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451  Re: 2009 12" Squares- June in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: May 31, 2009 06:10:11 AM
It's June! And, I promise that this month's square shouldn't be as vexing as last month's Wink

It's Bold Squares (http://dayna.tdgservices.com/ShowPattern.aspx?PatternID=25#).

Mine came out smaller than 12", which is no surprise...

I included a couple of pattern notes in the first post of the thread.
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452  Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 30, 2009 03:04:54 PM
And here are my lovelies from Disco Queen Highness!

The ones on the left are redder than they appear in the photo, and are lightly speckled with other colors- love 'em! And, since I'm thinking my blanket will ultimately be a color gradient, I asked for various shades/tones of one color, so the 2 reds and the 3 greens are fantastic. And, it's funny, I have yarn in the same of one green and the purple (for the 12" Square CAL), but I haven't made myself any GDs from them (at least I don't think I have Tongue ). And, I don't have any yarn in the aqua color, but I do have a slightly darker version, so it's great!

Thanks so much!
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453  Re: Inchies Exchange R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 28, 2009 03:45:27 PM
Wow! More awesomeness than you can shake a stick at Wink

And, here are my sparkly inchies from angel CostumeCat (thanks for angeling for us!):

I love the paw print- it reminds me of a set of paintings I made for my sister a couple of years ago. And, the butterfly one has wings patterned with tiny butterflies!

Thanks again!

And, thanks again to all of the fab folks who made inchies for me! And, thanks to audio and mel for organizing!
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454  Repurposed Nalgene Bottle- "Yarntainer" (with tute) in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: May 17, 2009 09:58:33 AM
I have several Nalgene bottles, and I love them. With all of the recent hubbub about chemicals leaching out of the bottle, I figured I'd play it safe, and switch to a bottle made from another material. But, I didn't want to just throw out the bottles. I decided to convert a couple of them into small "yarntainers" to carry around some small projects.

They were very easy and quick to make (under 2 minutes each!), and I've included the tutorial, should you need it  Wink


Nalgene Bottle
Drill bit (I used a 3/8 ")
Exacto knife
Safety goggles
Short length of yarn
Vise (optional)

1. Put on your safety goggles in case of flying plastic bits.
2. Securely clamp the bottle in the vise (which I didn't do) or hold it securely with one hand (which I did do). If it isn't held in place, the bottle will spin around once the hole is drilled and if you aren't careful, it could fly off and hit something.
3. Screw the top onto the bottle tightly (this makes it safer for you because you can hold the bottle further from the drill, and it conveniently catches most of the little plastic bits).
4. Holding the drill as straight as possible, drill into the center of the lid (there is already a conveniently placed hole to help you get started).
5. Unscrew the lid and use the Exacto knife to trim away the excess plastic.
6. Run the short length of yarn through the opening to check for rough edges, trimming with the Exacto, if necessary.

And that's it!

It's nice to know that I can carry my crochet projects with me when I go hiking Wink

The only drawback so far is that the opening to the bottle is on the small size, and it can be tough to squeeze the yarn through. A longer, skinnier skein works better than a shorter, rounder skein. I can easily fit in a partly used skein of Caron Simply Soft.

Now, I still have a few more bottles to use, but I don't need that many yarn containers. So, I'll be trying to come up with other ways to repurpose a Nalgene bottle... let me know if you have any ideas!

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455  Re: Inchies Exchange R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 16, 2009 06:34:16 PM
plucky1_08, they really do look awesome all together! And, you got Frederick Douglass! I did a report on him in the 4th grade, so I almost kept him as a reminder of that (when I actually liked to do reports Wink ).

And cosmo_mouse, I agree, looking through here is inspiring! There are a couple of techniques I'd like to try.

Here are the inchies I kept for myself:

The map one pretty much pinpoints my neighborhood, and I totally want the chair pictured on the Hungarian stamp. I had a lot of fun making the collage ones. Besides Frederick, I almost kept the "ET phone home" one. But, I ended up keeping Susan B. Anthony...

These are the 2 sets that my co-worker made. I brought in the sets I made and the ones that I had received so far, and she was inspired!

She's the Library/Media Specialist at the school I work at, and I'm the Science Specialist, so several of them connect to that. The Harry Potter one is from a Harry Potter paperback that got trashed. The Heifer Project one is from a trip to their local farm that a bunch of us took over vacation. And, later we went out for Thai food, and the Chinese one is mostly from the chopstick wrapper. The one that says "What If" has a background made from a painting by one of her kids, and the center image is a piece from her son's birth announcement. And, she's married to a Hungarian man, so she used another stamp from Hungary (and she provided the ones that I used on mine).

I'll be on the lookout for a frame for them all! This has been so much fun!

I still have 2 sets unaccounted for, so I'm hoping they turn up soon!

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456  Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: May 16, 2009 06:17:10 PM
I tried to find the tiny embroidery scissors, but couldn't. I have a pair around here somewhere but, for now, the ones I have will do. They just fit into the Altoids tin.

On the label for the self striping yarn, they show crocheted striped placemats that are actually striped. I'll have to see if they have a pattern on the back. I can't check now, because I actually put it IN THE CAR!!! YAY! I'm so proud of myself Wink

And here it is:

Tomorrow, I'll be taking some crochet on the road, so I could use what I've packed up, but I really do need to get started on my Granny's Daughters Wink
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457  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R5 FOCR R5 Fresh Bloomin' Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 12, 2009 04:56:44 PM
So... my package wasn't on the porch again... because it was in my MAILBOX!!!

Whoo-hoo! I got the truly lovely embroidered and crocheted towel from cyndiq, along with an embroidered bookmark and magnet and some chocolate!

The towel is so much prettier in person than the photo shows. Her crochet skills are excellent (it's crocheted with a thin cotton yarn). I haven't decided where to put it so that I'll use it (as intended), but it won't get trashed. Perhaps I'll put it on the handle to the oven door... or on the door of the fridge. Yes... the fridge, I think...

And, on the package, she put some fantastic Aussie stamps and a sticker of the Australian flag. I'm saving them until I learn how to solder!

Thanks so much, cyndiq!
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458  Re: Inchies Exchange R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 11, 2009 03:04:48 PM
Here are some more fabulous inchies to add to this ever-growing gallery of greatness! These arrived today from plucky1_08:

I really like the one that says "mother" because it shows a bird feeding her babies, and the one with the gold flower on it has a ton of detail in it that isn't captured in the photo. I also really like "spirited" and it has such a funky background!
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459  Re: Inchies Exchange R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 09, 2009 06:49:23 PM
And here they are! Fantastic inchies from ENGRbyDAY! Sadly, the button didn't survive the trip, despite the cotton padding. I'm hoping I can glue it, but it is in many bits...

I love the planet, and the simplicity of the 'Strength' one. And, it's funny that you outlined the one with the ball the way you did. I made one for myself that has an almost identical border (mine is black) Wink

Thanks a bunch! I love them all!
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460  Re: Inchies Exchange R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 09, 2009 06:32:49 PM

I couldn't get a good photo of the greek symbol (not sure which one it is).  And now my camera battery is dead. 

It's supposed to be the letter M for your initial Wink I had a bit of an issue with the teeny glass beads on yours so it doesn't photograph very well, unfortunately!

ETA: But here's what I have...

The 'You are Here' one is so clever! I need to make one for myself Cheesy

Thanks! I was pretty tickled by it myself Wink I had an old Rand-McNally road atlas that I sacrificed...

And, I just realized, I have a set of inchies to photograph and post!
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