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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Motivate me to go to the gym swap on: August 13, 2007 02:30:32 PM
Would anyone be interested in a swap to motivate each other to go to the gym (or classes, go jogging etc etc)? Mainly because I am really struggling to make myself go  Cheesy

I'm thinking bags, sweat bands, water bottle holders, that kind of thing.

After a quick gallery search here's a link to a similar kind of swap http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105026.0

What do people think?
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks de-feet-ed on: August 07, 2007 01:51:20 PM
20 months in the making, I present to you, my esteemed crafsters, finally, my first pair of socks:



They're made from Regia 4-ply in a self-striping wool (or yarn, if you prefer  Wink) To read the Ballad of the First Sock, please see my blog.

I even finished them whilst in my 20s. With whole 2 days to spare  Grin If I ever make socks again, they will be ankle socks. Or trainer socks  Roll Eyes
23  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 angel needed for Geek Pride Round 3 Swap - Found on: July 06, 2007 02:13:44 PM
Swap Name: Geek Pride Round 3
Original thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=172497.0
Gallery link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178195.0

Please note that the post out date has not been reached but there has been no communication from one swapper

No. of flakers: 1
Person who needs an Angel: I am Burning Star IV (Jillie will angel)

What gets your geek? Blythe dolls, Harry Potter, video games (Sims2, Final Fantasy11(XI), Mario, Katamari Damacy, Cooking Mama!, Zelda), Japanese things and the language/characters, Anime (Azimanga Daioh, Full Metal Alchemist, Sailor Moon). I love science and biology! I love going to aquariums! Magic and Pokemon cards and  D&D.
What are your favourite colours? turquoise, yellow/green, redish-hot pink
What would you like to receive? Anything!  I love amigurumi things and cute little figurines or plushies!
Any allergies? Or allergens in your home (e.g. pets)? I'm not allergic to anything but I do have dogs, a cat and rabbits in my house and I live in an area with a lot of trees so I'm not sure if tree pollen would be an issue heheh.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'm bringing Sexxxxy Back... to legwarmers! on: July 03, 2007 01:39:18 PM
These are the Sexxxxy Legwarmers from the January 2007 issue of Knit Today. As the friend I made them for (who lives in the U.S.) is coming to visit this weekend, I thought I ought to post them up!

They're made from two strands of RY Classic Cashcotton DK held together (the pattern called for Aran but by coincidence I had bought the right wool but in DK in a sale).



Crochet is my kryptonite so I left the crochet edge up (this is sounding familiar Sad)
25  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Queen of Hearts Bikini & Windy City Scarf on: July 03, 2007 01:27:33 PM
I made these for my sisters. My middle sister got the Windy City Scarf for Christmas and my youngest sister, an artist, wanted the bikini top before she went to an art and music fair in Barcelona.

I can't find the label for the wool I used for the windy city scarf, but I think it was a fairly cheap acrylic. I pretty much followed the pattern but did it all in pink.



The bikini was made out of Jaeger Aqua Cotton in a dark blue. I failed at the crochet pick-up to attach the waist band but instead picked up the stitches along the bottom of the cups.



I gave her dire warnings about getting it wet, just in case, but I think she just wanted it for show   Cheesy

Enjoy!

26  COOKING / Dessert / Redcurrants on: July 02, 2007 11:46:21 AM
I have rather a large amount of redcurrants ripening in the garden (it would seem I'm yet to learn the art of pruning Tongue) and a birthday BBQ on Sunday.

Does anyone have any ideas about a lovely dessert I could make? Ideally it would need to be something that would serve a number of people. Sadly my blackcurrant have succumbed to whitefly this year so that puts summer fruit pudding out the picture (I'm loathe to buy them!).

I will probably use some as a topping to Jamie Oliver's marscapone cheesecake but am bound to have a lot left.

Any advice would be gratefully received  Cheesy
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Geek Pride Swap Round 3 on: June 21, 2007 12:47:47 PM
Someone has posted so I thought it was time to get the swap gallery up and running  Grin

Looking forward to seeing photos once people recieve!

blue = sent
green = received
purple = both
strikethrough = done
orange = sending late w/ communication
red = late no communication. Please contact me ASAP
Pink & Strikethrough All done and feedback given

Fluffybaka       <---> Fezzle
Oops Creations <---> TheCraftyCat
sarush            <---> photojenn
wysiwyg         <---> gala_apples
HelenM           <---> midnightoak
phantomssiren <---> sarantha
Midnight         <---> PaisleyPanther
detritus          <---> sin esperanza
Yuiha Jillie will angel            <---> I am Burning Star IV
Shazrasha <---> Misplacedhippie
Alana1223       <---> foldingj
KraftyKT         <---> Kirashii
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Geek Pride Round 3 (Sign-ups 25 May to 8 June; Send-outs 13 July) on: May 25, 2007 12:08:11 PM
Swap name: Geek Pride Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Helen M, with support and assistance by Midnight
Sign-up date range: 25 May to 8 June
Date to send item by: 13 July

