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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: March 24, 2015 02:54:22 PM

The bread looks yummy with it's blond crust. Did you bake it in a dutch oven or directly on a stone, or some other way?


It was cooked in a preheated casserole dish with a lid. surprisingly very effective.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: March 24, 2015 08:23:50 AM
bushbaby...just wow!  What yarn did you use...the color combination is simply beautiful and so practical!

The yarn is from a Scottish hand dyer from a small village about 40miles from where I live. Old Maiden Aunt yarns The colours I used were:

Green - Old Maiden Aunt Merino/Nylon/Sparkle 4ply, colourway "Blow Winds Blow"
Purple - Old Maiden Aunt Merino Superwash 4ply , Colourway "Pretty Floral Bonnet (big damn heroes) "

I dont know if she does international shipping, but if not AIMR I'm sure we could work something out  Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: March 24, 2015 08:16:56 AM
I wonder if you partner would share any tips or hints about the process...I was going to put away my needles for the spring/summer, but I might have to make one more project...such a gorgeous shawl!

I'm sure she can be persuaded to PM you with some info later Wink
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: March 24, 2015 06:24:19 AM
That feather shawl is gorgeous!! If you get tired of it, feel free to send it my way  Grin

yeah, sorry, dont think that is going to happen  Cheesy 1st day wearing it today and it is super warm & soft  Grin
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: March 24, 2015 05:56:59 AM
SheepBlue I saw that cowl when it was posted and thought it was very beautiful. I love the soft colours Smiley

I have 'received' from my 'partner' in the Fake Swap craftalong  Wink - this is from the "Be Awesome (redux)" swap.

I am super please with my Dreambird shawl:



Close up to show details & sparkles (in the green sections):



I also had a go at a new bread recipe - a "no knead bread" I have not tried before. Quite happy with the way it turned out - needs a little more water, a bit more mixing next time (few flour-y bits in the middle) and more warmth when proving but still quite tasty if a bit dense:

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: March 24, 2015 05:44:15 AM
It arrived! It arrived! My 'partner' in the "Be AWESOME (Redux)" swap has truly out done herself (IMHO) Smiley

behold my Dreambird shawl:



Close up to show details & sparkles (in the green sections):


I am super please with this - especially as it was finished a week ahead of the due date  Grin
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 on: March 23, 2015 03:30:19 AM
I vote for a nature theme too Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: March 18, 2015 05:55:00 AM
That is a good one. I'd like to do something crazy like a rhinoceros, but where would I put it?!?!?

OOoooh that gives me ideas of doing Star Wars type ones...a mini wompa or tautam would be cool Smiley

*slaps self as too busy right now to take on new project* perhaps in a few months. Someone remind me if I say I cant find a swap I like, ok? Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 13, 2015 09:52:15 AM
oh my, bushbaby...can you JUST attend the workshops? Grin  of course not...how about just putting a budget amount in you pocket and then make it a mission to buy one skein closest to the budget?

Problem is I would have to spend at least 15 to get there (return ticket from my city) and then 8 for entry, plus having food & drinks while I'm out (say 10/15 for the day) - all that would make me feel like I would have to buy stuff to justify the cost of getting there. Nope. I will just have to give it a miss.

I like fluffypants' idea - save up for next year. Plus if I do that I will (hopefully) have cleared more of my stash by then and will have space for lots of nice new 'posh' yarn Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: March 13, 2015 06:40:21 AM
oh my goodness, bushbaby...that is the most beautiful shawl I have ever seen...do you already have the yarn?

I do  Grin. I was given 2 hanks of handpainted yarns as payment for making the fimo beads I posted in the 50 projects 2015 thread. I had already started this about 2 weeks ago but I'm using this swap as a way of getting it finished by a certain date.....for my partner of course Wink

For those who also use Ravlery, this is what I had completed 2 days ago The 'feather' yarn is a dark purple/burgundy colour with lighter flecks of blue and the 'background' yarn is a marbled dark forest/sea green with a silver sparkle through it. It makes me think both of deep rainforest colours and of thistle/heather colours as the same time
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