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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 02, 2014 08:03:54 AM
Thanks you guys for the compliments Smiley It's so nice to have homemade clothes! I bet bunny1kenobi agrees, pretty maxi! Raspberry jam? Yum!!

Last night, I had to relieve some anger, so I made this:


Yesterday, a whole lot of the internet was all about a series of private celebrity shots that were obtained through hacking and then spread on line. The news that this had happened, and mainly the vast majority of the reactions to this news, was really triggering for me. I was sickened by how many people are blaming the victims (as if they should just accept that because they are celebrities, their privacy is forfeited!) and how many people admitted to viewing the content, and more revoltingly: were begging to have this non-consensually published content shared with them to help them get it off. It just so disgusted me that people would so disrespect other's to obtain their own high, and I was quite repulsed by the rhetoric used to justify their snooping. Luckily, I also encountered people who were similarly enraged and who also disapproved of these vultures, that helped me maintain some of my faith in humanity as a whole, and the other gender in specific.

I knew that if I just went to bed, I would have trouble sleeping and probably have bad dreams too, so I decided I would take out some art supplies and craft to calm my anger and settle my emotions. I don't really have a talent for painting & drawing though, so I vented my anger in the painting of the background, and I settled my emotions in words. I hadn't really intended to also draw on monsters, but I got so wrapped up in the process that I wrote "How Do I Doy " and realised I missed a space. That turned into the tentacled thing, and I then decided to add more monsters, because having just one would be weird. I really wish I didn't have to cover up that error though, I'm just not skilled enough to render my imaginary monsters in a picture.
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 02, 2014 05:01:49 AM
@Moonflame: It's funny how cats really claim their spots, right? Lovely blanket Smiley I crocheted a similar one for our windowsill, and the first few months, our kitties purposefully lay down right next to it. No human was going to tell them what to do!  Tongue
@calliemae: I'm sure your brother will love it. I love that quote, it is still as inspirational with your brother's change of words as in its original version.
@madcrafter: tatted wire? I'm already impressed by regular tatting! :O Your piece works very well, you really managed to capture the divine aspect. Well done!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical creatures
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: The ungraspable nature of the internet / beloved monster
Project Page Link (if available): (not yet)
Brief Description:
Yesterday, a whole lot of the internet was all about a series of private celebrity shots that were obtained through hacking and then spread on line. The news that this had happened, and mainly the vast majority of the reactions to this news, was really triggering for me. I was sickened by how many people are blaming the victims (as if they should just accept that because they are celebrities, their privacy is forfeited!) and how many people admitted to viewing the content, and more revoltingly: were begging to have this non-consensually published content shared with them to help them get it off. It just so disgusted me that people would so disrespect other's to obtain their own high, and I was quite repulsed by the rhetoric used to justify their snooping. Luckily, I also encountered people who were similarly enraged and who also disapproved of these vultures, that helped me maintain some of my faith in humanity as a whole, and the other gender in specific.

I knew that if I just went to bed, I would have trouble sleeping and probably have bad dreams too, so I decided I would take out some art supplies and craft to calm my anger and settle my emotions. I don't really have a talent for painting & drawing though, so I vented my anger in the painting of the background, and I settled my emotions in words. I hadn't really intended to also draw on monsters, but I got so wrapped up in the process that I wrote "How Do I Doy " and realised I missed a space. That turned into the tentacled thing, and I then decided to add more monsters, because having just one would be weird. I really wish I didn't have to cover up that error though, I'm just not skilled enough to render my imaginary monsters in a picture.

It was hard for me to make this piece, because it required me to regain control of the nasty feelings in my head. I knew I had to get them out, but I didn't quite know how. Some parts of the words came clearly, others I just didn't know how to phrase adequately. It might not look like it, but I spent four hours on this piece, often just staring and inventorying what it was that I felt and what I wanted to express. I really love the internet, because it brings so many good things in my life, but sometimes, it's just plain scary! When I finally did go to bed (at four fifteen in the morning... Classes only restart in two weeks for me!) I am happy to say that I was able to drift off smoothly, and I did sleep soundly without distressing dreams. Art. It's cheaper than therapy! Tongue

Edit: Let me just add the text too, I forgot that our images get scaled down a bit, it might be hard to read.

