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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 28, 2015 04:20:58 PM
Beautiful jewelry!
So many great items this month, I'm overwhelmed.  (And I'm bookmarking that prayer flag idea!)
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery on: January 28, 2015 09:12:20 AM
So hard to pick a favorite there!  I love the bug - that is incredible.  I'm in awe of the patience and fine motor skills that must have been needed for the mushroom specimens.  And the tentacled thing is delightfully!

Wonderful, wonderful package!
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Keep Me Warm swap-Rd 4 (SU Dec 28-Jan 10; SO Feb 7/15) on: January 26, 2015 11:27:43 AM
Stay safe, ladybug, and all folks threatened with snow.  We had a nice storm move through yesterday and last night, and everything looks clear and crisp and clean tonight.  Despite all the All-Star festivities and an out-of-town guest, I finished one of my smalls (and learned a new skill in the process!)

Having a great time!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery on: January 24, 2015 04:53:57 PM
Beautiful!  I love the bird person - what a lovely face!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 24, 2015 04:03:02 PM
Chocolate.  Lots of chocolate.

Thanks!

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Flourless-Chocolate-Cake-I/
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Commemorative travel bags! 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!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists 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..

8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Keep Me Warm swap-Rd 4 (SU Dec 28-Jan 10; SO Feb 7/15) on: January 22, 2015 10:48:47 AM
Yay!  I finished the medium last night, and will tackle at least one of the small this weekend.  I'm vacillating on the second small -- it's getting bigger and bigger in my mind, and may soon become bigger than the medium!
 
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap SU CLOSED, SO 2/9 on: January 19, 2015 12:55:04 PM
Didn't get anything done this weekend, but I knew I wouldn't (home with my folks for a few days.)  If I can get out of work in under 10 hours today, I'm going to do a little shopping, then home to figure out how much I don't know.

4 inches by 5 inches seems awfully small all of a sudden.....

Well, you only have to fit one item into their space. The other can be your choice on the size. I hope that helps! And 4x5" isn't so bad. Some people have a space of less than three inches to work with! Grin

D'oh!  That's true!

(Racing madly back to the drawing board!)
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap SU CLOSED, SO 2/9 on: January 19, 2015 10:42:50 AM
Didn't get anything done this weekend, but I knew I wouldn't (home with my folks for a few days.)  If I can get out of work in under 10 hours today, I'm going to do a little shopping, then home to figure out how much I don't know.

4 inches by 5 inches seems awfully small all of a sudden.....
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