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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cute Lil' Amigurumi Birds on: November 15, 2007 07:29:07 AM
I love this pattern, and these little guys are so fun and easy to crochet. I'm not a big crocheter of amigurumi items, but these were hard to resist. And talk about instant gratification! In less than an hour, you're done and have something to show for all the hard easy work.






The pattern is from the book Kooky Crochet. I changed up the eyes on a few of them from what the book suggested, and I added tufts of hair (fun fur) or bows to some of them. To see more about my versions, you can go to my blog post about them, but all the info you really need is in the book!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / BAS-P2 Gallery on: October 15, 2007 02:59:36 PM
Show off all of that buttony-goodness!

Original Thread: Button Addicts Swap - Phase 2



Navy = Sent
Green = Received
Maroon = Sent & Received
Orange = Sending Late with communication
Red = Contact the Organizer ASAP
Purple = Swap Completed by both/all partners

Partners:
elphalba <--> onthinice
miss_k  <-->  rriley
cherry_chickentoes  <-->  eye_on_sparrow
carole73  <-->  Astica
Lisateacher  <-->  schmidty
bronzfrog  <-->  Yaxbooty
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Grateful Thread Headband(s) on: October 09, 2007 01:04:35 PM
I wanted some new headbands, so I looked online for some patterns. The only ones I found were made of yarn. Although yarn is a good thing, it's not always the most practical fiber to use for a headband, especially if you want the band more for looks and to keep your hair back than for keeping your head warm.

So, I designed my own, named it The Grateful Thread (thanks to my witty husband!  Kiss ), and made two different variations of it, with a third in the making.


In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the fact that I like pink, this is the first one I made:

Then I decided since my daughter's school colors are gold and black, I needed one for that, too, and came up with something that could be dressy or casual:

I'll be making another as I tweak the pattern, and hopefully, I'll have it written out in a way others besides myself can understand by next week.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Button Addicts Swap - Phase 2 (BAS-P2) - SIGNUPS CLOSED - Send outs Oct 15 on: September 17, 2007 12:18:32 PM
Swap name: Button Addicts Swap Phase 2 or BAS-P2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:missamorphosis
Sign-up date range: September 17 - September 28, 2007
Date to send item by: October 15

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages.

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:

In this long-awaited phase participants will make and/or decorate a medium-ish sized container for their partner to store buttons in. A pre-made container can be used and decorated, or the container itself can be handmade. The container can have any theme--just make sure it's something your partner would enjoy! Also, help your partner get started on their collection or add to it by including some spiffy buttons inside the container. Twenty or so is good, or any amount you and your partner BOTH agree on.

To receive positive feedback, meet the requirements above, and be sure to get a DCN and send the number to the organizer when you send. Don't flake. And stay in touch with both the organizer and your partner.

PM the following info to the organizer, missamorphosis. Do not reply with it here. Too, if you haven't read the Swap Info Guide recently, now would be a good time.

Have fun!

...

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: BAS-P2
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?
ADD OTHER SWAP SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE...
1) Favorite colors:
2) Colors you don't like or want:
3) Any allergies?
4) Any crafts you admire and wouldn't mind having a container made from or decorated with?
5) What crafts can you do?
6) Do you already collect buttons or will this be the start of something new?
7) If you're under 18, what is your age?
8) Anything else you'd like for your partner to know?


All of the partner info and who has received, sent, etc, can be found in the first post of the gallery.

Gallery

The last BAS went smoothly and everyone did their part. I'm hoping you guys do me proud as well! I love buttons, but I just don't have the time to devote to this one. Hopefully the following phases I'll be able to, though. Happy Swapping!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Any Ravelry Crocheters out there? on: July 07, 2007 09:54:04 PM
I know there's talk on the knitting board here on Craftster about Ravelry, but I wanted to know if there's any crocheters from here over there. Knitters seem to totally outnumber us, and I'd like to see more crocheters get in on the fun.

