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4081  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spring is in the air, and my thoughts are turning to the garden..... on: March 19, 2010 03:38:31 AM
I was just thinking the other day it should be open to indoor gardeners too - afterall, I love my indoor plants too, and also like to have my fresh herbs (but haven't gotten around to it). 

Pinokeeo, love the new avatar - gorgeous.  And at least you have crabapples to make jelly with Cheesy  I don't have a crabapple tree, but a friend of mine has two that bears nice apples and he was going to let me come and harvest his because I wanted to do preserved spiced crabapples and the darned squirrels beat me to every last one of them before they were even fully ready!

I have half my garden for food - an herb garden beside the house for oregano, chives, tarragon, sage, and annual herbs like basil, rosemary, etc.  I try to do some in containers too, because I love different types of basil.  Outside of DH's workshop, I have a veggie garden, and I usually plant tomatoes (grape, cherry, large red ones, and yellow ones), zucchini, and vary the other stuff.  The year before I planted scarlet runner beans and I may do that again because the flowers were pretty and I liked the fresh beans.  I planted potatoes too, but the two legged scavengers kept digging them up on me and eating them.  Not the thieves that stole my plants.  DH's work partner who is from the East coast an apparently they have a thing for raw potatoes and salt :/

Oh yes, and I have to plant radishes too, for the same two legged scavenger - but it doesn't distract him from the taties.
4082  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My mad hatter hat on: March 19, 2010 03:21:21 AM
Yes, I have a link to it on my blog, from Ravelry.  But I am making a second one that is smaller, so I may add the second hat when I am done and the adjustments.  It took me something like 6 passes through the wash to get this to shrink to the size it is.
4083  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monty Python Swap (Sign ups February 20 - March 7th, 2010, Send outs April 7th, on: March 18, 2010 12:01:08 PM
Can't wait to see everyone is making Cheesy

Let me know if anyone is having any issues re: the swap please.  I am working on another project for another swap, then going out tomorrow to see Alice in Wonderland with my best girl friend, and hopefully getting started on my last project this weekend.
4084  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My mad hatter hat on: March 18, 2010 11:23:25 AM
Sorry, thought I posted it.  It is supposed to be a mini, but it is not mini enough for me, I would like it probably 1/3 smaller, but it would not shrink further signficantly.  It is still cute though, and I am working on a smaller one now.  I was planning on either sewing hair combs to the brim to hold it in, and do a beaded hat pin to help.
4085  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: DIY WPI Tool and Link to Tutorial on: March 18, 2010 08:54:52 AM
which shrink plastic brand did you use?  Different brands can shrink differently, and I would love to make a tool like that too.  Thanks for sharing - I love the sheep too, they look so happy.
4086  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My mad hatter hat on: March 18, 2010 08:46:59 AM
I made this recently for a swap.  It is a knit hat done with an Icelandic lopi wool and fulled in the washer until it was about half the size I started with.  This yarn fulled nicely to a nice tight, thick felt, but it took about 6 cycles to get to this size. I am going to make another one, because I still feel it is a bit too big for what I want, but I still like it.  This yarn was also very very fuzzy when fulled, so I did have to take a razor to it and shave it down.  After shaping and drying, I sewed feathers, a faux veil, a ribbone, and feshwater pearls and beads on to decorate, and added a cameo I made in tribute to my inspiration.








4087  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Kitty necklaces for my little girls on: March 18, 2010 08:24:44 AM
Very sweet!  I am sure your daughters loved them~!
4088  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists signups through 26 March(sendouts May 10) on: March 18, 2010 03:47:32 AM
I will probably be posting my prototype on my blog today.  It is a bit bigger than I like, so I will probably adjust the pattern a bit to make for a smaller, more decorative hat, and still have to perfect my feather sewing skills, but I am pretty pleased with it.  I just have to sew some freshwater pearls onto the ribbon embellishment and I think I am done.  The wool is making my face all itchy, but what is a little sacrifice in the pursuit of art and beauty Grin
4089  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists signups through 26 March(sendouts May 10) on: March 18, 2010 02:49:19 AM
I've been playing around with fulling more this past year, so if anyone is looking for something like that, I would be game for it.  I am working on mini top hats right now for another swap I am doing Cheesy
4090  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monty Python Swap (Sign ups February 20 - March 7th, 2010, Send outs April 7th, on: March 17, 2010 12:15:16 PM
I am stoked!  I have knocked off, or near knocking off 4 things off my list already!!!  I was also shopping yesterday and found a few extras too. 
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