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1  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Unseamly Sweater finally finished!! [IMG heavy] on: June 17, 2009 01:18:07 PM
I started an Unseamly Sweater (from The Happy Hooker) for my mom about two years ago. . . it got stowed away and never finished as is often the case with my crochet ambitions. I got it out the other day and started working on it--today, I finally put on the finishing touches!!

The sweater:

bottom edge detail:

stitches details:
2  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Make Me a Journal Swap- 2 ANGELS FOUND on: April 01, 2008 04:50:51 PM
I need some lovely angels to make journals for two unlucky crafters. One was flaked on and the other's package was swiped by postal elves.

Thank you to the HUGE outpouring of angel offers in my PM box...you all are swell!

The original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=226318.0

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229887.0

Please PM me if you want to be an angel!

PHOTOG_IN_PLAID: Carrieme will angel
KARIA: Craftybernie will angel

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make Me a Journal Swap on: February 25, 2008 12:25:20 PM
let's see your journals  Cheesy

PS: thanks ahead of time for keeping this thread dedicated to posting your journals and commenting on those posted by others

original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=226318.0

sendouts were March 3, 2008

good standing
sent and received
feedback given

craftybernie <---> lisateacher
Rain <---> Karia
astarael <---> IHearTreesCry
photog_in_plaid <---> Crimp
ademareej <---> half pint
Ren <---> thunderchild
craftywillow <---> sowingdiva
MsMarple <---> sasserdesas
haroldlovesmaude <---> HeatherJuneYoung
kartiana <---> Jennickell
carrieme <---> Euphoriaa
scaramouche <---> boogirl1984

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Make Me a Journal Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED!; SEND BY 3/3/08) on: February 08, 2008 04:50:33 PM
Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229887.0

Swap name:Make Me a Journal Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: IHearTreesCry
Sign-up date range:2/9/08-2/17/08
Date to send item by:3/3/08

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24 (I'll close sign-ups early if we reach that limit)

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

All ages allowed? those under 18 please have parental permission!
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: YES

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

Details of swap:
Always wishing your swap partners would send you a journal or blank book? Do you love to write or draw or keep memories in blank books? Do you find yourself drawn to buy journals every time you see one (even though you already have 5 or 500 sitting at home)? Or do you just want to try your hand at bookmaking/binding? THIS IS YOUR SWAP!

You will be required to either construct or decorate a blank book for your partner (depending on his/her requests---I will try to match you up accordingly). If you and your partner decide to, you made make additional small items to compliment your blank book such as a bookmark, writing utensils, etc.

PLEASE make sure that you either know how to make or decorate a journal or you have a way to learn with ample time to craft. Martha has a pretty good video tutorial that helped me a lot:


My rules:[/color]
* Put "Make Me a Journal Swap" in all PMs pertaining to this swap.
* Post in the thread at least once a week for duration of swap OR until BOTH you and your partner have sent and received (otherwise, poor communication will be noted in your feedback). I will be checking to see if you have posted on the following dates: 2/24, 2/30, 3/2.
* PM me and your partner ASAP if you have to send late.
* Buy a delivery confirmation or tracking # for your package and PM it to me and your partner when you PM to notify us that you sent.
* PM me and your partner when you receive and you must post pictures in the gallery or make arrangements for your partner to do so for you (make these arrangements BEFORE you send).

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer (IHearTreesCry):

Name of swap
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?
What would you use a blank book for? (journal, recipes, scrapbook, etc)
Do you have a preference between a handmade book or a storebought one decorated?
Would you prefer to make a book for your partner or buy and decorate one?
Anything your book MUST have? (lined pages, recycled paper, pg.#s, wraparound closure, place for pictures, etc.)
Anything your book MUST NOT have?
Anything else your partner should know about you in order to send you a great blank book?
Do you have a Wist or blog or Myspace or other helpful "stalking" site?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


good standing
sent and received
poor communication-PM me!!!
feedback given
sending late with communication

craftybernie <---> lisateacher
Rain <---> Karia
astarael <---> IHearTreesCry
photog_in_plaid <---> Crimp
ademareej <---> half pint
Ren <---> thunderchild
craftywillow <---> sowingdiva
MsMarple <---> sasserdesas
haroldlovesmaude <---> HeatherJuneYoung
kartiana <---> Jennickell
carrieme <---> Euphoriaa
scaramouche <---> boogirl1984
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make Me A Journal Swap? on: January 16, 2008 03:21:37 PM
I'm addicted to journals and am always hoping my swap partners will send them to me in other types of swaps. Let's just get down to it and have a Make Me A Journal Swap!

The idea would be to craft a journal or decorate a plain, store-bought one based on your partner's interests/preferences. I think it would be good to include some sort of writing untensil and maybe a bookmark, too.

Partners could make the paper themselves or buy it, they could do numerous crafty things to the outside. People could even make little totes, stamps, pen-toppers, etc. to complement the other items.

