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41  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Ralph Wiggum Pumpkin on: October 24, 2010 12:35:32 PM
So, I work at a middle school and each team needed to carve a pumpkin to enter in the carving contest. This was our 6th grade team's entry:



Ralph Wiggum, of The Simpsons fame!

I taped the image (found via Stencilry) onto the pumpkin and went over it with a ball-point pen. Then, with the pen again, I went over the faint tracing lines on the pumpkin skin (I had to guess in a couple of spots because the original tracing didn't make an impression as deep as I had hoped). Then, I grabbed my Speedball linoleum carving tool, fitted with the U-gouge, and went to town! Later, the kids carved out our team designation on the back of the pumpkin.

And, even though I don't think our pumpkin won, it was a big hit with our students!
42  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R4 Gallery on: February 22, 2010 02:18:21 PM
Post 'em when you get 'em!

Original swap post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336216.0

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

craftADDchick: fantasticmio, myklia, kwiltykate
Zombie_Queen: koalascout      
fantasticmio: craftADDchick, kwiltykate, pixieval
myklia: craftADDchick, EKO   
EKO: myklia, kwiltykate, MiLady
beefishie: glambastard   
Willowe: pixieval, LindaP   
shortern: glambastard, tcha345   
MiLady: Sejimara, tcha345, EKO
kwiltykate: fantasticmio, craftADDchick, EKO
koalascout: Mizell, Zombie_Queen, tcha345
Linda P: Willowe      
glambastard: beefishie, shortern, Mizell
tcha345: shortern, koalascout, MiLady
Mizell: glambastard, koalascout   
pixieval: fantasticmio, Willowe   
Sejimara: MiLady   
43  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOUND! 1 Angel Needed for Granny's Daughters Swap Round 5 (crochet) on: February 01, 2010 04:14:28 PM
If you're in the mood to crochet up at least 40 Granny's Daughters (essentially it's the first round of a granny square), then you're in luck! I need one more person as a Swap Angel for the swap.

Please let me know if you're interested! Here's the swap thread if you want to check out the specifics Wink
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330209.0
44  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R4 (CLOSED; SO March 15 2010) on: January 31, 2010 08:53:01 AM
Gallery! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339109.0


Swap name: Little Odd Ball Swap R4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: January 31, 2010 to February 20, 2010
Date to send item by: March 15, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? No

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: YES
- 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 a great little swap that can help you get rid of some of the last bits of yarn you have on hand, and pick up some more in some new colors! Its a fantastic way to add some variety to a scrap afghan, too!

Each person can swap with up to three people (first-time swappers may only swap with one other person).

Send 10 different 10-yard balls (or butterflies or however you prefer to neatly wind them) of yarn to each of your partners, and youll get 10 back from each of your partners!

New for this round! Past rounds of this swap have been for worsted weight acrylic yarn only, but for this one its been opened up to other fiber types as well. If you are willing to SEND AND RECEIVE other fiber types, please indicate this in your questionnaire. You and your partner will communicate to decide on the types of fibers and the number of odd balls of each type. Every effort will be made to partner you with someone who has similar fiber wishes. However, depending on the number of folks signed up, you must also be willing to send/receive acrylic yarn only.

Delivery confirmation required.

Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247707.0
Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249442.0
Round 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252330.0
Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254752.0
Round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275293.0
Round 3 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=279961.0

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Little Odd Ball Swap R4
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name & mailing address including the country. Please type it out 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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Confirm that you understand that a delivery confirmation # is required (or save copy of receipt for international shipping). YES/NO
Would you like to swap with 1, 2 or 3 partners (first time swappers are limited to 1 partner)?
Do you have any allergies (please list any allergies)? YES/NO
Do you have any allergens (pets, smokers, etc.) in your house (please list any allergens)? YES/NO
Would you be willing to SEND and RECEIVE other fiber types besides acrylic? YES/NO
Is there anything else youd like your partner(s) 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 other rules about participating in a swap.


Participants:
1. craftADDchick (3)
2. Zombie_Queen (1)
3. fantasticmio (3)
4. myklia (2)
5. EKO (3)
6. beefishie (1)
7. Willowe (2)
8. shortern (2 or 3)
9. MiLady (3)
10. kwiltykate (3)
11. koalascout (2 or 3)
12. Linda P (1)
13. glambastard (3)
14. tcha345 (3)
15. Mizell (2)   
16. pixieval (2)
17. Sejimara (1)
45  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Little Odd Ball Swap- The Re-mix on: January 18, 2010 06:32:11 PM
So, I've thinking about starting up another round of the Little Odd Ball Swap (swap ten different 10-yard balls of yarn with your partner). Typically it has been worsted acrylic yarn only, but I wanted to open it up to other possibilities, but I'd like some feedback/input/etc.

Should I leave it as ten 10-yard balls of acrylic?
Should I make it 15 balls with at least 10 worsted acrylic and the other 5 available for other yarn types?
Should I keep it at 10 balls but make the fiber content variable?
Should I increase it to 15 yards per ball?
Should I just set it up as it ten 10-yard balls and let partners discuss additional options?

My problem is that I'd love to receive some wool yarns, but don't have much besides acrylic or cotton to swap (I may have some fun fur somewhere). I don't know if anyone wants to send wool and get acrylic or cotton in return...

Anyway, I'd love to hear what you guys think. I'm hoping to get it started after I wrap up the Granny's Daughters swap.
46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stencilled Mesh Produce Bags 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

47  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
48  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
49  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!
50  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




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