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1  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yofi on: May 29, 2015 06:29:40 PM
The kraken hoop cracked me up.  I love the dimensionality, and using a hop within a hoop.  And I'm pinning the rock people - what a lovely left-art project!

My partner in the Scap Happy Swap recieved, so I can post a few more things....

18. Colourful cowl

My partner said she loved color, so I found a rich looking pattern for slip stitch.  Its essentially a tube, joined into a circle with Kitchner stitch.  Was the first time I attempted that think I need some more practice.  Id like to play around with this idea, but I was pleased with the results.  And more importantly, so was my partner!

19. Notenooks

Several plain notebooks, covered with scrap paper.  They turned out nicely enough I covered a few more for me.

20. Lace book markers

If youve got books, you need bookmarks, right?  These are knit from laceweight yarn, and embellished with shell buttons.  Which I swear look better in person; in these picture they make me think of the Cookie Monsters googly eyes.

21. Delft blue picture frame

My partner is in the Netherlands, and I immediately thought doing some thing with Delft blue china, like the tiles I grew up with.  I couldnt find any real pieces (and it probably would have felt like sacrilege to break them up!) but I did find a couple of plates with the same shade of blue.  I broke them up and applied them to a store bought picture frame.  What took the longest time was trying to line up all the rim pieces, so I had a smooth (well, smoother) edge.  Im glad I got a bunch of plates!


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2  Re: 15 knit hats in 2015 in Knitalongs by yofi on: May 27, 2015 04:55:18 PM
What a lovely tradition!

I was inspired by your color work, and in a big push to use up leftover skeins turned out this one.... "Black Wave".  I made up the pattern as I went along, and see some things I'll change for the next time.



I've got a lot more yarn to clean out, so more hats are on the way.....
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3  Re: Scrappy Happy Swap -GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by yofi on: May 27, 2015 12:02:57 PM
Such fun stuff!  The button book is amazing, as is the needle felted elephant and all the scrappy sewn items really lovely!

I love all the great patchwork, and so was doubly pleased to get my swap package from wendiek fabulous!

Using my favorite colors of green and  blue, and playing off my love of things related to Alice in Wonderland, she made me this beautiful teacup pillow case thoughtfully sized to fit an IKEA pillow -- pretty much an international standard1


She used paper piecing for the squares, which is so intriguing. And she used great fabrics that give each square even more complexity!


I absolutely love this detail; the teabag tag dangles from the pillow!


Wendiek also made me this lovely altered tin, decorated with a fabric and a paper flower, beads, ribbon, buttons even a lacy leaf.


And the tiny tin holds treasures assorted buttons in my favorite colors, and even a little owl charm.  (I dont think I mentioned this, but I love owls!)


Even the card had a scrappy quality a picture of tiles spelling thank you in dutch!


All in all, a very lovely package.  Thank you so much, wendiek!
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yofi on: May 22, 2015 06:59:18 PM
It's been such a long time since I last posted!  Never fear, tho' - I've been crafting away.  Here's a few of the things I've added to my list!


9. Mermaid gloves

My younger sister doesnt knit.  So she was easily impressed when she saw me knitting a fingerless mitt without a pattern, just to use up the last of a skein from another project.   So impressed, I knit another one that night and gave the pair to her!

10. Millionaires shortbread/nutella rice crispies/lemon pudding cake

During the spring fund drive at work, I was a bakin fool; making all sorts of snacks for co-workers and volunteers.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures until it was almost all gone

11. Black wave hat

Using up more yarn!

12. Thank you cards

Some of the over 100 (!%^@*!) hand made thank cards for work.  Its hard to say no when my boss has a bright idea

13. Potato soup and sourdough bread
More food I forgot to photograph, but man was it tasty!  Lunch for a week!

14. dangly earrings

I made several pairs of earrings for the Use What You Have swap.  I liked em so much I made a few more pairs!

