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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 14 Scrap Busting Dishcloths in 12 Days on: December 14, 2018 06:10:16 AM
My parents came to visit for 8 days last week.  Since I was trying to keep the house neat and clean with guests, I decided to crochet something tiny, that wouldn't be in the way, and would hopefully help me use up some yarn.  Answer: dishcloths!  

I managed to make 14 of them in 12 days, and hope to get 2 more done tonight.  Bonus, they make great stocking stuffers and gift basket fillers. They were all made from the Fire Blossom Dishcloth pattern, which is free on Ravelry.

A few super-scrappy ones, that were made up with the tail ends of various yarns that were all in a zip loc bag.  My dad claimed most of these.  I missed getting a pic of my favorite green & blue one before my mom made off with it.

A few more matchy-matchy pairs, made from bigger half-skeins.  These will go to a few neighbors & friends.

A set for my mom, made to match a vintage tea towel I bought her.  This was one of my more 'matchy-matchy' scrap sets.  I've made her dishcloths before, but she's never used them until she came to visit last week, and discovered there are no scrubby sponges in my house, just a drawer full of handmade dishcloths.  After 2 days she declared she loved them and wanted some for herself.  Good thing these were already under the tree.

Best part, I basically emptied my entire cotton yarn drawer!

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / HP Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 2 GALLERY on: December 06, 2018 08:51:15 AM
Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 2

ornament by lyndseynicole

Mistress Jennie  ---> Lindyv321
Lindyv321 ---> Mistress Jennie

teag ---> tapestrymlp  
tapestrymlp ---> teag  

Audania1  ---> PhoenixWolf
PhoenixWolf (sent 12/15/18) ---> Audania1

Ashes7727  ---> Elenorasweet
Elenorasweet ---> Ashes7727

Inselaeffchen ---> edelC
edelC ---> Inselaeffchen

jillybeans ---> jenleahlynn
jenleahlynn ---> jillybeans

mariak ---> patty_o_furniture
patty_o_furniture ---> mariak

Status Colors
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication

Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Autumn Kaleidoscope Shawl on: November 24, 2018 02:56:04 PM
I have been trying to stash bust in an effort to keep my studio neat and tidy, and to avoid accumulating too much yarn.  The pattern is the Kaleidoscope Shawl, and it's free on Red Heart's website.  When I saw this simple pattern, I knew it would be great with the skeins of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable that I bought on clearance a few months back.  It's basically 5 rows of granny, then 5 rows of 'every other' double crochet net, with a picot shell border.  It works up really quick and easy, and I love how it shows off the colors in the yarn.  Now to figure out who this one is going to...

4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / HP Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 2 (SU CLOSED; SO 12/12) on: November 12, 2018 03:57:19 PM
Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 2

ornament by lyndseynicole


Swap name: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: Nov 12th - November 19th, 2018
Date to send item by: December 10th 12th, 2018

Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no

Swap Organizer 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

I reserve the right to refuse anyone.  If you have feedback that shows a history of late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap that is a joy for all participants during the holiday season.

How are you spending the holidays?  Perhaps you will be cozied up at The Burrow, wandering the halls of Hogwarts, or having a good old-fashioned Muggle gathering... but really what better way is there to celebrate than with a little Harry Potter Holiday crafting!  For this swap we will be exchanging 1 small to medium Harry Potter holiday ornaments or stocking stuffers like mini-hooplas, jewelry for the Yule Ball, etc.

~*This swap is for 1 small item (1-2 hours crafting time) in the theme of HP Holiday.
***Please note that while many folks in the swap will celebrate Christmas, this swap is open to EVERYONE and swappers are welcome to ask for Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's other other holiday themes if they prefer.***

~*You can Invite Your Own Partners!  If you obtain an Invite Your Partner (IYP), PM your organizer, Mistress Jennie, after both sides agree.  Questionnaires will not be sent out until signups closing, but you are more than welcome to start sharing your questionnaire and crafting for your IYP as soon as you are approved for the swap.  REMEMBER: You must be approved for the swap before announcing IYPs, and BOTH parties must agree.

~* Since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past Sendouts, you will get temporary negative.  I don't mean to be harsh, but it is sad to not to receive your holiday parcel during holiday time.  This temporary negative will be reversed when your partner receives.  
~* If you do not have an IYP partner, and I am pairing for you, that will be done by random draw (with appropriate attention to allergies and shipping given).
~* You may agree with your partner to send extras, but remember that is not regulated through me and not part of feedback.

~*BE SURE TO READ THIS ENTIRE POST.  There is a secret pass phrase within this post, to help ensure that you read all of the information.  You must include this pass phrase in your questionnaire in order to join the swap.

