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51  Re: Fill a Box VI Supply Swap-- Share your new treasures in The Swap Gallery by Bugaboo1 on: January 14, 2008 10:34:35 AM
Ok here's the hoard of stuff I received today woohoo I'm so excited!
this is just in order of how they got open...
From ImaKite (and I giggled because you wrote from ImaKite on the side of the box and I'm sure the 20 something, semi hot, postal worker that was delivering them thought I was getting a kite today)

Some are a bit blurry sorry about that. but, here's some vintage thread, fabric scraps, knitting needles with polymer caps, that cool vintage paper opens up and it's needles, and some card stock.

This wonderful cat fleece thats so adorable and more than a scrap piece, a spin to knit book, some wire (I love wire I'm an engineering nerd!) buttons, pompoms, findings (the tiny Halloween ones are adorable) embroidery hoop, embroidery kit, beads and a frigin pound of roving woohoo in learning to spin and work with this heaven!
And, in the original pic you see a plant spike that has a cute bumble bee on it, and the plaid fabric which reminds me of kilts (looks flannel but it's not in person it's like broad cloth and wonderful)...too adorable I love everything!

and now from Gomerriffic

Wonderful hand spun yarn and extra roving for me to play with! the wonderful abstract fabric piece everything is sitting on in the original pic (looks semi camoish so I think one of my sons may steal this for a "mom make me.." project) then more fabric...I so want to know what was made with the fuzzy black fur lol it's cute and soft!. Bias tape, pattern tracer, hook and eye tape, a beautiful felted flower and more buttons and findings.

Then a purse snap closure for hand made purses, snaps, more buttons, eyelets (this just saved me a trip to Jo-ann's), cording for jewelry making, beads, ribbon, rickrack, pattern tracing paper and more fabric that appears to have been intended for a quilt (as some was all sewn up in blocks and strips) I love it all

I'm so excited because the craft rooms just about done. Everything got put away asap in a place for it because I actually have a place now. The vintage findings I left out though because I love those old vintage packages and spools and they provide decorative inspiration as well as use.

Thank you so much ladies I love it all and you will probably see it show up in future pics of swaps, craft room organizing and personal fo's!
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52  Illusion Crochet Quarter Note with Tutorial in Crochet: Completed Projects by Bugaboo1 on: January 13, 2008 03:19:08 AM
Ok hopefully this is simple and easier to understand how the actual graph is made.
I have made 2 graphs they are identical stitch wise, however, for one I left where the illusion pattern is worked in white, for the other I filled in the whole graph.
The pink lines represent pink in my finished photo
the yellow lines represent white in my photo
when you come upon a white square in the graph keep going with the same color you are using in that row, just change the stitch you are doing.

chain 14 with background color (or any more then 14 and place this in there but has to be at least 14)
then starting from the bottom work up the graph (left to right or right to left doesn't matter as long as you always work the same way)
Carry your colors up the side and don't cut. If you do this nicely you'll have a fairly nice edge to either crochet a border to or to leave alone as is.

 oops forgot a key
sc = single crochet
bl = sc in back loop only
f = sc in free loop from row below

here is the graph with the pattern stitches whited out

same exact graph just all colored in to see it's 2 lines of background color and then 2 lines of image color worked in stripes

finished straight on view.
You will see a little bit of the pattern depending on the yarn you chose, how tight your stitches are and such. You can play around with the ridges raising them up more so you don't see as much of the image straight on, and, the camera is actually picking up more of the illusion image here then the naked eye sees.

sorry it's blurry but you still see it. Here's a half note done in illusion crochet.

I used worsted weight yarn for this (white was RHSS, pink was caron simply soft) a size g hook
Gauge: in pattern stitch 4 stitches by 5 rows = 1x1 inch
my finished piece is 3.25 x 6.25 inches as pictured above
These pieces generally do not require blocking, but, if you do block them or find a need you can steam them from the back or front but don't press an iron to the material as it will flatten and possibly distort the ridge.

