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361  Stencilled Mesh Produce Bags in Stenciling: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: January 14, 2010 04:25:50 PM
So, for Christmas, I made my friend a set of singlet style grocery bags (using the tutorial found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0) and I figured I'd make her some produce bags to go with them. Somewhere, I saw that someone had modified a mesh bag (Blink Tidy Totes, purchased at the Dollar Tree) by adding on a decorative fabric panel to the bottom. I was a bit worried that the panel would be too heavy, so instead I cut a stencil of the recycling symbol. I used a piece of card stock for the stencil. I slipped a piece of scrap paper into the bag and taped the stencil in place. I carefully dabbed on the fabric paint and let it dry. I didn't expect the image to be so clear on the mesh, so I'm pretty happy with how they came out. I have 2 blank bags left, so I may be making a set for myself Wink

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362  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: January 14, 2010 04:18:11 PM
I finally finished my first set! I had a momentary glitch when I couldn't get the last seam of the French seam to work, but I realized that I was folding the gusset wrong when I turned it inside out. I messed up the first one (which I'll be re-doing and keeping for myself), but was able to make these 4 for a Christmas gift.

I put a piece of twill tape in the seam along the top edge to make the little hang-on-the-bag-rack loop. I think that for the next set I make I'll use a larger bag. They came out a bit smaller than I expected, but they still came out great, and were very well received Wink



Thanks for such a great tutorial!
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363  Re: (Superhero) Granny's Daughters Swap R5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: January 14, 2010 04:12:55 PM
Whoo-hoo! I got a bonus package today of PINK GDs from OnePinkHippo! Yay! 33 pink GDs to bring me mighty close to my goal of 90. Thanks so much!



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364  Re: Harry Potter - Luna Lovegood Scarf - My Take - PATTERN & CHART ADDED! in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: January 14, 2010 04:09:53 PM
Here's my scarf! Well, it's not mine anymore because I gave it away for Christmas. But, I bought way more yarn than I needed (I used just a smidgen under a skein of Naturally Caron Spa yarn- a bamboo/acrylic blend- in color 0005 Ocean Spray).



This is such a great pattern! I did make sure to use a ton of stitch markers to keep track of my starting chain, but after the first row, it was a piece of cake! And, since I still have 3 skeins of yarn left, I can make another one for myself!
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365  Re: (Superhero) Granny's Daughters Swap R5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: January 12, 2010 06:22:07 PM
Whee! I received from fantasticmio, and she helped to boost my supply of pinks, oranges and yellows (in fantastic shades and lovely soft yarn, too!). Thanks a bunch!



And, as I get closer to my goal of 720, I'm getting antsy... I want to start assembling! So, I guess I should start weaving in the tails Wink

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366  Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 01, 2010 09:23:02 AM
I'm up to 18! Well, technically 18 2/3, but more on that in a bit...

The first one is Textured Stripes, which I really liked making. Very easy, yet looks more complicated...



And a close-up to try to show the texture a bit better (hard to see in the photo because of the variegated yarn):




This one is what I called "Scrubbing Bobbles" and it came about because I had a huge chunk of time to kill while I wasn't at home (which means sitting in the car waiting for something) so I hit Wal-Mart and picked up some stuff, including yarn and a hook (because my emergency crochet supplies were buried in the trunk and it was waaay too cold to go digging). I didn't have a pattern handy (see buried in trunk note...) so I just did a row of about 25 hdc (or sc, I can't remember), and then on the next row, I started with 3 dc, then a 5 dc bobble (or puff, I always mix them up... I didn't have to remove the hook to finish it so whichever one that makes it), and then I finished the row with 4 dc then a bobble across. Then, I just alternated the rows, ending with a row of hdc.



