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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Custom shark socks on: April 30, 2017 01:54:37 AM

These socks were knit for the Geezer swap, a swap where everyone crafts a really big, really nice item for their partner. I almost never knit socks for swaps since it takes forever... If I'm making socks for adults and they're not thick slipper socks I have a hard time getting them done in a normal crafting time.

These socks are completely custom, and knitted two at the time from the toe up. That way I could make them as long as possible in the time I had.

I started with a tab cast on to give a nice rounded toe. After knitting a few rows on the first toe I transferred it to another cirkular needle and started a second from the other end of the skein. When both toes were started I arranged them on my long cirkular needle to be able to work both at once.

I measured gauge on the stockinette part of the toe to be able to figure out how much to increase. I calculated for 10% negative ease to give a good fit, and then fudged the numbers a bit to give the same number of stitches on top and bottom. I wanted something going on on top of the foot, and modified a herringbone stitch for the amount of stitches I had.

There are three collumns of purled stitches to make everything fit. The first and last stitch on the back needle was purled, and the middle stitch on the foot was also purled to divide the two sections of herringbone.

My intention was for it to look a bit like shark skin. Not sure about that, but at least it gave the body of the sock a bit of interest.

I increased a bit before starting the heel since I was worried about a tight instep. You can hardly see it on the picture, I think there was just 2-3 increases on the back needle for each side.

After much research I settled on a German short row heel. It looks good and doesn't produce any holes to speak of in the turns. My numbers were a bit off when estimating where to start the heel, but after some ripping back it turned out quite nice. I thought about ripping both heels out yet another time, but decided I'd have to live with the fact that the sock was 1-2 rows longer than intended.

Since I don't trust my skill with two color knitting yet I opted for embroidering the sharks and fishies with duplicate stitch. Stranded knitting has less give, and no one likes socks of strangulation...

I did the embroidery and fastened ends before finishing the sock. I did not want to get stuck on finishing touches and send late because of that. (Spoiler alert: I still did just that...)

Little fishies on the toes and big bad sharks on the legs. Here is the shark chart I used (just modified the length a bit).

It would have been neat with blue socks with sharks all over, but sadly that lovely ocean colored yarn is pure wool and wouldn't have survived the wear on foot and heel. The leg takes less abuse so I only used it there.

I didn't decrease back all the stitches for the leg. The herringbone pattern gives way to a colour changes with a few purled rows thrown in for effect. The first blue part is just stockinette to give a nice canvas for the sharks. There's one row of grey stockinette before a k2p2 rib starts. When the rib stitch changes to blue again there's another row of stockinette to make the color change prettier.

I used Jeny's super stretchy bind off to finish the socks.

All in all a very fun experience to invent these!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / Mixed media heart on: April 08, 2017 01:40:11 PM

This is the heart I made for IsikkahJai in the Mixed Media Valentine swap. Our task was to create one mixed media heart that was no larger than 6" or so in size.

I started out making my base from cardboard. It's just sketched out and then cut using scissors, craft knife and possibly a couple of select curse words.

You can see some of the cut pages in the last picture. I used pages cut from an old book (destined to become a book with a hidden compartment) and then cut them into thinner strips.

There was a lot of gluing...

And drying... But when I had covered my base and it was completely dry I used a small hand drill to make my holes to be able to weave in the heart. The drill is normally used for hubby's Warhammer 20k figurines. Drilling out gun barrels and the like. It worked well on decoupaged cardboard too.

I first threaded my heart loom with cotton yarn. Later I weaved using scraps I'd saved for unknown reasons... well, sometimes hoarding will pay off.

Another detail here. "Hjärta" means heart in Swedish. There are more hearts hidden in the piece too...

The hanger is more cotton yarn, this time knotted around the yarn loop to create the spiral pattern (I think it's called macrame).

All in all a very fun swap! I tried some new things and I'm pleased with the result.

Mixed media valentine swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451313.0
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Inspiration swap on: January 21, 2017 04:31:52 AM
I've been thinking about a swap idea, and I wonder if it's been done before.

I was thinking everyone would pick 1-2 pieces of inspiration that could be anything really. A poem, a picture, a song, a video...

They'd also have to give a few ideas about what they'd want, but nothing super specific.

I think it would be interesting where inspiration would take the swappers. I'm thinking one medium item, or something like that.

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / First letterbox stamp! Fern frond on: July 08, 2014 02:05:40 PM
I've decided that I want to create a letterbox, and that meant I finally had to take the bull by the horns and carve a stamp for the box. I tried lino cutting years ago in art class, but I really don't have much experience beyond that.

The picture is a bit dark, but I'm happy! It came out sort of like I imagined and I remembered to cut away from fingers and other squishy body parts... I used something called soft cut and it was fairly easy to carve.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ten minute swap round 4 - Gallery! on: May 08, 2014 10:57:11 AM
Starting the thread since people are starting to finish up their items!

