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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift ideas for dad? on: November 25, 2012 03:13:39 PM
I'm trying to come up with gift ideas for my dad and I'm coming up pretty short this year. He tends to be pretty difficult to shop/craft for in general since he never really seems to have anything he wants, and isn't into most of the standard go-to ideas our there for dads. He'd technically appreciate anything I make, but obviously I'd still prefer it's something he'd actually like and have some vague use for.

He's not at all into sports or running the bbq (which I gather are the stereotypical dad hobbies Tongue), and he wears a very specific size of clothes so I'd rather stay away from that sort of thing. He occasionally listens to music, and generally prefers southern gospel and musicals (phantom of the opera and les miserables being a couple favorites, and he enjoys both the actual musicals and the movie adaptations of said musicals). He's in his upper 60s by now and is retired (though is still pretty physically active), so anything for the office/etc wouldn't be of much use. He adores our dog (looks like a beagle mix even though he totally isn't Tongue), and a lot of his free time is spent doing various volunteer/teaching work at our church and in helping some of the spanish-speaking members (he has very rusty spanish and there is an actual english teacher involved, but he's still finding plenty of ways to help and is actively working on relearning spanish). I'd thought of maybe coming up with something that could help him with learning spanish like a book or something, but so far I'm drawing a blank on that (he knows the basics of the language and gets a lot of immersion, so he'd have more use for something that helps polish existing language skills than a textbook sort of thing).

I got him some music last year which he appreciated, but he honestly doesn't have a need for any more of a library (though I guess if I stumbled across a spanish audiobook/drama he'd like I might make an exception). Overall, he's more likely to appreciate something that's more or less practical, though something to hang on the wall would also be good since there's still plenty of wall space running around, or something dog-related would probably also go over well.

I'm pretty comfortable doing intermediate knit/crochet stuff (not sure what, but there you go), papercrafting type stuff, or just any random crafty stuff that might theoretically fit his interests. I can sew too though I'm still a bit of a beginner there so I can't sew up anything too elaborate.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / WoW Hats - Alliance and Druids on: September 12, 2012 04:46:21 AM
Made these hats for my partner in the WoW swap. Both used variations on The Improv Hat pattern here. Her fiance is a big Alliance fan so his incorporated this Alliance chart, and my partner is about as much into Druids as I am so I came up with a druid symbol pattern for hers. This was my first venture into the world of intarsia knitting, and after resolving a few newbie mistakes, they turned out a lot better than I was expecting. Probably my biggest mistake though had nothing to do with learning intarsia, and everything to do with not bothering to knit up a gauge swatch. Let's just say I'm not making that mistake again, and I'm very lucky to have found a way to fix that "minor" problem. Overall they managed to turn out pretty well I thought, and they were very soft and thick which will hopefully be good for northern winters.

The Alliance Hat:

The Druid Hat:
13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Druid Cat Form! on: September 12, 2012 04:32:58 AM
Meet the cute druid cat I made for Crymson in the WoW Swap. She was made from the Tommy Tiger pattern by Lion Brand, used Vanna's Choice yarn for the main purple and random scraps I had laying around for the details. I picked the colors based on Crymson's druid's cat form, and happened to have some beads the right color for the necklace. I couldn't get any reference pics for size, but she's about 6-8 inches and managed to convince both my dog and my partner's that she's actually a chew toy. Tongue

14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / First try at ATCs on: July 11, 2012 03:50:14 PM
I've been interested in trying ATC's for a while, so recently I finally sat down and tried my hand and some ATCs.

I particularly liked how these two turned out. The one on the left was inspired by a fashion photo and done with colored pens with colored pencil for the background. The right ATC was inspired by my love of corsets. Fortunately I googled some pics before making it though, because I discovered I knew a good deal less about lacing corsets than I thought. Tongue

These are inspired by Voyage of the Dawn Treader, specifically Deathwater Island and the bearded mirror on the magician's island.

And because the dango family from Clannad: After Story is awesome, I did an ATC in their honor.

This was actually my second try with this concept. It was based on a logo I'd designed for one of my classes, and after botching my first attempt at adapting it to ATC form, I decided that collaging it on would be easier, once again reminding myself that I should never listen to myself when I think a certain method would be the simple solution. Tongue

And because I still kinda like them, these two were actually made a few years ago (so my true first ATCs). I was feeling inspired by Hobbiton at the time, so I went ahead and made a couple. They're both collages, with marker/cotton balls used on the right ATC for detail.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Red Cabled Scarf on: July 04, 2012 01:34:08 AM
I was on a bit of a scarf-making kick a few years ago, and unfortunately this one got left in the dust for a while. I finally pulled it out a few days ago and finished it up, and right now I love it. I used a pattern from the 2008 pattern-a-day calendar, and this represents my first experience with crocheted cables. I wish I'd used a slightly thicker or fuzzier yarn, but otherwise I like how it turned out. This scarf also has some sentimental value for me related to my grandma, so that only adds to my personal love for it.

16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Greetings from Kansas! on: June 30, 2012 08:29:45 PM
Hello all!

I've been lurking the boards on and off for several years now, and finally decided to just go ahead and join already. I'm hardly an expert in crafting or anything, but I do some knitting and crochet, basic jewelry making, and occasional attempts at paper crafting, sewing, and other randomness. Admittedly most of my creative work lately has been focused toward school, but I still like to do random stuff just for fun every once in a while. So I'm looking forward to being a member around here! Smiley
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