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151  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Sheep to Shawl Challenge! Enter Sept 2 - 8, 2011! on: June 02, 2011 08:10:32 PM
Calling all die hard spinners! Let's have a Sheep to Shawl Challenge!

September 2, 2011 -- Enter now!  Post your entry as a NEW TOPIC here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=468.0

The sheep to shawl challenge will run from June 2nd- September 1st with the entries due from September 2nd- 8th.

For this challenge you must:
  • Take a naked (natural) roving or fleece and dye it
  • spin it
  • knit/crochet/weave/other-fabric-making-technique it into a Shawl or shrug.

 If you choose to change around the process a bit,  (ie. spin/dye/knit, or spin/crochet/dye) that is fine too.  You must have all 3 steps though.

Prizes for this challenge will be announced at a later date, but you bet there's going to be fiber!

A 15$ gift certificate to Larkspur Funny Farm Etsy! Clicky here to check out the fabulous things Grace has in shop!

Answers to questions:
Do we only have to post pics of the final product or also of the process? (the process is probaly the most interesting Cheesy)

In progress shot would be great!  To have proof that you did it all yourself, at least 4 pics, showing the beginning to end.

Yeah, so do we post progress shots here or what? How is the winner chosen?

Progress shots would go in a thread you start at the end of the challenge.  Either I'll get them to make me a folder, or I'll get you guys to post them in the spinning completed Projects board with "Sheep to Shawl" in the title.

There will be a poll at the end and it will be a vote to decide the winner Smiley
152  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / eek! crayon on my iron! on: May 30, 2011 09:51:56 AM
So apparently one of my children went into my craft room and decided that coloring on my iron was a good idea???  I don't know why, but it must have been fun.   Anyway, this is the resultant disaster:

How on earth can I recover this?  it's been ironed in there now, so there's nothing I can do but maybe color the rest of the cloth?   Not exactly what I was going for at all... but I really really hate to have to scrap this!  I've been working on it for a week, only to pretty much have it destroyed as I'm getting ready to frame it.  Help, please!
153  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster Ninni and Taggy blanket on: May 19, 2011 06:50:53 PM
A friend of mine had a baby, and although she said "please no gifts!" I couldn't not give baby something.  Grin

This is my version of the Monster Ninni.  Isn't she cute? I saw the swap, and knew i didn't really want more stuffies in my house, but I needed to make one.  So Baby got it!

back side with wonderful ribbon I found on clearance at Micheals.

And a taggy blanket.  She was happy to see this one, it was one of her older kids favorite things, but they weren't ready to give theirs up.  I'm glad I could make her youngest one one.  

thanks for looking!
154  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Sheep to Shawl challenge? on: May 18, 2011 06:45:22 AM
Hey folks! I was wondering if any of you had interest in a "Sheep to shawl" type challenge.
The parameters would be:
Start with naked (natural) roving, or if you should choose, a fleece - I know some people don't like to clean fleeces, which is why natural roving would be acceptable.
then dye your wool.
then spin your wool
then using knit, crochet, or weaving, (or if you can come up with another nifty way to make fabric with your yarn) create something wearable.
  Like a shawl or sweater.

I realize this is a lot of work, so the time line would probably run over the summer months, starting in June, ending at the beginning of September.   And if this is successful, we'll do one in January to!
155  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilt on: May 14, 2011 07:23:39 PM
I finally finished this! it's only been a year in the making! LOL

Just some rectangles sewn in strips and sewn together.  Quilted in the stitch in the ditch method directly onto some fleece.  took it easy peasy for my first real quilt!:)

156  COOKING / Dessert / lego man cake on: May 08, 2011 10:20:56 AM
For my son's 6th birthday he asked for a lego man cake.  I had umpteen brilliant ideas that would have each taken me hours upon hours to make, so I choose to do the most simple LOL!  it still took a while (on and off all day)  but he loved it and it was taken well by all his friends.

The cake was chocolate with a layer of blondie with chocolate and butterscotch chips in between layers of butter cream icing.  Fondant to cover it all. Smiley  Of course they had to eat the lego man!

157  COOKING / Dessert / hot crossed buns, hot crossed buns... on: April 20, 2011 08:56:40 PM
One a penny, Two a penny, Hot crossed buns!

So, although these look absolutely delicious, I think either my yeast was less then active, or they needed to be knead more.  but here they are anyway, my first attempt at homemade hot crossed buns!

Pre oven look:

I used this recipe for the buns, and made a few tweeks.  To avoid raisins, I chopped up some prunes instead, and they still taste great!  And, instead of the icing, I made homemade custard and did my crosses with that.  That's the way they were at grandmas, so that's the way I'll make them! The custard goes on before they are baked, and develops a wonderful texture!

158  COOKING / Dessert / Easter surprise eggs on: April 20, 2011 08:48:30 PM
Who doesn't love a surprise egg for easter?  These ones are sugar cookie with a fun filling: mini M&M's! 

But how you ask?  Like this!
First get yourself some awesome silicon molds that give you the opportunity to line them with cookie dough like this, and bake. (Color the dough for pretty colored eggs, this is fairly tedious, but well worth it!)

Then take your mini M&M's (or candy of your choice, but these ones make a pretty shaky noise) and fill one half of a cooled cookie.

Put a generous amount of butter cream icing around the edge and place another half of the egg on top.

Voila! beautiful eggs with a fun surprise inside!  Hope this gives someone else some inspiration!

159  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / There's a Moose on the loose! on: April 19, 2011 01:35:33 PM
Made for the OTT stuffy R3 this little moose is 3 inches tall.  And I jointed him, so he's posable! isn't he darlin'?

Sittin' in the apples

Run Mr. Moose run!

160  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / lacy beaded Necklace/choker on: April 07, 2011 10:34:49 AM
Here's my entry!
as a necklace:

as a choker:

clear view of the whole thing:

30 beads of your choice
Red Heart LusterSheen in sport-fine weight
1size US0/2.55MM crochet hook
Thread 30 beads.
Ch. 51 turn.
in 3rd stitch from hook 1/2dc each stitch (being sure to insert hook so there is only one strand underneath), ch1, turn.
*sc into front loop x4,  slide bead into place, sc 4* repeat until end of row (uses 11 beads) tie off.
pick up 1 stitch in the end of the 1/2DC (this would be on the bottom of your work, or your starting chain) * Chain 6, slip stitch into 4th post, chain 8 slipst into 5thpost (from the last join), chain 10 slst into  6th post, ch8 slat into 5th post*, ch 14, slst into 7th post. reverse directions in the * and join at end using a slst into the last 1/2 DC.
Turn work, and #sc 9 around the chain, sliding bead into place on the 5th stitch. **bring hook around to front and work as a back post sc when you reach the "valley" placing a bead here as well. **  sc 11 around chain, placing bead on the 6th stitch, repeat *-*.  sc13 around chain, placing bead in the 6th stitch. repeat **. sc11 around chain, placing bead on 5th stitch, repeat **. #sc17 around chain, placing beads at 5th 8th and 11th stitches. repeat **.  reverse directions between #'s across remaining work. slst into the last 1/2 DC.  tie off.
 Weave in ends.

Measure 4 equal lengths of chain, and attach to crocheted piece using jump rings. attach two strands on each side with a jump ring, and attach clasp of your choice.
Admire your handy work and enjoy all the compliments you will get on your beautiful new pieces of jewellery!

Hope you enjoy, and try it out!
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