Adding: The yarn you chose makes a slight difference. The bulkier the yarn the more elongated the illusion pattern, the smaller the yarn the more squatty the illusion pattern, just like in illusion knitting if you know how.
So if you want a longer (top to bottom) note, use a bulkier yarn, if you want maybe a fatter yet shorter note use baby weight or even thread (which is totally cool this can be done in thread as most knitters don't use crochet thread)

Now you can take this graph and expand upon it (for personal use only please) if you want notes right next to one another then add a few stitches in between the illusion image. Like on the graph above on the right hand side you should see there are 2 stitches bordering the image all the way up. If you'd like to add another note to the right just add 2 more of the same stitches following each line to separate it out more (or however many you would like to)
If you would like notes on top of one another finish the graph then
line 35: sc in free loop on row below across in illusion color
line 36: sc across in illusion color
then start over again from line 1 on the graph or keep going with line 33-36 until you have the space desired before the next note starts.

Now I would never dissuade a new crocheter from trying this and it's not hard, it's all single crochet, but, you need to know the make up of a stitch well and have fairly consistent gauge.
You'll need to know how to single crochet, crochet in the back loop only, know the construction of a stitch (both loops, back and front loops), how to pick up the free loop, how to turn, where the end stitch is, how to carry the colors up the side.
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53  Illusion Crochet Tutorial FINALLY!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Bugaboo1 on: January 11, 2008 12:28:44 AM
If you saw this post and were wondering how to do that, this is a little tutorial to help you figure it all out.

Here's the graph you will work from:


Start:
with color A chain 16
row 1: turn and sc in second ch from hook and each ch across (you have now completed the bottom row on the graph)
row 2: chain 1 then follow the 2nd row from the bottom on the graph across, on the last stitch yo, draw through loop, pick up color b and complete sc to change colors
Just drop color A do not cut
row 3: chain 1 turn and complete 3rd row from bottom on graph

keep going in this manner until the whole graph is completed. You should end up with 4 ends in total to weave in at the end by carrying the yarn up one side.

Your finished piece will look like this:

and this when viewed from the side
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54  Re: Scrap Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Bugaboo1 on: January 07, 2008 04:14:40 PM
Here's the wonderful fabric I received from heroinechic



I have so many ideas running through my mind. There's quiet a few to make a jar quilt hanging with and then the shoe fabric is screaming "make a purse"

This is the wonderful fabric I received from violet_thistle




again more novelty fabrics for a jar quilt hanging and then some great fabrics for pouches, patches, coasters, cards and who else knows what!

Both packages were wonderful!
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55  Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007(ANGELS for gwenyvarr have been found. Thanks! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Bugaboo1 on: December 24, 2007 11:09:37 AM
Ok so umm this is a wee bit long I'll try and condense.
So we woke up this am and I didn't go to the fridge but the kids did and really mention nothing at all. Then I hear them "I know..I'm not eating it if it smells like that" WHAT?? What Smells? HUH?? TELL MEEEEEE

I go to the fridge and open to OMG nasty you don't want to know the smell. I go to the defrost drawer where 2 11 lb turkeys await me. I try hard, holdingmy breath to convince myself nothing is wrong. I get a turkey to the sink and omg so bad I had to open the window and leave the room. The turkeys were bad. BAD BAD BAD

So I'm on the phone calling the store complaining about my turkeys theres a knock on the door briefly and no one gets it. I go to see the fedex guy leaving. Now the fedex guy has been here 4 times in a week but wouldn't leave the exchange students packages stating he didn't feel anyone by this name lived here. So finally he comes and leaves UGH. I get off the phone with the store that tells me NO NO don't bring the turkeys in just bring the tags and the reciept they'll give me new turkeys. Then I get a call before leaving a florist is trying to deliver something but the address is in Italian and they can't figure out anything more then our number. So I tell them where to go, run to the store for new turkeys. The largest fresh turkey they had was 18lbs and no smaller ones defrosted so 18lbs it is.
So I get home and call Fedex mad that they aren't delivering this girls gifts. I am on the phone all "This is her first holiday away from her family and she won't have presents from them because your driver keeps leaving and refuses to leave the box" so they call the driver and tell him to come back. Meanwhile the florist calls the driver is lost because even though I called and gave the address and instructions the florist wrote down the wrong address. UGH so now I'm directing the driver where to go while the fedex guy shows up.
So the fedex guy hands me a heavy box and asks for my ID. ID??? Yeah he needed to check my ID and someone over 21 had to sign for the box. So we get the box in and she's all excited and opens it to find a case of imported wine from Italy about the time the driver shows up with a floral arrangement for me from her mom. I'm really loving her family. 
I'm sure the Fedex guy is wondering about us now because I'm screaming at them about ruining a 17 yr olds Christmas and here he is delivering a case of liquor.
So we unpack the wine and the flowers while I am running the new turkey under water because it has a bit of ice and I the dog takes off out of the kitchen like he has something...oh he does....they all do.

