I received from baa-me-chick today! I had loads of fun unwrapping everything, especially since the lost parcel that I sent to her (the one that went to the Netherlands for some obscure reason only sorting computers can fathom) arrived in Scotland yesterday! Yay! So I didn't have to feel guilty and was free to appreciate all the nice stuff that she sent. She went with two of my themes, Britain and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You cannot go wrong with either of them, really... just walking into a store with touristy British items and picking things randomly will (almost) do ... and who can resist Buffy and her gang!
Anyway, here goes:
Everything in the box. She's even got a crafty swap lady business card!
The ball, the two patterns (one for the handspun used for the magic yarn ball, the other one for the other yummi yarn) and some extra yarn.
Closeup of the barn - LOVE the handspun! - with a pretty tartan ribbon
All the goodies from left to right: two nice balls of brown soft merino, some shortbread and Yorkshire boiled sweets, the British/Scottish good stuff (keychains, Edinburgh castle coaster, tartan ribbon, iron on Scottie (yay), a funky green pen on a stand with a little highland cow on top, two cute Westhighland White Terrier buttons, a bracelet with shrinky charms, handmade soaps with thistle and celtic knot pattern, a ... mystery item with a shrinky charm of a highland cow), Buffy goodies (fridge magnets with pictures, crochet and knitting stitch markers that spell B U F F Y and S L A Y E R, a little blank book "Buffy forever" ), the two balls of yarn for the two patterns (a cowl pattern for the handspun, a scarflette crochet pattern for the mirage yarn)
mystery item (shawl closure thingie?)
very cool British bracelet:
closeup of the yarn for the crochet pattern:
Thanks baa-me-chick - I loved your MYB package!! I hope you'll have fun unpacking, too (last I heard she waited for a new camera before unwinding the ball.. )!
since I've already had two people asking me about how I made these baskets, I thought I'd share it here. It's really very simple and I'm sure it has been done before, that's why I didn't post it earlier. I have no progress pictures, but I think it's simple enough you'll get the idea anyway. These are some of my finished baskets. I gave some away and I've got a couple around the house to store yarn (yes.. what else.. ).
And this is how I make them:
- with a 15mm crochet hook choose random yarn, anything from 6-10 strands held together at the same time, depending on the thickness - if the fabric is too stiff or too loose remove or add strands - first crochet a base, starting with a magic circle and 6sc in it, close the round with a slip stitch - start each new round with ch 1, always close with a slip stitch - crochet a base until you like the size for it, increasing 6 stitches every round - I follow the usual system that gives you a hexagon, it won't really show in the finished basket (6 sc the first round, 2 in every stitch the second round (12 stitches), repeat 1 sc/2 in next stitch for round 3 (18 stitches), repeat 2 sc/2 in next stitch for round 4 (24 stitches) ... and so on - when the base is big enough, flip it over so the pretty side is on the inside of the basket - the sides are crocheted the same, only without increases. Always end with a slip stitch. Spiraling up will result in a rather big bump at the end. - the first row of the side rows I crochet into the back loop only to get a nice edge - whenever a strand runs out, just replace it with another one (or two if the thickness is different), I simply make a knot and tuck in the ends later - tuck the ends away and make something pretty to decorate your basket.
Have fun making your own! I find they're cheap and quick gifts, useful and pretty. Be warned though: They eat up lots of yarn.
I'd be happy to see pictures of somebody else's baskets here!
I'm really excited about this swap.. sounds like we're going to have fun! Now everyone is posting their wish lists I've been inspired.. I would actually love a skirt, too, a long patchwork style one .. but I think my list is long enough already.
