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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Karisma Hat on: January 03, 2018 07:25:23 PM
Love that cabled edging, and the lovely gray.
Thank you Smiley The yarn is from Sublime. A nice merino that I found a big bag of for $2 at Goodwill! I was ecstatic!

Looks toasty! Thank you for sharing!
It is! Merino wool and is knit thick, so wind doesn't have a chance! (this statement is not legally binding and has not been tested out as it was a gift, so please do not sue  Wink )
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 03, 2018 07:15:37 PM
AlishaMisha!!!!  Missed you!

Everyone's list looks so "stealable"!  I can't seem to get started...I think the bitter cold has frozen me...I did pull out some fabrics, but I think I need to clean up my craft room first...

I missed you too! I was so excited to come back and see that you still have this running! Cheesy Seeing some familiar faces around makes me feel like I am at home again.

Some of the best part about this craft along is getting inspiration from other's lists! (well the other stuff too, of course). I used some from my past lists to inspire me. I also hit up my pinterest boards. What was funny was that after all these years I still have many of the same projects that remain WIP! >_< I am trying to change that though.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Karisma Hat on: January 02, 2018 09:24:11 PM

I haven't been an active member on Craftster for several years now (not because of a lack of love!), so to help get me back into the groove I figured I would post my most recent completed project.

This hat was designed to match the Karisma Mittens on Ravelry (Mitten pattern not easily recommended. It was translated from Finnish. I had to modify it quite a bit to get it to fit and had to design the cables at the end different to lengthen the mitten). Pattern of hat can also be found on Ravelry).

Yarn: Doubled up DK yarn or Bulky

Cable Band
Size 5 needles
Guage: 20sts

Using Cable Chart used in Karisma Mittens:
Cast on 28sts
Right Side(rows with cables): sl1kw, p1 (place stitch marker), work chart, (place marker) p1 k1
Wrong Side: sl1pw, k1, (st marker) work chart [but have the knits be purls and purls be knits], (st marker) k1, p1
Keep doing this until the chart has been fully repeated 11 times. This allows for no breaks in the cables pattern. Stitch the ends together to form a band. (to make seamless, use a duplicate stitch)

Top of Hat
Size 8 needles
Guage: 17 sts

Pick up 84 sts behind knit border of band to preserve the border. Knit all sts in the round until it measures 5.5 including cable band.

Decreases:
Rd1- *k5,k2tog* repeat around
Rd2- k all
Rd3- *k4, k2tog* repeat around
Rd4- k all
Rd5- *k3, k2tog* repeat around
Rd6- k all
Rd7- *k2, k2tog* repeat around
Rd8- k around
Rd9- *k1, k2tog* repeat around
Rd10- k all
Rd11- k2tog around
Rd12- k2tog around
Thread yarn through stitches, pull, then weave in ends
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 02, 2018 05:53:10 PM
I have been on a long hiatus from this site (not because of lack of love!) and I came back specifically to join the 50 projects again after several years! Cheesy

In Progress
Queued
Hibernating

Knit
*Cable Knit Bracelet
*Knit Hat
*A knit project for myself that I can wear
*Knit Bat for Bridget
*Christmas Ornament
*Christmas Tree from MochiMochiLand
*Market Bag
*CC Hat
*Advent Calender Socks
*Finish one of the WIP that has been sitting around for years

Stamp Carving
*Cat Stamp for Amber
*If You Give a Mouse a Cookie stamp for library event
*Personal Traveler stamp for LLBean event
*Return Address stamp

Sewing
*Knitting Project Bag
*Knitting/Crochet related for SIL
*I-Spy Bag

Misc.
*Downton Abbey LTC's
*Dollar Tree craft
*Miniature Garden
*Miniature scene
*Canvas (spray over doilies? Embroidared cuckoo clock? oversized cross stitch? glue first then painted over?
*Fill sketchbook
*2018 Halloween Costume
*Layered Paper Shadowbox Scene
*Make a dress form
*To Do/Done daily task board
*Perfume Locket
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 06:38:32 PM
I am seeing 74 letterboxes in Australia with my current F/P count (with the settings to only show unknown and active statuses). You're right, that isn't many, but that should encourage you to plant some! Cheesy
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 06:34:03 PM
that is impressive, alisha!  My friend does this and it is way too complicated for me to grasp, but she loves it!  I am afraid that she is addicted but at least she has fun...it is a total subculture ...another world! Grin
It only seems complicated when you learn about every aspect all at once. In it's simplest form, it is just simply using clues to find a box that contains a stamp and a logbook. Stamp your signature image in the box's logbook to sign it, then stamp the box's image into your logbook so you can keep the image. Put the box back. That is really all it is. Everything else is just other flim-flam of the hobby. Do you happen to know your friend's letterboxing name? I may know who they are...

