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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Soft Felting Yarn? on: July 28, 2010 10:22:18 AM
I have felted many things, but most of them were bags or things that I wanted to be stiff. So of course I double stranded lamb's pride bulky wool.

Now I'm making a scarf that needs to be felted, but I still want it to be soft and wearable without being super itchy and stiff. The pattern calls for classic elite lush angora/wool, but i'm a big supporter or buying from the small local shops, which neither carry the lush. I was thinking maybe lamb's pride worsted weight? or maybe just a single strand of lamb's pride bulky and knitting it at a bigger gauge?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

xoxo
-Frazzled Felter
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mason Dixon Button Hole Bag! on: July 26, 2010 04:24:16 AM
I completed my first Buttonhole bag about a year ago and I am just getting around to posting it! I have made so many since then and have gotten lots of compliments on them. And they are super quick and great gift ideas!

I used the lamb's pride bulky wool for both (double stranded)

The newest one (Unfelted)


My favorite (I used a strand of each color on the bottom)


Next to the Iron for size!


The pocket on the inside!


I always put a few more rows into the bag where it says you can add them in the pattern.

Here is the pattern! http://www.masondixonknitting.com/archives/2005_01.html#000847

C & C Welcome!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) on: July 26, 2010 04:13:57 AM
Post Secret Round 13 Gallery
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354368.0

A few things to remember!  


Receiving
Half of the fun of this swap is looking over the gallery daily to see all the secrets that have been sent. Please make sure that you have access to a scanner or camera so that you can share the postcards with the rest of us. Pictures absolutely must be posted. We need to be able to see postcards that have been received. Please make sure to PM the organizer of the CODE that you received! It should contain a letter and a number, for example: I8, K96, M58, etc.

Pictures
When posting your received secrets in photos, you must photograph each one individually - so that means no "group shots." A group shot has 2 or more cards in the photo. Because trying to fit 2+ cards into the picture is hard, it makes it near impossible to get a good representation of the cards. Remember, this is first and foremost a craft forum and a craft based swap. Your cards should be 100% crafty with effort noticeable and the pictures should show the hard work the secret-sender put into it (as well as their secret) since they are not able to post their pictures themselves.

Comments in the Gallery
Comments will be allowed.
However, when posting the pictures of the secrets you receive you have to hold your comments for a separate post. So that means: No comments in any posts with pictures. This is to make it easier for members not wishing to read any comments to search with the "View Images Only" option. Yes, you can post your pictures and immediately post again with your comments to your own post.

*Note: You will not receive Negative feedback for not following the above rules, however it will be reflected in the comments of your feedback that you did not follow the directions of the swap when asked.

Let's see those secrets!
List of Participants (How Many Secrets they are still waiting on and How Many Have Been Received and Posted)
Postitive Feeback Left
Negative Feedback Left
Please Contact Organizer Immediately

1. Island Mum (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5) all secrets received
2. Mrydda  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5) all secrets received
3. MissCrafty29  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5) all secrets received
4. Beki710  (Waiting On: 1, Received: 4, Posted: 4) all secrets received
5. Trekky  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5) all secrets received
6. Feeshy   (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5) All secrets  received
7. xTabsx  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5)
8. KatyMai  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 10, Posted: 10) all secrets received

9. UDhillB  (Waiting On: 1, Received: 9, Posted: 9) all secrets received
10. Christine420  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5) ]all secrets received[/i]
11. imbettinonalice  (Waiting On: 2, Received: 8, Posted: Cool all secret received
12. FingerPistol  (Waiting On: 1, Received: 9, Posted: 9)  awaiting secrets to be received
13. JellyBean89 (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5)  all secrets received
14. Strwberesh0rtcke  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 10, Posted: 10) awaiting secrets to be received
15. urnotmyhero  (Waiting On: 7, Received: 3, Posted: 3) awaiting secrets to be received
16. SheLayla82  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5) awaiting secrets to be received
17. DanniJo85  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5)  all secrets received
18. Nessie  (Waiting On: 1, Received: 9, Posted: 9) all secrets received
19. Eliea  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5 Posted: 2)  awaiting secrets to be received
20. CoryJo  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5)  all secrets received
21. NeeliaRose  (Waiting On: 3, Received: 2, Posted: 1) awaiting secrets to be received
22. MandoDeb  (Waiting On:1 , Received: 4, Posted: 4)  all secrets received
23. SarahBlais  (Waiting On: 0, Received: 5, Posted: 5) awaiting secrets to be received
24. LiveLongandCraft  (Waiting On: 1 Received: 9, Posted: 9) all secrets received
25. NikonGoddess  (Waiting On: 3, Received: 7, Posted: 7) awaiting secrets to be received
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Post Secret Round 13 (Signups Closed, Send out August 18) on: July 20, 2010 12:23:13 PM



