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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dragon Egg Dice Bags on: February 18, 2019 05:35:53 PM

I have a confession....  I never seem to craft for my husband.  I craft for so many friends and family members, but I rarely make things for him.  This is partly because he doesn't care much for gifts or clutter, and because if there's something he wants in the world, he buys it for himself, leaving me little to do.  Over the course of our 15 years together, I've managed to make him 1 quilt, 1 laptop sleeve, and 1 cozy for his French press coffee maker.  But when I saw https://www.etsy.com/listing/240668087/dragon-egg-dice-bag-pattern]this pattern a while back, I knew I'd have to make one for him.  It's been sitting on the back burner for ages, but now that he's gearing up to go to Gary Con in March (a D&D Convention in WI, home of creator Gary Gygax), the time was right to bust out my scales, and get to work.

So I stitched up a bag in some of his favorite colors.  Blue, black and grey.  All the items were in my stash, including leftover yarn, scales from The Ring Lord, leather lacing, and glass crow beads.  Gift completed, easy peasy.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in charcoal with aluminum scales in black, carbon, and blue.)

Only problem?  I had so many more scales left.  And tons more yarn.  And I felt like the pattern could use a bit of tweaking.  So I clearly had to make a second one to tweak the pattern.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in garnet with red & orange aluminum, and copper scales.)

The second bag came out well, but the pattern could still use more work, so I tried a third with a few more alterations.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in deep sage, with black & green aluminum, and copper scales.)

By now I had settled on how I wanted to alter the pattern.  So it only made sense to make another, with the new, improved shape.  But I was finally running low on scales.  Or at least colors that went well with one another.  So I ordered a few more colors.  The result was possibly my personal favorite.  It's not like I have a collection of dice to carry around, since I don't play D&D, but if I did, this one would be all mine.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in charcoal with black & carbon aluminum, and violet titanium scales.)

I loved the deep purple titanium scales, and found they went well with the warm sand and deep steel blue, so another bag happened.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in plum perfect with sand aluminum and purple & dark blue titanium scales.)

When I was putting away the yarns I had used thusfar, I bumped into a partial skein of deep brown Heartland, and realized it would go beautifully with the dark brown scales that had been in my stash, so why not make one more.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in sequoia, with brushed brown, brushed sand, and brushed champagne aluminum scales.)

After that some of the other titanium scales were calling to me, with their siren song.  "Jennie, come play with us!  We look like mermaid scales!"  This probably ties for my favorite.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in pinnacles with purple, light blue, and green titanium scales.)

And I had so many of the gold and champagne scales, it only made sense to create something lighter and brighter.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in sand dunes with bronze & champagne aluminum and bronze scales.

And finally, as I was wrapping up the last of my yarn balls, I had a bit of the charcoal left over, and the green scales were just demanding that I create a Slytherin theme, inspired by my dear friend Zoe, who plays D&D, and somehow thinks she's a Slytherin.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease in charcoal with aluminum scales in green, carbon and brushed silver.)

After finishing my ninth bag, I went back and actually remade my first two.  After all, what's the point of improving the pattern, then giving my DH a less than perfect version?  In this picture you can see a comparison of the two versions.  The original is on the left, and my version on the right.  The alterations created a better overall egg shape, and kept the bottom row of scales from twisting out of place as it sits on a table.  

And now, I really need to stop making these!  Wish me luck in moving on to another project for a while.  Cheesy
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / UNITED STATES / Craftster Meetup 2020 - Aloha Hawaii! on: January 31, 2019 08:02:09 AM
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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ OSTARA Term 2019*~ on: January 24, 2019 12:57:59 PM

~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Ostara Term 2019*~

~*Begins February 1st, 2019*~
~*Ends May 31st, 2019*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)

-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Floo Powder Challenges, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a "hi" or a completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard Time.
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress Mistress Jennie, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  Smiley Just pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Floo Powder Challenge, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to a legitimate charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Slytherin Scavenger Hunt project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower - Headmistress Challenges & Badge Station
S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Witch Weekly Publication Office
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

Common Rooms
Gryffindor Tower
Hufflepuff Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
[url-https://tinyurl.com/y96ql3q6]Muggle Studies[/url]
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~
Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.

