowflake garland or bunting.

And a headband because i keep seeing them all over the interwebs, and i'm sure i'll be able to find a home for it.
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167  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: November 19, 2011 02:54:55 PM
CLM -- I adore the paper airplane shirt. So fun! I would totally wear one.

always, I love that your mod sisters are in your will. You are what I love about craftster.

My partner has received, so I get to post what I made for the tiny stuffie swap:

Last summer, I collected some sand and shells from Tunnels Beach on Kaua'i with plans to make something for my sister and my mom. I finally used some of it to make a little message in a bottle ornament, using some torn-up paper bag and jewelry wire.

The next one is a bag from an old t-shirt and some Disney princess flannel I've had forever. I painted "if there's a gut, I'm okay with it." on it, and my niece helped me by painting my name (she doesn't know how to write yet, so only I understand it. Smiley

It's an in joke with my friends, and it just needed to be put on something.

Lastly, a felt mustache. I used to make these all the time because I just love mustaches. For November, I decided to put them on my etsy and donate any money I make to Movember.
I've sold two, and a woman has asked to order six for her coworkers. They work with adults who struggle with severe mental illness, and sometimes they need a laugh.
Ah, I just love things like this! I get to bust some stash making some 'staches, and bring smiles to people's faces.
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168  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8--GALLERY!--Mail by 11/14/11 in The Swap Gallery by bananaleg on: November 18, 2011 05:43:18 PM
I received from omgferosh92! All of it is so perfect!

Look. Look at this perfect, little rainbow unicorn!

And the extras!
A banana (I mean, obviously I love bananas, right?) and Littlefoot! This is amazing!

Thank you so much, omgferosh! You are a truly fabulous partner!
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169  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: November 14, 2011 03:08:48 PM
Blue fuzz halloween costume? Oh, i can't wait to see that!
Were you the cookie monster? Wink

If you don't want to bother coming up with themes, i don't mind not having them.
If you do want to, go for it. Maybe your themes will help me decide on Christmas gifts.

ScrappySue, wow! Wham bam. The bags and doll quilts look great!

Last week, we went to my brother and sister-in-law's new house for my brother's birthday dinner.
My cousin gave me a bag of yarn and a bag of poly-fil. My aunt was supposed to crochet her a blanket years ago, and then recently just gave her the yarn... My cousin figured i could find a use for it since she doesn't remember how to crochet anymore. It's all totally baby girl blanket yarn.
It was perfect because i had actually brought an amigurumi dachshund i was working on for my brother's birthday... but i didn't bring enough poly-fil with me!
And a few days before, when we were helping them move, i saw my SIL's crocheted chevron blanket (which i've seen a million times before but hadn't noticed since i learned to crochet) and decided i would finally make a blanket. (Besides the granny square blanket i made a while back.)
Anyway... i've started on a chevron baby afghan... And hopefully my brother and SIL (who have been trying to have kids for years) will hear soon from the embryotic adoption agency on whether or not they have a donor. While i think we're all hoping they have a boy (there are two nieces already, and a boy just seems perfect for their family), i guess i sort of hope it's a girl... only because their first baby is getting this blanket no matter what. Wink
(Unless my cousin (who's also had a hard time with trying to get pregnant) also has a baby, in which case, she will be getting this blanket.)

Here's the afghan so far.

An ear flap hat i finished a while ago, which my aunt will be getting for Christmas.

The amigurumi dachshund, which my SIL named Chody... (They have two real life dachshunds named Charlie and Brody.)

Brody, trying to play with Chody:
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170  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: November 08, 2011 02:23:40 PM
It's been a crazy couple of weeks. Time to play catch-up.

Oh, my gosh, ScrappySue, those books and that TARDIS. I loooove the TARDIS, and i adore handmade books.
Great looking shoulder bags. Really like the shape.

ysmeine, what a pretty patchwork scarf! I keep seeing fleur de lis everywhere lately... It must be a sign that i need to start incorporating them into my stuff. Wink
How fun are those frankensweaters!
Tag blankets are so cute!

Kittymom, that sweater! I had a craft fair this past weekend and had a couple of women ask about kids sweaters. I need to start making them! Yours is so cute! Is there a pattern posted somewhere i've overlooked?
Baby capucines are just adorable! Nice socks! Now that the craft fair is over, and i'm trying not to sign up for more swaps... i'd like to start busting out socks. Smiley

CLM, i love how your monsters are displayed! Seriously, those things are so awesome. My nieces would flip over them.

rottenlittleboys, are those hot pads? (I'm kind of just skimming, so i'm sorry if i missed something.) The hat is adorable.


Okay, some of the hats i've made and not posted pictures of are in here... (This is my table from the craft fair, by the way.)

A woman liked the lavender sleep mask i was selling and asked to order 3 of them for her daughters. Friday night, and all day Saturday, i made them for her! All hand-sewn, and i'm so crazy about my stitching that it really took all day...

She's happy with them, so that's all that matters.

These bracelets have been made for a long time. Most of them were on their little felt plate thing at the fair last year... I wish i had taken a picture of how full it was before this year...
While i was in the bathroom, a woman walked up and bought 20 of my bracelets. Obviously i wasn't there to hear her story, and my mom has a worse memory than i do, so this is what i heard of the story... She works with troubled youths who've dealt with drug and alcohol abuse. After the kids go through this rehab, she will give them a bracelet to wear as a reminder...
When i came back from the bathroom, my mom started telling me about this woman and the kids, and asking if we should give her more bracelets. She happened to be walking by again on her way out, so my mom said, "There she is. Should i give her more?" She was quickly passing by, so i said, "Just go grab her and have her come back and pick out more before she leaves." So my mom grabbed a handful and asked, "Is this okay?" "Just go grab her." She grabbed more, "Is this okay?" "Mom. Yes. Just go get her before she leaves."
Anyway. This is what i had left:

There was a huge pile on there before she stopped by.
Just wanted to share that. I think it's really cool that my little bracelets are being used for something like this.
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