Swap name: PostSecret Round 13
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: UDHILLB
Sign-up date range: July 20 August 4
Date to send item by: August 18

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?
Additional Age requirement? No

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

PLEASE READ THROUGH EVERYTHING THOROUGHLY.

PMing Organizer

Please label all PM to organizer with Post Secret Round 13 Questionnaire, Sent, Received, Questions, etc.

ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: THE ORGANIZER, UDHILLB, WILL BE AWAY FROM HOME JULY 23-25 WITH LIMITED INTERNET ACCESS. I WILL TRY TO CHECK AT LEAST ONCE A DAY. PLEASE DO NOT PANIC IF I DO NOT UPDATE THE THREAD RIGHT AWAY OR WITHIN 24 HOURS. OF COURSE, IF THE SWAP FILLS UP OVER THE WEEKEND, I WILL TAKE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ORDER THAT THEY WERE SENT TO ME.

Details of swap:

PostSecret is a website located at http://www.postsecret.blogspot.com
The idea behind it is to create a postcard, using images, illustrations, paintings, etc., and write or type a secret on it that you want to anonymously share with the world.

The Craftster twist is that your cards need to be creative in addition to being sent to members of our little group. Remember there is no way to guarantee this is 100% anonymous because some people may be able to trace a card back (if they are super super sleuthy!), if youd like to protect yourself as much as possible I recommend removing your location from your Craftster profile and temporarily removing your links as well (etsy, Myspace, blogs, etc.). Of course you dont have to do this!

You will be put into a group of 6 people which means that you will be crafting 5 secrets to send out and receiving 5 secrets in return!  (Or you will be put in 2 groups, if you choose to make 10 secrets!!)

Links to previous galleries:

Round 1 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=201332.0)
Round 2 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209347.0)
Round 3 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225688.0)
Round 4 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235400.0)
Round 5 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247388.0)
Round 6 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271469.0)
Round 7 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282936.0)
Round 8 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301959.0)
Round 9 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311188.0)
Round 10 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317816.0)
Round 11 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340112.0)
Round 12 Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350817.0)


The Anatomy of a Postcard
Your postcard should include at least one image and your secret, which should be written/typed out on the front of the card.  Make your cards however you like-- photographs, collage, drawing, painting--or buy postcards and embellish them with your secrets.

You can write a note to the recipient on the back of the card, but that's optional.

Your postcards can all be based around the same secret, or all different.  If you use the same secret for multiple cards, the visual part of the card must be different and you must phrase your secret differently. Ideally, you should really use 5 different secrets.

Questionable Content?

Some secrets are not G-rated.  I don't want to restrict anyone's freedom of expression, but please realize some people may not want to be exposed to content they may find offensive.

SENDING ANY KIND OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  This is a rule set for all swaps on Craftster.  Basically, if you would need ID to buy it, don't put it on your postcard.

Privacy
This swap is anonymous; you won't know which postcard is coming from which Craftster member.  However, the system isn't perfect. In this swap you will receive a code (like G6, for example and it may be different once your code is assigned) and you will put that assigned code on the bottom left-hand corner of the backside of your postcard (where you would put the address). Please put this on the back of your card, even if it's in an envelope.

If it would ruin your life (or someone else's life) if a fellow Craftster did some Internet detective work and figured out which secret was yours, you probably shouldn't be putting it on a postcard for the world to see.  This isn't the place to admit you committed a felony or anything.

And if you are one of those people who can't possibly live without doing the detective work, please keep that information to yourself and don't ruin a fun swap for the rest of us.

If you're really worried about someone matching up the postmark on the card with your name, you could send your postcards from a town near yours, from your work, etc.

Or if you feel like being super-sneaky, you can have your cards postmarked at the North Pole:
http://www.christmaslettertips.com/christmas_postmarks.htm

Shipping

There are no DC numbers for this swap, since they cannot be put on a postcard.

