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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  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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5  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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6  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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7  Re: KEEP ME WARM SWAP GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by yofi on: February 10, 2015 10:24:56 AM
Tap-tap-tap....  Is this thing on?  Can you hear me?  Good!  I'll be write back.

Okay -- MY PACKAGE HAS ARRIVED.  That is all... No, no it's not.
I scooped up my package from the porch on my way into work, and then opened it before an admiring audience.  You have fans here in Columbus, Brandy!

Right off the bat there are two pair of monster sox bursting out of the box.  Soft, fuzzy and it highlighter florescent colors.  I love these!  And I was sadly observing a few days ago that my last remaining pair of monster sox, in Cookie Monster blue, were developing irrevocable holes in the toes.


Next up is a wonderful fleece infinity scarf, which I immediately had to demonstrate for my co-workers. Soooo warm and comfortable.  As you can see!


Next up, some lovely cocoa on a spoon delicious fudge on a spoon to be stirred into hot milk.  Complete with mini marshmallows and sprinkles.  Wonderful!  (I confess; one is gone already!)


But wait, whats that wonderful smell, wafting me to the tropics?  Its a pretty little candle, in some of my favorite colors, and in my new favorite scent!


What a wonderful, wonderful package!  I am so happy, Im doing the happy dance.  But there in the bottom of the box is that... padding?  NO!  It is the most beautiful, incredible throw blanket imaginable!  Lined in green fleece, it has some of the most beautiful fabrics, in lovely shades of blue and green my favorites!


Great fabrics!


And signed by the artist!


I am overwhelmed!


Thank you sooooo much, brandyk this is an incredible package!  And I feel doubly warm knowing you made and selected these things thinking of me, even though weve never met before.  Im doing the happy berserker dance now.  (And probably wearing the blanket into the studio for the rest of the day..)
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8  Commemorative travel bags! in Knitting: Completed Projects by yofi on: January 24, 2015 03:56:34 PM
My younger sister does a lot of international travel for work, and 2014 was particularly busy.  Leafing thru Mary Jane Mucklestone's 150 Scandinavian Motifs I started picking different images for the different countries she'd gone to.  Owls, for Greece.  Flying horses, for Kazakhstan.  And a row of dancing women for the girls program in Malaysia.  And I started dreaming... of a sweet little laptop cover....

When you have an idea, you can't wait to get started.  I didn't have fingering yarn, or sport yarn, and any "nice" yarn at all.  I did have two skeins of Red Heart, in a rich gold and intense scarlet.  So, I started.  Just a swatch, you know.  Just to see if the idea would work....  

I quickly realized that this was going to make a way taller bag than I had imagined, and - unless I made it about the size of a pillow case, I wasn't going to be able to get all three motifs in one bag.  And by that point I was 8" into the first bag, so I wasn't about to stop....

I wished I'd used a softer yarn, but these turned out quite nicely as bags to hold special trinkets or sundries in your luggage.  Still in the process of putting in their linings, but I wanted to share.  This is the second bag I made, and I made a hem at the top, which will help when I put in the zipper.  I love this motif the best!


This is a fairly flat bag; altho not as flat as I mean it to be.  I started by knitting a rectangle for the bottom, and knitting from the bottom up.


This is actually the bag I made first, when I was still under the illusion I would get all these motifs in on one bag.  This was knit from the top down.  (If I did it again, I would knit a pearl row and fold over a hem.  Live and learn.)


I didnt get the bottom of the bag quite the way I wanted it I was going for something like a paper bag bottom, and I didnt decrease quite fast enough.  But this is not too bad!


My sister has lots more travel on tap for 2015 - maybe this time I'll acually *pick* the yarn!
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 24, 2015 01:46:07 PM
Everyone is so busy!  Im starting out thise year the way I ended last year with a lot of things in progress.  But Im in two swaps, so I know Ill have something to report soon. 

Heres my two completed items so far this year
1. Flourless chocolate torte

Just because.  Because every one needs some chocolate to get the year started, right?  This turned out quite nicely!

