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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ninja Turtles swap? on: December 21, 2012 11:21:38 AM

Sooo... who's seen the new Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? It is pretty dang good... and more importantly, reminds me of what a huge flippin' nerd I am for Ninja Turtles!!  Cheesy

So who likes this idea? 1980's, 2003, and 2012 cartoons... movies... comics... you could even branch out a bit with Usaji Yojimbo...?? I'm thinking 4 or 5 points, sign-ups sometime in January? And I could totally organize.

Don't let me down, guys! I already have like 3 awesome ideas I want to craft! Smiley
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Avatar Round 4 / Legend of Korra / All things Avatar GALLERY! on: August 20, 2012 09:58:07 PM

BunnieBard <->Oath Keeper
 addiej <-> bethanael
 the_essence <-> Gr33nT3a
 Abbeeroad <-> IsikkahJai
Sakaki <-> HollyBowers
 Chamomile_T <-> zeivin

Blue - Sent package
Green - Package arrived to partner. Yay!
Orange - Sending late with communication
Red - problem, contact your organizer/co-organizer, please

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help a crocheter understand your knitting lingo? Aka pattern deciphering. on: July 23, 2012 12:02:38 PM
While I am more of a crocheter, I do know how to knit and am usually pretty good at reading patterns. I kind of cheat and own an Ultimate Sweater Machine (which I love so much; no tight knit rows and impossibly loose purl rows in my stockinette anymore! Wink) BUT~! I would like to make a yoked sweater, which I have never attempted, and the construction of such is confusing me. So! Three things!

1) I am using this pattern http://www.naturallycaron.com/projects/juneau/juneau_1.html , but getting rid of the cable detail in front and adding a simple k6 p1 rib all the way around. So you start out knitting the body panels and sleeves, and then transfer all four pieces onto circular needles and knit the yolk. When I swtich from straight rows to rounds, will I be creating a spiral in my work? I don't want my lovely straight ribs to spiral after this point. I don't think it will, or maybe not as badly as crochet does, but...

2) To quote this pattern, you start the yolk "using larger circular needle and working stitches as they face you". What does this mean? I think it means I hang my pieces so the stockinette faces right-side-out all the way around my circular needles, and that I knit with this right side facing me, yes?

3) So my yoke just... just connects my four pieces at the shoulder/decreases into the neck part. But it does not connect the underarms of the sleeves or the sides of the body in any way, right? I will still have to stitch together along the sleeves and sides when I am done, right? And this will leave the correct arm holes and such...? I feel the pattern is missing a "finishing" section which should say this.

Thanks so much, everyone! It's been forever since I hand-knitted anything... but this pattern is exactly what I want to make and uses the EXACT gauge my #3 keyplate knits... so I am willing to attempt hand-knitting the yolk. I just need to figure out what my hand-gauge is again, ahaha. Pretty sure I only own size 6 and size 12 straight needles, neither of which will do me any good for this. Roll Eyes
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Avatar Round 4 / Legend of Korra / All things Avatar! SU 6/23-7/6, SO 8/15 on: June 23, 2012 08:31:21 PM


Swap name: Avatar: The Last Airbender Round 4 / Legend of Korra / All things Avatar!!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: BunnieBard
Sign-up date range: 6/23/12 7/6/12
Date to send item by: 8/15/12

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: oh my 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

Previous swaps:
Round 1 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345961.0
Round 2 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360482.0
Round 3 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388546.0

Details of swap:

Earth. Fire. Air. Water. Only the Avatar can master all four elements and bring balance to the world! This is an everything Avatar swap. The Airbender series, the Korra series, the movies, and comics! Its all fair game, so lets get crafting! This will be a 5 point swap. Be sure to discuss extras/spoiling with your partner!  

Small Item = 1 point
Med Item = 2 Points
Large Item = 3 Points

Swap Item Guidelines:

By Time
Large = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

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

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

One of your items MUST be either a large or medium, you cannot make all smalls in this swap.

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

Name of swap
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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval

Which Avatar do you like the best? Airbender, Korra, movies, comics?

Favorite characters? Least favorite characters?

Do you have a favorite episode or scene?

Favorite or memorable quotes?

Favorite colors? Least favorite?

What crafts would you like to receive?

What crafts would you NOT like to receive, and do you have any allergy concerns?

Any size preference for clothes or jewelry?

What kind of crafts can you make for your partner? Do you have any allergens in your house/crafting area?

Would you like to craft extras for your partner?

