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401  Re: 44 Cents Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 06, 2009 11:18:36 AM
I received an awesome envelope of stuff from audio-astrophysics; I fear that my envelopes are ghostly pale in comparison!

First, a bunch of cool papers (definitely using some of these in the altered puzzle-along), some play money, small playing cards and some yarn.



And... some fabulous inchies for my collection! I love them!



Thanks so much, audio!
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402  Re: 2009 12" Squares- August in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2009 09:28:40 AM
Oh, my! I forgot to post the square yesterday! Sorry fantasticmio! Wink

But, here it is! It's the Popin' Square and it features a neat pattern of popcorn clusters. I'd never done them before, so it was fun to learn, and I was surprised at how easy they were.

I found a couple of minor errors in the pattern and I noted them on the first page.



And, here's one at an angle to show the popcorn stitches a bit better. Not much better, but a teeny bit...




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403  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: July 31, 2009 09:41:42 AM
I got my awesome set from love2teach as well! It's amazing how different they look when made in different colors. Raesmom, I love the pink theme you have going- they'll look great when stitched together!

Mine are made with different colors, and they'll complement the others that I already have. I'm so excited!!



1. Lacy- Motif #9, pg. 45, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
2. Bobble variation- Motif #83, pg. 124, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman



3. Three Shades of One Color- Motif #98, pg. 140, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
4. Complimentary Colors- Motif #89, pg. 131, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman



5. Asymmetrical- Spring Zinnia, pg. 48, Crochet Stitch Motifs by Erika Knight
6. Three shades of one color, partially worked in rounds- Motif #93, pg. 135, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman



7. Flower- Motif #104, pg. 147, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
8. Sort of Tiny- Motif #40, pg. 79, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman



9. Lacy, Sort of Tiny- Motif #44, pg. 82, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
10. Sort of Tiny- Motif #92, pg. 134, Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman



11. Made Up of Smaller Motifs- Clockwork, pg. 59, Crochet Stitch Motifs by Erika Knight
12. Animal- Jess' Butterfly Pattern from the HappyHooker's Blog: http://happyhooker.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/favor-butterflies/


Thank you so much, love2teach!
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404  Mathilda the Jellyfish in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 27, 2009 08:10:14 AM
I had the opportunity to test out EssHaych's Amigurumi Jellyfish pattern. I finished up a while ago, but with all of the rain, combined with a busy schedule, I haven't been able to take pictures! I was at a friend's the other day, and the sunshine and setting were perfect. So, finally... here she is!

Getting some sunshine... (But not too much! Don't want to dry out!)



Lounging by the pool...



And posing with the hydrangeas...



This pattern was so much fun to make! Quick, easy and cute, too Wink
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405  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: July 18, 2009 03:29:12 PM
I'm glad you like your motifs, canto_xii! I really like the shamrock motif, too. I didn't have that color in my stash, so I bought it special. I made one for myself in the same color. And, thanks for the pattern links!

And, I made another triskele motif to test out my pattern (I found mistakes, so it was a good thing I did).


I posted a thread with the pattern here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313632.0

If you try it and find problems, or have a better way to explain something, let me know!
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406  Crochet Triskele Motif (with pattern) in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 18, 2009 03:21:52 PM
For the Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap (gallery), one of the themes was a heritage motif. One of my partners is part Sicilian, so I found out the colors of the Sicilian flag, and learned that the triskelion (or triskele) is the symbol of Sicily (the one on the flag is made with the head of Medusa, three legs, and wheat stalks, I think). I couldn't find a pattern for a crocheted triskele, so I made my own. I was inspired by the interlocking rings in the Waldo's Puzzle block.



And another one with rings of 3 colors:




And... in case you'd like to make one, here's the pattern. The pattern hasn't been tested by anyone but me, so any feedback would be appreciated. It ripples quite a bit in the beginning, but flattens out as more rounds are added.

Crochet Triskele

Materials:
  • -I used a size 7/4.5 mm hook for the rings and a size G/ 6/4.25 mm hook for the rest. I didnt intend to, but I grabbed the wrong hook by mistake. They are pretty close in size, so it probably doesnt matter either way.
  • At least 2 colors of worsted weight acrylic
  • Stitch markers
  • 3 small safety pins (optional)

Special Stitch:
SC Spike Stitch (sp st): Instead of inserting the hook in the top of the stitch in the previous row, you will skip that row, and insert the hook into the top of the stitch directly below. Yarn over and pull up the yarn to the height of the working row, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.


Directions:
Make 3 interlocking rings using color A:

Ring #1: Start with a magic ring (or chain 10, sl st to join) and sc 15  into the ring. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

Ring #2: I started my magic ring by looping it through the first ring. If you start with a chain 10, loop it around the first ring before you sl st to join. Sc 15 into the ring and sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

Ring #3: Lay the first 2 rings out flat, side by side, front sides facing up. You will loop the 3rd ring (red) around the first 2 (blue and black) like this:



I started my magic ring by looping it through the first 2 rings as in the diagram. If you start with a chain 10, loop it around the first 2 rings before you sl st to join. Sc 15 into the ring and sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

If you used magic rings, tighten each ring evenly so that the rings are the same size, are not bunched, and sit fairly flat.



Weave in all ends before continuing.

Arrange the rings in a triangular shape, keeping all of the front sides facing up. It may help to pin them together with safety pins to keep them from flipping as you work.

Round 1:
Change to color B and join with sl st one sc to the right of center of top ring. Use a stitch marker to mark the sc 5 stitches before the point at which you joined the yarn.
Chain 5 (counts as hdc and ch 3),** skip next sc, hdc in next 4 sc.
Ch 1, sk next sc.
Dc in next sc of ring and ring behind it, ch 1.
Working in next ring, Sk next sc, # hdc in next 4 sc, ch 3. **
Repeat from ** to ** once.
Skip next sc, hdc in next 4 sc.
Ch 1, sk next sc.
Dc in marked sc of first ring and the sc in the ring behind it, ch 1.
Working in first ring, Sk next sc.
Hdc in next 3 sc, sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch 5.