2. Diagonal weave cowl

Alpaca in natural and a blue the color of my sisters eyes.  This yarn is soooo luxurious!  It was supposed to be for her birthday in mid December, but it was a bit late.  Luckily, shes a good sport.  Which is good, since Im still working on her Christmas present..

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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yofi on: December 31, 2014 07:03:05 PM
Rushing to make my last post for the year.  Ive lost two very dear friends in the last few months, which is why Ive been so seldom-seen anywhere online, and Im looking forward to a better year in 2015, and a chance to both craft and admire the crafts of other.  This is what I remember finishing from the last few months.

55. Summertime Tops
This is one of three swingy tops I made for the younger set.  I had a bad pinched nerve in my neck for several months, that made any kind of handcrafting painful.  So I picked something with just a little knitting, and a little bit of sewing. 

I made this one to see how the idea would work the other two were requests from people who saw the first in action so I think thats a success!

56. Crawfish pie
I was gifted with 2 pounds of these lovely little crustaceans.

I cant find a picture of the finished product, but they were transformed into a lovely crawfish pie and a quart of seafood stock, which is now long since gone.

57. Thanksgiving pies
I didnt get a picture pre-dinner of the sweet potato and ginger-apple-streusel pies I made for Thanksgiving, but I didnt remember to take this snap the morning after!


58. Kit Kat Hat
Ive made this Lion Brand hat before, but its always a hit with the young at heart!


59. CBJ slouchy hat
I made this hat in my hockey teams colors, from a pattern called Wurm on Ravelry.  While its way bigger than Id intended, I love the way the ribs move and seem to breath when you toss your head.  Another one to try again in 2015.


60. Tiny Strimma
I started this to use up some bits of lace-weight yarn Id had kicking around forever.  But #2 needles?  I need my head examined!


61. Christmas cookie plates
I always go home 90 miles to my folks house for Christmas, and one of my favorite traditions, is delievering plates of cookies and candies to friends in town Christmas Eve morning.  This is one of 9 plates delivered.


62. Christmas morning sugar plum tree
Another family tradition is the sugar plum tree complete with gumdrops to eat while we take down our stockings and open the first round of presents.  Ive changed it a little since my grandmother taught me 40 years ago, but I still love making it.  And they still eat it!


63. Knit travel bags
I made these for my sister, to commemorate her international travels this year.  The bag with the horses is about  10 x 12, and is for her quick trip to Kazakhstan.  The larger bag is about 15 x 12 and has owls for Greece, and dancing women for the girls program she worked with in Malaysia.

Theyve since been lined and a zipper added to one, a drawstring to the other.

64. Desert Rings cowl
This is from a Ravelry pattern called Leftovers Russian Rings these are simple tubes that curl in on themselves.  After youve cast on a new ring, you thread it thru the middle of the completed ring(s) before you join it on your circular needle.  Absurdly simple and satisfying.


65. Roving honeycomb cowls
I was left with half a skein each of some truly delicious roving, so I cranked out a few very cozy cowls, using Barbara Walkers honeycomb stitch.  Great last minute gifts!


The last craft for 2015 has to do with one of those losses I mentioned at the beginning of my post.  In November, my co-worker and best friend for nearly 20 years passed away unexpectedly.  It was a real blow.  But I had the honor of planning and pulling off the memorial.  It was surprising to me how much comfort I got in creating the bulletins, the lobby posters to guide people to the right room, the bookmarks (he was a BIG reader) for people to take with him.  We created a slideshow, a simple 9 minute montage of photos that played on a loop at one end of the room after the formal comments were over.  Hed been a DJ with a love of jazz, so I pulled together a soundtrack from his old playlists to play in the background.  His best friend and his favorite restauranter made food and we had 60-70 people.  I think we all found it a very comforting evening, and I know he would have been proud.  Soon, when I get a little distance, I want to make a little shrine for him and the other friend who passed away this fall.  But thats a craft for next years list!

Heres to wonderful new year for all of us, and all our handiwork!

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