15. Steampunk copper planter

I go to a big garden swap twice a year, and I always try to make something unusual for a door prize.  This started out as a handful of unused PVC plumbing elements in the basement.


16. Pulled chicken and rhubarb crisp
  And of course, I cant go to the swap without food, right?  More lousy pictures of food; in this case, pulled chicken and rhubarb crumble.

And finally (for now!)
17. Brittle peanuts

A friend was heading out on a trip, so I made him a batch of sweet and spicy brittle peanuts for the road!

There's plenty more, but I'll give it a break for now.  And it looks like I've got lots of pages to catch up on!
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5  Re: Branch Weaving in The Swap Gallery by yofi on: March 29, 2015 03:40:33 PM
Bringing up the rear, here, with my lovely little branch from cabaute.  And now that Ive spent so much time looking for suitable branches, and understand why she was excited its really neat!  Especially the little horses face nob..


The little face is why I initially thought the convex side was the front with wide outspread wings streaming back.


But then I noticed the detail on the weaving on the concave side.  Awesome!  Theres a lot of detail packed into a very tiny space.  I love the fringe, and the unique yarn used.  I love the little sparkly sheen of the green metallic.  And I love the bubblegum pink, which at first looks at odds with the primative, totem like nature of the branch.  Like I said, a lot of coolness in a small package!


This is so awesome, cabaute!  I am not sure where Im going to put it, but I know I want to hang it up, so you can easily see both sides.

This has been such a fun little swap.  Ive got a little pile of  sticks in a basket, and a bag of scrap yarn and floss just waiting to experiment with.  

Thanks all!
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6  Re: Use What You Have Swap Round 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yofi on: March 26, 2015 10:27:37 AM
Wow!  That is an awesome package!  I love the tote and all the towels and scrubbies and bags.  And even the candy looks like it came in a cool reusable container.  Good job, Ladybugs!

I also received a treat for all the senses, from Acadian Driftwood.  (Took a bit; my neighbor took the package in while I was gone this weekend, and it's taken a few days to get it from him.  Perhaps he 'sensed' how cool it is!)

First there is a blue and yellow coiled basket.  I've seen these kinds of baskets before, and I've been a bit mystified as to how they are made.  Soft but sturdy, and beautiful colors - this is going in my craft room to hold yarn and needles.  Lovely!

She also sent a jar of Maple Strawberry Smoosh, which she describes as a perfect sauce for ice cream and other things.  And made from strawberries from her own farm!  Rich ruby color and the smell is incredible.

And speaking of smell.... my poor photo really doesn't do justice to the third item.  It's a bright deep purple fabric, quilted with deep channels, filled with some of the most fragrant lavender you can imagine.  I assumed it was a sachet, but AD says it's a trivet for things like a hot teapot, so the warmth will release the scent.  Fantastic!



And if all that weren't enough -- even the wrapping paper is cool!



Thank you so much, Rosie -- it's a wonderful, wonderful package!
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7  Re: A Little Alice Swap (OTT) - sign ups 02/28/15 - 03/14/15. Send Out - Apr 04/15 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by yofi on: March 12, 2015 09:57:58 AM
I Love Alice in Wonderland!  By age 12, I could pretty much recite both books - plus The Hunting of the Snark - by memory.  Comes of being named "Alison", I think.

Wish I could join this swap, but I'll be watching the gallery with interest!

I'm old-school; I love the Tenniel illustrations best, but the Rackham's are very nice as well. And I like the Ralph Stedman's, too!

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8  Re: 15 knit hats in 2015 in Knitalongs by yofi on: February 16, 2015 05:06:33 PM
What great hats!  I love the cables and all that fantastic colorwork, bananaleg!

I've got a few to contribute as well. (Cross posted in the "50 Things" thread)

I really like Annie Modesitt's ingenious "Kremlin Hat" pattern, and thought it would be the perfect way to use up some Rosario Multi I've had in my stash forever.