There is what is called a Certificate of Mailing. This costs $1, it is proof that you sent something.
Here is the link: http://www.usps.com/send/waystosendmail/extraservices/certificateofmailingservice.htm If you want certainty of mailing, this is the way to go

I will also accept a photo of the receipt for stamps or of the enveloped secrets.

You must be willing to ship internationally. If you really don't want to, let me know and I'll try to get around it, but you might have to. It's just a letter.

You may mail your cards in envelopes if you want them to be a little more protected.

Absolutely do not forget your code!

Receiving
Half of the fun of this swap is looking over the gallery daily to see all the secrets that have been sent. Please make sure that you have access to a scanner or camera so that you can share the postcards with the rest of us. Pictures absolutely must be posted. We need to be able to see postcards that have been received.

Feedback

Okay, here is the FEEDBACK criteria
1. PMed proof of sending
2. Received all five (or ten) cards and posted them in the gallery
3. All five (or ten) cards you sent have been received.

There will be a cut off date where, if lost in the mail, I'll use the proof of sending for the feedback.
 
Sending Late
If something happens that prevents you from sending your cards on time, that's OK--life happens!  Just PM me before the deadline, and e-mail your receipt when you send.  If you don't ship by the deadline and I haven't heard from you, I will be forced to assume you're not sending and will have to leave negative feedback until you've sent (and can prove it).

Flaking
Of course I don't want flakers! I can (and will!) be keeping track of all secrets sent by the codes you will be putting on them. If you forget a code, we cannot just accept your word for it. You absolutely must remember to put your code on it or have a picture of your secret before you sent so I can match to the rec'd secret... not the ideal way to make sure you sent, but in a crisis it'll work!

Pictures
When posting your received secrets in photos, you must photograph each one individually - so that means no "group shots." A group shot has 2 or more cards in the photo. Because trying to fit 2+ cards into the picture is hard, it makes it near impossible to get a good representation of the cards. Remember, this is first and foremost a craft forum and a craft based swap. Your cards should be 100% crafty with effort noticeable and the pictures should show the hard work the secret-sender put into it (as well as their secret) since they are not able to post their pictures themselves.

Comments in the Gallery
Comments will be allowed.
However, when posting the pictures of the secrets you receive you have to hold your comments for a separate post. So that means: No comments in any posts with pictures. This is to make it easier for members not wishing to read any comments to search with the "View Images Only" option. Yes, you can post your pictures and immediately post again with your comments to your own post.

*Note: You will not receive Negative feedback for not following the above rules, however it will be reflected in the comments of your feedback that you did not follow the directions of the swap when asked.


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of 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 (a requirement for this swap)?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (yes/no)
Do you understand that you need to PM proof of sending (a photo of the stamped envelopes/postcards or certificate of mailing)?
Would you rather not receive secrets involving (please X):
( ) Drugs
( ) Alcohol
( ) Swear words
( ) Religious Themes
( ) Political Issues
( ) Violence
( ) Sexual Themes
( ) Nudity (Remember, nothing pornographic is allowed!)
( ) Other (please explain)
Is there anything else you would prefer not to receive?
Do you need your secrets sent in an envelope?
Would you like to do 5 or 10 secrets?
Anything else you need to tell the organizer?


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.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Post Secret Round 13? on: July 09, 2010 10:16:17 AM
I have a secret....I want a Post Secret Round 13!

I missed the last 12 rounds. I've been stalking the galleries and really want a round 13. I would typically organize in a heart beat, but it being my first Post Secret Swap, i'd rather wait until my second one to organize, just so I know what exactly is going on.  Roll Eyes


Anyone else interested?
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Favorite Holiday Swap? on: July 01, 2010 10:20:28 AM
What about crafting for your favorite holiday?  I know I would love more decorations and what not for my favorite holidays. Make it a 5 point swap? Or less or more if you and your partner agree?

What do you all think? I would be willing to organize! Smiley
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Jimmy Buffett/Parrothead Swap?? on: June 23, 2010 01:12:16 PM
Are there any other fellow parrotheads out there?

I would love to do a Parrot head/Jimmy Buffett swap!

Let me know if you're interesteD!! Wink
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Teacher Swap? on: June 23, 2010 12:28:05 PM
What about a Teacher Swap for all us Teachers out there? Have it send out early August, just in time for the new year. We could do fun things for our classrooms, students, notebooks, journals, there's so many things!