And a close-up to show off the bobble-y goodness Wink



I also made a variation of this one on Christmas Day. I was getting antsy waiting for dinner, so my mom hauled out one that she had started. She had about 7 rows of sc done, so I did a section of the scrubbing bobbles, and ended it with 7 rows of sc. Hence the 2/3 Grin
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367  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- January in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 01, 2010 08:48:31 AM
Awesome! I'm glad you're hosting this again.  (You are SUCH an enabler!!! Tongue)

Tee hee! Happy to spread the addiction Wink

Here's my completed January block. It's called "Cute as a Button" and it sort of looks like a plain granny square in the picture, but it has some variation. It's not hard to follow the pattern, either. There is one thing- the pattern says to slip stitch into the "back rib" of the 1st stitch of the ch 4 and I took that to mean the little loop on the "underside" of the chain. I don't know if that's right, but it worked out fine for me Wink

And, I used a K hook and thought that it came out gigantic. But, I guess A) I've been working on GDs too much lately so it looked huge in comparison and B) It's one of a very few blocks I've ever made that came out at exactly 12", so I'm used to smaller sized blocks.

I'm going with a pink theme this time around. I bought a bunch of pink yarn to do another CAL (Maybe the Ravelry version? I have no idea), and figured I'd use it for this. The pink is all Red Heart Super Saver and the white is from a Caron Pound of Yarn (which felt like I was working with cotton, for some reason).



So, I can't wait to see what color combinations everyone else is using this year!
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368  CLOSED: 2010 12" Squares CAL (with pattern links) in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 31, 2009 10:20:23 PM
Welcome to the 2010 12" Square CAL!

Every month, I'll post a link to a pattern for a 12" square. The goal is to complete at least one square each month, and by the end of the year, you'll have enough squares to make a nice lap-sized afghan. Even if you don't end up making every square, it's still fun to see the squares that everyone makes Smiley



January- Cute As a Button
Minor corrections: Note: The pattern writer made the corrections to the PDF version of the file (it says Version 2 once you open it), but I think the pattern printed on the website still needs the corrections (as of 2 pm on January 3rd, at least Wink ). So, if you download the latest version, you should be all set and can ignore the following corrections Grin
Round 1 should start off with a Ch 1, sc right before the first Ch 5
Round 2, in the 2nd set of parentheses needs a ch 4 added in so it should read (in next ch-5 sp shell, ch 4, sl st in back rib of 1st ch of ch-4, shell, ch-4, sl st in 1st ch of ch-4).

February- Sun Daze
Minor correction: In Round 6, it says to "skip next dc, dc in next dc" and a bit after "skip next dc" but Round 5 isn't all dc. So, if you change dc to "stitch" it works out just fine Wink

March- Easter Day Square
Minor correction: In Round 8,  it says, "(ch1, sk 1 st, 3 dc's in center dc..." but Round 7  isn't all dc. So, if you change dc to "stitch" it works out the same Wink

April- Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Minor, almost inconsequential correction, for clarity: In Round 4, it says to join "with a sl st CL in same space" so I'm sticking in a comma just to make it clear  Grin :
"with a sl st, CL in same space"

May- Eternal Braid (Note: There is a link on the page for a PDF download of the pattern, or you can use the list of "Quick Links" on the right hand side of the page)
Minor error: Round 10 says to stitch into the dc of the previous round, but Round 9 is made with sc.

June- Big June Square (Note: This is a direct link to the PDF of the pattern)
There are a couple of corrections to the pattern, and the pattern instructions only go up to Round 7 (and then pick up again at Round 13), so in case you need them, I've added them below:
Corrections:
Add to end of R3: 2 bpdc

Add to end of R4: 2 dc, 2 bpdc

Add to end of R5: 2 bpdc, 2 dc, 2 bpdc
Also, in middle of R5: after the 3dc, it should read 2 bpdc (instead of 3 bpdc)

Add to end of R6: (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 2 times

Add to end of R7: 2 bpdc, (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 2 times

Additional Rounds:
Round 8: ch 3, 2 dc, (2 bpdc, 2 dc) 3 times, edge
[(2 dc, 2 bpdc) 3 times, 3 dc, (2 bpdc, 2 dc) 3 times, edge] 3 times
(2 dc, 2 bpdc) 3 times

