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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Zelda Swap Round 3 Gallery on: August 31, 2011 07:34:12 AM
Post all your Zelda goodies here for all of Craftster to see!

(Original swap thread here)


mama24boyz <> Bunnie Boo
Pretty Little Rainbow <> JohnathanD
FinchyMcFincherton <> lorelei
Wizards_Pupil <> BunnieBard

Sent and Received
Sending late with communication
Please contact the organizer immediately!
feedback given
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Yoke Pullover & Lace Stole! on: August 06, 2011 01:31:50 PM
I haven't posted any of my projects lately, so here are the last couple of knit projects I've worked on this summer!

#08 Cabled Yoke Pullover, designer: Norah Gaughan, published in VK Holiday 2010.  Yarn: KFI Gaelic Aran in green tweed.

I made it in a size larger than normal so I could wear a shirt underneath in the winter.  I probably could've just done my usual size because it is a big baggy, but all in all a very cute and comfortable sweater! And it has cables: my favorite!  I knitted most of this project during knitting group, so it took awhile, but ultimately is a quick sweater.

And a fun picture, because I'm silly like that:

Swan Lake Stole, designer Melanie Gibbons, published on Ravelry and designer's website.  Yarn: KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud in Midnight Heather.

Half of this was knit by one of my friends in knitting group for a Mystery Knit-along, but she didn't really want an asymmetrical stole and gave it to me! So I finished it up, and viola! Most awesome stole.  It makes me feel all sorts of sophisticated, and I'm going to be bringing it on a cruise for a formal night cover-up! Smiley  This was also my first time knitting with size 8/0 beads and I have to say I'm addicted!  I can't wait to knit Hanami, which is another beaded stole pattern from Ms. Gibbons! Smiley

Thanks for looking, and as always, C&C is always appreciated!  Cheesy
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Zelda Swap Round 3 (Signups Closed, Sendouts 09/19/11) on: July 18, 2011 03:04:47 PM
Swap name: Zelda Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: striker923
Sign-up date range: 07/18/11-08/05/11
Date to send item by: 09/19/11

Limited to a certain number of people? 16

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? NO

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Looking for that perfect Hylian Shield? A replacement Zora tunic because yours has holes? A Ganondorf amigurumi for your desk at work?  Twitching with impatience awaiting the release of Skyward Sword? Join Round 3 to craft some lovely Zelda-themed items to pass the time!

This will be a one Large, one Medium and one Small item swap.  Be sure to discuss extras/spoiling with your partner!

Swap Item Guidelines:

By Time
Big = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Little = 2 or less hours

By Size
Big = Clothing, a jewelry set, plushies, etc
Medium = one piece of jewelry, a small pouch, etc
Small = earrings, stickers, stitch markers, etc

By Price
Big = $30 or more
Medium = $10-$30 dollars
Small = $10 or less

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


Name of swap: Zelda Swap Round 3
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? (YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

You are encouraged to send PMs to your partner(s) and get to know them better. You are required to post in the thread at least once a week to check in with us, will you be able to do this? (YES/NO)

Favorite Zelda game(s)?:

Least favorite game(s)?:

Favorite character(s)?:

Least favorite character(s)?:

Favorite Zelda moments/events?:

What kind of crafts can you make?:

What kind of crafts would you like to receive?:

What is your favorite color?:

What color(s) do you hate?:

What color combinations do you like?:

List clothing and/or jewelry sizes here for things you would be interested in receiving:

List places on the Interwebs where your partner can stalk you to brainstorm ideas (wist, social networking sites, blog, etc):

List possible allergens in your house:

List allergies you have:


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Metallic Aida/Cross stitch fabric on: May 14, 2011 11:42:25 AM
Has anyone used the special aida fabric with the silver (or gold) thread in it? I just picked up a piece of it on clearance at Joanns (it was on clearance! How could I not???) and I haven't been able to find any reviews on it, both here and through Google.

I'm just curious for those who've used it:

How does it hold up? Does the metallic thread stay put in the weave of the fabric? Do those metallic threads alter the even-ness of your stitches? How much does it show through your stitches?

If anyone has any insight, that would be fantastic! Thanks for your help fellow Craftsters Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tilted Duster Cardigan! on: May 12, 2011 04:40:00 PM
After 7 months of on and off knitting, I finally finished my Tilted Duster! It fits so well and will be perfect for a fall to early winter jacket, and a sweater in the coldest months.  Too bad I now have to wait all spring and summer to really wear it Tongue

The yarn is a green tweed that one of the gals in my knitting group gave to me.  So generous!! I used wooden toggles for buttons...the perfect choice, in my opinion.  They really go well with the style of sweater and the color of the yarn Smiley

Dates: Oct 10-May 11
Needles: US size 6, 8 and 9, Denise Interchangeables
Yarn: Knitting Fever Gaelic Aran, color 74 tweed
Pattern: Tilted Duster by Norah Gaughan, Interweave Knits Fall 2007
Size: 36"
Mods: made sleeves longer, armhole depth was done in the next biggest size.

