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1  Featured Knitting Projects - August 2011 in Knitting: Completed Projects by lapoli on: August 01, 2011 03:07:25 AM
Featured Knitting Projects - August 2011

How are these projects chosen?  First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer.  We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.

We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!

Aestlight Shawl by knittyknitter


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Fezzes are cool mitts by pixelatedmushroom



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Squirrels on Wheels by pantastic



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Thanks, everyone, for all your contributions to our Knitting community. Keep the excellent projects coming and remember to hit "this rocks!" anytime you see something worthy of sharing.
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2  Re: Waldorf-Inspired Nature Table Playsilks in Dyeing: Completed Projects by lapoli on: July 15, 2011 05:37:30 AM
Wow, do you have any tips? I have a bunch of dye and silks coming my way-but I'm a newbie when it comes to dying. Those look so fantastic!

Thanks, serenityfey! To be honest, I actually took the lazy way out when I dyed these--they were SO easy!

I set my oven to 350 degrees and filled a glass 9x13 pan with water.  Added a little vinegar and then added my scarf (or scarves, depending on how big they were).  From there, I just tapped dye powder onto the top where I thought it should be and then gently stirred the scarf/water to mix the color(s). Then, I "cooked" it for 20-30 minutes until it looked like the dye was absorbed.  Really-it's that simple!

I got a lot of texture/variation in my scarves because of the way they laid in the pan. (You can see a better picture of what I mean here.) Had I kettle dyed them, they would have moved around more and would have been a little bit more uniform.  You can also handpaint them and then steam them, if you're looking for something you can control more (and end up with more even results.)

The only downside to my ultra-lazy method is that you can't fully control how/where the colors meet and muddle together, so you have to exert some restraint when and where you add the dyes.  


This is a result of lack of restraint. It was supposed to be rainbow-ish and my hand was heavy when tapping out the red, so I basically got a red scarf with a TINY amount of yellow/orange.  

Does that help?

Really, seize your dyes and the day! Cheesy  You can't really go wrong, so experiment and find what way works best for you! (And share your photos, too, once you've finished!)
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3  Waldorf-Inspired Nature Table Playsilks in Dyeing: Completed Projects by lapoli on: July 14, 2011 05:13:06 PM
It's been a long time since I've pulled out the ol' dyes, but I've been wanting to make hand dyed playsilks for my son since before he was born!

I got all the silk blanks for Dharma Trading - I had about 12 35"x35" silks and then I picked up a small ton of 11"x11" handkerchiefs.  I used Jacquard Acid Dyes (since I have a small collection of them) and found that the silk LOVED the dyes.  They absorbed practically whatever I could throw at it and then some!

Anyway, these are some of my favorites:










They are a super fast and easy project and the results are awesome! I can't wait to get my nature table started with these!
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4  Re: Shop the Swap 52 **Shops Only!** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by lapoli on: July 01, 2011 04:27:01 AM
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Nature Table Green Play Silk - Waldorf-inspired for your nature table, or for creative play, endless possibilities. 35" square. 1 point.


Sun Ray Nature Table Play Silk, 1 point. Waldorf-inspired for your nature table, or for creative play, endless possibilities.  35" square, 100% silk.



Starting: 7
Current: 4
Pending: 0
Total: 4
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5  Re: WIP Wednesday - June 29 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lapoli on: June 29, 2011 12:17:32 PM
Looking good, sarahj2001! I love the colors!

I haven't knit in FOREVER, but I AM in the process of reorganizing my craft room since we moved. I should snag a photo and upload it...

... here we go:



That's almost 10 wall feet of yarn... and that's not even all of it. :/

Anyway.  Playing with yarn, organizing it and fondling it just makes me realize how much I miss knitting. Smiley

The closest to a WIP I have is this blanket for Sprout:



Several weeks ago and it hasn't changed, at all.  In my defense, I just found the skein I wanted to use next, so once I get it wound into a ball, maybe I'll find some time to work on this more.  I'd really love to be able to finish it!
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6  Featured Knitting Projects - June 2011 in Knitting: Completed Projects by lapoli on: June 01, 2011 02:20:00 AM
Featured Knitting Projects - June 2011

How are these projects chosen?  First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer.  We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.