Round 9: ch 3, 2 dc, 2 bpdc (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 3 times, edge
[2 bpdc, (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 3 times, 3 dc, 2 bpdc, (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 3 times, edge] 3 times
2 bpdc, (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 3 times

Round 10: ch 3, 2 dc, (2 bpdc, 2 dc) 4 times, edge
[(2 dc, 2 bpdc) 4 times, 3 dc, (2 bpdc, 2 dc) 4 times, edge] 3 times
(2 dc, 2 bpdc) 4 times

Round 11: ch 3, 2 dc, 2 bpdc (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 4 times, edge
[2 bpdc, (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 4 times, 3 dc, 2 bpdc, (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 4 times, edge] 3 times
2 bpdc, (2 dc, 2 bpdc) 4 times

Round 12: ch 3, 2 dc, (2 bpdc, 2 dc) 5 times, edge
[(2 dc, 2 bpdc) 5 times, 3 dc, (2 bpdc, 2 dc) 5 times, edge] 3 times
(2 dc, 2 bpdc) 5 times


July- Shell Around Square
Corrections/Clarifications
Round 6- It isn’t stated in the directions, but just in case, the “(trc, ch1) 4 times” always happens in the next ch 3 space

Round 7- In 2 spots, the directions say to “ skip next dc, sp, and dc” but they should read “skip next trc, sp, and trc”. There also seems to be an extra ch 1 right at the end of the round.

Round  9- After the second “DSD cluster in next 3 dc”, the directions should read “ dc in next dc, skip next sc, dc in next 3 dc, dc in sp, ch 1”

Round 12 (both options)- “[sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next dc, sc next 2 sc” should read “[sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next dc, sc next 2 dc


August-Pavo

Round 1 is a bit confusing, so I think what she means is:
Chain 6 and join to form a ring (or use a magic ring). Ch 6, (tr in ring, ch 2) 7 times. Join with sl st in 4th ch of beginning ch 6.
 
And in Round 5, I think the 3rd “sentence” from the end should read:
 
Ch 2, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2 # sk 1 dc, sc in next ch 2 sp
 
because in Round 6, she says to crochet into the ch 2 spaces a bunch of times and there wouldn’t be enough of them otherwise.

September- Dutch Square

Only 1 correction! Round 14: In the second sentence, replace the word "twice" with "6 times."

October- Double-Framed Lace
No corrections! Yay!

November- Mulberry Bush (Note: This is available as a free PDF download. When you get to the download site, click on the grey "Download Now" button- you don't need to install anything or sign up for anything.)

December- Winter Dream
I think I only found one minor correction. In Round 10, near the end it says "(make cluster, ch2) 8 times" and I think it should only be 7 times.



Note: Over at the Ravelry 2010 CAL, Ravelry user jmrphish has been posting step-by-step photo tutorials for the Craftster blocks. Her photos are great and clearly illustrate each round! Thanks, Jill!


The folks over there have been doing a great job with the Craftster squares, so you should check them out for inspiration!

And, here are the patterns for the Ravelry version of the 12" block CAL (They also have a 6" square every month and a charity square almost every month, but I'm only including the links to the 12". Click on the Ravelry CAL link above for more info.). Whenever possible, I've used the direct link to the pattern for those who don't have a Ravelry account:

January: E-ZEE V-ZEE Granny Square
February: Violet Crochet Square
March: Half-N-Half Square (free Ravelry download)
April: Wandith
May: Tilt-A-Whirl
June: Alter Ego Square
July: More V's Please (free Ravelry download)
August: Majesty Square
September: Manny Ann's Square (free Ravelry download)
October: Popcorn Delight
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369  (Superhero) Granny's Daughters Swap R5-CLOSED! Send Outs: January 19, 2010 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: December 06, 2009 05:49:49 PM



Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332881.0


Swap name: Grannys Daughters Swap R5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: December 6, 2009 to December 30, 2009 (sign-ups will close at midnight)
Date to send item by: January 19, 2010
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):

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

Additional Age requirement? None

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: Only this one!
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This is Round 5 of the Grannys Daughters Swap! If you don't know how to make a grannys daughter, it's pretty easy!  A grannys daughter is the first round of a traditional granny square.....that's it!  The pattern can be found HERE.  A child's afghan requires 240 motifs and an adult size afghan requires 720 motifs. As stated in the pattern, each motif should measure 1 1/2" to 1 3/4".  So it's important to check your gauge so that all motifs will be the correct size.  

