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101  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / (Superhero) Granny's Daughters Swap R5 Gallery on: January 03, 2010 04:48:50 PM
Superhero Grannies, Unite! (AKA Post your fabulous Granny's Daughters here)

Original post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330209.0

Status:
Sent
Received
Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

craftADDchick
: fantasticmio, koalascout
myklia: Willowe, pertelot   
fantasticmio: craftADDchick, pertelot, koalascout
OnePinkHippo: Catrinau      
Raesmom: Willowe, grannylove60   
Catrinau: whisp3rd, OnePinkHippo, koalascout
Willowe: Raesmom, myklia   
grannylove60: Raesmom      
pertelot: myklia, fantasticmio   
whisp3rd: Catrinau      
koalascout: fantasticmio, Catrinau, craftADDchick



ANGELS!
myklia will angel for OnePinkHippo
Willowe will angel for koalascout
fantasticmio will angel for Raesmom
sarahj2001 will angel for whisp3rd
102  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / CLOSED: 2010 12" Squares CAL (with pattern links) 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
103  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / (Superhero) Granny's Daughters Swap R5-CLOSED! Send Outs: January 19, 2010 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!
104  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Granny's Daughters Swap R4 Gallery on: October 08, 2009 04:02:44 PM
Post pics so we can ooh and aah over all of the cute little GDs!

(Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321598.0)

Sent
Received
Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer


Partners:

craftADDchick
: EssHaych, Raesmom
grannylove60: Froggmomma, chobah
EssHaych: craftADDchick, myklia
myklia: MiLady, EssHaych
MiLady: mochaxlight, myklia, fantasticmio
Froggmomma: grannylove60, Ffrogg526
Raesmom: craftADDchick, fantasticmio
mochaxlight: MiLady,insane_aktor
fantasticmio: Raesmom, MiLady, Ffrogg526
insane_aktor: mochaxlight, Froggmomma
chobah: grannylove60, Ffrogg526
Ffrogg526: fantasticmio, chobah, insane_aktor




105  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Granny's Daughters Swap R4- Sign-ups Closed; Send-outs Nov. 2, 2009 on: September 18, 2009 01:30:14 PM


Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=323840.0


Swap name: Grannys Daughters Swap R4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: September 18, 2009 to October 3, 2009 (sign-ups will close at midnight)
Date to send item by: November 2, 2009
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/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 3 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! 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 R4
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as it should appear on the package):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
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? 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 (2)
2. fantasticmio (2 or 3)
3. mochaxlight (2)
4. Raesmom (2)
5. Froggmomma (2)
6. MiLady (3)
7. myklia (2)
8. EssHaych (2)
9. grannylove60 (2) First Time Swapper!
10. insane_aktor (2)
11. chobah (2) First time swapper!
12. Ffrogg526 (2 or 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!
106  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mathilda the Jellyfish 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
107  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Triskele Motif (with pattern) 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.


108  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / My First Fused Glass Pieces 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...
109  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / My First Shirts Printed with the Yudu 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
110  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Crochet Motif Swap- Scavenger Hunt Style? on: June 15, 2009 04:01:07 PM
So, in the first round of the Amazing Crochet Motif Swap (here's the gallery), MareMare suggested that we do it as a scavenger hunt, with categories that the motifs need to fit into. She suggested a few categories:


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Oh, and I totally hope this becomes a frequent swap, I just had an idea that it would be really cool to maybe combine it with the scavenger hunt type swap?? Where there are a couple categories to fulfill?

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1. 1 motif is a flower
2. 1 motif has at least 3 colors
3. 1 motif uses ____ stitch  (front post double crochet ,puff, double triple crochet, bouliion)
4. 1 motif is lacy
5. 1 motif is tiny (less than 3 inches)
6. 1 motif is worked _________ (diagonally, in the round, in rows)
7. sender's choice

Something like that? It's fun to randomly pick them all out, just thinking it might be fun to have a bit of a challenge too, especially if we did this every couple months? I had a blast and it totally fits into my schedule to have this kind of on the go project!

Anyone else interested? Do you have suggestions for any other themes?

Let's hear your ideas!
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