Sending late with communication
Package reached its destination
Contact me ASAP!
Feedback done

Linakins (USA) - mamarose22 (USA)
blupaisan (USA) -  Sparkledust (UK)
edelC (Ireland) - anna.wahnsinn (Germany)
amazing_784 (USA) - quaggy (USA)
bec99 (Australia) - scarlet_nights (USA)
kbrison (USA) - adrienne_bowers (USA)
Onyxnox (Canada) - Annchen (Sweden)
Toralune (USA) - emilywilde (USA)
dharma_rebel (USA) - charlieandwillow (USA)
Avesthel (USA) - wendiek (The Netherlands)

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 10 Minute Swap round 4 (Signups: Full! SO: May27) on: April 28, 2014 07:41:46 AM
Gallery link!

Swap name: 10 minute swap round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Annchen
Sign-up date range: 28 April to May 5, partners will be posted a few days later.
Date to send item by: May 26

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20 (19 + organiser)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer 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
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
Are you always busy and so haven't swapped for a while? Too busy with other aspects of life to take on a larger swap? Do you like crafting quick things? Do you need a low stress swap right now? If yes, this swap is for you! This swap is for one item or set of items. You can send anything you think your partner would like. The only condition is that you take the maximum of an hour to craft your goodies.

Time waiting for paint/glue to dry doesn't count for the 1 hour crafting time.

This is meant to be a low stress swap so please avoid sending extras. However, if you both agree to craft more than the minimum I can't really stop you...

As in the Craftster swap rules, you need a DC number if shipping within the US, and proof of posting if sending internationally. If your package is too small to qualify for DC#, please keep your proof of posting, but beware that if the package doesn't arrive you will be required to resend!

This is the minimum amount of communication I want from you:
PM the organiser AND your partner when sending and receiving (don't forget DC#), post in the thread at least once to make sure you get any messages from me posted there. Let me know you're alive and crafting halfway through (via PM or in thread). Also: if you don't hear from your partner at all and you're done with your package, hold off on sending and please PM me.

I reserve the right to refuse swappers with a history of bad communication or dodgy feedback. (But I hope I won't need to!)

Some ideas for quick crafts:
A notecard set
Simple throw pillow
A necklace
Elaborate earrings
Hand carved stamp
A stationary set
A pin cushion
A knitted or crocheted dish scrubbie
A simple stuffie or amigurumi
A special bookmark
Coaster or coaster set

More inspiration:
Gallery round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328255.0
Gallery round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361028.0
Gallery round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383439.0#axzz2vfHIICKc

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

Name of swap: 10 Minute Swap round 4
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
(Please include your country and type this as you would write it on the letter to make it easier for your partner)

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (please consider this, it's a small swap and the organiser is in Sweden so we've got at least one non-US swapper Tongue)

Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)

Do you agree to resend your package if you've got no proof of sending and the package never turns up?
Do you have any allergies?:
Do you have any allergens in your house (cats, dogs, indoor smoking) that people may be allergic to?:

Name at least 5 items or types of items you would like to receive. Try to think of things that can be crafted in an hour. You might not get the exact item you wish for, this is a starting point for your partner!
Your favourite colours:
Your favourite patterns and themes:
Name some of your favourite things:

Any other informative links?:

Do you wear jewellery?
Do you have any gadgets in need of a cosy?
Are you able to post photos of the package you receive?

Are there any colours/patterns/themes you would hate to receive?
Is there anything else you would not want to receive?
Anything else you want to tell your partner?

Partnering questions:
Would you like to swap multiple 1 hour items? (This is not mandatory, but if more than one person wants to send extra I can try to partner them with each other)
What kinds of crafts can you make in 1 hour: (name at least a few for my sanity when partnering...)
How many times do you need to post in the thread to fulfil the minimum requirements for communication? (The answer is in the rules)


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. Annchen (Sweden)
2. Linakins (USA)
3. blupaisan (USA)
4. edelC (Ireland)
5. amazing_784 (USA)
6. bec99 (Australia)
7. kbrison (USA)
8. Onyxnox (Canada)
9. emilywilde (USA)
10. Toralune (USA)
11. adrienne_bowers (USA)
12. mamarose22 (USA)
13. charlieandwillow (USA)
14. scarlet_nights (USA)
15. dharma_rebel (USA)
16. Avesthel (USA)
17. Sparkledust (UK)
18. anna.wahnsinn (Germany)
19. wendiek (The Netherlands)
20. quaggy (USA)

Linakins (USA) - mamarose22 (USA)
blupaisan (USA) - Sparkledust (UK)
edelC (Ireland) - anna.wahnsinn (Germany)
amazing_784 (USA) - quaggy (USA)
bec99 (Australia) - scarlet_nights (USA)
kbrison (USA) - adrienne_bowers (USA)
Onyxnox (Canada) - Annchen (Sweden)
Toralune (USA) - emilywilde (USA)
dharma_rebel (USA) - charlieandwillow (USA)
Avesthel (USA) - wendiek (The Netherlands)
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 97 ENTRIES / Tiny aquarium in a tin on: April 08, 2014 03:59:58 PM
The short version: Look! I made a pretty thing!

The longer version:

It all started with this pin... I hadn't really thought about making it myself, and then AmandaBL claimed me for it in the Ongoing Pinterest Swap. You should go look at it! She was thoughtful enough to include some goodies to help me make my own tin garden. I was really excited to try, but I wasn't sure what to use for grass so I just let the idea stew for a bit...

