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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Black Books sampler on: January 29, 2011 03:23:44 PM
This is a cross-stitch sampler inspired by the late British comedy series Black Books. It's a birthday present for a friend who's also a fan.

The shelf of books in disarray is for the messy bookshop Bernard and Manny run. The grapes are for the episode "Grapes of Wrath"; the poker hand, card suits and racehorses are for the episode "A Little Flutter" (note the card Bernard tries to cheat with, Mrs Bun); the elephant and the balloon are for the episode "Elephants and Hens"; and the wine bottles and glasses are because Bernard and Fran are always getting drunk. "No Timewasters" is something the misanthropic Bernard writes on a board in his shop.


I don't take very good pictures, but it's white 16-count Aida fabric. I hope she likes it!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Marie Claire Ides photo heart on: November 28, 2010 10:56:14 AM
I love love love the French magazine Marie Claire Ides, but I never make any projects from it because they all seem to require access to La Droguerie, a vast lush backyard, a brood of photogenic children, and that certain je-ne-sais-quoi that makes everything in that magazine look so effortless and elegant.

But the January 2010 issue contained something cool that I could actually do:

(Photos blurred in Photoshop for privacy reasons.)

Here's the original project, on the bottom right corner of the cover:

I had been looking for an eye-catching way to display framed pictures in my new apartment for some time. For some reason, the pattern provided in the instructions does not actually match the picture on the cover, and I ended up changing the orientation of some of the frames anyway, so the shape of mine turned out a little different. Mine has a pointier bottom.

The frames came from Zellers in packages of 2 for $5, al though one weekend I got 10% off for using my HBC credit card. The mats came from the dollar store in packs of 2 for $1-$1.25, depending on which employee was working the cash register. All told, each frame cost about $3. The pictures I printed on my own inkjet printer. Approximate total cost: CDN$38.

Here it is in progress:

And with a floor lamp so you can see the finished size:
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Honeycomb vest and Lambe handbag on: September 02, 2008 11:32:36 AM
I had been looking for a pullover vest pattern for a while when this came out in the spring '08 Knitty. I used Cascade 220 Superwash (loved it) but the colour is slightly greener than it looks in these pictures. I think it was a cloudy day.

It took me several weeks on and off to make it, but I finally finished it in May. It was a pretty easy knit, aside from the fact that I didn't gauge-swatch and the first piece, the back, ended up a little narrow. No way I was remaking it. I just made up the difference by casting on the number of stitches required for the Medium front instead of the Small one. Seems to have turned out OK. I'm going to wear it to work this fall when I start my new job.

Lambe is a free pattern from Berroco, part of a trio of similar bags that feature cables (the others' names are anagrams--Amble and Melba or something).

I loved the cable and I had some bamboo handles, so I just needed the yarn. I was going to get something cheap, since it's just a bag, but I saw this colour of Cascade 220 and had to buy it. It was just so beautiful... Plus there was a storewide sale so it was 20% off!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The End of Harry Potter Swap Gallery on: March 28, 2007 10:43:40 AM

Post pictures and praise here!

knittinfiasco <------> Nyx_slittleDemon
xamonster <------> mint
Dancer4Ever <------> lucastheboo
hotty_blond2000 <------> itscute
Skrabadoo <------> Lunanne
moose_hat <------> Laural
kristieb <------> bekahzzz
Michela <-------> umheried
Kristen81 <-------> yamwam
theatregirl25 <-------> GoldfishGirl
ifellfromgrace05 <-------> amor,amor
Samsara <-------> Rain
mllejessy <-------> Starsview
SevsOnlyGirl<-------> S is for Summer
daiconharuko <-------> meg2101
MissTee_2 <-------> rhinestonextract
kcfirecracker <-------> shuffar
g.23paxilon <-------> AnnaO
ViolinRomance ---> mixymo ---> just_gemz

blue = sent
orange = sending late
purple = positive feedback given
black = negative feedback given

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The End of Harry Potter Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS April 23) on: March 01, 2007 04:13:20 PM

Swap name: The End of Harry Potter Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: yamwam
Sign-up date range: March 1-23
Date to send item by: April 23

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

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

All ages allowed?: yes

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

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

Details of swap:
This is the end. July 21 marks the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last installment of the Harry Potter septet that has held readers worldwide so enthralled. And as evidenced by the dozens of Craftster creations and swaps inspired by the Potterverse, the novels has sparked many a flash of genius in crafters worldwide too.

So join the End of Harry Potter Swap! (Note the italics: it is the end of the series, not necessarily of Harry himself. Everyone has their own opinion.)

The idea is to make stuff to prepare your swap partner for The End. You have a full month to craft, so let's say at least one big item (6+ hours of work, like a scarf) and two smaller items (1-5 hours of work, like earrings). Use your judgment. If you and your partner agree on a different arrangement, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

"What can I make," you say? Well, does your partner want to party in a bookstore on July 20, watching the clock tick down to midnight? Maybe he or she needs sugary sustenance like Chocolate Frogs and Every-Flavour jelly beans to stay up all night, or a nice John Williams soundtrack to relive the magic with. Does your partner like dressing up in full Hogwarts uniform to read the books? House scarves and sweaters are always popular, as are Dobby hats and socks. Is your partner a vampire? Consider sending a blood lollipop. (Please don't actually.) Is your partner evil and inexplicably besotted with Severus Snape? He or she may appreciate an item bearing Death Eater insignia, or a cold and tersely worded letter explaining why their love can never be.

