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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: October 27, 2014 12:00:19 PM
Love the baby clothes -- and what a clever solution for the casing!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: hat a-long 14 in 2014 on: October 27, 2014 10:33:18 AM
Nice job!  I've been out of action for a while, but with the cooler weather, I'm going to be ramping up hat production.

Thanks for the inspirations!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: October 08, 2014 09:38:31 PM
And they were really easy, altho' I'll admit I was mystified until I'd finished both and determined they weren't, in fact, bread loaf cozies....

Here's the link:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/non-felted-slippers
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: October 08, 2014 05:23:23 PM
Sooo many lovely things, I can't keep up!

I love all the carniverous plant crafts!  I can't grow them, but I love looking at other people's plants.  That plant in a bottle necklace is inspired.

I *must* make a "insolence=defenestration" mat.  Or shirt.  Or something!

Smeddley - that 'spider hugs' picture is so sweet.  I always insist people carry spiders outdoors rather than squash them -- altho' I'm not so sure the spiders appreciate that in the dead of winter.  And the faux slides are awesome; thanks for the tutorial.

Fox pillows, fox hooplas, fairy doors and shadowboxes -- oh, my!  This has been a very busy bunch.  And Ive been busy, too!

First finally redeemed myself by becoming a swap angel.  No extra pressure, angelling in the Make Me A Purse And Wallet swap for a crafter who produces BEAUTIFUL purses and wallets, but I do love a challenge.  And I think she was pleased. 

49. Swap purse and wallet!
My partner was wonderful clear about what she liked, so I quickly found a pattern for the sort of J-curve crossbody small bag she liked.  And I had the kind of colors she preferred already in stash!

Lined, interfacing, zippered, side pockets I learned a lot by following a pattern.  So I was able to improvise the smaller wallet/wristlet, with a side coin purse and cellphone pocket and a zippered compartment for cash and cards.

Im swapping again, AIMR!

One of the biggest events of the year for me is our annual plant swap, so I hope I can be forgiven for claiming it as several projects.  And it seems fitting that I crossed the 50 projects line with

50. The Fall Plant Swap!

We had almost 40 people, and well over 800 plants everything from tiny exotic sedums to enormous lilac and burning bush shrubs.  I contributed about 25 plants myself

51. Pulled pork and raspberry icebox pie
We had so many people that we had to add a third table for the potluck groaning board. I made about 10# of pulled pork, and a raspberry icebox pie that was new to me, but will definitely be made again.  (my typically lousy food photos; I snapped the first when I was shredding at 7am, and the second when I realized the pie was almost gone and I hadnt documented!)

Food both warm and comforting!  Contest bonus!

52. Door prizes
I also forgot to get pictures of the door prizes.  In addition to fancy plants like an orchid and rex begonia,  I made half a dozen cutting starters, using copper refrigeration piping and an assortment of glass vials, a pretty vase, and clear glass Xmas ornaments.  I did get this pic after the swap of one of them.

53. Beans, glorious beans.
Ive been trying to eat better, and for me, that means having super simple, ready to eat stuff right in the fridge.  Several times this summer I simply made a large bowl of several kinds of cooked, seasoned beans, and kept them in the fridge ready to top potatoes, fold into omelets, stuff into tacos, or here become a tuna/bean salad!  (Tasty Oct-Nov contest bonus!)

And finally (for this post!)
54. Mystery KAL slippers
I made these lovely little slippers as part of the Mystery 220 Knitalong on Ravelry.  All you know when you start is the gauge, the weight of suggested yarn, and that the project will take less than 220 yards.  These non-felted slippers were very ingeniously constructed, and Im making a few pairs to have on hand for overnight guests.

I have soooooo many projects that are just a step away from completion, but with our station fund drive, a mini college reunion at my house, and a road trip with my uncle and father all in the next three weeks, I may not be around for a while.

Craft on, people!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make me a purse and wallet swap gallery on: September 20, 2014 12:27:24 PM
Yay!  I'm so glad the package arrived and I'm so glad you like the purse and wallet.  They were a lot of fun.

I forgot to explain in the letter, the keychain is from the radio station where I work, and the lucky pennies were ordained.  I found one as I entered the fabric store.  I found another as I left.  And I found a third as I got out of the car.  It was a sign!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: September 18, 2014 04:47:10 PM
Well deserved nap!  Great blanket, and I love the super hero cards, too.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: September 17, 2014 10:46:52 AM
Wow!  so many great things my head is whirling!

I love the ticker tape quilt.  I can't sew a straight line, let alone have corners line up, but that looks I might finally be able to make a quilt!

Beautiful scarves, lovely bag, and OMG -- cheese?!?

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: September 16, 2014 10:41:58 AM
Good luck, bushbaby -- sounds like it could be fun!

Lovely dotee, AIMR.  Such rich fall colors!  And cmarion, you pieces are beautiful!  I love the Snarky Housewives book -- especially the holder!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: September 13, 2014 05:35:08 AM
Thanks all! I restarted the shawl the beginning of June, but I think it took about 7 weeks of work.  It's actually a pretty simple pattern on #8 needles.
I love your monster, candice  - he looks so huggable.
And bunny1 - I think you just gave me my new motto!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: September 12, 2014 12:43:31 PM
Are those lip balms in the last photo?  Nice package, especially the candy corn hat!

One quick item to add before I head out to the weekend.  I started this scarf as part of the Ravelry read-along of the Dragonriders of Pern books.  I got hopelessly lost, shelved it, then ultimately frogged it and began again.  Tht was just when the arthritis and CTS developed, and the prospect of knitting anything, let alone sock yarn, was not very appealling.

But I finally finished, washed it in shampoo and a little conditioner, pinned it out and dried it, and now I am thrilled to introduce, #48 on this year's list, my Dragon-riders shawl!

The pattern is called "Autumn in Vincennes", on Ravelry.  (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/autumn-in-vincennes)
I think this is the first really lacy thing I've knit and it was fun, altho' a bit of a leap of faith.  It looked pretty different before and after blocking!

Nice to finally get this one off the needles!
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