You will send 40 motifs in assorted colors to 2 partners (for a total of 80).  This is a great project to use up those little bits & pieces of scrap yarn you have laying around. Note: If you would like only 1 partner or would like a 3rd partner (first-time swappers are limited to a maximum of 2 partners), make sure to indicate this in your questionnaire. If you would like a 3rd partner, it may depend on the number of folks who sign up.

All motifs MUST be made in 4-ply worsted weight yarn, or if you're in the UK the yarn equivalent will be 10-ply aran.  Please be sure to check your gauge to make sure your motifs are the correct size.  We wouldn't want to receive some motifs that are 1 1/2" and some that are 2 1/4". Your motifs should measure 1 1/2" to 1 3/4".  Size is important!!!   REMEMBER:  It only takes a few minutes to make one grannys daughter. If you get started when you sign up, youll have the bulk of the work done by the time partners are assigned  Wink

Weaving in the tails: The directions call for a 6" tail to be left at the end. Depending on their joining method, some folks might prefer to have that outside end woven in. There is a question on the questionnaire for you to express a preference. All starting tails must be woven in!

Positive feedback on this swap will be left once your partners have all received, and once you have posted pics of what you have received. You must remember to PM the organizer when you SEND and RECEIVE (a post in the thread is not sufficient)! Poor communication and failure to post pics of what you received will be noted in your feedback if you do not. Thanks!

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Grannys Daughters Swap R5
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (formated as it should appear on the package):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? YES/NO
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: YES/NO
Confirm that you understand that a DC# is required on your package (outside of the US, retain a copy of your shipping receipt as proof of mailing): YES/NO
Do you have any allergies (cats, dogs, smoke, etc.)? YES/NO
   If YES, please indicate allergies:
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, dogs, smoke, etc.)? YES/NO
   If YES, please indicate allergens:
Number of partners (1, 2 or 3):
Do you agree to post pictures of what you have received (or make arrangements with your partner to post pics for you)? YES/NO
Do you want your outside tails woven in (all starting tails must be woven in)?
Yes/No/Doesn't matter
Confirm that you understand that:
A) All starting tails must be woven in: YES/NO
B) If your partner does not want their outside tails woven in, you must leave a tail of at least 6": YES/NO
Anything special youd like your partners 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.

Participants (click-able usernames!):
1. craftADDchick (1)
2. myklia (2)
3. fantasticmio (2 or 3)
4. OnePinkHippo (1)
5. Raesmom (2)
6. Catrinau (3)
7. Willowe (2)
8. grannylove60 (1)
9. pertelot (2)
10. whisp3rd (1)
11. koalascout (3)


What the heck can I make with all of these GDs, anyway? Click here for some ideas...

Thanks to mochaxlight for creating the list!
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370  Re: 2009 12" Squares- December! in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 01, 2009 02:46:14 PM
Here's the December square! It's called Guardian Angel and there are 3 variations, so head to the first post for the links. The only difference between them is the use of front-post double crochets in the rounds surrounding the angel. I think mine started out as version 2, but I may have changed it... I don't recall any pattern corrections, but I did add a couple of notes in the first post. As always, feel free to ignore them  Wink



I'm not crazy about my color scheme on this one, but my orange-loving friends were teasing me because I didn't have enough blocks that featured orange...  Cheesy

Note: I just checked the links (found via the Internet Wayback Machine) and the only one (at the moment) with a working picture of the block is version 1.
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