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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 Gallery (SO 2/23/2015) on: February 13, 2015 09:47:15 PM



smileyyogini <---> DaphadillyArt
loudxmouse <----> Jellybean89
alexus1325 <---> Glamis
pkwj <----> stillatthetop
Ladybugsandbumblebees <--->smileyyogini

2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 (SO 2/23/2015) on: January 09, 2015 09:55:18 AM

Gallery : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438101.0

Swap name: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Swap Round 17
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: SmileyYogini
Sign-up date range: January 9, 2015 January 19, 2015
Date to send item by: February 23, 2015

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer 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

Participants 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

-You MUST contact your partner at least once a week. If you have not talked to your partner for 7 days and there was no communication about this before-hand you must let me know.

No flaking, please. It just ruins the fun. If you get an inkling that you won't be able to send then just let me know and I will make sure your partner is taken good care of. Smiley


Previous Galleries:

Tutorial for making a Magic Yarn Ball:

Some samples I found on Pinterest

A great description of a Magic Yarn Ball:


You will send your partner a project kit consisting of a one (or more) skein pattern and yarn of corresponding weight/length for the pattern. The really fun part is that you will first make the yarn into a "magic yarn ball."  This means that you re-wind the yarn yourself, hiding little trinkets and treats inside the yarn as you go.  Some ideas already suggested include tiny toys, candy, crafting supplies, jewelry, etc.

Since we're all crafty people, it goes without saying that we should craft some of the treats ourselves. You will be required to have 15-20 things in the yarn ball and at least 4-5 of them should be small crafts made by you. If you are sending more than one skein, you are only required to send one MYB.  The additional skein(s) can be sent as is.

Also, while I know not everyone can afford it, if its only one skein, try to get the nicest yarn you can afford. Im not saying go buy a forty dollar ball of cashmere yarn but try to get something youd be excited to receive. I will try to group partners by interests, as well as how much they're able to spend on the yarn.  

When you sign up, let your partner know if you already know what you want the yarn for ("I would like yarn so I can make the MagKnits Sophie Bag"); or, if you have a general idea ("I would like yarn and a pattern for a felt handbag"); or, if you just want a surprise pattern. If you have more than one idea for a pattern, feel free to give your partner a choice of patterns (or books) to choose from.  
*PLEASE do not ask your partner for a photocopied pattern from a book. This is against copyright laws.*


Name of swap:   Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17
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)

Do you have access to a camera and are able to post pictures to the gallery?
If not, please ask your partner to take pictures before sending and post them for you.
Do you have any allergies that would affect this swap (pet, smoke, wool, angora, cashmere, etc.)?
Do you have any allergens in your house (pet, smoke, etc.)?
Do you knit, crochet or both?
If both, would you prefer a knit or crochet pattern?
How would you rate your skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.)?
Are there any stitches/techniques you like best or want to experiment with?
Would you prefer a one-skein project, or multiple skeins?  
If multiple, please indicate how many?  Up to 2? or 3?
Are you willing to send more than one skein of yarn? Up to 2? or 3?
What pattern/project would you like, or would you prefer a surprise?
Any patterns/projects you would NOT like to receive?
Which kinds of yarn would you like to receive (texture, weight, fiber, etc.)?
Any type of yarn you would NOT like to receive?
Are there any colors that you would like to receive?
Any colors you definitely would NOT like to receive?
How much would you be willing to spend total on yarn? 10? 20? 30+?
Would you like to swap handspun yarn with your partner?

Items you could craft for the ball:
Items you would like to get in your ball:
Items you would NOT like to see in your ball:
Do you have a pinterest?
Are you a member of Ravelry?
Do you have a blog?
Anything else your partner should know?


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




smileyyogini <---> DaphadillyArt
loudxmouse <----> Jellybean89
alexus1325 <---> Glamis
pkwj <----> stillatthetop
Ladybugsandbumblebees <--->smileyyogini
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Magic Yarn Ball Swap on: January 01, 2015 07:00:38 PM
I am So in the mood for a magic yarn ball swap. Would anyone take part in it with me?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Whedonverse Swap? on: June 26, 2014 02:51:50 PM
Would anyone be interested in an all inclusive Joss Whedon swap? I know I can't get enough Buffy/Firefly...but I appreciate other Joss Whedon, too.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Turtle Power - TMNT Hat and Sai on: October 25, 2013 05:56:46 PM
I am going to dinner with friends and their six year old tomorrow night. So this evening I worked up a hat and sai for their Raphael fan.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Zen/Meditation Swap on: October 10, 2013 04:45:22 PM
The holidays are looming. And we all need as much peace and calm as we can get. Smiley

I wasn't thinking anything too big. Maybe 1 crafted medium and 2 smalls? Or 4 points however you like. Extras to be decided on between partners.