Where can your partner stalk you for ideas? Pinterest, wist, etc?


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

 BunnieBard <->Oath Keeper
 addiej <-> bethanael
 the_essence <-> Gr33nT3a
 Abbeeroad <-> IsikkahJai
 Sakaki <-> HollyBowers
 Chamomile_T <-> zeivin

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Legend of Korra / Avatar: The Last Airbender round 4?? on: May 07, 2012 06:53:02 PM
This is an Avatar Universe swap. Cartoons, comics, and (if you insist, 'cause it was pretty terrible) movie are all included!
What would be a good time to do this, everyone??

Has anyone here seen the new Avatar cartoon, "The Legend of Korra"? It takes place 70 years after the end of The Last Airbender... and is flippin' amazing. The first five episodes are up for free on Nick.com; you should watch them if you haven't already!

So... I am totally in love with this show. I also recently discovered tumblr, and the amount of Korra fanart is staggering! But there's still a distinct lack of crafty things... surely we can change that? Who's with me??  Cheesy

I don't know what all you need to be an organizer, but I think I probably fit the requirements by now if we need someone to do it.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake on: March 18, 2012 10:20:46 AM
I made Finn and Jake dolls (from the cartoon Adventure Time) ages ago... and they now have over 25,000 views on deviantart. So I thought it was time to branch out, and made...

Fionna and Cake! From the gender-bender episode.

All four of these guys are entered into JoAnn Fabric's March Craft Month contest... if you know, you like them? And wanted to vote for them?  Grin http://bit.ly/xi7TRr
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / First-time dyer! Goldenrod! on: September 26, 2011 07:47:23 PM
I live in Illinois and we've got some prairie fields around here... which are FILLED with goldenrod this year. (No idea why, must've been the heat/rain combo?) I thought to myself, "surely the color goldenrod is named after the dye made from the plant"... and five minutes and google later, I was out picking!   Smiley

I really just grabbed the cotton yarn I had on hand-- and made a quick potholder-- but I am so impressed with how bright and brilliant gold this color came out!! Even if I couldn't get lighter/darker shades, this color is gorgeous. I don't know if... you people in the board talk about this type of thing often and find it everyday... but for me, a long-time crocheter and first-time dyer, this is amazing!  Cheesy

ALSO: A question for anyone who does natural dying... I kind of overestimated the amount of dye in my pot and added too much mordant (which was alum). Is this a bad thing...? Should I just dilute/heat my dye some to dissolve it all?
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sailor Moon and Pluto amigurumi on: August 02, 2011 06:21:58 PM
Weeell... I made these for a swap, and my partner hasn't posted pictures yet, but I suppose its okay if I put these here?

Sailor Moon! They're 9 inches tall and made with the basic doll pattern on my website. I've been making these since Aug '09, and at one point have made every senshi but I have NEVER taken pictures.  Roll Eyes Because I'm awesome like that.

These are the first two to be made entirely out of yarn; I used to make felt bows, but I am TERRIBLE at cutting felt. In the end, the tiny crochet bows were a little annoying too, but... oh well.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Princess Zelda from Skyward Sword on: June 27, 2011 08:44:26 PM
Heeey y'all! Have you seen the newest Zelda game? http://www.zeldadungeon.net/Zelda14-skyward-sword-characters.php

I'm a big Zelda nerd, so I fell in love with Zelda's new design and had to crochet her.

She's around 9 inches tall, has a removable shawl, and has wire in her arms so she can pose. She's got everything except that little golden zills belt, which I just couldn't figure out how to do nicely... oh well!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Lots of little Links! on: March 01, 2011 05:48:27 PM
Did you know that 2/21/11 was the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda video game?  Grin I found out the day beforehand, and knew I had to make something Zelda-y... but it had to be something quick, and therefore something small! So I made this little guy.

Old-school Link! He's 4 inches tall. And from Link to the Past, technically, 'cause his hair is pink.  Cheesy (Even if the colors got screwed up, it IS in fact quite pink.) He was so fast and easy, I had to make a few more...

And then with all these Links I needed a Zelda... and LttP Zelda is my favorite/has the most simple outfit...

Aaand as I type this I'm making a set of 4 Swords Links in their four colors... I just ran out of yellow for hair, so I can't finish them. I swear, these are too fun to make. I might turn them into keychains to sell at a convention later this year!

(ALSOOO: Super thanks to my partner in the last Zelda swap, groperesponsibly, for giving me the lovely sage green yarn used for most of these!!)
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