Pictures, yay! (please disregard the fact I need a hair cut like whoa) I included a goofy one, because, well, I'm a goofball  Wink  Thanks for looking!!!

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Zelda swap Rnd 3 or Zelda OTT swap on: April 28, 2011 01:11:52 PM
Is anyone game for another Zelda swap this summer? I'd be up for a regular Large, Medium, Small or a OTT swap.  I'd offer to organize solo, but I would rather team up with someone who's organized before so I don't totally screw things up Wink  Someone to show me the ropes, you know?

Any interest/takers?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Purple Alpaca Sweater Vest on: April 15, 2011 01:57:39 PM
This vest is such a great three-season layering piece! I actually finished it up in September and have worn it several times over the fall and winter and finally got around to taking pictures! It's the Tori Vest pattern (Ravelry link) knit in Classic Elite Inca Marl (100% alpaca), which I got on sale awhile back from Webs.  I wanted a simple pattern since the yarn speaks for itself.

While I definitely like it, it does cut me short...I think I must have an obnoxiously-long torso or some Gumby genes or something, haha.  If it was any other yarn, I would've knit the pattern longer, but I thought the alpaca would stretch.  However because I did this pattern as written (flat and seamed vs converting it into the round), the seams really stabilize the alpaca from stretching.  But, its warm enough and comfortable, and helps to cover the gap my button down shirts get around my, uh, female endowments, ahem.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

(Side slit detail at the hem):

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Green ChuChu from the Legend of Zelda on: March 06, 2011 12:08:13 PM
Here's my most recent amigurumi: a green Chuchu! I decided to make him tiny by using embroidery thread (all 6 strands).  He took me forever to do: not because he was hard, but because I just don't have much crafting time (maybe 1-2 hours a week) right now.  Otherwise I probably would've finished him in less than a week.  I used a B/1/2.25mm hook as that was the smallest hook I had, although as you can see, I could've gone smaller.  Even though you can see the stuffing, it isn't coming out, and I love him anyway 'cause he's so cute!  Grin  Still getting the hang of stuffing though...does anyone have any tips? More stuffing? Less stuffing? Make stuffing more condensed? Less condensed?  Anywho, thanks for looking!

He stands just short of a standard highlighting marker.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sailor Chibimoon and Helios embroidery on: February 20, 2011 07:59:19 AM
This is an embroidery piece that I did for the recent OTT Sailor Moon Valentine's swap for my partner, minathia.  This is my second embroidery piece (I usually just stick to my cross stitch bubble), so any comments or criticism to improve my beginner-level skills is appreciated Smiley

I had a heck of a time transferring this image to fabric...first was the disappearing ink pen, but (you guessed it) it kept disappearing when I put the project down overnight! Next was one of those red iron on pencils....yep, that was an epic fail. Barely transferred and was kind of blurry (although that could have been my fault).  Finally, I looked here on the transfer method thread and read all the rave reviews about the Sulky pen.  Worked like a charm! So thanks fellow craftsters! (Wished I had looked there earlier!)

This took me awhile to do, possibly three weeks? I learned a new stitch: stem stitch, which is the majority of the stitches in this hoop.  There are a few french knots (also a new technique for me) for Chibimoon's hair barrettes.  I think I was pretty crazy to pick such a detailed image for only my second attempt, but I'm fond of just jumping headfirst into new crafts, lol.  Definitely gave me lots of practice on the stem stitch technique, as well as starting and ending threads.  I used black (310) and pink (604) DMC floss, 2 strands.  I used 1 strand for Chibimoon's nose and tiara.  For some reason you can really see the rope-ness of the stem stitch in the pink, more so than black (possibly because it is a lighter color?)

I guess without further ado, here are the pics! Thank you for looking!  Cheesy

Close up:

Early progress shot:

Original image (for reference):
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Steampunk-inspired stranded cowl, Industrial Skies on: December 11, 2010 07:36:10 PM
This is going to be my Christmas gift to my Dad, I sure hope he likes it! I was originally going to make him a scarf, but my mom suggested making him "one of those scarf tube-things", so a cowl it is!  This is a fairly simple stranded pattern (no shaping), so a great first-time project for someone looking to try the technique.

I used sport weight yarn: Cascade 220 Sport in black and Classic Elite Fresco in gray.  Not a fan of the Fresco, while it is very soft I don't really like the shedding of the angora and alpaca content as it shows a LOT on the black...something I didn't think about when purchasing yarn for this project  Wink

Onto pictures and thanks for looking! Smiley

I LOVE the airship and clock tower details:

The inside, which looks kinda cool:

And a picture with goggles, just for fun! (This is just a bit too big for me, but it sure will fit my Dad) Grin

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