They stole the potatoes and are eating them on the living room floor AKKKK

So now I'm trying to get things wrapped, get the house cleaned up while the birds in the oven and the wines warming to room temp. I decided to take a break and open my day 2. A wonderful pair of hand knit socks I put on asap, I LOVE them.  Then I hear it...ohhh ewww
One of the dogs threw up in the kitchen, runs behind me in the dining room and throws up then proceeds to the living room and throws up!

I'm going to my room now with my socks, my scarf and a bottle of wine.....

Now who doesn't love the holidays?
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56  Re: It's impossible to find a pattern for a stitch like this! RAWG RAWG! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Bugaboo1 on: December 14, 2007 09:00:04 AM
I was thinking something like this

then do this to it

then do a rib around the bottom once they are all woven in the pattern you like
it's possible in crochet just a matter of figuring out the construction
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57  Re: Bargain hunter rd2 in The Swap Gallery by Bugaboo1 on: October 31, 2007 06:48:07 PM
I had the opportunity to angel for someone. Here's the shopping list
shopping list         
16 guage craft wire      $1.49   
hair pom poms      $0.99   
dowel      $0.00   free-had a scrap from making a crochet hook
bells      $0.79   
home spun pink      $0.50   
homespun white      $0.50   church basement sale
green yarn (6 skeins)         
grey yarn (5 skeins)      $2.00   church basement sale
brass rings (3)      3.87   
hook on end of cat toy free from stash



And now the pictures

Blue wanted something for her cat to play with and I thought this would be perfect to scratch, pounce, chase, run through, sleep in, you name it.


I forgot to measure it before I shipped it off but was about 2 feet in length.


Then I made a sort of whip cat toy using the craft wire so it's not really loose  you can bounce it and such. The handle is reinforced with  dowel so it gives something to hold onto.
and I made detachable toys for the end. One is just a child's rubber band that came with the pom pom attached and I crocheted over it to make the attachment, the other is a ring with bells crocheted in.


And here is everything, with the extra supplies I shipped off to her.
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58  Tunisian Smidge in Crochet: Completed Projects by Bugaboo1 on: October 06, 2007 01:08:29 PM
Inspired by the Pidge I made my version in Tunisian crochet

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59  Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Bugaboo1 on: September 22, 2007 10:07:52 PM
Day1:

Day 1 I received this beautiful hand knit felted hand bag. There is also a small bag inside large enough for gift cards, credit card etc that was wonderful and I started using it as soon as I opened it all. I haven't gotten really good pics yet but I will.
Day 2:
SOCKS!!!!!!

OMG I LOVE them! Tristitia knit these on a US size 1 and thats just amazing. Awesome job I love them love them love them and already have them on...they fit like a glove mmmmm

Day 3:
Opened:

A beautiful hand knit set with hat, mittens and a scarf/caplet.
The stitching is beautiful and the color choice, which isn't represented well in the pictures, is a light lavender into a pink color that will look great with all my winter coats.

Day 4:
Opened:


A spinning kit with 4 braids of wool hand dyed by my partner. A wooden drop spindle with a book to teach me to spin. And, a cute card explaining she is not to blame when I really want a spinning wheel soon after I start!

Day 5:
Opened:

5 wonderful hand made scrap paper journals. Each is unique with stamped pages and recycled papers.

Day 6:
Before:

After:

2 coffee mugs in just my size (hehe jumbo) 2 wonderfully hand knit coffee cozies, a bag of frangellico coffee, a bag of giardelli coffee, 2 boxes of chocolates, 2 coffee flavorings one egg nog and one white chocolate and then 6 fabulous quilted coasters. I love them! The colors are perfect for my home and my partner did a beautiful job quilting these!
Also she sent a post card explaining each gift, but, the post card itself is the skyline of Chicago which I love! I have been there and wanted to move there (long story why that couldn't happen) so The postcard itself will be put to use as well.

