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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Decorated Flower Cupcakes on: May 12, 2008 09:02:14 AM
My sister came home for summer vacation and she brought a book called Hello, Cupcake! with her. Then she went and bought all the stuff to make the sunflower cupcakes because she fell in love with the ladybug! Here's how ours turned out:









2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challenge: "Spiky Spider" on: April 22, 2008 08:08:29 PM
Here's my entry for the First Ever Photography Challenge!

"Spiky Spider"


Click the picture to go to a bigger size

There is a cactus garden on the golf course behind my mom's house where this fascinating creature lives and where I was able to get a couple of amazing shots!

It's a Spinybacked Orb Weaver spider (gasteracantha elipsoides). They build enormous webs, even though they are a mere 1/2" in size. They are also, if you can believe it, completely harmless to humans.
3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Seeking 1 angel for Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Swap - FOUND on: April 01, 2008 12:23:11 PM
(swap angel- Therisa)

Swap name: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Swap

Original swap thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223531.0

Gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229444.0

This swap is a "scavenger hunt" with categories each participant interpreted and fulfilled with items relating to yarn and yarn crafts.

Categories:

1) Something local
2) Something round
3) Something green
4) Something related to the letter 'T'
5) Something funny
6) Something hard
7) Sender's choice (make up a category for your item!)

# of Flakers: 1

Person who needs an angel:
Ginamonster (in the USA)

Her answers to the questionnaire:
Getting to know you:
(Please feel free to put "N/A" or "See Profile" or just plain ignore any of the following questions.)
1) Do you knit, crochet or both? How long have you been doing it? knit. Too long to be at the beginner level I'm at!
2) Do you do other crafts with yarn? Which ones and for how long? sometimes, my yarn becomes monkey trimming. Mostly, I knit with it.
3) What is on your needles/hook right now? Scarf
4) What is the most frequently used tool in your yarn project bag? scissors
5) What is your favorite FO and why? (post a link to a pic if you have one!) My sister Crocheted me a mermaid puppet!
6) What are your favorite things to make with yarn? hats and wash cloths
7) What yarncraft fears or avoidances do you have? Big projects. That scarf has been on the needles since before christmas
8. What yarncraft have you wanted to learn or try, but haven't yet? oh, I don't know!
9) What other crafts do you do besides yarn-related crafts? I spin, weave, sew, embroider, make soap and anything else that catches my fancy
10) If you had a 5-minute shopping spree in your LYS or craft supply store, how would you plan your attack? Clockwise around the store and start squishing
11) What are your 3 favorite yarns (fiber type or brand) I don't really have one. I like soft stuff  What are your 3 least favorite yarns? Rough acrylics, but they make really great monkey trimmings so I don't really have a least favorite
12) What are your top 5 favorite colors? reds, blues, greens, purples, orange
13) What are your favorite color combos? I don't really have one. AS long as they "go" together.
14) What colors and/or color combos do you hate? red and yellow. makes me think of McDonalds
15) Favorite Sweets or treats? I'm a cookie monster. but I like candy too
16) What are your favorite animals? birds, cats dogs, bunnies. Goats are fun. So are monkeys. I like critters in general
17) What are your favorite themes, schemes, genres, or patterns? i like cowboys and pirates. Sheep and fantacy creatures. Monkeys. Rubber ducks
18) What is your favorite way to beat the blahs? I craft. or sing
19) What are your favorite music artists/bands/songs? n/a?
20) What are your favorite authors/books? I'll read just about anything. Not really into Sci Fi
21) What are your favorite visual artists?n/a
22) What are your favorite movies? comedies. silly ones. and disney movies. the cartoon kind
23) What are your favorite TV shows? i like House. and Scrubs. I like The Simpsons and Family Guy
24) Describe your personal style. eclectic
25) Describe your decorating style. also eclectic. but homey.
26) What other hobbies or pastimes do you do besides crafting? ROLLER DERBY, BABY! (sorry) I like to hike, camp and kayak. watch movies. ahem. skate.
27) Do you collect anything? yes What? Mr Potato heads. and crafting goodies. and rocks
28) What are your five favorite things (not necessarily yarn related)? um, see above
29) Are you on Ravelry? What is your ID? n/a
30) Do you have an online wish list? What is it? I thought I did, but I can't find it
31) Do you have a blog? yes! What is it? http://ginamonster.blogspot.com
32) Do you have other websites? yes What? it's being built
33) Do you drink tea/coffee/cocoa? yes.
34) What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring? green!
35) Any lifestyle choices that may affect what you would or would not like to receive? i don't think so...
36) Any allergies or sensitivities? bananas, shrimp, calamari. Sometimes my pants. I don't know why
37) Do you have pets? yes. I have a bird and two turtles. I doubt the turtles would be an allergen. I also work a lot with wools, so there is fiber pretty much everywhere
38) Do you smoke? nope
39) Any more questions you'd like to ask your partner? nope
40) Any thing else you'd like your partner to know about you? not that I can think of, ask away!

