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1  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: December 17, 2019 04:08:17 PM
I blew past my goal of 50 completed projects, and I'm almost done with my crafted Christmas presents. Next year will be a year of finishing WIPs and taking on less, I think.

Here are the last three projects that I will be posting to Craftster. I never would have learned so many different crafts if it weren't for this community of wonderful people. My life is so much richer for having found you all. Thank you.

A blue and white marled yarn in my nephew's college colors (also my alma mater):

And a hat for said nephew, made from the yarn:

Some knee-high, loom-knit wool socks for my little DS2:
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2  October in Michigan in Spinning: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: November 30, 2019 08:51:40 AM
As much as I love Summer, I always enjoy the changing colors of Fall here in Michigan. This year did not disappoint. The colors were vibrant, but it was short-lived...It rained a lot last month and it started snowing on Halloween (!), just as the colors were peaking.

I created this skein of handspun Merino to try and capture those few, short days of ecstatic color and clear skies. The colors were from a grab bag from Shep's Wool, supplemented with more greens and white.

154g, about 190 yards, averaging 8wpi.

Inspiration (not my photos, from Pure Michigan's FB):

Pile of fiber:

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3  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: November 30, 2019 08:38:22 AM
Looks like everyone is busy crafting for the holidays!

I finally finished the BJD Elf doll repaints I started last year and sent those off to my sister for her girls (and their kids). I always get hung up on those tiny clothes.

I made a Pokemon needle book for my DS1 who is just learning how to sew.

That rainbow handspun yarn became this earwarmer (the flower is removable). I also made 4 more of these in random yarn I had laying around, just to try out my pattern and bust some stash. I gave one to my SIL and one will go to my niece this Christmas to match a shawl I made her.

The color change this October was spectacular, but short-lived. I used the random colors I got in a grab bag of Merino to create this gradient yarn to try and capture it. I can't wait til I'm done with my Christmas crafting so I can make myself a cowl!

The red, white, blue, and tan handspun yarn is now a cozy pair of hats for my DSs. I don't have a picture of the red one, but it's the same as the blue plus earflaps.

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4  Elves on the Shelves - EAH Repaint and Reroot in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: November 30, 2019 08:25:26 AM
Last year, I started a handful of custom dolls including an Elf for our shelf. I started two for my nieces and their kids, but didn't finish in time for the holidays. But, they're finally done and off to their new homes!

They started as Ever After High Blondie Locks dolls. They were rerooted with handspun yarn and commercial spun, and they got a repaint with watercolor pencils and chalk. I drafted the pattern for their leather slippers. The dresses were made from a pattern by DGRequiem, accidentally altered to be a pencil skirt instead of a bubble skirt. Happy little accidents.

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5  Toga! Toga! Toga! in Costumes: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: November 08, 2019 10:44:46 AM
We were invited to a toga party for Halloween. The theme was an Animal House toga party, but I went for a more historically accurate Greek chiton...but, still made from bed sheets. Cheesy

The 'togas' and wraps are made from cheap flat sheets, dyed with RIT dye...red, purple, and peach. Our belts are just gold ribbon and cording. My DH's headband is three strands of gold leaf ribbon stitched to black ribbon. There's a bit of elastic in back to make it a stretchy. The brooches are faceted glass gems sewn on black felt.

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6  Fiber Friday in Spinning: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: November 08, 2019 10:08:31 AM
I know there haven't been Fiber Friday posts for quite a while, but, it's Friday and I have a few finished skeins. Wink

My boys bought me some roving for my birthday last month and I've been happily spending a lot of time with my wheel.

I got a grab bag of random bits of dyed Merino and some of it ended up in this fractal-spun rainbow. (105g, about 158yds of worsted-aran weight)

The boys wanted new Winter hats - Mario power-up mushroom earflap hats in blue and red, to be specific. I spun up some Merino in red, blue, and white. Some of the white I then dyed with coffee (not pictured). It's about 450 yards in total, bulky and so squishy!

Thanks for looking, and happy Friday!
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7  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: November 08, 2019 09:54:30 AM
Cute ornaments, BigBangMama!

We went to a toga party this Halloween, sadly, I didn't get a picture of my DH's. They're made from cheap sheets, dyed with RIT dyes.

I made a cozy bandana cowl for my nephew. The yarn is an alpaca/acrylic blend and so very soft.

My SIL's birthday is coming up, so I made her a tote bag.

My boys got me some Merino roving for my birthday so that I could make them some new Winter hats. Here is the yarn I spun up for that purpose.

They also got me a grab bag of random colors, so I spun some of it up into this fractal yarn.

I've had this handspun in my stash for years, spun from roving I received in a swap. I finally used it to make a hat and neckwarmer set for DS2.

It's been snowing here all week, so I'm all about crafting warm and cozy things.  Cheesy
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8  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: October 09, 2019 10:37:14 AM
Sorry to hear about your mom, anitacj.  Sad

I finished another shawl for my other niece whose birthday is this month. I used Red Heart Roll With It Tweed in Marine (about 1.3 balls) and Caron's Go-To Shawl pattern. I used a larger hook than the pattern called for to get a better drape to the fabric (it also served to make this a quick project). It's seriously cozy.  Cheesy

Finished up some more yarn. The brown is alpaca/wool (188g) and the blue/brown is wool dyed with indigo and coffee.

I had a benefit dinner to go to on Monday. It's kind of a big thing and there were judges, US Congressmen, Bishops, and Senatorial-hopefuls in attendance. I realized the day before that I didn't have a purse that was fancy enough (and big enough for my phone), so I made one from stash. Crisis averted. Cheesy
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9  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: October 03, 2019 11:56:00 AM
Your table is really cool, JS!

Cute pouches, CLM!

My older son came up with a project for me this week - a Super Mario Power Up Acorn. He originally wanted to make it out of cardboard, but I reminded him that he had some felt in his craft supplies and he asked me to make it. Of course, he now wants the whole collection of power ups.

For reference:

Two of my nieces' birthdays are this month, and they're each getting a shawl in their favorite colors. I only have one done so far and the other started.
more pics
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10  Sunset Dreams Shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: October 03, 2019 11:53:16 AM
I made this shawl for my niece's birthday. I chose a simple pattern and a thick yarn because it needed to be a quick project. The pattern is Caron's Sunset Dreams Shawl and the yarn is Lion Brand Just My Stripe in Berry Blue (3 balls). Though I did run out of yarn for the tassels, so those are from a conveniently coordinating Caron Cake.

It worked up very quickly and turned out nice and cozy. The tassels are removable, just in case she doesn't like them.

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