If you want to participate, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

Name of swap: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country
(as it should appear for shipping please):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (This is for just 1 small item, please consider being willing to do this.)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand if you do not send by 3 days past Sendout Deadline, then you will receive a temporary negative. (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand that tracking numbers are required for packages within the US, and a photograph of the receipt from mailing is required for all international packages. (yes/no):

What holiday, or holidays, do you celebrate within your home? (Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, etc.)

Is there a holiday you would prefer your partner craft for?  (ie, perhaps you celebrate both Christmas and New Year's, but would prefer a Christmas themed item.)

Would you prefer an ornament for your tree, a decoration for you home that is NOT an ornament (banner, garland, etc.) or a 'stocking stuffer'? (aka a small misc Harry Potter item)

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
(Ornaments, other holiday items, small HP present, etc.?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)
What house do you belong to/support?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Magical Creature?
Magical Shop?
Magical Item?

What is the secret pass phrase?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?



Anything else to tell your partner?
(A great place to list your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, sizes, etc.)

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Note about Personal Messages (PMs) to Organizer: Please label PMs to organizer with title of "HP Holiday".

Note about Communication: For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Please note that per Craftster rules, you MUST post in this thread at least once a week to let us know you are still around.  (You can stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication; No PMs of Sending/Receiving.

---NO, you do not have to send extras.  Do not fret about if you are only sending 1 small item; that is all that is required for this swap.  Yes, some of us will send more, but don't underestimate the glory of 1 fabulous small HP craft.

---NO, your item does NOT have to be an ornament; I will not give negative feedback for sending something other than an ornament.  Believe it or not, some peeps don't want ornaments.  Here communication is key!  Find out what your partner wants; first place to check, their questionnaire.  Wink

---The secret pass phrase is: 'Give her hell Peeves!'

---A small item should take 1-2 hours of crafting time.  

1. Mistress Jennie
2. teag
3. Audania1
4. Ashes7727
5. Inselaeffchen
6. jillybeans
7. elenorasweet
8. lindyv321
9. edelC
10. mariak
11. jenleahlynn
12. tapestrymlp
13. PhoenixWolf
14. patty_o_furniture

Mistress Jennie  ---> Lindyv321
Lindyv321 ---> Mistress Jennie

teag ---> tapestrymlp  
tapestrymlp ---> teag  

Audania1  ---> PhoenixWolf
PhoenixWolf ---> Audania1

Ashes7727  ---> Elenorasweet
Elenorasweet ---> Ashes7727

Inselaeffchen ---> edelC
edelC ---> Inselaeffchen

jillybeans ---> jenleahlynn
jenleahlynn ---> jillybeans

mariak ---> patty_o_furniture
patty_o_furniture ---> mariak

5  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel FOUND for 'Life is Berry Sweet' Strawberry Swap on: November 06, 2018 01:37:29 PM
Hello Friends!  I am in need of 1 swap Angel for gala_apples in the Life is Berry Sweet Strawberry Swap.  

The details:
gala_apples is located in Canada.   Her favorite crafts to receive are papercrafts, hand carved stamps, pendants, zippered pouches, & slippers.  Some of her non-crafting hobbies including reading and writing.  Her style is best described as 'colourful, patchwork, hippy'.

The swap requirements are: 1 medium & 1 small crafted item, along with 1 purchased extra, all themed around the ever bright and cheerful little strawberry.  You may craft in any medium(s) you wish.

Here's a link to our Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455961.0

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Haunted Mansion Grapghghan on: November 02, 2018 11:31:25 AM

I tackled a great big scary new realm in the world of crochet.  (Well, scary for me.)  I created my first graphghan!  It is a gift for a friend who just got married.  Neither her, nor her husband, wanted to keep their own names when they married, but neither liked the other's last name either, so the decided to pick a new one together.  They are both Disney fanatics, and love the Haunted Mansion, so they chose to use the name of the fictional owner, Mr. Gracey.  Clearly they needed something both cozy, and a little bit macabre for their very own Gracey home, so I chose to use a portion of the wallpaper in the Haunted Mansion as my inspiration.

I created the graph in Stitchfiddle.  It is 175 single crochet stitches across in each row, and was 188 rows tall.  (The graph was really 185, but included 3 empty space rows at the top, but none bottom, so I added 3 black rows down there.)  I felt like the graph looked fine when I printed it out, but once I got working on it I discovered bits where I felt the colors should change to create a more graceful curve, or even off a line, so I altered it a bit as I went, using black and silver sharpies to alter the graph, so it is not identical to the graph you see below. Once I completed the graph, I realized I needed some sort of gothic lace border, so I used this pattern on The Spruce Crafts, V-Stitch & Picot Border.  