Speaking of things I can make, I'll mention these bowls/baskets that I've been making to destash:
I'd love to knit fingerless gloves / mitts.. or crochet a slouchy hat.. any excuse to buy yummy yarn will be fine with me .. crocheting or knitting clothes like cardigans or jumpers intimidates me, though.. I was pretty excited to actually knit a vest for myself this winter.. and it does fit ok, so I'm happy enough with it. But anything that has to fit properly, be assembled.. it scares me
I'm so pleased with the stash busting I've done with this, I have to share:
I had so many little balls of yarn lying around, and also lots of yarn I was given by my grandma or other people.. stuff they didn't use since their crafting days seem to be over, but unfortunately I hated lots of it. But couldn't bring myself to throw it out, of course, even if it was the cheapest and squeakiest acrylic ever. So this was perfect... I got rid of so much unwanted yarn.
My husband is a bit nonplussed about these bowls. "What are you going to use them for, though" was his standard comment to these. Well... the big ones are perfect for storing yarn I didnt' take a picture of the biggest one that came out a bit lumpy. But right now it's serving as a pretty yarn bowl next to my favorite armchair.
The big one in the above picture actually has a bottom made of fabric strips, which is great for adding stiffness and helps keep its shape. Unfortunately I hate cutting those strips from old clothes.. you cut and you cut and you crochet it so quickly, it's very frustrating.
I made this for an aunt of mine who, having fought breast cancer two years ago, has now been diagnosed with cancer of the liver and the hipbones. She's the optimistic type and manages to be really supportive towards her husband. I made her this journal to maybe write down some thoughts or to have other people write something in it for her when they visit her at the hospital... or for whatever she wants to use it for. I used dried leaves from the vine growing on our house that I feel go really well with the poem by Robert Frost (Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...)
Ok, finally I'm getting round to posting pics. I'm truly sorry for making you all wait that long!! Taerowyn, I really appreciate your package, it's just been a busy time... but here we go:
Really cool journal that I have to use for something special. It's so pretty!
T-Shirt stencilled with a mermaid (based on "Go and catch a falling star" by John Donne:
It's a perfect colour, and I love the stencil - it came out so well! Unfortunately it is a tiny bit too tight, it does fit, but I'm not that comfortable wearing it. Since I was planning on losing a little weight (if I can be bothered), there's still hope though. I DO wear this a lot, though (also based on the Donne poem). Action shot first:
and detail of the falling star:
I'm wearing this around the house all the time, it's perfect! Not as warm as a wooly scarf, just right for indoors at the chilly time of the year.
And last but not least, "Armwarmers that a fox might wear" :
I'm glad you didn't knit them to fit a fox, my arms are pretty thin, but not that thin I've already worn them, it's getting chilly outside and they're just the thing if you don't want to wear mittens or gloves.
Thanks a lot Taerowyn!! I've really enjoyed this swap and it was a great package!
Sorry phantomsiren for the delay in posting, I received your package last Friday, with my husband's 40th birthday party on Saturday looming over me. But here goes:
A knitted purse with the Apple Macintosh logo, two absolutely delightful DC Death Delirium fishies and another item for the Gaiman geek, a key which I've decided must be Door's key, not Helena's, and a totally cute little pouch - I love the yarn, is it handspun?
I think I'll use some thin thread to hang the fishies and the key in front of a window.. I could never make anything this pretty from wire, I'm seriously impressed
And two geeky shirts!
Detail of the RPG shirt (I love to get the better of our game master's evil guys with a well placed crit hit I hope this'll be a lucky shirt)
I really liked my package, and the colours are just me - thanks phantoms!
I'm so glad you liked yours, too, I had light panic attacks and serious swap anxiety
This was my first attempt at sewing clothes: A dress for my daughter. Since it was my first time reading a pattern I messed it up a little - the neckline is too low, because I didn't realise the pattern wanted me to cut an additional piece just like the shape of the neckline to use as a "background" (no idea what it's called in English, the piece of fabric you use for strengthening the armholes and stuff..).. so I accidentally cut that part off the dress itself.. I figured out what I had done wrong, but I didn't have enough fabric to start all over again. All in all I'm pretty pleased, though. It has a hidden zipper at the back, and that worked out really well.