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1  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yofi on: April 29, 2016 12:05:58 PM
Doing a quick dump of items far more in the works but I cant reveal them yet!

22. Pi Daze
Of course, you know I had to celebrate March 14th with a pie-a-palooza at work.  And we did! We had apple pie, butterscotch pie, lemon chess pie, and chocolate pecan pie.  What we did not have unfortunately, was pictures.  L

23. Almond shortbread selection
I did manage to get a picture of some of the almond shortbread variations I made for some friends who cant/wont eat gluten straight shortbread, snickerdoodles, toffee chip and jam thumbprints.

24. Retro dishcloths
I joined the fake craftalong for dishcloths, as I had made any in a reeeeeally long time.  The first turquoise and white one I cast on was rather large, but that just makes it more useful, right? 

I made another set in red and white, using the Mason Dixon Linoleum pattern.  I love it!  A bit more time-consuming to knit, but its very nubby and textured.  Just what you want in a dishcloth!

25. Taco party
We have a lot of interns at work, and we like to do something special on their last day, usually cake or pizza.  But Michelle often brought us cookies and cakes from her job, so we had to do something a little grander. So we threw a taco party!  I made guacamole, salsa, refried beans, chopped lettuce and shredded cheese.  I cooked the beef and turkey fillings before I left the house, and a co-worker cooked lime fish, while another stood over the hot plate warming tortillas.  It was a great time and you would think with all that work, I would have managed to get a picture!

26.Tiny Kodama
Ive been on a bit of a Miyazaki kick lately, and have also wanted to play more with polymer clay.  So, I made a dozen kodamas, the little tree spirits from Princess Mononoke. 

Some of these are headed to a special project, but some will pop up in terrariums.  And some of them have special properties

Hard to take a picture of glow-in-the-dark objects with a little phone camera!

27. Toffee chocolate chip cookies
Still spending time in the woodworkers shop every week, and paying my way in baked goods.  The toffee chocolate chip cookies were particularly popular

28. Chibi totoros
Miyazaki again, in a different medium, these are the little white forest spirits from My Neighbor Totoro.  #4 needles were not fine enough, #2 needles were not fine enough the smallest of these is under 2 tall, knit on #1 needles.  Whew!

29. A skein of snakes
One of my best friends loves snakes, and so Ive been experimenting with snake jewelry.  These pendants are getting closer

30.Gluten free oatmeal raisin cookies
Who knew there was such a thing as gluten free oats?  And that you can make your own oatflour?  And that gluten free oatmeal raisin cookies were so tasty?  Well, my friends do, now!

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2  Re: Dodo Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by yofi on: February 25, 2016 11:47:37 AM
Not to slight any of the earlier postings, but -- we truly have saved the best for last!
My package from Harvey found its way from Australia to my front porch last night, and I am over the moon!

And feeling very pleasantly spoiled!  She included a lot of Aussie treats....

Australian Lemon Myrtle Tea, (the box label reads: "Black tea from the Daintree region gets busy in a mixer with the classic Australian flavour of Lemon Myrtle....") Eucalyptus lozenges, an Australian lapel/hat pin, Numbat magnets (I'd never heard of numbats!) and Cadbury chocolates.  But not just any Cadbury chocolates...

Furry Friends -- Aussie edition!

Tasmanian Devil, Koala, Platypus, Wombat and the aforementioned Numbat!

There was a lovely embroidered hoopla, and delightful rose-scented soap with a yet to be identified plastic bug....

But the piece de resistance, the one that blew my mind, was the messenger bag.  A win on so many levels!  Just the size and shape I like, sturdy construction, plenty of pockets, and -- oh! -- the fabric!

One of my themes was the passenger pigeon, a species I have a deep connection with. This fabric does them justice!

I love the colors and the ancient mosaic effect!  This is the Spoonflower fabric, Harvey?

One of my other themes was trilobites - honestly, who doesn't like trilobites?.  But have you seen them like this?  The lining is a beautiful, silky b&w trilobite print, with a dove grey contrast.  Gorgeous!  And check out the pockets!

All in all....

I am so delighted!  thank you, thank, you, thank you, Harvey!
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yofi on: February 23, 2016 10:45:16 AM
Those orbs are awesome!  How did you do that - if you don't mind me asking?  Think they'd be useful for all sorts of situations...

I love the HP crafts, lindy, especially the light switch.  Sometimes it's the simplest things that catch my eye!

My partner recieved the last swap, so I can post a few more things.

9. Thylacine flag
This was part of the Paleontology Swap, and was educational as well as fun.  I had never heard of Thylacines, also known as Tasmainan Tigers, who became extinct in the 20th century.  I did stenciling, layered fabric and embroidery on this flag.

10. Trilobites

Of course, I had to include something a little sweet in the Paleontolgy swap, too.Peanut butter chocolate trilobites!

