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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. 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:
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ceramic Teddy Bear Bottle Brush Tree on: December 17, 2019 03:21:24 PM
Ah, so cute!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: My last post on: December 17, 2019 03:19:50 PM
Your yarns are beautiful and you have been an inspiration to me on my own journey into spinning. Hope to see you on the other side.  Kiss
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Some of my recent paintings :) on: December 08, 2019 07:10:56 AM
Such cute animals and your paintings are so vibrant and really captured their characters.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Bottle Brush Beauties on: December 08, 2019 07:03:36 AM
I love them all, but that forest in a teacup is just dreamy.
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: Craftster Site Announcement on: December 05, 2019 07:05:02 AM
This blows. This community has been such a bright spot in my life for so long. I found a piece of myself here that I didn't even know existed. Thank you, all of you, for making this site such a positive, supportive, and welcoming place. Kiss

I truly hope that this is just a case of one door closing so that another may open.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. on: December 04, 2019 06:02:25 AM
I love your ornaments, Pinokeeo! They remind me of the designs you make with Spirograph...math can be so pretty!

I'm so sad that Craftster is going away. This community has been such a positive, encouraging force in my life. Whatever reincarnation is being planned for our little 'family,' I hope to see you all again on the other side. Kiss
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / October in Michigan 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:

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. 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.

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Elves on the Shelves - EAH Repaint and Reroot 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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