We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!

My Daughter's Spring Hoodlet by Moxie_Crimefighter


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Mother's Day Tube Shawl/Scarf by SpunK



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Nessie Amigurumi by basetblue



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Thanks, everyone, for all your contributions to our Knitting community. Keep the excellent projects coming and remember to hit "this rocks!" anytime you see something worthy of sharing.
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7  Meet Our Featured Member, LoudxMouse! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lapoli on: April 06, 2011 04:58:45 AM
This quarter's featured member is always happy to share her written patterns which run the gamut between alien face huggers to scarves and hats.  We admire her creativity and generosity for sharing so much with us, so this quarter's featured member, we're pleased to announce, is loudxmouse!


How and when did you start knitting?

My grandma started teaching me as a supplement to my homeschool education when I was about 9. I was seriosuly blessed with some crafty genes, so every other week I either learned to sew from one gran or knit from the other.


What was your first knitting project?

My first project was a garter knit scarf, on size 8 bamboo needles that my grandma bought in Hawaii. It was red wool and I gave it to my grandpa when I finished it. It took me forever and my grandma made me fix most of my mistakes as I went, so it took even longer. I think over all though, that mentality has shaped how I knit, so I don't hold it against her too much.

Do you dabble in any other crafts? If so, which?

I spin, make a bit of jewelry and book bind. I went to art school so I have dabbled in printmaking, silk screening, costuming, painting, and a few other things. Nothing has really "stuck" like knitting though.


What's your favorite FO?

My Andrea's Shawl. It was a Knitty Independent Designer pattern that I planned in my head from beginning to end. The body yarn was picked up during a local "yarn crawl", and the stripe color was spun by me for the project. I had an idea of how I wanted it to look, how I wanted the colors to stripe and it turned out just how I wanted!

What's your favorite yarn? Pattern book?

I really love KnitPicks Swish yarns. They are a great value, soft as heck, washable and knit up really well. I know that's not very lavish, but I would literally own that yarn in every colorway if I could.

I think the Stitch n' Bitch series by Debbie Stoler has been one of my favorites to pick up. The first book was pretty instrumental in my rediscovering knitting.


What's your favorite knitted FO made by someone else?

This list could be HUGE. My ravelry queue is overwhelmingly stuffed with gorgeous and tempting patterns right now.  Probably the totoro-version of the paperdoll sweater I love when people use a pattern as a platform for their own creativity.

Who are your favorite designers?

I adore Stephen West. I keep accidentally knitting his shawls and realizing they are his halfway through. He is a really solid designer and obviously his patterns really appeal to
me.

I also love Anna Hrachovec of MochiMochiLand fame. Her designs are so sweet and fun. I wish I could think like she does.


What's your favorite non-knitted FO?

Probably the ewoktopus. I am a huge nerd and loveandasandwich is a seriously talented lady.


Did you make any crafty new years resolutions?

One year I resolved to not buy any more yarn. That February I learned to spin. Since then, for the sake of my wallet and my sanity, I have not made any crafty resolutions.
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8  Re: Knitting Featured Member Archive in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lapoli on: April 06, 2011 04:15:37 AM

If you've spent anytime on the knitting boards, you are likely to have encountered Striker923.  Not only does she post beautiful projects, she's always willing to help out a knitter in need and to pop into almost any thread to admire others' finished works.  

Striker923 was kind enough to answer some questions about how she got started knitting, some of her knitting favorites, and other Craftster projects that inspire her.




How and when did you start knitting?

I started knitting about two to two-and-a-half years ago because I wanted to knit a Harry Potter house scarf.  One of my really good friends, fellow Craftster Kaiser Scissorhands, said, Why dont you check out Craftster.org, they have great resources!  Utterly amazed at the awesomeness of Craftster, I set out to my local big box craft store and purchased size 8 needles, a skein of Bernat Satin, and a book on learning to knit.  Another knitter was born!  Still have yet to make that Harry Potter scarf, ironically enough lol.