11. Unlined pouches
De-stash, de-stash, de-stash. Turned a few upholstery samples into little pouches the size of a clutch purse. 
Now that Ive kinda figured out how to do this, I want to make a few lined bags as well.  Lord knows I have enough fabric.

Still in the middle of a few projects, and trying to force myself to finish at least one before I launch another.  Some people are good at balancing multiple crafts; I'm happier when I've got just one focus.  You know, along with my job... my house... the cats... my family...

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yofi on: February 18, 2016 04:32:57 PM
That1girl, I love the hats and granny squares -- and how cool that you could rescue the blanket!  LBaBB I love all your charity stuff, and I'm looking up Project Night Night.
The fish ATC is fantastic as well -- so much great stuff here!

I've got a few to contribute to the craft pool.  Still one swap item waiting to post but here's a little of what I've been doing lately...

3. Amaretti
Everybodys watching their weight after the holidays.  But a little cookie cant hurt, right?
I used up the last of my almond flour and the last of the little candy boxes from Christmas.  Win-win!

4. Blue hat 
On a whim.  Well, and stash busting.  My mantra for this year!

5. Fili convertible mitts[/I] 
My first experience as a pattern tester.  Luckily, most of the other testers were well ahead of me, so I benefited from their experience.  What a fun, fun pattern.  The top of the mitt buttons down, or flips back so you can use your fingers.  Really ingenious construction and  I learned from it.

6. Bundt 
What do you do with a good, but rather plain chocolate bundt cake?  Dress it up with melted chocolate, of course!

7. Moondust - Junker Jane swap   This was from the Junker Jane-style doll swap.  My partner said she liked zombies and hippies, so I combined the two with this pleasant-spirited walking dead.
My partner also liked cats, so I made Moondust a pet Rolf, Eater of Worlds

8. Double chocolate cookies

And.cakes and pie for the carpenter.  I'm winding up one project I've been doing at his shop (and hope to post it soon!) -- and of course, I've already dragged a few more things down to him...
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5  Re: Junker Jane-style Dolls 3 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by yofi on: February 12, 2016 03:54:20 PM
I received my Junker last night, and I must say, whathepuck definitiely knows her audience!

Look familiar?  (Check my avatar.....)  
We thought so, too!

Based on my cat Franklin, this little guy is sooo cute.  And, as befits a cat, cleaner and neater than most Junkers! I love the stitching around the eyes and the non-committal mouth. ...

Thanks so much, Michelle!
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 11, 2016 12:31:59 PM
What a great hat!  I'm sure the scarf will be excellent.  Pompoms make things funner...
I love the lockets, too.  How big are they?

Great job on the scarf Taramor!  That pattern was my first experience with cables, with charts, with that level of complexity.  You feel soooo accomplished when you finish, and I love the cushy ribbed part at the neck.

A quick pair of fingerless gloves made with recylced wool.  I love the little buttons and the subtle reminder which hand is which...

2. Belted double mosss gloves
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 07, 2016 05:13:04 PM
Wow!  Looks like people are hitting the ground running!

I've finished my first project of 2016, altho' I started it last fall.  (Luckily the baby isn't due until next week!) 

The pattern is called "Chutes and Ladders", and I modified it a little, reversing one of the cable panels so they mirror each other.  Deceptively easy pattern, easily memorized, but not so boring you fall asleep.

I'm pairing it with another blanket I knit some time again, which I just realized I called "Duck Duck Goose" after another kids game!

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8  Chutes and Ladders...and Chutes in Knitting: Completed Projects by yofi on: January 07, 2016 03:14:37 PM

Finished my first project in 2016, altho' I've been working on this baby blanket for some time.  (The baby is due next week!)  The pattern is from a book called "wanderlust: Modern Bohemian knits" and the pattern is "Chutes and Ladders" after the old kids game.  I modified it a little; flipping one of the cable panels so the diagonals mirror each other.

It was a surprisingly easy pattern, quickly memorized, altho' next time I'll make it in superwash wool rather than my usual cheapo yarn.  Pairing it with a cotton blanket I made some time ago that I happened to name "Duck Duck Goose". 

It's all fun and games until someone has to take a nap... Grin

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 06, 2016 05:06:34 PM
I need to review the last few pages -- looks like we all had a flurry of creativity at the end of the year!  Here's my end of the year dump warning: lots of pictures, mostly of food, ahead!

35. Felted sweater mittens

Finally using some of my embarrassingly large stash of felted sweaters, I made half a dozen pairs of mittens, from adult to childs sizes two pairs here.  Cutting  out the fronts, backs, thumbs and cuffs from a group of similarly patterned sweaters was easy.  Sewing them up on my cheapie machine was not!  I went back and hand sewed the seams with heavy weight thread just to make sure these would hold up. All but one pair went to an area homeless shelter.