Perhaps your swap partner longs to travel in time, in which case a Time-Turner would be a nice gift, but make sure they're not going to abuse their history-changing powers. Or your partner's off to Hogwarts soon and hasn't got a wand, and you're an apprentice wandmaker. Or maybe your partner wishes to be invisible, and by chance you have a fresh Lethifold skin just waiting to be made into an Invisibility Cloak. Or perhaps your partner is unflaggingly persistent/the brainy type/ambitious and merciless/suicidally brave; in that case, he or she may like to be Sorted into Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw/Slytherin/Gryffindor.

And of course, all readers need bookmarks.

For more ideas, check out the threads and galleries of past HP swaps:
Harry Potter Swap, Round 1
Harry Potter Swap, Round 2
Harry Potter Swap, Round 3
Harry Potter Swap, Round 4
Harry Potter Swap, Round 5
Harry Potter Ship Swap
Harry Potter For Our Kids Swap
Hogwarts At Christmas/Plain Old HP Swap
Hogwarts Houses Swap
Darker Side of Harry Potter Swap
Favourite Character Swap

If you want to participate, copy the following information into a PM to the organizer and include "Harry Potter" in the subject line:

Name of swap: End of Harry Potter Swap
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?:

(You can answer as much or as little as you want to the following questions. Extra info is always nice.)
Harry Potter Questions
Favourite HP book:
Favourite HP movie:
Favourite character:
Favourite Hogwarts House or magical occupation:
Coolest concept/power/item in the wizarding world:
Favourite character pairing ("ship"):
If I looked in the Mirror of Erised, I would see:
I think Harry is going to die: yes/no
If yes, I'm sad about it: yes/no
I've cried or screamed out loud at some point while reading the books or watching the movies: yes/no

General Questions
Crafts I can do:
Crafts I admire:
Items I'd love to receive:
Favourite colours:
Favourite motifs/patterns (e.g. stars, stripes, polka dots):
I can post pictures and am not going to forget: yes/no


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

knittinfiasco <------> Nyx_slittleDemon
xamonster <------> mint
Dancer4Ever <------> lucastheboo
hotty_blond2000 <------> itscute
Skrabadoo <------> Lunanne
moose_hat <------> Laural
kristieb <------> bekahzzz
Michela <-------> umheried
Kristen81 <-------> yamwam
theatregirl25 <-------> GoldfishGirl
ifellfromgrace05 <-------> amor,amor
Samsara <-------> Rain
mllejessy <-------> Starsview
SevsOnlyGirl <-------> S is for Summer
daiconharuko <-------> meg2101
MissTee_2 <-------> rhinestonextract
kcfirecracker <-------> shuffar
g.23paxilon <-------> AnnaO
ViolinRomance ---> mixymo ---> just_gemz

blue = sent
orange = sending late
purple = positive feedback given
black = negative feedback given

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The greatest mittens you will ever see on: February 25, 2007 12:30:18 PM
Behold! Turquoise and pink mittens!

Glorious, aren't they? Quite warm too, because the stranding colours makes them thick.

Took about a week each. Pattern was Selbu Mittens from a book called Folk Mittens.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tosca hat with cables on: November 08, 2006 07:53:09 AM
Had to knit a hat for a friend whom I found woefully unprepared for the impending winter. It's made from Tosca by Lang using this pattern from Stitch Cafe.

Here it is on a head:

Pattern's very easy to follow and gives excellent results.
8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Angel needed for Narnia Swap! - NOT NEEDED on: October 18, 2006 10:29:39 PM
Hello everyone, I'm looking for a swap angel for a crafter whose partner is AWOL. Here are the links to the details of the swap and the gallery.

Thank you in advance to anyone who's interested! If you'd like to be a swap angel for Jahaira, please reply here or PM me.

Thank you for replying, Eccles2003, but it looks like I jumped the gun. Jahaira's partner has PMed me with promises to reform. Thanks anyway!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / BON COP BAD COP : le T-shirt on: October 12, 2006 02:41:26 PM
Shirt first, then explanation.




Now the story behind it.

You may not have heard of the Canadian movie Bon Cop Bad Cop, but it's a hilarious bilingual movie starring Colm Feore (Trudeau, Chicago) and Patrick Huard (Les Boys) as two cops, one an Anglophone from Toronto and the other a Francophone from Montreal (i.e. mortal enemies), who are forced to work together to investigate a hockey-obsessed serial killer. The dialogue is in both English and French, with French or English subtitles provided where necessary (depending on where the theatre is located). Crammed with hockey jokes, explosions, cute teens and enough bilingual cussing to make an MP blush, this movie is as Canuck as it gets.

I thought Bon Cop was really funny and clever, and I have a particular interest in the bilingual aspect because I'm a French-English translation student living in Ottawa, right on the Ontario-Quebec border. Subtitles and stuff are my bread and butter. Anyway, the slogan of the movie is "Shoot first, translate later" and I knew I had to immortalize it in T-shirt form.

I based my design on this movie poster:

It's pretty close, isn't it? I've already been commissioned to make more for my nerdy translator friends.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Narnia Swap Gallery on: September 10, 2006 07:30:25 AM
Post pictures and thanks here!

Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110711.0
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