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71  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Granny's Daughters Swap Round 3- CLOSED on: May 02, 2009 11:35:17 AM
Gallery! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307056.0

Swap name: Grannys Daughters Swap R3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: May 2, 2009 to May 24, 2009 (sign-ups will close at noon)
Date to send item by: June 21, 2009
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?
Age requirement? 13+
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
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 13 years old: 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: New for Round 3! 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 R3
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 13 years old (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
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. whisp3rd (2)
3. mochaxlight (3)
4. fantasticmio (2)
5. Junior_Mint (2)
6. Disco Queen Highness (3)
7. Willowe-first time swapper! (2)
8. myklia (2)
9. Shablina (2)
10. tattooedcrafter (3)
11. bigwdy27-first time swapper! (2)
12. fochaux (3)
13. love2teach (3)
14. DesignVigilante (3)
15.
72  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Amazing Crochet Motif Swap Gallery on: March 17, 2009 03:07:21 PM
Can't wait to see all of the fantastic motifs!

Original Thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293026.0

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


Partners:
craftADDchick: MareMare, fantasticmio
MareMare: craftADDchick, fantasticmio
fantasticmio: craftADDchick, MareMare
playswithneedles: love2teach, Craftineer
love2teach: playswithneedles, Craftineer, myklia
Craftineer: playswithneedles, love2teach
myklia: love2teach, zatanna
zatanna: myklia, zuliblu
zuliblu: zatanna, cejaypi
cejaypi: zuliblu, midnight7649, Wyked
midnight7649: cejaypi, dsdiviny
dsdiviny: Wyked, midnight7649
Wyked: dsdiviny, cejaypi
73  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Abominable Undies on: February 21, 2009 09:27:41 AM
I made these for the Undies Swap-Favorite Themes. One of the themes my partner listed was cryptozoology. The yeti/abominable snowman falls into this category. And, since my partner and I are about the same age, we both probably watched the Rudolph Christmas movie as kids, featuring Bumble, the Abominable Snowmonster.

The front:


The back (of undies- shirt back is plain):


I used store bought undies sent by my partner. The front of the top is fake fur and felt appliqued on. The bottoms have star patches ironed on (to represent the star that Bumble puts on the tree in the movie) and his name stenciled onto the back with fabric paint (using the freezer paper method). My sister has already requested a shirt of her own Wink
74  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / TMNT Undies on: February 21, 2009 09:22:35 AM
I made these for the Undies Swap-Favorite Themes. One of the themes my partner wanted was something along the lines of Underoos (the underwear that's fun to wear), and she had listed TMNT as a love.

The front:


The back:


I used store-bought undies sent by my partner. I used iron-on transfers to decorate the bottoms, along with fabric paint to paint the trim/seams/waistband. The shirt was ribbed, and stretchy, so I had trouble figuring out how to work around that while still having the design look good. The mask is stitched in place in the center front only, and has long ties that can be tied in the back. I love them so much, I'm making a slightly different version for myself!
75  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Amazing Crochet Motif Swap: Send-outs April 6, '09 (New Date) on: February 19, 2009 10:59:26 AM
Amazing Crochet Motif Swap

Swap name: Amazing Crochet Motif Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: February 19, 2009- March 7, 2009
Date to send item by: April 6, 2009 (NEW SEND-OUT DATE)
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
Age requirement? 13+
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
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 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:
For this swap, you will crochet a variety of motifs for 2 partners (experienced swappers can have a 3rd partner, if desired). For each partner, you will need to make a minimum of 5 different motifs that total at least 30 inches. For example, you could make one that was 8 inches, 5 that were 3 inches (15 inches total), and 2 that were 4 inches (8 inches total). That would be 8 motifs with a total of 31 inches. Note: If you are using motifs that are not symmetrical (such as a rectangle), you should use the smallest measurement to calculate your total inches. You should use worsted weight acrylic, unless your partner indicates otherwise.

Delivery confirmation #s are required (if shipping internationally, retain a copy of your shipping receipt and your customs form info).

You must PM your organizer when you send and receive. You must also post pictures of the motifs youve received and publicly thank the sender. Failure to do so will result in comments reflecting this in your swap profile.


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Amazing Crochet Motif Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that you are at least 13 years old (yes/no)
Would you like 2 or 3 partners (new swappers are limited to 2 partners, and may request only one)?:
Do you agree to promptly post pics of the motifs that you receive?
Do you have any allergies (pets, smoke, certain fibers, etc.) that may apply? If so, please list.
Do you have any allergens in your house (pets, smoke, etc.). If so, please list.
Are you interested in motifs made with other types of yarn(novelty yarns, etc.)?
Are there any colors that you would like to avoid in your motifs (i.e. neons, variegateds, pastels, your joining color, etc.)?
Do you want your outside tails woven in (all starting tails and color change tails must be woven in)?  YES/NO
If NO: If you are using the tails to join the motifs, how long do you need the tail to be?
Anything else youd like your partner 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.