Would anyone be interested?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: June 06, 2013 01:43:53 PM
Here is a place for us all to share pictures of all the Miyazaki awesomeness that we have made for us by our partners.

Here is a link to the discussion:

Inspirational Picture:

The Pairs:

DaphadillyArt <> silentblair,1watermonkey
Smileyyogini <> Oath Keeper, RadStamps
whenindoubtsew <> Ryn
estar23 <> jnny_heck
Rae-mazing <> MeganCrafts
RhymeswOrange <> sheriffkarli
mini_m00se <> Melissaurus
Lmseeley <> bittersweet_symphon y

When you name is this color it means you have:

Sent & Received
Feedback Left
Sending Late (with communication)
Contact Organizer

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pirate Hat on: May 15, 2013 06:42:37 PM

Im taking part in the summer nerd games and this is my first entry. Smiley Its a pirate tricorne hat like the ones found in Limsa Lominsa in FFXIV

Just a quickie pattern if you want to make one like it! Smiley

Items You Need

Red Yarn -RHSS
Heather Grey Yarn - RHSS
G Hook
Stitch Marker (I use a little piece of contrasting yarn and just pull it out and replace it at the beginning of each row so I dont lose my place when working in the round)
Yarn Needle

I started in the center of the hat forming the "beanie" of it first. My gauge with Red Heart on a G Hook is 4st x 4st gives me one square inch. The drop on this hat is only 7"...you dont want it to come down to your eye brows before you begin the brim or it will look really odd. So the beanie portion is 22" wide and the drop is 7". Smiley

I worked in the round and did NOT slip stitch chain 1 at the end of each row. I used a stitch marker and just kept working in the circle.

The hat only uses single crochet. When I say "sc inc" it means sc two times in that one stitch. Smiley

Row 1) 6 sc in a magic loop circle. Cinch your circle closed and continue to row 2 (6)
2) sc increase in each stitch around (12)
3) *sc, sc inc* around (18)
4) *sc 2 times, sc inc* around (24)
5) *sc 3 times, sc inc* around (30)
6) *sc 4 times, sc inc* around (36)
7) sc around (35)
Cool *sc 5 times, sc inc* around (42)
9) sc around (42)
10) *sc 6 times, sc inc* around (48)
11) sc around (48)
12) *sc 7 times, sc inc* around (54)
13) sc around (54)
14) *sc 8 times, sc inc* around (60)
15) *sc 9 times, sc inc* around (66)
16) sc around (66)
17) *sc 10 times, sc inc* around (72)
18) sc around (72)
19) *sc 11 times, sc inc* around (78)
20) *sc 12 times, sc inc* around (84)
21) *sc 13 times, sc inc* around (90)
22-26) sc around (90)

That was it for the part that sits on your head...we are now continuing on to the brim. No need to fasten off ...just keep working in the round.

27) *sc 6 times, sc inc* around (102)
28) *sc 7 times, sc inc* around (114)
29) *sc 8 times, sc inc* around (126)
30) *sc 9 times, sc inc* around (138)
31) *sc 10 times, sc inc* around (150)
32) *sc 11 times, sc inc* around (162)
33) *sc 12 times, sc inc* around (174)
34) *sc 13 times, sc inc* around (186)
35) sc around (186) Slip Stitch, Fasten off.

Attach Gray Yarn
36) *sc 14 times, sc inc* around (198)
37) *sc 15 times, sc inc* around (210)
38) sc around (210) Slip Stitch, Fasten off.

I made the end where I fastened off the back of the hat.

So now you have a great big floppy disk. Turn the hat inside out so that when you fold the edges up in a "tricorne hat shape" the "right side" is facing out on the sides.

Like this...

I figured it is more important that the sides that everyone can see are the right side of the crochet fabric, as opposed to the top of the hat...fewer people will see that.

After flipping it "inside out" just shape it however want it to look.

Its about personal preference. I did not want my edges to be too sharply folded. I like the rounded corners. Once you find how you want it to look then just use the complimentary yarn, cut a few strands and sew it to keep it that shape.

When you are sewing the outside just enter a stitch and take the working yarn into a hole that is above and on stitch to the right or left. Just like you are cross-stitching. This will make the stitching nearly impossible to see. I learned this by "accident". I sewed the red and then I sewed a few strands through the gray also.

Finished product! Smiley

I hope this made sense. Smiley Take care and arrrrr.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Hunger Games Mockingjay Drawstring Backpack on: May 05, 2013 09:28:14 AM
I made this for a swap and it went to Helena Puck. It was a "favorite character swap"

I started by making the panel. Its tunisian crochet. Then I set the panel and I sewed it on to a drawstring backpack.

Here is a picture of the finished bag.

Here is the panel before I put it on the bag.

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Vincent Valentine on: March 30, 2013 02:57:20 AM
I made this for a swap. Its Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy. Isnt he dark and mysterious? LOL...ok no. Being made of yarn really softens his character a bit.

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