Please PM me (liebschien) to let me know if you would like to be an angel for Ginamonster.

Thank you!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Why is k2tog such a chore???? on: March 08, 2008 04:40:33 PM
I'm working on my first pattern that is kind of lacy, ripply. It's the Ripple Eyelet Baby Hat.

I'm used to doing garter stitch, stockinette, seed stitch, and, when feeling adventurous, some cabling. I also prefer to do my knit stitches through the backs of the loops. For some reason unbeknownst to me, that technique doesn't work for this pattern. It doesn't leave the lace holes open and it makes the psso look like it is done on the wrong side.

I'm okay with doing a k1 through the front of the loop, but the thing that is really killing me is doing k2tog through the fronts of the loops. My needle won't fit in the loops and I'm starting to feel like I'd rather get my teeth drilled than have to do one more k2tog!!! Knitting k2tog into the backs of the loops is a piece of cake for me, but through the front? Absolute torture!!!!

Is there something I can do to make it easier? I am trying to knit the row of purls before the row of the "fancy" stitches a little looser, but that doesn't help. What would help? AggggghhhhH!!!!!!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pink Presto Chango Baby Sweater on: March 02, 2008 07:12:36 PM
I know this sweater has been posted on here before but I am just so proud of making this that I want to show it off to everyone!





When I found out my best friend was having a girl this June, I knew I wanted to knit a sweater for her. I fell in love with this pattern and resolved to make one in pink. I hand-dyed the yarn myself.

The pattern is called "Presto Chango" by Valerie Wallis and can be found here:
http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKnittingPatternPrestoChango.asp

I recommend it for any novice knitter. The construction was as simple as it gets and it went very quickly. The changes I would make if I were to ever make another would be to take three stitches off the length of each sleeve and decrease the width of the back by four stitches.

I am going to knit a hat out of the same yarn for the baby, too. If I have enough yarn left after the hat, a pair of booties will be next.

This is the first garment I've ever knit. I am considering it my graduation from scarves and now I'm ready to tackle an adult-sized sweater for myself.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Swap Gallery on: February 23, 2008 01:15:52 PM
Ahoy, yarnies! This is the place to display all the yarnie treasures that have been scavenged!

And here is who is scavenging for whom and their statuses:

sent
received
late with communication
late with no communication
feedback given
other