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24 (its my first swap)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
Come and celebrate your geekdom. Its time we stopped hiding behind our books on sunny days, stand up and shout loud: "I'M GEEK AND I'M PROUD".
Whether its roleplay, reenactment, computers or just your craft, this swap is for all of you who want to stand up and be counted for their geekdom  Cheesy

Past Swap Gallerys:
Gallery round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=65877.0
Gallery round 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104220.0

I am suggesting that we craft two medium and three small items, or equivalent - but you MUST agree this with your partner, and let me know, first.
I'm aiming to pair like with like, but if anyone is stuck for ideas please feel free to PM me.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Geek Pride Round 3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?
What gets your geek? Describe what you are geeky about.
What are your favourite colours?
What would you like to receive?
What crafts can you do?
Any allergies? Or allergens in your home (e.g. pets)?
Anything else you want your partner to know?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

I think thats everything! Let me know if I've missed anything.

Here's to geeks!

Particpants:

1) HelenM
2) Midnight
3) TheCraftyCat
4) fluffybaka
5) alana1223
6) misplacedhippie
7) Shazrasha
8 ) Krafty KT
9) I am Burning Star IV
10) sarantha
11) Oops Creations
12) Fezzle
13) gala_apples
14) sarush
15) PaisleyPanther
16) sin esperanza
17) detritus
18) Midnightoak
19) foldingj
20) Yuiha
21) Kirashii
22) wysiwyg
23) phantomssiren
24) photojenn

Partner info:

Fluffybaka       <---> Fezzle
Oops Creations <---> TheCraftyCat
sarush            <---> photojenn
wysiwyg         <---> gala_apples
HelenM           <---> midnightoak
phantomssiren <---> sarantha
Midnight         <---> PaisleyPanther
detritus          <---> sin esperanza
Yuiha             <---> I am Burning Star IV
Shazrasha       <---> Misplacedhippie
Alana1223       <---> foldingj
KraftyKT         <---> Kirashii
29  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Woes of a knitter trying to crochet - Queen of Hearts Bikini top on: May 01, 2007 02:00:12 PM
Just grrrrrrrrrr  Angry

I kind of just want to vent, but any advice would be appreciated. I am really struggling with the Queen of Hearts bikini top in SnB. I am fine with the knitting - I had searched here first and made the top a size bigger (though its for my slimmer, flatter chested sister, so I think the size will be fine). I have also managed to make the chain stitch stuff, i.e. the shoulder straps and the waist band.

But try as I might, I cannot work out how to attach the waist band. I have alway struggled with crochet (being trying to teach myself since Christmas) because my chain stitches seem too tight for my hook, so I have tried a smaller hook. So far so frustrating, but at least I can get my stupid hook through. But the instructions make no sense. They say:

Start with 1 st on the hook. *Insert hook though 1 st of the chain and 1 st of the cup. [This is fine]. Make a loop [another? how's that now?] and pull it through both ch and cup (you will have a new st and the original st on the hook). Loop again and pull it through both sts. Rep to end of cup.

I'm thinking I might pick up each stitch on the cup then knit it together with one on the waist band and attach it that way, but I don't like not being able to figure something out. Any advice would be gratefully received, but as I said, I just wanted to rant.

Ok, I'm done, I'll go lie down in a darkened room and leave you good people to your peace  Wink

[And all without the swearing I really wanted to put in...]
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Different wool = Different needles??? on: January 06, 2007 02:44:47 PM
Hi,

This may be a slightly long and rambling question, Roll Eyes so if it's not clear, please let me know.

I have a pattern from this months Knit Today (a UK based magazine). For anyone who has access to it, the pattern is for Sexxxxy Legs, which are basically lace-up leg warmers.

No gauge is given in the pattern as, and I quote, 'they are designed to stretch to fit'. The recommended wool is RY Classic Cashsoft Aran on size 5mm/US8 needles. This wool normally takes size 4.5/US7. By coincidence, I had bought some RY Classic Cashcotton DK on sale earlier the same day, so I want to use this. The Cashcotton DK normally takes size 4mm/US6.

Now, as gauge shouldn't be an issue I'm not too worried, but I don't want to start then realise they are too small then having to start again, I was wondering if I should decrease the needle size to 4.5mm/US7. Or will this make them too small too? Huh

Any help gratefully appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
Helen
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