Round 2
Sl st to ch 3 sp.
(Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch 3 space.
**Dc across in each hdc, sp and dc. (11 dc)#
In corner sp, dc 2, ch 3, dc 2.**
Repeat from ** to ** once.
Repeat from ** to # once.
Sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Fasten off.

Round 3
Join color A to any ch 3 corner sp, (ch 1, sc 1, ch 3, 2 sc) in corner sp.
**Sc in next 4 dc.
Sc spike stitch into hdc of Round 1.
Sc in next 2 dc, sc spike stitch into dc of Round 1.
Sc in next 2 dc, sc spike stitch into hdc of Round 1.
Sc in next 4 dc. #
(sc 2, ch 3, sc 2) in corner sp.**
Repeat from ** to ** once.
Repeat from ** to # once.
Sl st to starting chain.
Fasten off.

Round 4
Join Color B to any ch 3 corner sp. (Ch 3, dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner sp.
**Dc in next 19 st. #
(2dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner sp.**
Repeat from ** to ** once.
Repeat from ** to # once.
Sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Fasten off.

Weave in ends. Note:I found it easier to weave in the ends at the end of each color.


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407  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: July 17, 2009 03:36:21 PM
I received from canto_xii today, and they are lovely! Such neat work! And, I love the colors, too. They'll look great with the motifs I already have!

For a few of the motifs, I tried to guess what theme they fulfilled. Edited to add in the themes and pattern sources (thank you canto_xii)!

1. Sender's Choice - pattern: http://www.geocities.com/cdjsimon/flower_burst.html


2. Flower motif- pattern: http://www.geocities.com/alyssa5000/flowersq.html


3. Worked in rounds - pattern: http://www.crochetnmore.com/grannysquare.htm


4. Uses front post double crochet- I think this one is my favorite Wink- pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/springtime-coasters


5. Lacy - pattern: http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/coasters/f108002littlehexagonmotif.shtml


6. Uses bobbles - pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60153.html


canto_xii, I'd love to know where you got all of the patterns! Thanks for the links!

Thank you so much! I love them!!  Cheesy
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408  My First Fused Glass Pieces in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 08, 2009 07:43:45 PM
A couple of weeks ago, I took a workshop on glass fusing at a local shop. We were able to make make 3 projects- a night light, a 4" X 4" tile and a pendant. So I made:

A carrot night light for the kitchen (It was fully framed in green, but one little piece of green glass must have fallen off):



A flower pendant:



And, my favorite, a robot!



We didn't have any control over the actual fusing process, but it was a lot of fun to put everything together! I may have to go back and make another robot tile...
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409  My First Shirts Printed with the Yudu in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 03, 2009 09:45:08 AM
I decided that I wanted to make shirts for the kids who come in every morning and take care of my classroom animals and track the weather. I also wanted to make shirts for the kids who did the recycling, but I ran out of time. And, I volunteered to make the team shirts that my trivia team wanted for the nights we play in the charity tournaments. It was almost 50 shirts (knocked down to 25 when I eliminated the recycling shirts), and I figured that the Yudu would be so much easier than cutting out freezer paper stencils Wink

This is the very first shirt I printed (white ink on a green shirt):



Then, I started messing up the next few shirts. So, I scrapped the screen and started again. I did a bit of reading, and realized that I needed to flood the screen after each shirt, so the rest of the Critter Care Crew shirts came out okay.

So, with renewed confidence, I moved onto shirt design #2 (white ink on a light blue shirt):



I was ready to tackle the team shirts, which had a large design on the back, and a smaller design on the front. Most were orange on yellow, but a few were orange on white. This is my shirt after I wore it and it landed in the laundry pile. So, it's a bit wrinkled...

The back:



The front:



I was really impressed with how nicely it printed the letters. The only detail it didn't quite get was the very small spiral that dotted the letter "i" on the back of the shirt.

I designed the images using Microsoft Publisher and copied them onto transparencies at Staples. The spiral image was in a shade of dark grey, but it still blocked the light well enough when burning the screen.

I did a few things to make things go a little more smoothly for me, since I was working alone:

- I cut the emulsion sheet to the size I needed. I found that I had a much easier time working with a smaller section.
- I bought a bunch of cheap plexiglass sheets (11" X 14") and sprayed them with adhesive spray. They were just tacky enough to hold the shirts in place, and they were small enough to fit inside the youth-sized shirts (size L and XL... I didn't try anything smaller, yet). I made a stack of shirts with the plexi inside, so I could just plop the next one in place without any fuss.
- I flooded the screen, and then used a small, plastic putty knife to scrape the ink off and used it to print the shirt. Then, I raised the screen, used the putty knife to scrape the ink off again to flood the screen before I swapped out the shirt. By scraping and re-using the ink on the squeegee, I was able to use a lot less ink.

Ironing the shirts to heat-set them just about did me in. I did the 16 shirts for the morning helpers, but gave my trivia teammates their shirts with instructions on how to heat-set their shirts.

I'm definitely happy with my results, and I'm glad I got myself a Yudu. Now that I've gone through the process, I'll be able to plan things better for my next round of printed items Wink
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410  Re: 2009 12" Squares- July in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: June 30, 2009 07:40:57 PM
Heeeeere's July!

It's Lovely In Green, only mine is Lovely in Orange and Pink Wink



Very easy and quick! There was a minor correction to the pattern, but I contacted the creator and she fixed it! Now... why didn't I think of doing that before?
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