2711 ---> slappersire
amigurumicraze ---> Avesthel
artistrachelmarie---> arwena
arwena ---> artistrachelmarie
Avesthel---> amigurumicraze
beckster ---> EOcrafter
coral ---> ivycircle
coryjo ---> tcha345
DesignVigilante ---> Tazzsangel19
EOcrafter ---> beckster
Ginamonster ---> ThatsWhatSheSaid
Grahairedoldlady ---> liebschien
gsdbooks ---> Yarnisfun
HHjamie ---> mcook72677
itscute ---> kiwikero
ivycircle ---> coral
kbauer ---> poprock6903
Kenners ---> 2711
kiwikero ---> itscute
k-roc ---> TAOJ
ladybugger ---> maiziemama
lapoli ---> UntouchableFace
liebschien ---> Grahairedoldlady
macreede ---> RondaS
maiziemama ---> ladybugger
mcook72677---> HHjamie
poprock6903 ---> kbauer
RondaS ---> macreede
sewknitter ---> superhooker
slappersire ---> Kenners
superhooker ---> sewknitter
tanzie ---> thragegarden
TAOJ ---> k-roc
Tazzsangel19 ---> DesignVigilante
tcha345 ---> coryjo
ThatsWhatSheSaid ---> Ginamonster
thragegarden ---> tanzie
UntouchableFace ---> lapoli
Yarnisfun ---> gsdbooks

Please PM your partner and the organizer when you send out your package and when you receive it. Thanks!

The original thread for this swap can be read here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223531.0
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / I need help getting pink - EDIT: I got pink! on: February 18, 2008 01:29:11 PM
I tried dying some yarn last night. I was successful at dying it, but not successful getting the color I want. I want a pretty cotton-candy pink like this:



Instead I got raw-hamburger yarn:



I used kool-aid for the dye. The yarn is a 50/50 nylon acrylic blend that started out off-white. I thought I would get a pretty heathered look of pink and cream. Guess not!

For the first dye bath, I used two packages of kool-aid - one strawberry and one fruit punch - for a total of .35 oz of drink mix. I thought it would turn out pink when dying 3.5 ounces of yarn (two skeins, 3.5 oz each, but only the nylon taking the dye). Instead it dyed the yarn a garish orangey-red color. Then I tried to salvage it and re-died it with grape. Yuck. Then I died it a third time with a mixture of green, blue, and cherry to try to get an interesting brown. Then I decided there was no hope and tried getting some of the dye out with baking soda. Today I threw it into the washer and dryer. This yarn is kind of disgusting looking but it's still really soft and smells lovely!

So, anyway, I have two more undyed skeins of this yarn which I absolutely love because it is so soft. I bought it for making some clothing for my friend's baby girl who is due in May. The yarn didn't come in pink so I planned to dye it myself when I bought it.

I have lots more kool-aid and I also have some Jacquard acid dye in #608 Pink. I've never used any dye other than kool-aid, though.

Does anyone have any sure-fire ways of dyeing yarn a pastel shade of pink? I need some help and any tips, suggestions, etc. would be highly appreciated.

Thanks!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Am I doing this right? on: February 08, 2008 02:48:55 PM
I took a spinning class last Saturday. Part 2 is tomorrow. I have already spun 2 oz of the practice yarn we were sent home with. It is way overtwisted and really fuzzy. I am now getting in some more practice with a last little bit of the stuff I have left and I think need some pointers on how to hold the roving properly.

Here is a picture of how I hold it:


What do you think? Thanks for your input!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Swap - Sign-up 'til Feb. 15 - Sendout by Mar. 19 on: January 28, 2008 01:04:59 PM
Swap name: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Liebschien
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: EOcrafter
Sign-up date range: Jan. 28 - Feb. 15
(Sign-ups have been changed to ending on the 15th - they used to end on the 18th.)
Date to send package by: March 19
Limited to a certain number of people? No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
All ages allowed? Yes, with parental or guardian's permission if under 18.

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 swap will be a scavenger hunt with categories each participant must interpret and fulfill with items relating to yarn and yarn crafts, then send to her or his partner.

The idea came from a group I saw on ravelry.com, which led me to the blog for the "Knitter's Scavenger Hunt Swap." It has already started and, since it looked like so much fun, I decided to host one here on Craftster instead of waiting for the next one to start in April.

I looked through Craftster's swap archives and found there have been scavenger hunt swaps in the past, but this one is going to be a little bit different than those. It is themed and the scavenger part is a little different, too.

Categories (I'm using the same categories as the blog-version):

1) Something local
2) Something round
3) Something green
4) Something related to the letter 'T'
5) Something funny
6) Something hard
7) Sender's choice (make up a category for your item!)

