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6991  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 05, 2008 05:44:16 AM
craftADDchick - I noticed that you teach -- what grades and what subject? I just started teaching art and remedial reading at a local high school this year myself. Although I love to read, it sure is challenging teaching kids who claim to hate reading....but I think I'm starting to get through to some of them....

For thirteen years I taught 7th and/or 8th grade. This year, I am working at a K-5 school as the science specialist. Quite a change! And, it used to kill me when my students wouldn't want to read during the DEAR time. I would have given anything in Middle School to have a reading break during the day!
6992  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps (sign ups Dec 5-Dec 27, Sendouts Jan18) on: January 04, 2008 03:18:23 PM
I haven't started yet, but I think I have my ideas down. I got side-tracked over vacation, so I'll be working on things this weekend. I think I have all of the materials I need, but I have to find my box of supplies.
6993  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 04, 2008 03:09:09 PM
Wow! You guys have been chatty since I last stopped in! Wink

I've never read (or even heard of) Jasper Fforde. I'm picking up a whole bunch of new authors here!

Last night, I started Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I worked in a middle school last year and we had a DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) period. I bought a ton of books to load up my bookshelf in my classroom to A) Make sure I had books on hand for kids who "forgot" theirs and B) Make sure I had books on hand for kids who "just finished" theirs and wanted to take the entire time walking to the school library...and killing time while there. I read every book before I put it on the shelf so I could make recommendations or talk about a book with the kids, if they were so inclined. I have a large stack of books that I haven't read and that never made it onto the shelf. And, since I'm inn an elementary school and don't have a homeroom, I don't have kids for any free reading time. Plus, most of my books were too high for elementary. So, the books are in boxes on my porch (enclosed porch...so no danger of loss due to snow Wink ), and I'm slowly working my way through the stack of unread ones...

Classics I've picked up...and found to be torture...I'd have to say Howard's End by E.M. Forster (more of a modern classic, but still considered a classic). The only reason I finished it was because I was on a sailboat for 2 weeks and didn't have much access to other books. And, being ecologically minded, I couldn't throw it overboard Wink But, it was one of the most tedious books I've ever read...
6994  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: January 03, 2008 05:32:04 PM
I have Devil in a White City around here somewhere...waiting to be read...You guys are really making me want to organize my book room! I've been itching to do it (as has my sister), but I just haven't had the time. Maybe soon...
6995  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cable Hat! on: January 03, 2008 05:25:46 PM
I bought a couple of skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Plum Heather (or something like that). I'll be making this hat soon! And, someone posted a crocheted cable scarf that I'll be making to match. This is one of my next projects. I just hope I can finish it while it is still winter Wink I'm a slow crocheter...
6996  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Chanson En Crochet in pinky orange sherbert SWS on: January 03, 2008 05:19:59 PM
so how many balls of sws goes into one of these? 4ish?

Darn! I was going to buy the yarn today, but the pattern said about 412 yards...I had 4 skeins in my hands but kind of choked on the price (I'm a cheap yarn kind of girl), even if it was 30% off. I might wait for a better sale, or use a few coupons to buy what I need...maybe I'll go back tomorrow if the yarn is still on sale...because I just did the math and it really isn't as bad as I thought...silly me...

I used almost three balls, I still have a little left over Smiley

awwww, that sucks Sad
I had originally bought 4 balls and just took the extra one back to Michaels yesterday...they were having some kind of sale when I bought it too. I usually get whatever el-cheapo acrylic blend is on sale, but the sws is definitely worth it I think.

Yay! I went back today and got the yarn. I did get 4 balls because I liked it and it was on sale (yes, cheapskate yesterday, spendthrift today...go figure Wink ). I bought it in the Natural Plum colorway because I plan to make it for a friend. Her favorite color is orange but, in case she doesn't like it or won't really wear it, I picked purple tones. She does like purples, too, but I also like purple so if she'd rather have something else, I can wear it! I hardly ever wear orange colors...
6997  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Chanson En Crochet in pinky orange sherbert SWS on: January 02, 2008 07:02:21 PM
so how many balls of sws goes into one of these? 4ish?

I used almost three balls, I still have a little left over Smiley

Darn! I was going to buy the yarn today, but the pattern said about 412 yards...I had 4 skeins in my hands but kind of choked on the price (I'm a cheap yarn kind of girl), even if it was 30% off. I might wait for a better sale, or use a few coupons to buy what I need...maybe I'll go back tomorrow if the yarn is still on sale...because I just did the math and it really isn't as bad as I thought...silly me...
6998  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ JAN on: January 02, 2008 04:56:09 PM
I used an I hook too. My square is only 10 1/2 - 11 inches not stretched any.
Should I add another row of dc, or do you think it will be 12 inches once the weight of the other squares are attached?

For the previous CAL (even though I've only made 3 squares so far), I needed to add rows to every square to get them to be the right size. I just needed to be careful that I didn't add too much (I hate to undo stuff Wink ).
6999  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 12" Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong - SEPTEMBER (final month) on: January 02, 2008 04:43:08 PM
Can't wait to see it! I'm working on my 4th square now...well not at this exact moment since I can't type and crochet (but if I could, my squares would have been done ages ago Wink ). I've got the first 4 rounds of  my January square done.

I've decided to stick with light blue and grey as the color scheme since I am only doing the easy squares now. I had to get some more yarn though, and even though it said it was "no dye lot" yarn, it had a different number on it. Hopefully it matches well enough! As long as I don't use them in the same square, it should be close enough and hopefully no one will notice!
7000  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: January 02, 2008 04:39:36 PM
I love the giraffe Poppet! Her spots and horns came out fantastic, and her name is just so clever!

Very nicely done!

And, I love all of the ideas that everyone is coming up with! I'm guessing that I won't have my machine back this week, but by next weekend, I should be Poppeting!!
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