What was your first knitting project?

My first knitting project was half of a throw pillow but my first completed knitting project was a striped garter stitch scarf for my husband when he was still my fianc.  They are both lurking in the dark corners of Craftster somewhere.

Do you dabble in any other crafts? If so, which?

I recently taught myself to crochet this past summer and I do occasionally cross stitch.  Ive also done some embroidery and stenciling for a swap, but I can never stray far from knitting because I love it so!


What's your favorite FO?

This is a toughie as I like all my FOs!  But if I have to pick a favorite, Id have to say my first pair of socks.  I used Cookie A.s BFF Socks pattern and Opal Harry Potter yarn in the Ron colorway...cables and variegated (self-striping) yarn, whats not to love??



What's your favorite yarn? Book?

There are so many wonderful yarns out there! My favorite though is sadly discontinued: Knit Picks Essential/Stroll Kettledyed.  Such beautiful jewel tones and I love the slight semi-solid variegation of it.  Mirasol Nuna is a close second, merino/silk/bamboo blend...just gorgeous!

My favorite book is probably Alice Starmores Aran Knitting (New/Expanded edition).  There are some amazing cabled designs and I plan on making my mother St. Brigid for her birthday/Christmas gift 2011.

What's your favorite knitted FO someone else made?

Probably the very colorful, retro cape knitted by Blondiequeen88, just amazingly bright and cozy, and it looks fab on her!

Who are your favorite designers?

Cookie A., Alice Starmore, Kathy Zimmerman and Kirsten Hipsky (Webs in-house designer) off the top of my head, amongst several indie designers.  I tend to gravitate towards patterns themselves, more so than designer, but all of the above seldom design something I havent liked.


What's your favorite non-knitted FO?

My favorite non-knitted FO is probably the Zelda embroidery I did for the Legend of Zelda swap this past spring.  It was my first non-cross stitch piece and while it took me awhile to do, I really love how it came out.  I keep on meaning to do one for myself, but I really cant stop knitting long enough to do it...
 
What's your favorite non-knitted FO someone else made?

I really, really liked the hand painted tea tray that mouser882 crafted for the aforementioned Zelda swap.  While I do enjoy and drink tea, I would totally buy a proper tea set JUST to have this tea tray, haha.

It's the new year! Do you have any crafty resolutions?

Yay for a new year! I have several crafty resolutions: the first is to really try out new and different crafts, (but I only tend to do that for swaps, so maybe I should participate in more swaps as a resolution?), to knit more socks for me (as I mostly give them as gifts), and I also want to learn and practice a few techniques I havent really done like intarsia and entrelac.  I also would like work more with Malabrigo, try Madelinetosh yarn and find out what Noro is all about.
Normally I dont make new year resolutions (mostly because I set the bar to high so I never seem to keep them), but I have a feeling Ill be able to stand by most of these crafty ones  Cheesy


Thank you, Striker923, for all your contributions to our knitting board community!
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9  Re: Previously Featured Organizers! in Talk About The Swap Process by lapoli on: April 04, 2011 09:35:21 AM
Many of you have seen (and contributed!) to the "Great Organizers I have Known" thread that was started several weeks ago.  We love hearing about what makes a swap run smoothly for you and we love all the positive energy that the thread has created.  

In that spirit, we'd like to begin featuring a special organizer for the swap boards.  We'll meet some of our amazing organizers and pick their brains about how they keep on top of everything organizing requires.

Without further delay, let's give a warm, hearty Craftster congrats to pinkleo, our first featured organizer!


What is your favorite thing about organizing?

Just one thing!?  Okay, Ill pick one My favorite thing about organizing is getting everyone together to share their crafting, inspiration, and loves.

Do you prefer a huge swap, or a small one? Why?  

Actually, Im addicted to all kinds of swaps.  I adore the variety and excitement of a large swap.  But I love the intimacy of a smaller one.  (And I must say, smaller swaps are much easier to keep track of as an organizer.)

Do you like using a co-organizer?

