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241  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.








242  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Spring is in the air, and my thoughts are turning to the garden..... on: March 15, 2010 08:50:20 PM
Would anyone be interested in a gardening focused swap of some kind?  Crafting things like garden decor, and goodies, gardening journals, seeds/roots, etc if shipping laws allow it?

I neglected my garden last year because DH covered my veggie garden with wood for our stove, and then I injured my knee and was unable to get out and about in the yard for over a month, and then it rained all summer too, but I am feeling the itch to start playing in the dirt again....
243  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Crafter's Murphy's Law - share your stories? on: March 14, 2010 09:52:14 AM
I made two new tile pendents and they were perfect.  The images adhered to the tile perfectly with no streaks or bubbles.  The trimming was perfect.  The backing was perfect and the glaze was finished to glass-like perfection.  I patiently waited for all the layers to dry before moving onto the next step and was rewarded for my patience.  I positioned the bails perfectly so they were nicely balanced in spacing and there was no gloppy glue ickies. 


Then I turned the tile over....



....oh fluff....



....I glued the bails on upside down Sad   Cry
244  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How would you cut a tea cup, and saucer? on: March 02, 2010 08:32:00 PM
I want to do something with half a tea cup, and DH refused to try cutting it with his tub saw.
245  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hairpin lace scarf - first time making hairpin lace on: February 21, 2010 01:38:13 PM
Actually, that is not true, I actually did try hairpin lace last year and made several panels for a shawl.  It was in pink, a colour I hated, but had some in my stash, and I was making it for a patient who ended up being discharged to a nursing home before I finished, so it is sitting around in a bag somewhere.  So this is really my first FINISHED hairpin lace item.  I made it from a pattern I found at Stitch Diva awhile back, but made it longer, because I am not so much a fan of small scarves/neckwarmers.





I like the lacy ends and how open the stitch is so it could be done up keyhole style.  I will definitely be on  the lookout for more hairpin lace patterns now Cheesy
246  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some new things I made for a recent swap on: February 21, 2010 01:03:19 PM
For the 100 Facts swap that happened recently, I made some jewelry items for my partner and this was what I came up with.  We both liked thunderstorms, and I remember that I saw a cute raincloud pendent here before and decided to make it into a thunderstorm necklace.  I found some nice glass drop beads and wrapped loops around them to suspend from a chain and did a shrink plastic thunderstorm cloud with lightening.  On another purely conversational forum I go to, the gals really liked it, so I may make a few more and send them to them as a surprise.







I did an extra long extension chain in the back so that the recipient could vary the length to whatever she was comfortable with.



I also wanted to try a new image transfer technique that I saw in another project here ( Story Dice) that I thought was pretty cool.  I found a nice chunky plain, unfinished wood bracelet in my wanderings and thought that would be a perfect surface to try it on.  My partner likes Star Trek TNG, so I used the character font off Da Font and made this bracelet, and some pendents.  I used dominoes for the pendents and the technique is hit or miss on non-porous surfaces (major failure with some stone tile coasters and failure with sealed wood).  But I had some success.
I used the inkjet technique using the glue and mod podge, using both cardstock and acetate.





247  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Monty Python Swap (Sign ups February 20 - March 7th, 2010, Send outs April 7th, on: February 20, 2010 01:53:39 AM

GALLERY


Monty Python Swap (Sign ups February 20 - March 7th, 2010, Send outs April 7th, 2010)



Swap name:  Monty Python Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Onyxnox
Co-organizer (if > 24 swappers):  Dragonflywer
Sign-up date range:  02/20-03/07
Date to send item by:  04/07
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?
Additional Age requirement?  18 and up
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

Details of swap:


Who doesnt want to make their own Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch?  Who doesnt have a love of Spam, spam, spam, and baked beans?  Or a lovely snack of cheese from the local shop with the bazouki player?  Or own their own Norwegian Blue?  Do you feel the need to go find the Department of Silly Walks and demonstrate your own fine stroll?

