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81  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'?
82  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


83  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: 2009 12" Squares (w/pattern links) on: December 29, 2008 08:27:33 AM
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!

January- Esther’s Square

February- Center Heart Square (and special thanks to yellowduckie for finding another link to the pattern for me!)

March- Irish Rose
--I had to make some corrections to the pattern {thanks fantastic.mio for double checking them!}and they are noted in red, and I may need to take it down if the author disapproves. But for now, it's a PDF that you can download, and I added a handy-dandy checklist to the end of the pattern to help make it a little bit more clear... I hope Wink . The actual pattern is only about 2 pages long. The rest of the file is the checklist.

April- Arches
- I only noticed a very minor correction: In rounds 9, 10 and 11 to finish the round it says to "join to 4th ch of beg ch 3." So, since you only have 3 chains, you just have to join to the 3rd chain Wink

May- Victorian Dream Square- I just have a couple of clarifications (may be unnecessary, but they were spots where I had to stop, rip out, and do over Wink ):
On round 5, where it says "skip next ch," you'll be crocheting into the chain (the 2nd "link"), and not into the space formed by the 3 ch
On round 6, it starts "ch 9, tr in last ch-1 sp made" but it made more sense if I read it "in last ch-1 sp made ch 9 and tr"
On round 7, it says "dc in each sc and each ch-1 sp across" but I don't think I had any ch-1 spaces (but maybe I goofed in the previous round...)

June- Bold Squares
Again, a couple of clarifications:
Round 3- I think  that there is a "ch1, skip next sc" missing from the section in brackets []. It appears before the brackets, but it seems like that bit should also be within the brackets. And, because of the repeat from * to *, that the missing bit should go at the start of the section in brackets. So, I think Round 3 should read:

Round 3: In BLO for this round, ch 3, dc in next 3 sc, [*ch 1, skip next sc, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next sc (corner made), ch 1, skip next sc*, dc in next 5 sc] 3 times, and * to * once more, dc next sc, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

But, if that doesn't seem right... just ignore that bit Wink

On Round 12- It says "3 dc in ch 2 loop" but, in keeping with the other rounds like it, I did "3 sc in ch 2 loop."


July- Lovely in Green- No corrections! Yay!

August- Popin' Square
I noticed only 2 minor corrections:
The directions for the PC (Popcorn) should read: 5 dc in same sp, pull hook out of loop, put into top of 1st dc, pick up dropped loop and pull through.
And in Round 8, it should start off as: Rnd 8: Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 dc...

September-Vera's Spike Stitch Diasy, a pattern created by mochaxlight!

ETA (9/17/09): Pattern corrections/clarifications are here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284599.msg3702498#msg3702498

October- Op-Art Afghan Square- I've been in touch with the pattern designer, and she may be making some changes to the pattern directions. In the meantime, I'm posting my notes here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284599.msg3725925#msg3725925

ETA (10/12/09)- The author has made some changes to the pattern, so you may want to check out the updated version!

November- Hometown Square: This square was pretty straightforward! There are some very minor corrections, I think, but I can't seem to find my notes at the moment. I'll update here when I do (or if someone else figures out what they are Wink ). Found them!
Round 6: There is one set of "dc in each of the next 14 dc of prev row" missing.
Round 7: I had to look up how to do a "decrease dc over next 4 sts" and this is what I did: *YO, insert hook in first stitch, YO, pull through stitch, YO, pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * for next 3 stitches, the YO, pull through all 5 loops. Ch 1 to close.
Round 8: It looked neater when I worked into the closing ch 1 (of the dc decrease) when I did my 4 dc in the top of each "peak"

December- Guardian Angel 1, Guardian Angel 2, Guardian Angel 3
There are 3 variations for this block, but the angel is made the same for each block. The halo is a 3-dimensional bit and, while it is attached to the angel, it doesn't get crocheted "into" the block; it actually curves out across the angel's forehead. I don't think there were any pattern corrections, and I found that stitch markers were helpful...




Post pics of your completed squares here so we can cheer each other on throughout the year Wink

Note: There is also a sister CAL on Ravelry with a different set of squares, so you can use those squares as "filler" squares to make an even larger afghan!
84  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Three and a Half Dishcloth (w/pattern) on: December 07, 2008 11:02:51 AM
Not long ago, I took an intro to crochet class to see if I could pick up some things to help me crochet a bit better. Since I already knew the stitches being taught, I had a tendency to do my own thing. So, while we were supposed to be practicing our treble crochet, I made a dishcloth instead. I did include the treble crochet, so I was sort of doing what I was supposed to be doing Wink



It's pretty much 3 rows of hdc, followed by a row of trc. I did that 3 times, and ended with 3 rows of hdc. Then I put an edging on it.