My LUSHcious day 7:
the package:

The presents:


There is a bath towel in a beautiful deep rust color with a hand crocheted edging. 2 cotton wash cloths, a soap saver with a wonderful vanilla soap inside, a felted scrubber with soap inside, 2 bath bombs and a hunk of handmade soap from LUSH in a wonderful tangerine scent mmmmm

On the 8th day of Christmas swapping
Before:
After:

a wonderful beading kit with tons of glass beads, this adorable chest of drawers all hand stamped and painted and 2 sets of pliers.

Yay for day 9!
before:

as always creative and wonderful wrapping alternatives Tristitia used for this swap. The tag alone is gorgeous.
After:

9 (10 but she tied 2 together to justify the 10th being in there lol) skein of yarn. 3 skeins are caron simply soft 2 skeins in a very pretty peach color and one is called bone but looks like a sage green so pretty! 3 skeins of caron bliss in copper thats just wonderful to sit and pet mmmm
then 2 skeins of knit picks merino wool that has been hand dyed into a wonderful color combo of oranges, browns, greens and shades of. The pics don't do it justice at all the pics look like very bright colors but in person it's really a nice blend. A skein of hand painted handspun merino in beautiful muted shades of blues, pinks and burgundies (reminds me of sea glass colors mixed in with a deeper wine) and then a skein of hand spun hand dyed bfl wool in a wonderful combo of blues (tristitia did you spin this yourself?)
all so wonderful I'm petting them, touching and caressing them. Yes I love love love my yarn!

On the tenth day of Christmas swapping Tristitia gave to me......
Before:


10 BEAUTIFUL hand made note cards with 3 sets of clear stamps to personalize the cards to anything I would like such as thinking of you, just because, thank you notes etc.


these had to be really time consuming as she cut all this fabulous paper (perfect squares might I add) then sewed them all onto paper, then adhered that to the cards themselves so the backside isn't visible.

On day 11
before they looked like this:
From coryjo: in the white paper with the deer on it and from Tristitia: in the brown paper with the cute felted stocking attached

(those are remnants of coryjo's cookies in the background hehe)
And after:
From coryjo: beads beads and more beads as well as earing loops woohoo

and from tristitia: a miniature tree complete with handmade ornaments out of glass beads, stamped clay and even beaded garland


Day 12 Yipppiiieeeee
Before

AFTER YAY!!!
From Tristitia hand crocheted gift tags

From CoryJo Goodies (fudge, peanut brittle, cookies, sprinkles, cookie cutters and cocoa mmm)

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60  Re: NEWBIES ONLY SWAP ROUND 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Bugaboo1 on: September 17, 2007 09:08:41 AM
About 10 min after I posted how excited I was getting to see everything MY BOX ARRIVED!!!!!

I was so excited I had to rip it open immediately!
These are all the lovely things littlehajerika made for me. 

Here's the box packed full of goodies!



Now I don't now how this one came about but I am so happy it did. The other night I was going nuts trying to find a needle. I have tons of pins but I can never find a sewing needle when I want one. I saw a posting for a needle case and went OMG I need one of those.....Now I have one YAY!


It's so beautiful and will get lots of use!

Then the 1 thing I stated I wanted, if at all possible, I received not one set but 3! Woohoo I am so putting these stitch markers into use tonight!




So so pretty and even though I had not stated Erika made sets so one was just a bit different then the others in the same color way so when I work in the round I know which one is marking my beginning position....yay again so so happy!

This is the coolest item to help with my coffee obsession

Don't mind the slightly dirty mug I've been drinking out of it for hours already today. I love love love this though. Love the fabric, but, the idea is so cool. I am always putting down my coffee...go to pick it up and the coaster comes with it. Or, I walk around the house with it and then stop and look all over for a coaster so I can put it down where I may be. Now both issues are solved in one.

And then there were these

These are so cute. Just blank note cards with fabric sewn on in a quilt like manner. These are great! Who doesn't always need a note card some time? and these make it so personal and they are such beautiful fabrics as well.

Thank you sooooo much Erika I absolutely LOVED everything! I'm so happy we just really wanted to let each other go and show us what they love to craft as you are a wonderful sewer, you had great ideas and everything if not already in use within 30 seconds of ripping that box open, will be in use by nights end.

Now I'm anxious to see how you like all my items and to see everyone else's stuff.
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