Original Discussion Thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288053.0

Resources:
Online:
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/coasters.php
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/smaller_motifs_squares.php
Crochet motifs on the Lion Brand website- you need to register, but its free, and worth it!
Books (check your local library, too!):
Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Melody Griffiths
The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erika Knight
Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers by Suzann Thompson


What can I make with all of my amazing motifs?
1. Afghan (Link)
2. Scarf (Link to free pattern, Link to image, Link to one with motif patterns)
3. Curtains
4. Tote bag (Something like this one, only made with a variety of motifs... like this one! Wink )
5. Shawl
6. Table runner (Link to purchase pattern)
7. Bedspread
8. A dress (Link to picture on Etsy
9. A necklace (Link to a picture in someone's Wists), Link to an Anthropologie necklace (tatted, but a cool idea)
10. Throw pillows
11. 15 ways to use crochet motifs (A list of ideas... but no pictures... not sure about laminating them, however Wink )
12. Frame them for lovely crochet art
13. Add them to the edge of a plain tablecloth
14. Baby Blanket

Gallery!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297226.0
76  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Mary Janes w/Crossover Strap on: February 01, 2009 03:58:03 PM
So, I saw this post and fell in love with the little loafers. I took a peek at the designers shop and saw this pattern. Since I had 2 baby showers coming up, and they were both girls, I decided this was a better bet.

Love them...




77  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Granny's Daughters Swap Round 2 Gallery on: January 28, 2009 07:59:32 PM
Granny's Daughters are on the way!
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285377.0

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



craftADDchick: Knichole, imthecutest81
myklia: imthecutest81, playswithneedles
imthecutest81: craftADDchick, myklia
playswithneedles: myklia, fusbdgt
Knichole: craftADDchick, fusbudgt
fusbdgt: playswithneedles, Knichole
Linda P: tazzsangel19, indigo_roses
tazzsangel19: Linda P, mochaxlight
mochaxlight: tazzsangel19, indigo_roses
indigo_roses: Linda P, mochaxlight

78  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mr. Minty Amigurumi- Now with Pattern! on: January 23, 2009 07:15:35 PM
I found out today that I needed a few Christmas gifts for tomorrow (I wasn't able to get together with a friend before the holidays), and for my friend's daughter, I bought a learn to crochet kit. But, it seemed a bit lacking in the excitement factor (hard to believe, I know), so I crocheted up an example of something that she can learn how to make.

I named him Mr. Minty, because I used mint green yarn (it was handy) for his hair... yes, I am clever  Wink



After I finished him, and gave his pom-pom hair a trim, he was lacking in some way. I put his eyes up a bit higher than I should have, and he had a bit too much face... so I made him a nose...



I like him much better now...  Grin

And, I didn't use a pattern, but I took notes as I went, so I can type them out later if anyone wants...

Here's the pattern! It hasn't been tested by anybody else, so if you find any problems, please let me know so I can make corrections.

Mr. Minty Amigurumi

Materials used:
Small amount of worsted weight acrylic yarn (white for body, mint green for hair)
Size G crochet hook
Pair of 12 mm plastic safety eyes
Yarn needle
Small amount of polyester fiberfil

Notes: Mr. Minty is worked in a spiral. Do not join at the end of each round. I use a stitch marker to mark the last stitch of each round.

Directions:
Start with a magic ring. Great instructions for a magic ring can be found here.

Body
Round 1: 6 sc into ring. (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Round 3: * 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. (18 sc)
Round 4: *2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Repeat from * around. (24 sc)
Round 5: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Repeat from * around. (30 sc)
Round 6: In FRONT LOOP ONLY, 1 sc in each sc around. (30 sc)
Rounds 7-16: 1 sc in each sc around (30 sc)
Round 17: *1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around. (24 sc)
Round 18: *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around. (18 sc)
Round 19: * 1 sc in next sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around. (12 sc)

Insert eyes (or embroider features) and  stuff body. Mr. Mintys eyes are inserted into Round 16.

Round 20: *1 sc in next sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around. (6 sc)
Round 21: 1 sc in next sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around.  Finish off leaving tail to. Add more stuffing, if needed. Use tail to weave opening closed. Lose tail ends in the body.

Nose
Start with a magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc into ring. (6 sc)
Round 2: *1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. (9 sc)
Rounds 3-5: 1 sc in each stitch around. (9 sc)
Finish off, leaving tail to sew to body. Sew nose to body slightly below the eyes. Lose tail ends in the body.

Hair
Make a pom-pom for the hair, and sew to top of the head. Lose tail ends in the body.


79  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Crochet Motif Swap on: January 19, 2009 07:33:45 PM
Official Swap Post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293026.0


So... over at the Granny's Daughters Swap the topic of crocheting shapes other than squares came up. And, inspired by this amazing motif blanket, the idea of a motif swap came up...

A couple of questions to start things off:

Would you rather have one partner and send them several different motifs?
Notes: You might have a better chance at requesting certain colors
You'd save on postage
You'd have to find multiple motif patterns

Or several partners and you send the same motif to each person?
Notes: You'd have a hard time getting specific colors and might have to take what you can get (or maybe limit your request to a "not this color" kind of thing)
You'd have more postage...
You'd only have to do one motif

I was thinking of starting after the Granny's Daughters Swap is over... so sign-ups in late February, send outs in March

If one partner/several motifs is preferred... how many motifs?
If many partners/one motif is preferred... how many partners?

What else are you thinkin'?
80  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Granny's Daughters Swap Round 2- Signups Closed: Sendouts February 21, 2009 on: January 03, 2009 12:36:34 PM
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289576.0

Swap name: Grannys Daughters Swap R2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: January 3, 2009 to January 24, 2009
Date to send item by: February 21, 2009
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?
Age requirement? 13+
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
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 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:

This is Round 2 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.

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 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 R2
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 13 years old (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:
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
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:
1. craftADDchick
2. fusbdgt
3. indigo_roses
4. myklia
5. Linda P
6. mochaxlight
7. imthecutest81
8. Knichole
9. playswithneedles
10.tazzsangel19


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