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441  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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442  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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443  Re: Repurposed Nalgene Bottle- "Yarntainer" (with tute) in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: June 27, 2009 08:34:44 PM
I tried it! I wound the yarn around a dowel and then slid the dowel out. I have a longer, skinnier "ball" of yarn. I didn't make it very big, just in case it didn't work, but it seems to work okay. But now, I'm trying to think of a way to modify my ball winder to wind long skinny balls...

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444  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 6) in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 14, 2009 04:49:49 PM
And, because it rained, and I couldn't cut the grass (so sad...), I crocheted my next section, which came together very quickly. It's a bit narrower than the other sections (same hook and # of stitches), so I'm hoping that when I add a border when it's done that it will even it out.

It's navy...

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445  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 6) in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 14, 2009 02:03:01 PM
Since I'm unofficially participating in this swap as my own personal CAL, I have fallen behind without the mailing deadlines to keep me on track Wink

So, I'm only up to my 3rd block, but I did manage to finish it yesterday. I've picked out my 4th block, which has a lot of chains in it, so it should go quickly Wink

I'm really enjoying watching all of your scarves unfold!
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446  Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 09, 2009 03:03:50 PM
And... I completely forgot to check the mail when I got home (my hands were full, and then I got sidetracked Cheesy ), but I just did and had a bundle of GDs from DesignVigilante!

She gave me a set of blues! Several different shades/tones to go with my planned color gradient blanket! I love them!

Thanks so much!
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447  Re: 2009 12" Squares- June in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: May 31, 2009 06:10:11 AM
It's June! And, I promise that this month's square shouldn't be as vexing as last month's Wink

It's Bold Squares (http://dayna.tdgservices.com/ShowPattern.aspx?PatternID=25#).

Mine came out smaller than 12", which is no surprise...

I included a couple of pattern notes in the first post of the thread.
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448  Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 30, 2009 03:04:54 PM
And here are my lovelies from Disco Queen Highness!

The ones on the left are redder than they appear in the photo, and are lightly speckled with other colors- love 'em! And, since I'm thinking my blanket will ultimately be a color gradient, I asked for various shades/tones of one color, so the 2 reds and the 3 greens are fantastic. And, it's funny, I have yarn in the same of one green and the purple (for the 12" Square CAL), but I haven't made myself any GDs from them (at least I don't think I have Tongue ). And, I don't have any yarn in the aqua color, but I do have a slightly darker version, so it's great!

Thanks so much!
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449  Re: Inchies Exchange R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 28, 2009 03:45:27 PM
Wow! More awesomeness than you can shake a stick at Wink

And, here are my sparkly inchies from angel CostumeCat (thanks for angeling for us!):

I love the paw print- it reminds me of a set of paintings I made for my sister a couple of years ago. And, the butterfly one has wings patterned with tiny butterflies!

Thanks again!

And, thanks again to all of the fab folks who made inchies for me! And, thanks to audio and mel for organizing!
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450  Repurposed Nalgene Bottle- "Yarntainer" (with tute) in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: May 17, 2009 09:58:33 AM
I have several Nalgene bottles, and I love them. With all of the recent hubbub about chemicals leaching out of the bottle, I figured I'd play it safe, and switch to a bottle made from another material. But, I didn't want to just throw out the bottles. I decided to convert a couple of them into small "yarntainers" to carry around some small projects.

They were very easy and quick to make (under 2 minutes each!), and I've included the tutorial, should you need it  Wink


Nalgene Bottle
Drill bit (I used a 3/8 ")
Exacto knife
Safety goggles
Short length of yarn
Vise (optional)

1. Put on your safety goggles in case of flying plastic bits.
2. Securely clamp the bottle in the vise (which I didn't do) or hold it securely with one hand (which I did do). If it isn't held in place, the bottle will spin around once the hole is drilled and if you aren't careful, it could fly off and hit something.
3. Screw the top onto the bottle tightly (this makes it safer for you because you can hold the bottle further from the drill, and it conveniently catches most of the little plastic bits).
4. Holding the drill as straight as possible, drill into the center of the lid (there is already a conveniently placed hole to help you get started).
5. Unscrew the lid and use the Exacto knife to trim away the excess plastic.
6. Run the short length of yarn through the opening to check for rough edges, trimming with the Exacto, if necessary.

And that's it!

It's nice to know that I can carry my crochet projects with me when I go hiking Wink

The only drawback so far is that the opening to the bottle is on the small size, and it can be tough to squeeze the yarn through. A longer, skinnier skein works better than a shorter, rounder skein. I can easily fit in a partly used skein of Caron Simply Soft.

Now, I still have a few more bottles to use, but I don't need that many yarn containers. So, I'll be trying to come up with other ways to repurpose a Nalgene bottle... let me know if you have any ideas!

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