Maybe pair high school with high school, elementary school with elementary school and so on? Maybe even pair subjects if possible?

I thought it would be a great idea, so let me know if you are interested!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Hogsmeade Diagon Alley Swap Gallery! on: October 04, 2006 11:11:36 PM
Partners:
Sent To Partner
Partner has Recieved
Strike through your name means I have given you feedback.

Pamperedpam13 -- > Kool-aid
Kool-aid -- > Pamperedpam13

raina -- > kristen81
kristen81 -- > raina

udhillb -- > crochetfairy
crochetfairy -- > udhillb
kairichan -- > thebagfairy
thebagfairy -- > kairichan

ecstasia -- > Dinostar
Dinostar -- > ecstasia
thumbkin -- > goldfishgirl[/color]
goldfishgirl -- > thumbkin
katiecarousel -- > liebschien
liebschien -- > katiecarousel
poinkly -- > mlwl
mlwl -- > gettysburgfife
gettysburgfife -- > poinkly


Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=117117.0
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Harry Potter Hogsmeade/Diagon Alley Swap! Signups Closed, Send by 10/7 on: August 26, 2006 08:22:54 PM
Swap Gallery! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=125042.0

Swap name: Harry Potter Diagon Alley/Hogsmeade Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: UDhillB
Sign-up date range: 8/26/2006 - 9/9/2006
Date to send item by: 10/7/2006

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No way!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Absolutely not!
If so, which country?

All ages allowed? Or 18+? Harry Potter fans are all ages! If you are a youngster please make sure you have a ride to the post office!

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed at least one swap successfully before signing up for more
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback

Details of swap:
This swap will call for 1 large and 2 small crafted items. If you are going to send more, please converse with your partner to make sure no one feels guilty or jipped! Items should be crafted under the Harry Potter Diagon Alley/Hogsmeasde theme.

Please PM me the following questionnaire if you want to join!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?:

HP Questions:
What is your favorite Hogwarts House?
Is there a particular reason you like this house?
Favorite quote from the HP books or movies:
Favorite Scene from the HP books or movies:
Who is your favorite character from the HP books or movies?
What's your favorite part about diagon alley/hogsmeade?

Random things:
What is your favorite color(s)?
Do you keep a journal/art sketch book?
Do you have any pets?
Do you have any kids *ages*?
Do you have a portable cd player, mobile phone, or ipod?
Do you need another random trinket box?
Do you need something to carry your kniting/sewing with you?
Do you need a cd case/folder thing?  *you know what I am talking about, it holds your cd's*
Do you need another purse?
What crafts do you admire?
What kinds of crafts can you do?
Do you have a WIST?  If so whats the URL: 
a few things you just have too many of:
any sorts of fabrics you love/hate?:
symbols you love/hate:

Jewelry
do you wear earrings?
do you wear bracelets/cuffs?
Whats your wrist size?
do you wear necklaces?
do you want gold or silver findings?

clothing
what is your shirt size?
what is your skirt size?
what is your trouser size?
what is your shoe size?
would you like some clothes made for you?

allergies and aversions
is there anything you would dislike?
do you have any actual allergies?

Wishlist   (Please list a few things you would possibly like to receive, this list is just to give your partner ideas of what they could possibly make you, there are no guarantees of course).
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.



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.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

1.gettysburgfife
2. thebagfairy
3. kairichan
4. ecstasia
5. dinostar
6. goldfishgirl
7. thumbkin
8. pamperedpam13
9. raina
10. katiecarousel
11. udhillb
12. Kool-aid
13. Liebschien
14. Crochetfairy
15. Kristen81
16. Poinkly
17. mlwl

Partners!

Pamperedpam13 -- > Kool-aid
Kool-aid -- > Pamperedpam13
raina -- > kristen81
kristen81 -- > raina
udhillb -- > crochetfairy
crochetfairy -- > udhillb
kairichan -- > thebagfairy
thebagfairy -- > kairichan
ecstasia -- > Dinostar
Dinostar -- > ecstasia
thumbkin -- > goldfishgirl
goldfishgirl -- > thumbkin
katiecarousel -- > liebschien
liebschien -- > katiecarousel
poinkly -- > mlwl
mlwl -- > gettysburgfife
gettysburgfife -- > poinkly

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