If you love and miss these fine Brits and want to celebrate the years of laughter they have given us through crafting, join in on this swap.  

Original discussion thread

...



If you want to participate, fill out this information to send to organizer, with the subject title Monty Python Swap:

Swap Requirements - I am thinking of making this a 6 point swap, where one point is a small item, 2 points is a medium item and 3 points is a large item.  At least one of the items should be a large or a medium.  It will be up to partners if they want to make more or not.  Extras not required, and up to individual partners to communicate between each other if they want to include extras.  Personally, I think there is nothing wrong with a bit of spoiling.  Please try to communicate in the thread and with your partners at least once a week, and give the organizer a heads up about progress, when you send/receive, and if possible, please post pics when I have a gallery up.  If you can't post pics, please have your partner do so if they can.

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?
Confirm that you are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

ADD OTHER SWAP SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE

Do you have any allergies/aversions (please list specifics)?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
Do you have any wists/blogs/links to share for stalking?
What crafts can you make for someone?
Any big wishes/crafts you would like to receive?
Favourite colours, scents?
Please list your top 5 favourite Monty Python sketches/scenes/movies:
   1.
   2.
   3.
   4.
   5.
Youre top 5 favourite Monty Python quotes:
   1.
   2.
   3.
   4.
   5.

Are you interested in expanding the scope to other projects that members of Monty Python did beyond the Flying Circus (Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures, Spamalot, etc)?

If so, which projects/shows?

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 other rules about participating in a swap.
AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING
TO WHOM:

1. Onyxnox
2. MsPremiseConclusion -----> welcome first time swapper Cheesy
3. Retro_Rose
4. knittychick
5. aethelberga
6. Myrna Minx
7. Dragonflywer
8. goodmorningstarshine
9. Angelus
10. ojy

*****Sender----->Recipient:*****
Angelus--->Dragonflywer
aethelberga--->MsPremiseConclusion
Onyxnox--->knittychick
knittychick--->ojy
Dragonflywer--->goodmorningstarshine
Retro_Rose--->Onyxnox
ojy--->Myrna Minx
Myrna Minx--->Angelus
MsPremiseConclusion--->aethelberga
goodmorningstarshine--->Retro_Rose



GALLERY
248  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First project of 2010 for me - knit cloche on: January 03, 2010 10:44:59 PM
I made this for a swap - done with a very pretty variegated Berroco Peruvia, and an ombre blue yarn that was a mixture of mohair and silk - so soft.  I had some trouble hand felting it, so I did it in the machine, which gave me issues too, but I was able to shape it as it dried nicely.  I think next time, I will knit the body of it longer as it felted very tightly.

I embellished with some shiny ribbon from Mokuba, and a beaded flower I made last year.



249  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Danged Christmas gnomes - FINALLY done!!!! on: January 03, 2010 10:35:18 PM
I saw this Alan Dart pattern early last year and thought they would be fun to make for some Christmas gifts.  But I hated the actual pattern because they involved knitting straight pieces and sewing them together.  I thought things would be faster, and smoother if I made all the pieces on circular needles instead, so I played around with the pattern to achieve that, and minimize the sewing as much as possible.  Then I got distracted by other things, and procrastinated.  Finally I finished some for Christmas (though two still have to be sent for belated gifts!).

Right now though, after making 7 of them, I am rather sick of seeing them.







They do make me think of a couple of the ZZ Topp dudes though
250  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass pendents - the black and white series on: January 03, 2010 10:18:47 PM
Made some of these today.  Backs are covered with japanese papers, and sealed.

Here is a cherry blossom one I am giving away in a swap




Here are the other ones.  The lighter gray ones are 2 of a series of 4, sort or representing the seasons - Winter and Spring are here.  Summer and Fall got screwed up - but they were very pretty together, so I will try them again.



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