Loved the color but the yarn was too heavy to hold it's shape.  so I tried it again in roving:


I fell in love with the pattern for this hat, and had a bunch of Caron Simply Soft, so... believe it or not, this was the most harmonious color combination I could come up with...


And to be honest, I kinda liked the colors.  So I knit another hat with the rest of the yarn!


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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yofi on: February 16, 2015 04:08:32 PM
I love the felted birdfeeder and the wire work and especially the prayer flag.  such creative people!


I have a few items for a swap that havent posted yet, but Ive been busy!

3. Birthdays cake
Yes, plural.  Every year, I celebrate birthdays with a couple of other Capricorns.  We had our traditional vegan chocolate cake with buttercream chocolate icing.  And this year, I put a layer of raspberries between the layers!

(The youngest of us turned 50 this year, hence the candle!)

4. Russian onion dome hat
I made this hat to use up some beautiful green yarn Ive had in my stash for-EVAH.  The very clever pattern is from Annie Modisett (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kremlin-hat)
I love the pattern, but the yarn was a little too heavy and floppy to hold its shape.  While its still a nice hat, it led me to try again, in the first of my.

5. Trio of orange hats!
This version, in Bernat roving, was much more satisfactory!


On a roll (and using up stash!) I made a few more orange hats.


I took the last one with me when my sister, mother and I went to get our hair cut.  I overheard my sister explaining to the stylist that I favoured a bolder palette than most!

Indeed! And the orange doesnt end there.

6. Orange and gold roving mitts
One of the swaps I just completed was Keep Me Warm.  My partner has three kids in tournament hockey, and I imagine she spends a lot of time in cold ice rinks.  So I made her this pair of wooly roving gloves.


And because of those interests, I also made her this:
7. Stanley Cup tote bag
I used a simple canvas tote, and made a freezer paper stencil.  Its the first time Ive ever tried that and while cutting out all the little letters was tedious, I was amazed at how well it turned out!


I also tried out new skills in the Cabinet of Curiosities swap.  My partner said she was interested in getting artifacts from storytale villains, so I decided to send her the comb and mirror used to out-smart the Russian with Baba Yaga.  I mixed up some ivory polymer clay, and made this comb, which has a nice bit of heft, and feels very comfortable in the hand! (I didnt try actually combing anything with it, tho.  My theory is Baba Yaga has very thin, sparse hair)


For the mirror, I mixed black and sparkly granite polymer, and made an armature out of landscape stakes.  Finding a mirror the right size took the longest time, but I really liked the way it turned out!


It was the first time I baked polymer in a dedicated toaster oven, and my brother-in-law inadvertently cranked the heat on the first version of the mirror, which caught the batting on fire.  It gave the chicken leg a scratchy, hairy look, like feathers.  But it smells a bit

More things in the works, and doing electrical work on the house with my brother in law.  And of course, there is food to report on!
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10  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yofi on: February 13, 2015 10:53:07 AM
Awesome job on the hearts and the mermaid, and all the creepy anatomical items!

I have my own historical "relics" to share - from bellyjewel!
I had no idea the fame of the Loveland Frogman had spread so far, but apparently she found out about it. 
http://www.americanmonsters.com/site/2009/12/loveland-frog-men-ohio-usa
and managed to procure some specimens for my Ohio Curiosities Cabinet!


Delightfully detailed!  The beautifully illustrated tag insists that no frogmen were hurt gathering these specimens which is a little hard to believe, since you can see the optic nerve dangling from the back of the eyeballs.


Bellyjewel was also able to procure one of the mysterious Frogman Wands, which comes with its own detailed history.  Doesnt seem to be dangerous, but Ill take precautions in case it starts to spark.

But where do these treasures come from you ask?  There was a clue in the package


Awesome finds!  I will display these with pride, and they will form the cornerstone of my cryptid/Ohio collection.

Thanks, bellyjewel!
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