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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gimme some handspun and watch me fly! on: February 18, 2008 10:17:58 PM
A couple months back, I got the most awesome skein of handspun from inle_rah in a swap.
I promised myself I would use it strictly to knit stuff for myself, because I usually end up neglected
So far, I've knit an Urchin and a pair of Fetching from it, and I am wondering what to do with the little bit that's left over.
So here they are:



This is the original skein, by the way. Every inch of this yarn is just riveting.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Man in Black on: January 02, 2008 10:39:00 PM
Since I saw the "Radical Knitting and Subversive Crochet" exhibit in NYC last February, I'd been wanting to try to knit portraits.

With my Mom's SO's birthday coming up, DH had the perfect idea - why not knit a portrait of Johnny Cash?

So I made a gauge swatch, prepared graph paper according to the gauge, photoshopped a photo of The Man, copied it onto a chart, and charted the words (from "Sam Hall") and got to work.

The colorwork is a combination between stranded and intarsia - since it's going to be mounted on a piece of felt backing I didn't really care about the appearance of the WS.
I'm two weeks late with it. Knitting through having two sick kids and no sleep at night, to name a few, does not go particularly fast...

Anyhoo, I'm really proud of myself for this, and now just have to be willing to part with it and give it to its rightful owner...
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Monty Python Swap R2 Gallery! on: December 10, 2007 11:02:44 AM
Put your silliness here!

Yum ti buckety, rum ting patoo, ni ni ni, yaowwwwwww!!!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Moebius on: November 27, 2007 03:15:33 AM
I just got Cat Bordhi's Treasury of Magical Knitting, and dove right into making my Mom a moebius scarf for her bday, in lieu of a lacy wrap that I had been botching up spectacularly due to baby-induced ADD.
Here is the first round OTN:

And here is the FO, graciously modeled by the Jack I scored from TrashedClothing in a swap:


And the verdict?
Moebii are SO MUCH FUN! I've already started working on my next. You can find it, along with other WIP's on my blog. Just some advice - I strongly recommend taking Cat's advice to use a smaller size LH needle if you are using interchangeables. I didn't at first and had a very difficult time with the first round until I switched and then it just started flying.
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Monty Python Swap R2 (SIGNUPS CLOSED; SENDOUTS EXTENDED - by Dec. 10!) on: October 24, 2007 12:05:44 AM
Swap name: Monty Python Swap R2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: yberry
Sign-up date range: Oct. 24-Nov. 7
Date to send item by: Dec. 7

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NI

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NI

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages allowed, but if under 18 please be sure you have permission to participate and can reach the post office.

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

Details of swap:
No one expects the Monty Python Swap, R2!
Do you love spam? Do you say "Ni!" to old women? Can you fish-slap like there's no tomorrow?
Well, say it with crafts!
Craft 1 large, 1 medium, and two small items, anything Monty Python - movies, recordings, live shows, Spamalot, the Flying Circus, and anything else that comes to mind. If you want to change the rules, please discuss this with your partner and keep me posted.
For "Good communication" feedback, please post your progress in this thread once a week. If possible, please get a tracking code when you send and PM it to me.


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap?
Craftster username?
Email address?
What is your (real) name?
What is your quest?
What is your favorite color?
Mailing address including the country?
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Favorite MP themes (films, characters, skits, songs, etc.)?
Conservative, liberal, or silly party?
What crafts can you make?
What crafts would you like to receive?
Your dream MP craft?
A MP craft you are dying to make (your partner WON'T see this bit)?
Sizes and the like (foot size, pierced ears, shirt size, etc.)?
Allergy issues (allergies/pets/smokers/etc.)?
And now for something completely different (go crazy here - anything else you would 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.

I'll have your spam, I love it!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Undermonster on: October 02, 2007 01:28:27 AM
I made this for a recycled clothes toy swap on another board.
I took an old (and well-washed) pair of my husband's boxer shorts, some leftover yarn from last winter's projects, random buttons I inherited from my dad, and the flower is from my ATC ephemera box.

Her name is Leeloo, she likes Indonesian food, Israeli folk songs, and bike trips.
Here she is looking through my crafts supplies to see if there is anything she wants.


I think there are going to be many more undermonsters.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / In bad taste! (WARNING: images might be offensive!) on: September 30, 2007 03:30:05 AM
I am participating in a swap of ATC's "All Done in the Worst Possible Taste" at www.ATCards.com (today is the last day to sign up!) and these beauties are what I came up with:




Sorry, Annette!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can't make lace to save my life! on: September 28, 2007 04:54:42 AM
I am trying to knit a lacy wrap for my mom, and with every lace pattern more sophisticated than a basic yo k2tog, I lose count within a matter of rows and f**k it all up.
I tried using stitch markers to indicate where I should be starting a new pattern rep, but they end up getting in between stitches that need to be worked together.
DH says not to work lace unless I have the peace and quiet to concentrate, so I can expect to get around to it in about 20-odd years.

Any good advice other than "buy your lace"?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Can't make lace to save my life! on: September 27, 2007 07:49:29 AM
I am trying to knit a lacy wrap for my mom, and with every lace pattern more sophisticated than a basic yo k2tog, I lose count within a matter of rows and f**k it all up.
I tried using stitch markers to indicate where I should be starting a new pattern rep, but they end up getting in between stitches that need to be worked together.
DH says not to work lace unless I have the peace and quiet to concentrate, so I can expect to get around to it in about 20-odd years.

Any good advice other than "buy your lace"?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting with toddlers on: September 23, 2007 08:19:34 AM
I couldn't find another thread on this topic...
So here I am.

I already found that my two year old enjoys drawing side by side with me.
I would really like to expand the repertory of things that we can do together. What other crafts can I teach her at this tender age?
Practical tips and links to stuff are more than welcome.

Thanks!
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