Oh, Internet...
You are a multi-headed BEAST!

Are you
    magnificent or
                 malevolent?
    Delightful or
                 depraved?

How are you at once so sweet,
and yet ... so cruel?
When I am open to your touch,
I can revel in your caress
or flinch away in fright.

    HOW
Do I Do You?
I don't quite know...

Yet at the risk of getting hurt,
I still dive deep
to find
your sunken treasures.

These days, I get how Hagrid found beauty in his monsters!

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 31, 2014 10:50:24 AM
Sorry to hear about the accident sheepBlue! Happy that you're okay, but I can imagine it was very stressful. And buying a new car seems scary too, to me. Such a big purchase! You're definitely not the only one already thinking about Christmas, here as well! That's just what happens when you're a craftster (especially for yarnies like me) because generally, crafting a gift takes more time than buying one.

Also, I had previously added this sweater to my list (finished over two months ago) but I hadn't posted it yet. Six months of on and off knitting. If only I could learn to take regular breaks before I get knitting inflammation in my wrist and elbow, it wouldn't take as much time! Alas, I just knit maniacally for a while, until my body forces me to stop and recover, and then I repeat the cycle... Ouch!
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 30, 2014 09:16:02 AM
End of the semester, so it's high time that I submit my NEWT, since I finished it over two months ago now! Original pictures were no good, and with out holidays, I never remembered to take better pictures and submit. Until now, that is!

NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Fitted, knitted sweater
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435361
Brief Description:
For the layman, knitting probably doesn't relate to arithmetic, but boy, is that wrong! If your gauge doesn't match the pattern gauge and your measurements are all over the place (S shoulders, XXL-3XL bust, L waist, XL hips) then you'll have to make some serious calculations for the adjustments, if you want your garment to fit nicely. If you don't do the math, you'll end up with clothes for someone other than the intended wearer! I produced 5 pages of A5 paper with calculations and alterations and sketches to make sure that this time around, a sweater knitted for myself would not end up in the hands of a differently shaped friend. And whaddayaknow, it worked: I've got a nice, fitted sweater to keep me warm when summer's over. It's a bit baggier in the waist-area of my back than I would have preferred, but it's still a good fit. Smiley
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5  Custom-sized sweater for me (DROPS 101-15) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Naantje on: August 30, 2014 08:54:51 AM
I finished knitting this sweater about two months ago, but the pictures I took back then weren't all that amazing (I was wearing a white top underneath, it was showing!) and after our holidays, I forgot to post it! I made my husband take new pictures today, so I can finally share this sweater. After about six months of on and off knitting (had to put it on hold because of wrist/elbow pain several times) I finally finished this sweater. It's the third garment I've ever knitted: my first sweater turned out too large, so I gifted it to a friend, and I knit a baby cardigan for my god daughter. (Nice thing with knitting for babies: usually they'll grown into the clothes, even if your gauge is off).

Since I really wanted to make sure that this time around, my sweater would fit me and not somebody else, I took great care with the swatching, measuring and conversions. And I had to do plenty of conversions! My measurements corresponded to XL hips, L waist, XXL-3XL bosom, S shoulders.  Lips sealed I also altered the pattern for knitting in the round, and I used this technique to knit set-in sleeves from the top down. I really don't like stitching things together!

I still feel like the sweater is a tad loose in the back, but it fits nicely Smiley I might knit it again, in cotton rather than acrylic. I was absolutely surprised by how warm the sweater is, despite it being a thin knit with fine yarn. It just feels so much warmer than machine knit, incredible!

