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1  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: Today at 07:16:47 AM
I'm glad the challenge is helping!  I've been amazed at how many shawls you guys have whipped up for the challenge, and I had to double check to see when this one ends, so I can be sure to be on top of posting the next one, and drawing a winner and such.  

I didn't intend to fixate on making shawls and nothing else  Cheesy but I haven't really had any inspiration or motivation for much else otherwise. Crochet is nice to zone out to, and I've been catching up on a ton of podcasts and audiobooks haha.

clm - the ugly duckling shawl is done! Want it, or should I throw it in the dye bath and see what happens?

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Lana's shibori scarves on: June 23, 2018 09:21:50 AM
This is giving me flashback of the meet up!  Smiley Smiley Smiley Such a happy time. And the scarves have turned out fantastic!! I'm sure Lana's teachers will love them - and if they don't you know a pack of craftsters that will happily give them a good home  Wink
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Another Givers and Needers swap? on: June 23, 2018 09:04:45 AM
I would be in - definitely as a giver - time to purge the fabric stash.
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: June 23, 2018 07:43:31 AM
You are on a roll, sheep! The "mocha latte" shawl is yummy! I like the edging on the Namaqualand and your raisin purple addition at the end.

The quarter challenge of using up stash yarn has been a HUGE help to push me to figure out how to creatively use all the little half balls of yarn that I didn't know what to do with before. The dyeing trick is definitely a break-through to help unify my stash more easily.
5  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: June 23, 2018 07:39:56 AM
clm - sorry to hear about your sore wrist, that always sucks. Wrists are so essential to so much crafting lol. Hopefully with a little rest you'll be back to hooking in no time.

stupid question alert!! so with the dye bath, do you have to bleach the piece out first or does the dye cover up the colors that well? or do you have colors poking through? Huh

No bleach, I just pour some RIT dye into a hot hot ziplock bag of water and let it sit for a while. It's a big toss-up on how it is going to come out - that is why I gravitate towards using darker colors when trying to cover up ugly yarns. Worst case scenario I can always resort to black. In my test dye swatch posted a few pages ago, there was some variation to the levels of purple I got, but it didn't look too bad. But we'll see if my ugly shawl even gets to the dyeing stage Cheesy clm may want to save it from that fate. And now a small part of me is also growing a little endeared to the ugly color combo that is developing. Weird! haha.
6  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: June 23, 2018 06:13:35 AM
You ladies are so so sweet to offer!  Cheesy It is the Namaste Neutrals. I was planning to try the Michaels in my area to see if they have it - if that also results in failure I'll be sure to shout out for help  Wink (I doubled checked online at my local Joanns to see if they restocked yet, and that was a fat NO).

The 3 Michael's closest to you are all a big fat NO.  According to their website and your zip code.  Is it weird that I keep track of Craftster friend's addresses?

 Angry its a conspiracy against me. (also, not really that strange about friend's addresses. I keep them handy too haha)

MJ would you be a dear and pick up a cake for me if you're willing? PM me and we can work out details for a swap or I can just transfer some $ to you.
7  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: June 23, 2018 05:56:04 AM
You ladies are so so sweet to offer!  Cheesy It is the Namaste Neutrals. I was planning to try the Michaels in my area to see if they have it - if that also results in failure I'll be sure to shout out for help  Wink (I doubled checked online at my local Joanns to see if they restocked yet, and that was a fat NO).
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 on: June 22, 2018 07:13:28 AM
I can't wait til next year!!!  Cheesy
9  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: June 22, 2018 06:14:03 AM
sheepBlue, I like that ugly shawl. I'd wear that. The more I look, the more I like. That dye bath better be amazeballs or I'm going to feel a little sad.

Haha, I can run it by you before the dye bath - if you like it I'll send it your way!  Cheesy
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 on: June 21, 2018 05:38:36 PM
Yayyyy I finally get to post the amazing package I got from craftylittlemonkey!!! She was such a doll and sent a ton of fun whimsies to get crafty with.













Our personal swap started out with these little guys - I mentioned on a random thread that I wanted to craft with them, but was stunned at how expensive they are to buy - she happened to have them creeping in her stash. A match made in heaven  Cheesy



She sent this card which I find stunning in the tiny the stitchy details. This will probably get framed when I get around to it  Grin



I asked her to make me some earrings since I have a bit of an earring obsession right now and she was so amazing and thoughtful!!! This first one was an assemblage of random bits and bobs in her stash, and I love how jangly it is, and very eclectic - definitely one of a kind



This pendant and earring set are actually made by a local artist who reclaims antique metal housewares and converts them to jewelry - love this!



And probably my favorite - handblown earrings by someone special in clm's life wrapped in wire, so pretty!! It's hard to get an accurate photo of these, but I love it.  Cheesy



Last thing in the package were these crafted beads. The stitched ones are by clm and I love them!! I think I'm going to have to make an art dangle with them to hang in my car or something. And then these beautiful felted beads crafted by belladune that had long been admired in clm's craft room, but she thought maybe I could find a good way to incorporate them into my earring obsession  Grin Challenge accepted!!




Thank you so so so much clm! You are such a dear heart, and I am so thankful to have a thoughtful, beautiful friend in my life. I can't wait til the craftster meet up next year to hang out more with you in person!!  Grin Grin Grin
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