I'm going to leave the category definitions up to you and your own interpretations. You may discuss them, but, ultimately, your intuition should be your guide.

Rules:

The number of items sent and received should be no more and no less than the number of categories in the scavenger hunt. Exceptions are if the item representing a category is a pair or set of items, such as a pair of mittens or a set of stitch markers.

One item per category - no single item can do double-duty and count for two categories. However, if a particular item does work for two categories and having two of them would be pleasing to the recipient, then two may be sent. The exception to that would be if it's a pair of something where having only one of the pair would be useless. If it's a pair, the pair can only count for one category. For example, a pair of blue mittens cannot count for something blue and something that starts with the letter M. However, sending two blue mugs, one for the blue category and one for the letter M category, would be allowable.

The gift for at least one category must be a skein of yarn (quality, please, unless your partner says they love fun fur!).

Items can be bought or handmade. At least one category should be handmade.

At least four of the seven categories must have items relating to yarn and yarn crafts. Other goodies are welcome, but the bulk of your package should be yarnie goodness.

Budget: Shoot for $15 (+ shipping). Anything used from your stash would count towards the budget amount.

Please PM your partner and the organizer when you send out your package and when you receive it. Thanks!

==========================

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:

Getting to know you:
(Please feel free to put "N/A" or "See Profile" or just plain ignore any of the following questions.)
1) Do you knit, crochet or both? How long have you been doing it?
2) Do you do other crafts with yarn? Which ones and for how long?
3) What is on your needles/hook right now?
4) What is the most frequently used tool in your yarn project bag?
5) What is your favorite FO and why? (post a link to a pic if you have one!)
6) What are your favorite things to make with yarn?
7) What yarncraft fears or avoidances do you have?
8. What yarncraft have you wanted to learn or try, but haven't yet?
9) What other crafts do you do besides yarn-related crafts?
10) If you had a 5-minute shopping spree in your LYS or craft supply store, how would you plan your attack?
11) What are your 3 favorite yarns (fiber type or brand)? What are your 3 least favorite yarns?
12) What are your top 5 favorite colors?
13) What are your favorite color combos?
14) What colors and/or color combos do you hate?
15) Favorite Sweets or treats?
16) What are your favorite animals?
17) What are your favorite themes, schemes, genres, or patterns?
18) What is your favorite way to beat the blahs?
19) What are your favorite music artists/bands/songs?
20) What are your favorite authors/books?
21) What are your favorite visual artists?
22) What are your favorite movies?
23) What are your favorite TV shows?
24) Describe your personal style.
25) Describe your decorating style.
26) What other hobbies or pastimes do you do besides crafting?
27) Do you collect anything? What?
28) What are your five favorite things (not necessarily yarn related)?
29) Are you on Ravelry? What is your ID?
30) Do you have an online wish list? What is it?
31) Do you have a blog? What is it?
32) Do you have other websites? What?
33) Do you drink tea/coffee/cocoa?
34) What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring?
35) Any lifestyle choices that may affect what you would or would not like to receive?
36) Any allergies or sensitivities?
37) Do you have pets?
38) Do you smoke?
39) Any more questions you'd like to ask your partner?
40) Any thing else you'd like your partner to know about you?

==========================

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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

P.S. This is my first time organizing a swap so if anyone more experienced than I at organizing has noticed something I've missed here, please let me know. Thanks!

P.P.S. Any volunteers for co-organizing, if it comes to that, please p.m. me.
Thank you! Three people have volunteered - you guys rock!


If you'd like to see what treasures have been scavenged, please visit the swap gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229444.0
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for pattern... on: January 27, 2008 12:12:47 PM
I thought I remembered a pattern floating around that looks something like this, but a lot shorter:



I remember seeing it in offwhite and it showed how it was a big ribbed circle with sleeves attached. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I've been looking and looking, but now I can't find it.  Sad

What I love about the pattern is how drapey the collar is. Does anyone know of a pattern that would be similar to the above picture but not as long?

Thank you!
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