I've written out the pattern, but I didn't test it (I wrote it after I finished), so I'm not 100% sure it makes sense. Let me know if you see anything I need to fix or clarify Smiley

Note: Turning chains count as first stitch of next row
Chain 27 (25  ch + 2 turning chains)
Row 1: hdc in fourth chain from hook; hdc across, ch 2, turn
Row 2: hdc across, ch 2, turn
Row 3: hdc across, ch 4, turn
Row 4: trc across, ch 2, turn

Rows 5 & 6: hdc across, ch 2, turn
Row 7: hdc across, ch 4, turn
Row 8: trc across, ch 2, turn

Rows 9-12: repeat rows 5-8

Rows 13-15: hdc across, ch 2, turn (At end of row 15, chain 1 only)

Edging: sc, chain 3 around. Along top and bottom edges, two hdc were skipped between each sc. Along sides, one sc into ends of first and third rows of hdc (or top and bottom of trc). Fasten off. Or,work desired edging.

85  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3 Gallery on: November 24, 2008 06:56:10 PM
Post all of your little balls of loveliness here Wink

Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275293.0


blue= sent
green= received
orange= received & posted pics
purple= feedback left
red= contact the organizer!

RondaS (3)
Receiving From: fusbudgt,Daniethanas, Scream-a-little
Sending To: craftADDchick, Scream-a-little, myklia

craftADDchick (3)
Receiving From: RondaS, Linda P, crazy4bags
Sending To: myklia, cheyelizabeth, esmecraftin

fusbdgt (2)
Receiving From: esmecraftin, cowgirlz101
Sending To: RondaS, myklia

Daniethanas (1)
Receiving From: lucy van pelt
Sending To: RondaS

Scream-a-little (2)
Receiving From: RondaS, imthecutest81
Sending To: Ronda S, thanate

myklia (3)
Receiving From: RondaS, fusbudgt, craftADDchick
Sending To: thanate, KRB, Linda P

Linda P (3)
Receiving From: Rumpazel, KRB, myklia
Sending To: craftADDchick, Rumpazel, MommyMac

KRB (3)
Receiving From: thanate, myklia, cheyelizabeth
Sending To: Linda P, MommyMac, crazy4bags

cowgirlz101 (2)
Receiving From: sunspotted, esmecraftin
Sending To: sunspotted, fusbdgt

imthecutest81 (1)
Receiving From: crazy4bags
Sending To: Scream-a-little

cheyelizabeth (2)
Receiving From: craftADDchick, sunspotted
Sending To: esmecraftin, KRB

Mysterious (1)
Receiving From: thanate
Sending To: esmecraftin

thanate (3)
Receiving From: myklia, MommyMac, Scream-a-little
Sending To: sunspotted, Mysterious, KRB

crazy4bags (2)
Receiving From: KRB, sunspotted
Sending To: imthecutest81, craftADDchick

MommyMac (2)
Receiving From: Linda P, KRB
Sending To: lucy van pelt, thanate

esmecraftin (3)
Receiving From: craftADDchick, cheyelizabeth, Mysterious
Sending To: sunspotted, fusbudgt, cowgirlz101

lucy van pelt (1)
Receiving From: MommyMac
Sending To: Daniethanas

Rumpazel (1)
Receiving From: Linda P
Sending To: Linda P

sunspotted (3)
Receiving From: cowgirlz101, esmecraftin, thanate
Sending To: crazy4bags, cowgirlz101, cheyelizabeth


86  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Shepherd's Pie in a Pumpkin on: November 02, 2008 06:04:42 PM




While shopping for a pumpkin in order to roast the seeds, I started chatting with the gal at the farm stand. She told me that they had 2 kinds of pumpkins and that one was better for seeds and one was better for pies... or making shepherd's pie. Well, I couldn't let that get by me, so I asked her how...

Get a medium-sized pumpkin and cut off the top (cut a wide opening). Scoop out the seeds and scrape out all of the stringy bits with a strong metal spoon. Sprinkle in some brown sugar (I rubbed it around on the inside, and also sprinkled in a little cinnamon and nutmeg). Then, layer in your shepherd's pie ingredients. I cooked up some ground beef with onion (took about 1/2 to 3/4 pound), put in some frozen corn with a few dots of butter, then added in the frozen carrot/pea mix (which I never usually put in shepherd's pie... but I was leaving out the potatoes, so I needed something). I added a few more dots of butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then, I wrapped the lid in foil, and placed it on top. I put the whole pumpkin in a glass dish (I used a pie plate, but a metal cookie sheet with edges would work just as well), and baked it (make sure it fits in the oven... you may have to adjust the shelves) at 350 degrees until the pumpkin was cooked (it took about 2 hours). When serving, scoop out some of the pumpkin along with everything else. Delicious!!

I think the only thing I might change is to put in a small can of creamed corn (we never used it when I was a kid, it was always just frozen corn), to make it a bit "saucier." Although, when the pumpkin got a bit mashed in, it didn't really need it!

Now, I'm thinking I'd like to try a pumpkin stuffed with some ground turkey and cranberries, topped with a bit of stuffing... I'll have to get another pumpkin (and some stuffing)!