Anyway, autumn is clearly fast approaching, so I'll be getting good use from it soon!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 17, 2014 02:47:01 AM
@ErinAquaheart: You certainly didn't lie when you said massive post ahead. Wow! How to you get those wide brims to stay up like that? If I try that, they end up all droopy.  Undecided How did you get those macaroons so purple? Did you add purple foods to the mix, or did you use food coloring? (Also, I think you're supposed to add a recipe when posting food...) I love the Beaubattons Cloche, that is a kind of hat I would wear Smiley The candle-holder mod is really cute, this way it'll actually get used. I'd like to see the snow wait another couple months though Tongue Also: weren't you just adorable as a kid? That's quite a task you achieved with the album, well done! Cheesy

@MistressJennie: Those doodle boxes would be right up my alley too! And that mobile is very pretty Smiley Well worth the repetitive work! I love the periodic table quilt by the way, great for a budding scientist. And an unrelated question: do you know if Pinkleo is okay? I know you two are great friends, and I guess you'd let us know if something was wrong, but I just noticed she hasn't been on craftster since April. Just wondering if life is too fun and busy for her right now, or if something bad is going on. Because if she's in a bad spot, I'd like to help cheer her up somehow.

@margaron: Wow, you must be a nail polish goddess. I can't even get mine to look as tidy when just using full coats of polish, and you can do this? Very cool indeed!

@WhistleFish: Good thing for Gryffindor that you remembered it was an OWL, with the amount of work you put in, it does deserve more than the regular 15 points. I guess I shouldn't approve, being a Slytherin, but there are so few Gryffindors left that your house really depends on you. I wonder where they've all gone...

@MagPirate: Doctor Who! I bet you're counting down along with me. Another six days and the doctor returns! I'm so anxious to see if Peter is every bit as great of a Doctor as I expect him to be.

@Everybody: Thanks for all the positive feedback Cheesy I went back to make an adjustment on the harp necklace, because I was having second thoughts about the placement of the pendant, and I think it looks nicer now. What do you think?
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 15, 2014 04:06:37 AM
Well spotted Freakie, they are mother of pearl Smiley Recovered from an old necklace (or perhaps bracelet). I've got a bunch of mother of pearl buttons too, thrifted from my grandmother's wardrobe after she passed away. A bunch of blouses that nobody these days would wear anymore (I think they were from the eighties, the part of that era that's not being revived.)

I've made an adjustment to the necklace after all, I wasn't entirely sure of the placement of the harp pendant, and followed the suggestions from other craftsters in its proper topic. This it what it looks like now.


I think this works better. Smiley
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8  Re: Multi-chain necklace with wire-wrapped harp in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Naantje on: August 15, 2014 03:59:21 AM
Thanks for the input ladies Cheesy I have made the suggested change, and it does work better!

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 14, 2014 11:58:02 AM
Love the hobbit door! And the other pendants too Smiley I like that you added a picture for scale reference, I just have no idea how big a dollar bill really is Tongue

Congratulations AIMR for reaching 100! Wow! And what a 100th project that one is, you captured that bird so nicely Smiley

Love the tips about the anti-static, I recently had problems with that too.

I spent too much time today making this necklace in stead of taking care of the housework. Isn't it fun to be a terrible housewife? Tongue Project 33 this year.  Cheesy
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 14, 2014 11:46:25 AM
@ladychris2010: Swapping is fun, right? Smiley I don't quite understand what you mean with everybody having to use a specific granny square pattern, regardless of colour. I thought there was just one basic granny square?
@Inselaeffchen: You've been crafting! I especially like your wedding card, pretty Cheesy I'm sure your friends really liked it.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: /
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Multi-chain necklace with wire wrapped harp pendant
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435122
Brief Description:
I started out trying to make a wire-wrapped harp pendant for a friend, and while I think I captured the instrument, I didn't find any appropriate spots to add pretty beads or such. As it turned out, it just seemed too plain, so I thought I'd try and make a full necklace to make it more special. I used nine mother-of-pearl discs to add some glam. Cheesy
Edit: I decided I wasn't 100% happy yet, so I asked some input from fellow craftsters, and changed the position of the harp. I think it's nicer this way Smiley
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