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81  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Granny's Daughters Swap R8- SU CLOSED!; SO July 18, 2011 on: June 12, 2011 03:41:23 PM

Photo courtesy of Disco Queen Highness Smiley

Gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383903.0


Swap name: Grannys Daughters Swap R8
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: June 12, 2011 to June 26, 2011 (sign-ups will close at noon, EST)
Date to send item by: July 18, 2011
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No restriction

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 8 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. Unlike earlier rounds, ALL OUTSIDE TAILS WILL NOT BE WOVEN IN. 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. Thanks!

NEW OPTION! The Variegated Twist! Choose a variegated yarn and make at least 5 GDs with that yarn. Then, find at least 4 coordinating solids and make at least 6 GDs of each solid color. Every effort will be made to partner you up with at least one partner who is interested in the Varigated Twist (once allergies and out of country restrictions are taken care of).

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Grannys Daughters Swap R8
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (formatted 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 Delivery Confirmation # 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
Are you interested in the Variegated Twist?
YES/NO
Confirm that you understand that:
A) All starting tails must be woven in: YES/NO
B) 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 or 2)
2. SaralaAnne (3)
3. HeatherWeavie (2)
4. Ffrog526 (3)
5. Kittymom13 (2 or 3)
6. IdlersDesign (1 or 2)
7. Rosie1981 (2 or 3)
8. SnB (3)
9. Beautifully Frayed (2)
10. Sandroo (2)
11. meggy_doodle (3)
12. Amigurumi4Life (3)
13. that1girl (2)
14. Seereeoslee (2 or 3)
15. ShannonMB (3)
16. myklia (1 or 2)
17. koalascout (up to 3)
82  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Crochet Granny's Daughters Swap R8- New ideas... on: May 14, 2011 09:12:37 AM
So, I'm hoping to start another round of the Granny's Daughters swap (Round 7: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376565.0) and a couple of ideas have been bouncing around in my brain. I'd like your feedback to know if they'd make good additions to the swap:

1) In an off-site discussion, it was suggested that everyone weave in their own tails to:
A) Make it fair so you don't have to weave in tails for your partner while your partner doesn't have to weave in tails for you
B) Make sure your tails are woven in just the way you like them

2) If we're not weaving in tails does that include the starting tails, too?

3) If we're not weaving in the tails, should we increase the number of GDs being sent to each partner (currently 40), and if so, how many?

4) Would you be interested in an added twist to the swap using variegated yarns? You would need to choose a variegated yarn to make a handful of GDs and then make the rest of the GDs in solid colors that coordinate with the variegated yarn.

5) If you think the variegated twist is a fun idea, how many solid colors (as a minimum) should you send?

Okay, that's what I have for ideas right now. Happy to take more! And comments on the ideas, too, of course Wink

And, for the timeframe, I'm thinking of starting sign-ups next month and having send-outs in July. I have to be careful with my end-of-school schedule, so that's not a solid timeline...
83  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Granny's Daughters Swap R7 Gallery on: April 20, 2011 02:12:22 PM
Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376565.0

Can't wait to see pictures of granny's adorable daughters! Wink


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


craftADDchick
: Seereeoslee
myklia: tracethekat, mandys_momma
OnePinkHippo: mangospanker, froggmomma
tracethekat: Disco Queen Highness, mandys_momma, myklia
kaz814: koalascout
mangospanker: froggmomma, Kittymom13, OnePinkHippo
mandys_momma: Disco Queen Highness, tracethekat, myklia
Disco Queen Highness: tracethekat, mandys_momma
froggmomma: mangospanker, OnePinkHippo
IdlersDesign: Kittymom13, koalascout, average_fan
Seereeosle: craftADDchick, average_fan
koalascout: kaz814, Kittymom13, IdlersDesign
Kittymom13: mangospanker, koalascout, IdlersDesign
average_fan: Seereeoslee, IdlersDesign
84  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Granny's Daughters Swap R7- SU Closed ; SO May 7, 2011 on: March 26, 2011 05:41:53 PM


Swap name: Grannys Daughters Swap R7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: March 26, 2011 to April 16, 2011 (sign-ups will close at noon, EST)
Date to send item by: May 7, 2011
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 7 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 R7
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (formatted 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 (1 or 2)
3. OnePinkHippo (2)
4. tracethekat (up to 3)
5. kaz814 (1)
6. mangospanker (3)
7. mandys_momma (3)
8. Disco Queen Highness (2)
9. froggmomma (2)
10. IdlersDesign (3)
11. Seereeoslee (2) -First time swapper!
12. koalascout (3)
13. Kittymom13 (3)
14. average_fan (2)



Gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378792.0
85  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyeing to Experiment! on: January 01, 2011 05:28:31 PM
I've wanted to try dyeing some yarn for several years, but never made the time to do it. I had the book One Skein that I bought ages ago for a gift and had planned to dye up some yarn to go with it. Problem was, I lost the book and didn't want to give the yarn without it, so I didn't rush to do it. I finally found the book and decided that it was time to jump in. I checked out a couple of posts (here and here) on dyeing with Kool-aid, and got the tip to use food coloring, too.

I didn't have a big enough microwave-safe dish, so I just used a pot on the stove. I added vinegar to the water and just let the yarn simmer for a while...

I split an 8 oz. skein of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool into 3 smaller skeins (I used my kitchen scale to weigh out 2.6 oz). Since I had Kool-aid already on hand (purchased a while ago for the project), I started with that. I like how the yarn came out, but the colors were not what I was expecting.



On the left is orange (2 packets used, and it's a little more orange in real life), in the middle is cherry lemonade (2 packets of cherry and then I added 2 packets of lemonade because I thought that it would be too pink) and on the right is tropical punch (2 packets used). I did the tropical punch first and it wasn't as purple as I expected, so I skipped the grape I had been planning to use (I'll just drink it- grape is my favorite flavor!).

When I got an extra week for gift-making due to the weather, I picked up another skein of wool and some Wilton food coloring pastes. I started with the violet and found that I ended up with clumps of dye at the bottom of the pan (and on the yarn), so I pre-dissolved the other colors for the other batches. I also had no idea how much to use, and I used a bit more than I needed for the violet and blue (I had it figured out a bit better by the green). The water in the pot didn't turn clear for these, and I probably should have rinsed the yarn a bit better than I did, because I got a bit of purple on my fingers when I made the hanks. I did let my SIL know that she should probably rinse it before she uses it.



On the left is violet, in the center is delphinium blue (which came out much more purple in some spots and more blue in others) and on the right is moss green (which is my favorite).

I enjoyed it so much, that I picked up some more yarn (thank goodness for 50% off coupons) and 2 more dye colors (royal blue and teal/aqua {I forget what it's called}) so I can play around with some color mixing. I think I'll also try changing the amount of yarn that I dye each batch (I think I'll do 1 oz batches) to see if I can get more uniform color on the yarn. I plan on trying again in a couple of weeks when I have a bit of free time.
86  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!
87  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   
88  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
89  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)
90  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.
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