Given my recent stamp carving addiction, and my fondness for treasure hunts and bookcrossing, I signed up for that site, only to find there are 2 in my entire state. There are a couple more on another website, but all in the capital, nothing local. In fact, there isn't a terribly large amount in Australia at all.  Undecided
I do bookcrossing too Smiley I usually put the books in geocaches actually. You would be surprised how many letterboxes are actually in your area. On AtlasQuest the amount of letterboxes you see is directly relate to your find and plant count. For instance, I have set my letterboxes so the listings are only seen by people who are signed into AQ and have found at least 1 letterbox. A local letterboxer to me has a lot of letterboxes that will not show up until you have found 300. I know this only because she said so once. Now that I have hit 300 I will see more letterboxes I didn't before that were there all along! Also try going on letterboxing.org for more as well as googling your are with the keyword letterboxing as some people post clues in their blog. Also letterboxing groups on Yahoo Groups and Facebook sometimes post clues. As a general rule I just recommend AQ, but since you can only see 2, you may need more material...you should see more after you log your first find though as a lot put a restriction of 1 like I do. It helps keep your letterbox a little safer.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: February 10, 2014 02:47:18 PM
Great intricate and detailed stamp and 2013 stamps.
I'm very interested in letterboxing but I only did geocaching. I have to look into this a bit more.

Thank you  Smiley Geocaching is fun too. Two totally similar yet different beasts. I started out as a cacher actually, but have become more active with boxing. It is too crafty for me to avoid  Grin
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 02:37:58 PM
How many letterboxes did you find?  How many did you leave?  Do you have a favorite that you found?  What was the most interesting place you found one?

Okay, first I have to define a few things so that way you understand what the heck I am talking about...

Traditional - Found out in the wild. You follow clues to find them. This is the original type.
Hitchhikers/Fleas/Cooties - HH travel from letterbox to letterbox. Cooties travel from letterboxer to letterboxer (usually sneaked into someone's pockets or backpack ect as a surprise). Fleas are a hybrid that can do either.
Personal Travelers - They stay with the letterboxer at all times, but they are not the letterboxer's signature stamp that they use to log into logbooks to represent them. The letterboxer can require a certain task (like sing "I'm a little tea pot" or whatever they chose) or a passcode. Usually a lot are just given without a requirement.
Event Stamp - A stamp carved specially for a stamp that stays at "Event Central" for everyone to obtain.
LTCs - Letterboxer Trading Cards that are like ATCs but are required to contain a stamped image. Inchies and such are also under this category.
Postals - They are stamps that travel in the mail so a ring of letterboxers can enjoy them.
Other - Insert undefined whatever here....some examples: There are things called quisps that are hidden under the address label of postals. The first one was a shrinkydink of a stamped image. I have made wooden nickels with stamps and those could be considered an Other. I ordered carving supplies for a website owned by a letterboxer (stampeaz.com) and on the receipt they include a randomly chosen stamped image on it. You can cut it out and paste it into your logbook if you choose. That was considered an Other...


Okay, so here are my statistics to the best of my ability since I have not recorded a few as they are listed on another website. I started letterboxing 9/21/12... (F=found P=Planted)
Traditional - F300 (milestone hit saturday) / P15 (Have quite a few waiting to be planted once the snow is gone)/ Donated 6 / Adopted 1
HH/Fleas/Cooties - F18 / P51
Personal Travelers - F41 / P5
Event Stamp - F6 / P0
LTC - F3 / P3
Postal - F0 / P0
Other - F1 / P1


I have a LOT of favorites. Some are ones I have planted, but not my carves (I collaborated with a carver in FL and I planted, created puzzles, and clues). Another out of sentiment was the Flying Spaghetti Monster symbol (That was a Personal Traveler). There are 3 stamps locally of James Chamberlain the civil war hero. The bust of him and his wife along with his house was amazing. And at the LLBean event was a new favorite of the moose onsite that are locking heads.

Most interesting place...hmmm. That is hard to pinpoint. I loved J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, FL.  The location of the US National Toboggan Championships (Camden, ME) is also interesting. Actually, I was at that on Saturday. I really liked the sand cemetery in Captiva, FL. That was definitely something you don't see everyday.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: February 10, 2014 01:51:42 PM
very cool!  For those of you who do not know what letterboxing is, google it...it sounds like loads of fun!  Similar to geocaching in that clues are used to find stuff...Alisha has made tons of stamps for this hobby...they are awesome--go look by following her link!

Aw thanks! *blushes*

yes, Letterboxing is definitely a VERY fun hobby. For anyone interested in getting into it, use AtlasQuest.com. Many people turn to letterboxing.org when they look it up, but that site is only used by a few and lots of boxes have been abandoned on that site. AQ is definitely the most active and most used.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 01:44:30 PM
Hahaha I know, it's a lot  Tongue I am kind of addicted. As you can tell I barely did any non-stamp related crafts. Letterboxing had taken over my life!  Grin

I am over at 2014, just not very active at present...I will try to work on that.
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