36. Striped hat

Quick turn-around slouchy hat for a friend. I texted her pictures of the proposed yarn from the store Thursday night, and gave her the hat Monday morning.  Jogless stripes and a foldover band I was pretty pleased with it!

37. Landing floor
I need to get a picture of this because I was pretty pleased with this solution.  The bare wood floor under the cat litter box on the landing of the basement stairs was getting pretty gnarly.  I had a plan to paint it with Kilz and heavy duty floor paint, when I came across a 4x4 piece of faux  floorboard floor vinyl at the box store for $12.  I cut it to cover the landing and extend 6 up the sides and hey presto! and easily sweepable, easily washable floor, for those times when my elderly cats dont quite  make it to the box!

38. Peppermint patty cake

Refining this twist on a tunnel-of-fudge-type cake.  The white is a peppermint oil flavored cream cheese filling in chocolate fudge cake.  And boy is it good!

39. Bewbs

In October, I joined a knit-along on Ravelry, making prosthetic breasts.  What sounded like a gag gift turns out to be a real thing, and a valuable thing at that.  http://www.knittedknockers.org/
The woman who organized the KAL actually used the bewbs after her own surgery, and has led the drive for several years.  I dropped all other knitting projects for the month, and produced a dozen, several of which I hope will prove fun as well as functional.

40. Amaretti and shortbread
Also in October, and also for breast cancer awareness I made several of my family recipe Scottish shortbreads, and a first-for-me batch of gluten free amaretti for a bake sale to help a breast cancer survivor settle her bills.  An extra feel-good bonus; when I delivered the baked goods I discovered I know the beneficiary!

41. Holiday chocolates

No holiday is complete without a sugar rush, right? Seen here are some of the candy production that began in early December, which eventually included: spicy peanut brittle, white chocolate peppermint bark, cinnamon milk chocolate bars, almond dried cherry chunkies, and coconut haystacks, tiny rice crispies, Kahlua truffles, Chambord truffles, Frangelico truffles and Oreo truffles in milk and dark chocolate.  Whew!  I cant yet look at chocolate without twitching

42. Shawl collar cowl

My older sister is always cold, so I made this shawl-collar cowl for her http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2012/10/04/lauras-loop-shawl-collar-cowl/  in bulky alpaca.  Where all four layers cross at the neck its like tucking a space heater down your shirt!

43. Bronze wurm

A lousy photo of a rather nice hat for my sister.  Based on the wurm pattern from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wurm this is comprised of reverse stockinette worms of Heartland brown marl, alternating with stockinette bands of Patons bronze metallic yarn.  The hat sort of expands and contracts as you move, almost like its breathing!

44. Buffalo check keyhole scarf

A nearly as bad photo of a keyhole scarf for my sister-in-law in red and black boucle that reminded me of buffalo check plaid.  I swear at boucle whenever I use it, but it does make a lovely soft and fluffy scarf!

45. Hobnail scarf

This was based on an etsy scarf that was no longer available.  So I made my own run at it.  Ill try again for the 2016 challenge, but this version, knit in lace weight alpaca, pleased me very much.  More importantly, it pleased my mom!

46. Holiday cookies
Did I mention there would be lots of food?  I deliver holiday plates to friends, relatives, neighbors and coworkers all the holiday season, so I tend to just make batch aftr batch, and assemble the plates/boxes as needed from whatever I have on hand.  These plates included Danish fruit cookies, Scottish shortbread pieces, Mexican wedding cookies, hidden kiss cookies, peanut butter cups and millionaires shortbread

47. Infinity scarf
No picture of this, but I will be making a few more this winter.  Sewn from plaid flannel with a spine of fringe that ran round the middle.  Super easy, super cheap  and turned out nicely!

48. Sugar plum trees and babka

But woman does not live by chocolate or cookies alone.  There must be sugar plum trees.  And babka

I fell shy of 50, but I sure had fun in 2015.  Heres to a crafty and creative 2016 for all of us!
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10  Re: 15 knit hats in 2015 in Knitalongs by yofi on: December 28, 2015 05:56:23 PM
I've been MIA for a while on Craftster, but I wanted to get a few more items in on this board. Both were requested hats, and both look much better than the pictures show!

First a slouchy hat for a friend with a lot of hair, who loves purple....

And one for my sister, as part of a gloves and hat set.  It was based on th "Wurm" pattern from Ravelry, and what you don't see is the fat reverse stockinette 'wurms' are separated by stockinette bands in a super shiny bronze metallic yarn.  The hat moves as you move, almost like it's breathing, with little flashes of the shiny yarn.

Of course I have some more things on the needles, just not sure I'll make my quota by years end.  Awesome donation, AIMR -- I'm sure they've made people very happy!
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