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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / needlefelting cat fur to make a memorial effigy on: January 27, 2009 09:33:36 PM
I had to put my favorite kitty (4 years old) down on Sunday night and I had the vet shave off some of his fur so i could, hopefully, do something with it. I didn't get very much because i didn't like seeing him with big patches of missing fur. (He had the loveliest, shiniest fur I've ever seen on a regular house cat). I know I probably don't have enough fur to make a needle-felted mini-Bowie (that was his name, after David Bowie), but I thought maybe I could just put it as an outside layer?

I've never needle-felted before (or felted anything, for that matter) but I really want this. I'll obviously not start with his fur because I don't want to ruin it all, I just want to know if something like this can be done.

Since he had longer fur, I was wondering if it'd be possible to achieve something like that with a needle felting method... to only felt one end of the fur onto the body, leaving some of it hanging off, all fluffy like.

I'd really appreciate any help I can get on this, obviously.
Thanks for your time!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Four and a half years and they're my first socks (pic chubby) on: July 18, 2008 11:07:35 PM
but they definitely won't be my last. I love these Seven Stitch Sockies and the amusement they've given me already, and I just finished them today... err... yesterday, as it's 1:44 AM.

I used the seven stitches per inch socks from Getting Started: Knitting Socks which i got for my birthday from my friend Beth.

I started them on the 13th and finished them on the 15th. The first one would have been finished the second day, but I had to rip back because I guesstimated on the length (no tape measure with me... what was I thinking!) and felt like following the directions was going to be too long. I was wrong (surprise surprise) and had to take out all of the toe decreases, knit in st st for about another inch, then do them all again. The book was great and has a lot of really easily customizable patters. I don't know if someone who's more advanced with socks would find it useful, but as a beginner I really did (probably why it's called Getting Started)

ONTO the pictures...
(which took ages to upload... way to go, Photobucket...perha ps I should edit the size of them, eh?)
When worn as a sock puppet and held to the side, they totally look like a shark, see?


sans MS Paint awesomeness


More sock puppet fun


AH MAH GAH! He's got no pants on...
Mr. Sock is appalled that Shawn is only wearing boxers...


The bottom of my feet, to show that all the stripes match up except for my heels (go figure).


The tops of my feet


In my fancy pants, slightly painful for long periods of time, new(ish) shoes...

(they're a little more khaki colored than they look... i had to edit the photo because the flash was weird)

and finally me standing up. This isnt' my floor, it's the floor of Breaking New Grounds, the cafe I was knitting in when I finished them.


I got a thumbs up from some really pretty, blue eyed, scruffy faced kid who I see there a lot when I tried it on before kitchner stitching them up. The guy is pretty, like Jared Leto pretty. If he didn't have facial hair he'd look like a very angular girl. If I were single I'd be all about this kid, other than the fact that he seems like a total stoner and hangs out with really obnoxious girls... I wish I'd kinnearedhttp://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007/08/02/i_was_kinnearing.html him and the girls he was with. One of the girls, when she smiled, looked just like Summer Glau (except loud, blonde and idiotic).

back to socks and knitting....
I love knitting socks and I'm super pumped to try more... my next pair will probably be the same yarn, but baby sized, followed by a super special secret pair, which I'll show off when they're finished. Squee... I'm so pumped about them!
3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8-1 Angel Needed (again)--- ANGEL FOUND!! on: June 02, 2008 01:47:47 PM
I need one angel for ohmyword in this swap. Here are all the details for the swap:

Swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234250

This is the MAGIC YARN BALL SWAP!!  You will send your partner a project kit consisting of a one (or more) skein pattern and yarn of corresponding weight/length for the pattern. The really fun part is that you will first make the yarn into a "magic yarn ball."  This means that you re-wind the yarn yourself, hiding little trinkets and treats inside the yarn as you go.  Some ideas already suggested include tiny toys; candy; crafting supplies; jewelry; etc.
A good description of a Magic Yarn Ball is here:  http://whipup.net/2006/04/25/kids-yarn-project-the-magic-wool-ball/.

Since we're all crafty people, it goes without saying that we should craft some of the treats ourselves. As a guideline, 15-20 things in the yarn ball and at least 4-5 of them should be small crafts made by you.
This is a little different from the past Magic Yarn Ball Swaps. You will also be required to craft one (1) MEDIUM item, which doesnt have to be wrapped in the ball if its too difficult.