It's not that easy to get altoid tins in Sweden, but I do have a bunch of these:

It's a tin promoting cough drops, and we got tons of them sent to the pharmacy where I work. I don't know if we gave any out... Any promotion not okayed by the marketing department tend to just vanish mysteriously... Ahem, I liberated a couple of them (with permission...).

I also tend to hold on to all kinds off odd bits and bobs, and I've been hanging on to a set of glass fish. They're connected to glass floats with fishing wire, and the idea is to have a nice fake fish bowl with the fish hanging as if they're swimming. It sounds good in theory, but standing water gets gross quickly... Luckily my little fishie can swim again, without yucky water.

For the background I searched for underwater stock photos, and I found this one by Tigers-stock. I printed it out and glued it to the inside of the tin using decoupage glue (I guess it's something like mod podge). Next untied the knot securing the glass floater to the fish. The string was long enough to hang the fish from and I duct taped it to the lid. As much as I like duct tape I wanted a more classy look on the outside of the tin, so it got a face lift with some origami paper and a neat frog and fish pond paper I had in my stash. I finished it off with a decoupage varnish to get rid of the slightly sticky feeling from the glue and make it nice and shiny.

When everything was dry I filled the tin with sand. The sand comes from Sgsand, one of my favourite beaches. I would swim there more often, but it's freaking cold in the Baltic sea... I'm not sure why I have a plastic bag of sand in my stash, but look I FINALLT USED IT! Err... Some of it.

The decorations in the sand are found and swapped objects. I think you recognise the neat green compass AmandaBL sent. Gemusia sent me the small pieces of amber in the make a friend swap, and the glass piece and star are from a whimsy jar I got in a magic yarnball swap from littlebluegirl. The cute little shells are from a broken necklace.

I'm very happy with my new aquarium! It's been a while since I made something fun and silly for me... Smiley
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Time for another 10-minute swap? on: March 11, 2014 07:48:56 AM
What can you make in 10 minutes? Maybe not much... But how about an hour?

The 10 minute swap was a swap for anything that could be made in an hour. Either one item or a set of somethings. In the later rounds most people decided to make multiple one hour crafts, but it's still a fairly low stress swap. Would anyone be interested in another round?

Round 3 swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382942.0#axzz2vfHIICKc
Gallery round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328255.0
Gallery round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361028.0
Gallery round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383439.0#axzz2vfHIICKc
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Yeti pincushion - one little pincushion swap on: May 01, 2013 03:05:15 PM
I made this pincushion for bambam91 in the One little pincushion swap. One of her favourite themes was cryptids and mythical creatures and she had several cute Yeti on her pinterest, so I had to try to make one! It was so much fun designing her Cheesy

She's freeform crocheted and then fluffed up with a dog brush before I added the safety eyes and felt details. The bottom is felt and cardboard to make sure it can sit on a flat surface without wobbling around. Most of the shaping comes from the way I cut the cardboard, but I added a few stitches under the arms to give them a bit more definition.

The pins are shrinky dink pins I made (The tutorial I learned from: http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/2005/08/tutorial_for_sh.html). Super easy craft, and a nice way to get pins that match the pincushion. For this Yeti - multicoloured snowflakes.

It's spring in Sweden, so this is a Swedish Yeti changing into it's summer coat. No big white fluffy fur... Luckily she now lives in a warmer climate so the thin fur coat shouldn't be a problem.

The diversity of awesome pincushions from this swap was amazing, so you should really check out the rest of the gallery! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422386.0#axzz2S56b9pVw
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Imperial cuffs in DROPS Silke Alpacka on: August 26, 2012 05:05:00 AM

I'm a sucker for knitting magazines, and my all time favourite is The Knitter. I haven't knitted many patterns from the magazine, but I've got a ton of them on my "want to knit"-list... Unfortunately, many of those patterns are scary things like fitted clothes, so it will take me a long time to knit them all. Smiley There's usually at least one smaller project in each magazine, however, and when I was leafing through one of my old copies I realised that Imperal cuffs might be a good fit for the skein of Silke Alpacka I've had in my stash forever.

It was one of the first really good yarns I bought. Originally it was meant to become a hat, but my sister needed the dark purple skein for a neverending cardigan so I just had one off white one left. It never seemed to want to become anything so I just petted it, remembering that yarn purchase, and the feeling of spoiling myself with "good" yarn. The yarn is now discontinued so I couldn't buy more either...

It was great to finally cast on with this yarn! I knew it was a risk, since the yardage and the gauge was slightly off, but I decided to risk it since the pattern and yarn made it a joy to knit. I ran into a few problems and ended up stopping after 1,5 instead of 2 pattern repeats, but they blocked out to the right size and I'm really pleased with the result.

The buttons were originally bought for a baby cardigan, but they were a better fit here. I really like the lace pattern. The pattern is worked on both sides, but it wasn't very hard. Got to love small quick projects Smiley And best of all - my hands will be warm and toasty in these soft cuffs!

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