The body of the graphghan was done with Red Heart Super Saver in black and orchid.  It took 2 Jumbo skeins of orchid and 1 Jumbo skein of black.  I had just a bit of each leftover.  Rather than go out and buy more of it for the border, I used some Vanna's Choice in black to do that part.  I don't think you can tell that they are two different black acrylics in it.  They eyes are Caron Simply Soft in Cream that I had in my stash.

 I'm thrilled with how it came out, but I'm also quite glad to see the back of the project!  It took me a lot longer than I thought it would, about 8 weeks.  I haven't measured it, but it is about 42" wide x 50" tall.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Evil Eye Rearview Mirror Charm on: September 29, 2018 12:53:41 PM
Put this together for dear kittykill, as an extra in a swap recently.  A rear view mirror charm to protect her in her travels.  Smiley  I've had the big square glass pendant for ages, just waiting for the right project.  The tassel came with the beaded eye band.  I think I found that on clearance somewhere a few months ago.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Hooker's Helper Necklace on: September 29, 2018 12:42:54 PM
Did you guys know that our very own uber-talented embroiderer extraordinaire kittykill is learning to crochet?  Well she is, and I couldn't help but want to send her some fun tools to use as she learns, so I whipped up a Hooker's Helper necklace for her.  The pendant at the bottom is a thread/yarn cutter.  The charms are actually stitch markers that can be removed to use in a project, and stored back on the necklace when done.  There are 4 little enamel strawberries, 2 green enamel stars, and 4 beads to help her keep track of her work. 

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Blossom Bracelet on: September 29, 2018 12:36:36 PM
I recently organized a strawberry themed swap, and knew I wanted to find a way to use some of the beautiful lampwork glass strawberry beads in my stash.  As I searched the web for inspiration pictures of strawberries, I decided I'd like to add some blossoms too, so I found some lucite flowers and bright green lucite leaves.

The bracelet chain is sterling, and the findings are sterling-filled.  The beads are a mix of handmade lampwork berries, Czech glass, and Swarovski crystal.  The whole piece was a joy to make.   Smiley

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Kitchen Accessories on: September 29, 2018 12:32:47 PM
I recently organized a "Life is Berry Sweet" Swap, themed around cheerful little strawberries.  (A flagrant copy of the same theme over on another site.)  I had the good fortune to be crafting for the lovely kittykill.  I know she has a red & yellow kitchen, and an overall 'Granny-Chic' design concept, so I decided to make her some granny inspired goodies.

I fell in love with an adorable potholder I saw on Ravelry, but the pattern was only available in a book that's out of print.  Sad  So I decided to try to figure it out myself.

I started by looking on Youtube for a video showing how to make a mitered corner square.  For mine I started with a chain of 52, then followed the video instructions, alternating colors every 2 rows.  I made two of these squares, and then used the red yarn to hook them together along the edges to make it two layers thick.  Then I added a basic shell border in red, along with a loop at the top, and found a pattern for a strawberry applique

I liked the alternating stripes of white and green potholder so much that even though I planned to make some strawberry dishcloths (below), I decided to make a striped one too.  I was partially afraid that kittykill might want to display her goodies, rather than use them, so I figured a spare dishcloth to actually use wouldn't go amiss.  The pattern is one of my all time favorites, as it makes nice sturdy, but still pretty, dishcloths.  It's available as a free Ravelry download.  Fire Blossom Dishcloth

I knew I would be making at least a few of these Granny Strawberry Dishcloths, before I started on the potholder.  I made them earlier this summer for some friends, and just loved how they came out.  The Granny triangle is a quick & easy pattern, but the stems can be a little confusing as you read the written pattern.  I just used a pen & paper to sketch out what the directions were saying badly, and then winged it.  (If you aren't on ravelry, you can also find the pattern on the Yarnspirations website.)

Finally I wanted to add a few more bits and bobs to the kitchen set.  I thought a set of coasters might be fun, so I tried starting with a set based on a variation on a granny square, but I disliked how it was coming out.  It didn't seem like it would make a good size coaster, and the bubble stitch used made it too bumpy to hold a drink on top of. 

So I ended up taking the coaster I started and turned it into a trivet instead.  I figured with a larger item like a pan, the slightly lumpy center wouldn't be as much of a problem as it would with a narrower glass.  I just added a few granny rows and a border with some picot stitches in the corners.

Since the square coaster idea didn't work, I decided to try a round variation on the Granny theme, and went with this pattern, intended for Christmas ornament, and added a round of slip stitching on the backside, to give it a slightly raised edge.

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