Also, while I know not everyone can afford it, if its only one skein, try to get the nicest yarn you can afford. Im not saying go buy a forty dollar ball of cashmere yarn (unless you really want to, in which case you can be my partner!) but try to get something youd be excited to receive. Do unto others and all that

When you sign up, let your partner know if you already know what you want the yarn for ("I would like yarn so I can make the MagKnits Sophie Bag"); or, if you have a general idea ("I would like yarn and a pattern for a felt handbag"); or, if you just want a surprise pattern. If you have more than one idea for a pattern, feel free to give your partner a choice of patterns (or books) to choose from.





and here's her info that you'd need for the questionnaire:

Would you prefer a one-skein project, or multiple skeins? either

If multiple, please indicate how many?: no more than two

What one-ball/skein project(s) do you want to make with your magic ball?:
http://www.magknits.com/Feb07/patterns/santacruz.htm
in any of the weights mentioned
or
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTbaudelaire.html
or any lacy sock pattern

Do you want a pattern for knit/crochet or something else?: knit

Please indicate your skill level so you get a pattern that suits you (preferably, list the different skills youre comfortable with): pretty much everything but colorwork.. I haven't tried that yet

Favorite colors: blues, greens, purples, chocolate browns..

Preferred yarn types (e.g. wool, acrylic, cotton, etc.): something from a plant or animal

Least preferred yarn types: acrylic (though I'm not really a yarn snob, so if you know of an acrylic yarn thats great, I'll give it a try)

Would you like to receive some hand-spun yarn? sure, that'd be awesome

Any yarn, food, cosmetic, or scent allergies?: nope, though I don't want smoky smelling stuff

Things you would like to receive in the magic yarn ball:  I could use some more pretty/funky stitch markers, though I'd really like to be surprised.

What kind of medium item would you just LOVE to receive?:  surprise me!  (sorry if I'm terribly vague)




Please send me a PM if you're interested! Thanks a lot!!
4  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8-1 Angel FOUND!! on: May 06, 2008 10:16:13 PM
An angel is needed for Mojen.
Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234250
Magic Yarn Ball explanation: http://whipup.net/2006/04/25/kids-yarn-project-the-magic-wool-ball/
Swap Details:
The angel would create a Magic Yarn Ball for Mojen with one medium item and 15 to 20 smalls with a minimum of 3 to 5 being hand crafted.
You would also send a One(ish) Skein pattern to correspond with the yarn sent.
She would like a nicer type of yarn (anything other than acrylic) and she's very open for what she'd like to receive, small craft-wise. For a medium item she would like to receive some sort of crafting kit, like paper craft or resin.
She has no allergies.
Lastly, she lives in the UK.

She's been a great member of the swap, funny, really nice and is fun to chat with through PMs. (We've been talking since the beginning, even though she's not my partner).

Thanks!
~jewelie


THANK YOU PINKLEO!!!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I think I killed a duck **(a scarf) on: April 06, 2008 10:19:24 PM
**No actual ducks were harmed in the making of this scarf.

The pattern is called "Holding Hands and Feeding Ducks"

The yarn is pretty but a bitch to work with. For reals, yo. (ha)

You can't tell from the close up, but the stitch used creates a really lovely detail. I absolutely LOVE it, and think it would make a great detail on an empire waist on a sweater. (I had a baby... empire waisted things are my friend)







and here's a picture of me with the scarf and my girly Jayne hat...


LOVE IT!


mad props to anyone who gets the title reference!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Girly Jayne Cobb (3 pics) on: April 06, 2008 10:01:23 PM
So basically, I'm thinking that this hat is what Ma Cobb would make for Jayne's girlfriend... if ever he had one, and brought her home to meet Ma.

I shrunk down the number of rows for both colors and made the earflaps quite a bit smaller. I LOVE the original, but I know I won't wear a hat if I feel completely silly in it. This one is still pretty ridiculous, but it's toned down enough to seem like a normal hat. Also, I have a pretty small head, and those flaps are just crazy big. (patter from Dryope's blog)

Sorry to subject you all, but I just can't resist cliche MySpace 'angles' shots.... CLASSIC!




And the detail of the pompom, because I think they're cute.


7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8: The Gallery on: April 02, 2008 10:11:58 AM
Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
Post your beauties, ladies!!
I can't wait to see 'em!!
Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Decepticons Washcloth on: March 18, 2008 07:40:00 PM
So my friends are having a baby, and little Smudgey will need baths, no?
So for baby's baths (or, in actuality, for Josh for baby's baths) he'll need super cool, lovingly knit washcloths...
I'm going to make an autobots one next, but I wanted to post this one now because I'm impatient!

So, thanks to Lori Mangus for the charts (from her so totally awesome Transformers Toque at http://yesimadethat.blogspot.com/2007/09/transformers-toque-pattern.html)

So, without further ado...
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stress and the Lettuce Leaf scarf. on: March 18, 2008 05:04:01 PM
OK, so here's my problem.

You cast on 60 sts
knit 4 rows
then you're supposed to do this step, which I'm going to copy and paste:

Row 1: Knit 2 sts, *(k1, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k2), repeat *8 more times, then k1, ssk, yo, k1

Here's the thing the math is all wrong. Inside the parentheses is 9 sts, you're supposed to do that for a total of 9 times, plus 5 stitches, which equals 86 sts, not 60.