If you don't know what Ravelry is--well, it's only the coolest crochet/knitting site out there. It allows for keeping up with your stash, your WIPs & FOs, friends, projects you want to do, your hooks, your books, and well...you get the picture. It even works with your blog posts--if you have a blog, that is. And if you don't, it's no biggie.

It's run by two cool people, and right now, it's in the Beta stages. The only way to get in is with an invite. They're sending out emails everyday, but trying not to overload the system as well, so if you put your name in the hat, don't be dismayed if it takes several weeks before you hear from them. Believe me, it's worth the wait!

And for those who are already there, you can find me under the user name iCrochet. Looking forward to seeing who else is there.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Marbles - a crochet wire bracelet *now with tute link* on: May 15, 2007 03:22:05 PM
I created this lil' bracelet for my mom for Mother's Day. I'm pleased with how it turned out, although I probably should tweak the pattern a bit. I call it "Marbles" because the beads I used remind me of them.








It's really a simple pattern, and I plan to write out a free tutorial. Once I do, I'll post it on my blog.

Edit: The tutorial is now posted: "Marbles" Tutorial/Pattern

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / On-the-Go Bag from Interweave Crochet on: April 23, 2007 09:16:16 PM
This is the pattern from the Interweave Crochet Spring 2007 magazine called the On-the-Go Bag. I used a bulkier yarn than the pattern called for, which was also varigated, so I didn't have to switch colors every couple of rows. It only took a matter of a few hours to complete, and it's a project I'll probably do again. It's not too big on the outside but very roomy on the inside.
 
This is also my first felted project, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's so cool to see how much the crochet changes with little soap and hot water.
 
More info about it can be found on my blog, here.




 

 

 
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my new favorite Blanket on: April 13, 2007 09:19:21 PM
I finally finished this a few days ago. I wanted to post sooner, but the sun just hasn't been cooperating well; however, these photos turned out okay, even if the color is a bit off on one of them. I doubt any photo would do it justice.It's the Bed of Roses Blanket from the August '06 issue of Crochet Today magazine. I started it sometime in February. It took me longer than any project I've done so far, although I have a project in the works that may come in a close second. I love the color, the texture, and the fact that I made it. And I made it just for me!
 

You can find more information about it on my my blog. I'm quite pleased with it.

x-posted to Crochetville
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / in search of a Craft Table on: April 04, 2007 09:32:22 AM
I've been discussing working on my craft room with my SO, and I've decided I want a craft table. Right now, I have a twin size bed in this little room of mine, and I want it out of here--especially since it seems to receive the pile up of everything from clothes to material--so I can have a place to cut material, work on scrapbooking, crochet jewelry...well, you get the idea. I don't have a lot of space right now, so I'm looking for something that can be pushed against the wall when it's not in use, then pulled back out if I need to walk all the way around it, like when cutting patterns or something. I know JoAnn's has a table, but I was wondering how sturdy it is and if it's worth the money. Does anyone else sell them? Also, my SO has some great ideas for making one from scratch, but I wanted to shop around first. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas for a table such as this? Thanks!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Spark my Creativity" Swap...? on: March 31, 2007 05:05:19 PM
I'm having a really bad day, so this may be a really sucky idea, but thought I'd toss it out there anyway.

The premise of the swap would be to send a partner 3-5 small items or group of items from your own stash of crafty stuff, then your partner would have to craft you something using the items you sent. Your partner would do the same.

Example: Mary sends Marcia a button, some ribbon, a couple of stickers, a few beads, and a piece of felt. After stalking Mary on Craftster, Marcia comes up with a totally awesome handbag using the button and ribbon as accents. With the beads, she makes a neat little bracelet, then uses the felt & stickers to create a one-of-a-kind card for her partner. Mary also crafts for Marcia using the items sent to her.

Kinda like stash bustin'...only different...

And considering the time it takes for the Postal Service, it might be better to limit it to the US & Canada, since it would require sending twice--once to send your items to you partner, then again to send your partner the items you crafted for them.
Any suggestions, thoughts, ideas, questions?
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