Yes!  And in a large swap, a co-organizer is a must!  (I also like being a co-organizer, especially to first-time organizers.)  

If so, how do you split up organizing responsibilities?  

After partnering, I divide the participants in half (I refer to them as teams).  My co-organizer keeps track of the sending and receiving of their team and is in charge of feedback for their team.  

How do you select a co-organizer?

Im partial to Craftsters who I know well or who are regulars on the Craftster site.  And I must admit, I do have a crafty crush and organizer love for jennieingram, who has been my co-organizer for three swaps.  We share many of the same passions and loves which inspires me.  Plus, she is a great communicator and very organized.

How do you match up partners in a swap?

First, I deal with international shipping and allergies.  After that I look at what one crafts and what crafts one admires.  I also like to stalk participants posts and wists to get a sense of their crafts and likes.  (I do have organizers glee when I find two swappers who have wisted each others projects.)  And then I post them with fingers crossed that I havent goofed somewhere and that everyone is pleased.

Any particular tricks or tips you'd be willing to share with other organizers?  

First, be excited about your swap.  Your excitement is contagious, and excitement leads to a fun swap.  Second, remember that when you take on the role of organizer, you are making a commitment to your participants.  You need to be available to your participants to answer questions, give timely feedback, and resolve issues.  Third, find a system that helps you be organized, be it paper lists or Google Docs; this will help you out tremendously!

What would you say is the most important element of making a swap fun for everyone?

COMMUNICATION!  Communication is the key to a happy swap experience.  Partners need to say HI and give updates on crafting progress.  Organizers need to keep participants informed, be available for questions, and check in on participants.  Participants need to keep their organizers informed of any issues, questions, or concerns.  I dont think you could ever communicate too much in a swap.  And never be afraid to ask questions!  Organizers and Swap Mods are there to help and to make sure everyone has a good swapping experience.

Where do you find your swapping AND organizing inspiration?  

My inspiration originates from many sources.  First, I'm an avid reader so I derive tons of inspiration from my favorite books; swaps like twilight: Longing for New Moon, Shakespeare Swap, and Because We Miss Harry Potter allow me to explore new aspects of the stories and really get creative.  Another inspiration for swapping and organizing is particular crafts I enjoy doing such as the Embroidery, Loaded Charm Bracelet, and For Hookers Only swaps; these craft swaps allow me to explore, challenge, and use my crafting abilities.  Also, I am inspired by my many loves such as my love of autumn for the I Love Fall! swap and my love of cooking for the Recipe Swap.  And in turn I am inspired by the loves and passions of my partners.  But mostly I am inspired by the creativity, support, and enthusiasm of everyone on Craftster.

What was your favorite swap you organized, and what do you think made it a success?  

Oh thats a tough one I would have to say the OTHPT: One Tiny Harry Potter Thing.  I love, love, love Harry Potter swaps!  And in the OTHPT, I loved the crafty challenge to create something small in size, but big in craftiness.  Everyone in the swap was very excited which lead to tons of discussions and communication, and the gallery produced amazing projects!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I am honored to be considered a Featured Organizer.  I want to say how much I adore Craftster and the Wonderful World of Organized Swaps.  I have met some fantastic people.  And I have been inspired by so many.  Swapping has really stretched me as a crafter, allowed me new ways to enjoy my loves, and given me more confidence in my abilities.  Thank you to all my organizers, co-organizers, partners, mods, and participants; you make my life full of crafty joy!
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10  Featured Knitting Projects - April 2011! in Knitting: Completed Projects by lapoli on: April 03, 2011 04:04:06 AM
Featured Knitting Projects - April 2011!

Now that the silliness of April Fool's Day is over, we can "ooh" and "aah" over some of the last month's favorite knitting projects. 

How are these projects chosen?  First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer.  We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.

We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!


Tiger Hat for Sabretooth by kjlutz



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A d20, probably not balanced by Xelerej



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Thanks for everyone's contributions to the knitting board this month! I can't wait to see what the next month brings! Smiley  

Remember to keep work on those knitting New Year's Resolutions!
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