What the heck? I can't find any pattern errata, and it seems like no one else is having problems with this scarf. Am I just being really stupid? Is my math wrong? Are my stitches wrong?

Or am I right, and no one else has mentioned it? Is this like.. a big secret that I wasn't supposed to mention?

So yeah, I'm really stressing about this because I can't possible see how 86 sts fit into 60.

I'd really appreciate any help with this, whether you've made this scarf or not. OH
here's the link to the pattern so you can look at it yourself if you think that would help.

http://madelinetosh.typepad.com/llscarf.pdf
(it's a pdf)

Thanks in advance,
Jewelie
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8 (Sign-Ups: 3/17-NOON est 4/1, A Send-Outs: May 5) on: March 16, 2008 11:38:57 PM
Swap name: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Jewelaroni
Co-Organizer: JRSloane1
Sign-up date range: March 17 to March 31
Date to send item by: May 5th (this should be a nice long, low pressure swap)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?  Nope
Age requirement: 13, just like Craftster says!

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: I already have, just in case. JRSloane1

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 the MAGIC YARN BALL SWAP!!  You will send your partner a project kit consisting of a one (or more) skein pattern and yarn of corresponding weight/length for the pattern. The really fun part is that you will first make the yarn into a "magic yarn ball."  This means that you re-wind the yarn yourself, hiding little trinkets and treats inside the yarn as you go.  Some ideas already suggested include tiny toys; candy; crafting supplies; jewelry; etc.
A good description of a Magic Yarn Ball is here:  http://whipup.net/2006/04/25/kids-yarn-project-the-magic-wool-ball/.

Since we're all crafty people, it goes without saying that we should craft some of the treats ourselves. As a guideline, 15-20 things in the yarn ball and at least 4-5 of them should be small crafts made by you.
This is a little different from the past Magic Yarn Ball Swaps. You will also be required to craft one (1) MEDIUM item, which doesnt have to be wrapped in the ball if its too difficult.

Also, while I know not everyone can afford it, if its only one skein, try to get the nicest yarn you can afford. Im not saying go buy a forty dollar ball of cashmere yarn (unless you really want to, in which case you can be my partner!) but try to get something youd be excited to receive. Do unto others and all that

When you sign up, let your partner know if you already know what you want the yarn for ("I would like yarn so I can make the MagKnits Sophie Bag"); or, if you have a general idea ("I would like yarn and a pattern for a felt handbag"); or, if you just want a surprise pattern. If you have more than one idea for a pattern, feel free to give your partner a choice of patterns (or books) to choose from.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
Send this questionnaire via PM, and please include Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8 in the subject for EVERY PM.

Also, please list the crafts you want in the order of which youd like most for easy matching purposes!
Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=116415.0
Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134703.0
Round 3 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=147775.0
Round 4 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=166526.0
Round 5 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178241.0
Round 6 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197453.0
Round 7 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=221089.0



When listing patterns, if you've got a specific color in mind, please put it in parenthesis () after the pattern name (and book/website)THANKS!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8
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)
Also, would you prefer that your partner NOT use your real name in the thread?:

Would you prefer a one-skein project, or multiple skeins? 
If multiple, please indicate how many?:
What one-ball/skein project(s) do you want to make with your magic ball? (If you know what pattern you want, include the link to that or indicate if you prefer a  surprise... even if you would like a multi-skein pattern, please include at least 1 one-skein pattern you'd like, just in case):
Do you want a pattern for knit/crochet or something else?:
Please indicate your skill level so you get a pattern that suits you (preferably, list the different skills youre comfortable with):
Favorite colors:
Least favorite colors:
Preferred yarn types (e.g. wool, acrylic, cotton, etc.):
Least preferred yarn types:
Do you spin, or are you willing to swap some handspun yarn as part of your package?:
Would you like to receive some hand-spun yarn?
Any yarn, food, cosmetic, or scent allergies?:
Any cats or other common allergens (smoke, etc.) in your home?:
Things you can make to go in the magic yarn ball:
Things you would like to receive in the magic yarn ball:
What kind of medium item would you just LOVE to receive?:
What kind of medium item can you make?:
Wists, Ravelry username, blog, website, myspace etc:
Anything else you want 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. You should read this whole thing so you not only understand whats expected of you, but youll also see what Im expected to do.

PLEASE do not ask your partner for a photocopied pattern from a book. This is against copyright laws.
Although I'm fairly certain you can handwrite a lace pattern or cable pattern from a stitch dictionary, as I don't their copyrighted.

In this swap discussion feel free to talk about one skein patterns you love, good websites with patterns, and places to get yarn some people may not know about!
Also, if youre not a member of Ravelry (www.ravelry.com) yet I suggest you get yourself on the list. They make it really easy to find wonderful patterns online and its totally free.
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