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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Calls for Swap Angels / Re: Everything you need to know about posting for a swap angel. on: July 15, 2014 04:50:49 PM
How often are requests for swap angels made?  I've been checking periodically - sometimes weekly, sometimes daily, sometimes twice daily for a year or so. 

I'd like to redeem myself, but I just don't see any opportunity.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: July 15, 2014 04:42:23 PM
Love the little Whovian scarf!  And Ffrogg -- you may have drawn me into the world of sock knitting with those orange socks.  Promise the heels will be easy?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Newest hat I finished for a friend! on: July 15, 2014 04:34:01 PM
It makes it even more fun, doesn't it?  Plus, it makes it more fun for the recipient, too!  What's the yarn you used?  It's really pretty.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: July 14, 2014 09:20:53 AM
Whayt lovely baked (and not baked) goods!  The chocolate-peanut butter pie and the cherry upside down cake are making me hungry!  (Oddly enough, I have sausage and kraut for lunch, so great minds are thinking alike there!) And I luuuuv the raccoon pin.

Beautiful jewelry, UTM!  And the blanket squares are a nice gift for charity.  what a great wish for a bat mitzvah gift - so she can pass along the mitzvah part.

The socks are beautiful and I love the way you polished off those scaps in the blankets -- fantastic!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Twirly, swirly, little girl dress on: July 11, 2014 04:27:52 PM
It took about a month, but I finally finished this dress for a young friend of mine who like twirly things.

It's from this pattern, and is a great, easy knit.  http://knitting.about.com/od/childrenspatterns/ss/girls-sundress.htm

The pattern calls for fairly slender straps that seemed a little too thin to hold up the weight of the cotton of the dress, so I used short rows to add tiny cap sleeves.  (The dress itself used an entire giant skein of cotton, with about a yard to spare, so I just pulled another color out of the stash.  Doesn't excatly match, but good enough!)

I learned how to do a Picot Cast On with this dress, which I quite liked; a Picot Bindoff, which I didn't, and ended up not using.

I think if I do this dress again, I'd make the cap sleeves a little longer, maybe a little fuller, and probably in garter stitch or reverse stockinette, to better match the texture of the bodice. 

I think I'd purl the first worked row after picking up stitches on the neckline. And I'd reduce the number of stitches in that first row.  (It flops just a little bit.)

But mostly, the next time I make this dress, I'll make it for a smaller child!

6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: hat a-long 14 in 2014 on: July 11, 2014 04:13:08 PM
Beautiful, that1girl!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: July 11, 2014 04:10:29 PM
I'd hoped to have more to post before the weekend, but between problems with my hands and having three coworkers out, this week has gone by in a blur!

I did manage to finish this dress, 37 on my list, for a little girl who likes twirly things.

I made a size 6 from this pattern  (http://knitting.about.com/od/childrenspatterns/ss/girls-sundress.htm).

I've been making things for this little girl for several years, but I think this may be the last full dress -- she's getting too big and I'm getting too lazy.

Hope you all have a great weekend!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: July 09, 2014 10:07:02 AM
How can you go wrong with bacon?  Altho' I'm pleased to see you're serving a balanced meal; bacon with a side of cupcakes!

I love the colors of your weaving, SheepBlue. This latest one looks like a beautiful wall hanging.

I guess chess pie is a Southern thing originally, or English by way of the American South.  It's about the simplest kind of pie you can make -- melted butter, sugar, eggs and a pinch cornmeal to give a little crust.  I usually put in a tablespoon of cider vinegar to cut the mind boggling sweetness.  It's super easy, and really good with a scoop of ice cream and a cup of coffee.  This was a little more dressed up, with a slug of cream and a shot of lemon juice, and the rhubarb standing in for the vinegar.  Pretty good!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: July 08, 2014 04:00:20 PM
With an extra big mouth hole for shouting.

And beer.   Grin
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DIY playoff beard! on: July 08, 2014 02:57:18 PM

I love the tradition of players not shaving during their playoff run as a sign of their dedication, and when my hockey team made the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history, I wanted to play along.  

So, I started my Blue Jackets beard, making it up as I went along. (Photo below)  I knit the base, the part that covers your face in blue.  Then I knit two rows for each game; red (their secondary color) for a Jackets win, or black for a Penguins win.

Unfortunately, my team didnt make it past the first round, so I bound it off in lime green (also a Jackets color!) and started a beard for my first love, the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo above!)

I did this one a little differently; made the ear loops a little larger, and the beard itself a little narrower.  And I stuck with one color, Blackhawks red, for Chicago.  But I added in another two rows for each period of over time.  (There were a lot of OT periods in this series!)  

This beard stretched thru the Blackhawks series with the St. Louis Blues, the Minnesota Wild, and their ultimate defeat at the hands of the purple-clad LA Kings.  But it was fun while it lasted!

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