87  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Obama Campaign Poster Notebook on: October 26, 2008 06:13:06 PM
This summer, my uncle was expressing his political views, and he happened to mention that he didn't agree with the teachers' union. When I called him on it (I'm a teacher), he said he meant the NEA (National Education Association). He's also not an Obama fan. So, when I was at the state teachers' union summer conference, I managed to snag a campaign poster. I converted it in to a graph paper notebook using my Bind-It-All. Hopefully, he'll get it tomorrow. I wanted to give it to him myself, but it didn't work out. I hope he knows I'm teasing him...  Grin

Front:


Back:


I did tell my mum that if he really doesn't appreciate it, that I'll take it back...
88  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3: Signups CLOSED- Sendouts Dec. 5, 2008 on: October 24, 2008 04:33:40 PM
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=279961.0

Swap name: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: October 24, 2008 to November 21, 2008
Date to send item by: December 5, 2008
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? 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: 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 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 your wads) of worsted acrylic yarn to each of your partners, and youll get 10 back from each of your partners!

Please send on time! You can get these balls wound up way ahead of time and send as soon as you get your partner!

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


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap Round 3
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 are at least 13 years old (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?
Do you have any allergens (pets, smokers, etc.) in your house?
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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

PARTICPANTS AND PARTNERS:

1. craftADDchick
2. myklia
3. fusbdgt
4. KRB
5. Daniethanas
6. LindaP
7. sunspotted
8. RondaS
9. cowgirlz101
10. Scream-a-little
11. imthecutest81- First time swapper! Yay!
12. CheyElizabeth
13. Mysterious
14. thanate
15. crazy4bags
16. MommyMac
17. esmecraftin
18. lucy van pelt
19. Rumpazel- First time swapper! Yay!

PARTNERS:
RondaS (3)
Receiving From: fusbudgt, Daniethanas, Scream-a-little
Sending To: craftADDchick, Scream-a-little, myklia

craftADDchick (3)
Receiving From: RondaS, Linda P, crazy4bags
Sending To: myklia, cheyelizabeth, esmecraftin

fusbdgt (2)
Receiving From: esmecraftin, cowgirlz101
Sending To: RondaS, myklia

Daniethanas (1)
Receiving From: lucy van pelt
Sending To: RondaS

Scream-a-little (2)
Receiving From: RondaS, imthecutest81
Sending To: Ronda S, thanate

myklia (3)
Receiving From: RondaS, fusbudgt, craftADDchick
Sending To: thanate, KRB, Linda P

Linda P (3)
Receiving From: Rumpazel, KRB, myklia
Sending To: craftADDchick, Rumpazel, MommyMac

KRB (3)
Receiving From: thanate, myklia, cheyelizabeth
Sending To: Linda P, MommyMac, crazy4bags

cowgirlz101 (2)
Receiving From: sunspotted, esmecraftin
Sending To: sunspotted, fusbdgt

imthecutest81 (1)
Receiving From: crazy4bags
Sending To: Scream-a-little

cheyelizabeth (2)
Receiving From: craftADDchick, sunspotted
Sending To: esmecraftin, KRB

Mysterious (1)
Receiving From: thanate
Sending To; esmecraftin

thanate (3)
Receiving From: myklia, MommyMac, Scream-a-little
Sending To: sunspotted, Mysterious, KRB

crazy4bags (2)
Receiving From: KRB, sunspotted
Sending To: imthecutest81, craftADDchick

MommyMac (2)
Receiving From: Linda P, KRB
Sending To: lucy van pelt, thanate

esmecraftin (3)
Receiving From: craftADDchick, cheyelizabeth, Mysterious
Sending To: sunspotted, fusbudgt, cowgirlz101

lucy van pelt (1)
Receiving From: MommyMac
Sending To: Daniethanas

Rumpazel (1)
Receiving From: Linda P
Sending To: Linda P

sunspotted (3)
Receiving From: cowgirlz101, esmecraftin, thanate
Sending To: crazy4bags, cowgirlz101, cheyelizabeth


89  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Melted Record Bowl and Bound Album Cover Book on: September 04, 2008 05:41:32 PM
Well, I know it's been done a million times, but this was my first attempt, and I'm tickled with how well it came out. I needed a quick birthday present for my musician sister-in-law for our family get-together tomorrow night. So, a stop at the local thrift store to nab a few albums, a quick check of a tutorial and the rest is history.

In a fantastic fluke, the bowl melted into a triangular shape with very well formed "ripples." The second photo shows the bowl a bit better. And then, I took the cover and used my Bind-It-All (which I've had since Christmas but finally had a chance to try recently- so much fun!!), and trimmed a bunch of graph paper (I hadn't intended to trim the paper, but I goofed with the BIA and had to trim the covers down a bit).

So, here is the lovely "Hooked on Classics" gift set!





Yay!
90  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jute Twine Trivet on: August 18, 2008 03:34:24 PM
So, my mom's birthday was Friday, and somehow, I didn't remember in time to pick up a gift certificate to her favorite store. And, since I was leaving early to head to her house, the store wasn't open for me to get one. So, around midnight, I decided that I would attempt to crochet her a trivet/hotpad using jute twine. Because time was short, and I was tired, I decided to stick with the basic granny square. It was a little bit rough on the fingers (so I may wear a band-aid or two the next time), but it came together quickly and the jute was easier to crochet with than I expected. I used a K hook and about 3/4 of the ball of twine (purchased at Home Depot...I bought the heavy duty twine).



I may make a circular one next to make it a little more rigid.
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