Are there any other crafters out there as crazy as I am for a book with BLANK PAGES?!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / It's a Craftster Christmas! (thanks gramps for never tossing your crappy LPs) on: December 19, 2007 02:35:24 PM
I've made all my Christmas gifts for the past several years, mostly because I've got no money, but also because I like to. Got a great (easy) fudge recipe from Nixkisses in the Christmas stocking swap (thanks girl!) and that's what everyone's getting....only problem, no containers...and there's no way I'm spending money on stupid throwaway containers for Christmas fudge. So.....
I used geetargeek's tutorial  on record melting to make bowls which will be filled with the fudge I'm making today (sorry no link, but it's easy to find by searching "melted record bowl" on Craftster). It's going to be a Craftster Christmas!

the whole lot of them:

close-up of one:

the first one I made with popcorn inside:

Thanks to you wonderful Craftster crafters!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / fingerless gloves (3 bad pics & pattern/tut....kinda long) on: November 03, 2007 06:46:38 PM
I promised to make some fingerless gloves for the drive-thru at work this weekend (before it gets too terribly cold), but I've been more into my swap (Christmas stocking swap-check it out!), so I used "Thick 'n' Quick" yarn with a size K hook.
Pics first, tut. second:
(BTW, sorry for the bad pics; I don't like bright lights in my house and no flash either  Undecided but you get the idea)...
action shot!

Thick'n'Quick yarn (Lion brand, I think)
size K hook
something with which to cut

Make 2 (unless you're missing a hand/arm or you wanna sport the Michael Jackson look).

Foundation chain
slip knot, then ch 25 (more of less depending on the length you want...this will be the length from your forearm to about halfway to your thumb on you palm)
Row 1
sc in 3rd ch f/hook, sc in all remaining ch sts, ch 2 & turn
Row 2
sc in 3rd sc f/ hook, sc in all remaining sc sts in row, ch 2 & turn
Rows 3-12 (add rows for a wider arm; I'm smallish)
repeat row 2 until you have 12 (or desired # of) rows
Do not ch 2 & turn in last row
Joining row
sl st to join row 12 (or your last row) to row 1 (will make a tube)
Beginning Hand round
@ end of sl st joining row, work about 15 sc sts around top of tube (once again, add sts if your hand is larger than mine)
Thumb hole
ch about 4 sts, then join w/ sl st to beginning of beginning hand round (once again, if your thumb is bigger, add sts)
Ending hand rounds
work these stitches on the inside of glove to maintain the stripey effect I had
sc in each sc around, then sc in 4 (or all) ch sts, work 1 sc in each sc around until 3 rnds or desired height of glove
cut yarn w/ a couple inches tail, then weave in ends

PS- You can see where I got my general idea at the following link: http://melaniebug.tripod.com/suzetta's_fingerless_mittens.htm
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / It's Great/It Sucks to be a Woman Swap on: November 01, 2007 07:54:58 AM
Has anyone done a swap dedicated to all the wonderful and uncomfortable things about being a female (since I venture to say we're a predominantly female population here)?

I'm thinking tampon/pad/cup cases, adult toy cozies, homemade lingerie, maternity clothing, etc. etc. (you know this list can go on forever).

I'm working on my first swap right now, so I can't be in charge just yet, but whatchyall think???
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / green, fuzzy monster iPod nano cozy on: October 20, 2007 07:00:38 AM
My little sister commissioned me to make a cozy for her new iPod nano video. This is what I came up with (sorry no action shot yet, so I don't know if it will for sure fit--she doesn't have it yet)...
Back/monster side:

Front/iPod nano video side:

How I did it:

I was inspired by the Stitch n Bitch Happy Hooker pattern (cozy pod creatures) and some of the cozies I've seen on here (sorry no specifics, I looked at many). Like many of those patterns, I started with a slightly-smaller-than-iPod-sized piece of plastic with holes punched around the edges. I crocheted around the edge, then across the monster side and then around the edges to frame the iPod size. (I used sensations angel hair stripes in lime green, so it looks and feels a bit furry and unkempt). The eyes are googly eyes I glued on with Elmer's and the teeth are scraps from a sheet of fused plastic grocery bags I used in another project (so they're mosty white, with dirty-monster-teeth appearance caused by specks of other colors,too.)

Sorry for the long description. Hope to have an "action" shot soon.

Think a 15-year-old girl will like it?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / coffee sleeve example (3 imgs) on: October 09, 2007 04:32:47 PM
I work at a coffee shop, so I've made TONS of crocheted coffee sleeves for my fellow baristas. Didn't think of taking pictures as I made them...this is the only one actually at the coffee shop right now, so it's the only one I'm posting. (If you put the pictures together, it says "Kathy").

I make most of them the same, anyway: 7 rows of tunisian/afghan/idiot crochet, about 27-30 sts long, crossstitch the name, then join ends to make a circle/sleeve. I made some of them double thick so they're reversible and I also put a small pocket on some others.

FYI: These are really really easy and really really quick and a super great way to keep your drink hot OR cold without double cupping or using a disposable cardboard sleeve.

Thanks for viewing!
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