~*Ostara Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House WhistleFish
Hufflepuff Head of House Gaudiknight
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor seeuudee
Apparition Professor noodle-bug
Arithmancy Professor  edelC
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures  ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor noodle-bug
Divination Professor  FiberAlchemist
Flying Professor  gaudiknight
Herbology Professor  Moonflame
History of Magic  jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor  edelC
Potions Professor  Inselaeffchen
Study of Ancient Runes  jenleahlynn
Transfiguration Professor  ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee
OWL/NEWT Examiner Abbeeroad   
Witch Weekly Editor FiberAlchemist

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014/2015 Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2015/2016, Spring 2016, Midsummer 2016, Yule 2016/2017, Ostara 2017, Midsummer 2017, Yule 2017/18, Ostara 2018, Midsummer 2018, Yule 2018/19

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw
Summer 2014: Ravenclaw
Fall 2014: Gryffindor
Winter 2014/2015: Gryffindor
Spring 2015: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor
Fall 2015: Gryffindor
Winter 2015/2016: Slytherin
Spring 2016: Slytherin
Midsummer 2016: Hufflepuff
Yule 2016/2017: Gryffindor
Ostara 2017: Slytherin
Midsummer 2017: Ravenclaw
Yule 2017/18: Ravenclaw
Ostara 2018: Ravenclaw
Midsummer 2018: Hufflepuff
Yule 2018/19:
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Asheville Adventure - The Swap GALLERY! on: January 24, 2019 05:37:47 AM


Date to send Letter by: January 26th, 2019
Date to send Package by:  February 16th, 2019 February 23rd, 2019!

Mistress Jennie ---> LeapFeetFirst
LeapFeetFirst ---> Mistress Jennie

LadybugsAndBumblebees ---> StudioANF
StudioANF ---> LadybugsAndBumblebees

anna.wahnsinn ---> curiousfae
curiousfae ---> anna.wahnsinn

Abbeeroad ---> kbrison
kbrison ---> Abbeeroad

geekgirl1000100 ---> Averia
Averia ---> geekgirl1000100

sheepBlue ---> craftADDchick
sheepBlue ---> PerfectlyBohemian
craftADDchick ---> PerfectlyBohemian
craftADDchick ---> sheepBlue
PerfectlyBohemian ---> sheepBlue
PerfectlyBohemian ---> craftADDchick

Mistress Jennie ---> LeapFeetFirst
LeapFeetFirst ---> Mistress Jennie

LadybugsAndBumblebees ---> StudioANF
StudioANF ---> LadybugsAndBumblebees

anna.wahnsinn ---> curiousfae
curiousfae ---> anna.wahnsinn

Abbeeroad ---> kbrison
kbrison ---> Abbeeroad

geekgirl1000100 ---> Averia
Averia ---> geekgirl1000100

sheepBlue ---> craftADDchick
craftADDchick ---> PerfectlyBohemian
PerfectlyBohemian ---> sheepBlue

Status Colors
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication

Blue = Received
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dragon Wing Shawl on: January 23, 2019 10:57:36 AM

I finished my Dragon Wing Shawl!  This project worked up so quickly and easily.  The pattern is the Lizard Shawl and is free.  The yarn is Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball in Feng Shui Grey.  I would absolutely make this pattern again.  Possibly with something that will keep a more defined edge than the Shawl in a Ball does, though I did find the row of border to be a big help.  (So much so that I did a second round of sc border to really help define the edges.)  After doing some weighing and some weird yarn math, it looks like I used 1.57 skeins of the yarn, along with a 5.0mm hook.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Secret Path's Shawl on: January 18, 2019 01:10:57 PM
Finally finished my Secret Paths Shawl!  I started it back in August, and it ended up getting pushed aside so I could finish a graphghan for a friend's wedding, and then for holiday crafting.  While I do love how it looks, I probably would not use the yarn again.  It's Lion Brand Wrap Star, in the color Fergie.  It's a strange yarn; 4 individual strands of lace weight yarn, held rather than spun, together.  It starts as 4 strands of teal, and eventually one of the strands is replaced by purple, then later two and two, and on and on to create the gradient effect. It's a wool & acrylic blend that was very annoying to work with, due to the static that would build up. 

I crocheted the entire first cake as is, then the second cake from the opposite end, so I could have the thick band of grey in the center.  Then I used 2 more cakes, that I alternated between so I could get longer runs of the gradient.  When I got to the end of the written pattern, it was no where near big enough to move on to the border, so I did another repeat of the pattern, which resulted in a rather large shawl.  I probably could have fudged it to leave out 3 rows of the repeat for a more average size, but overall I'm happy with how it looks.  And most of all I'm so happy to have this WIP finally done! 

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Treasure Keeper Pouch on: January 13, 2019 01:47:07 PM
I received my Darn Good Yarn of the Month box yesterday. The pattern was so simple and cute that I whipped it right up after dinner last night!  It only took about 45 minutes while watching tv, and best part is that the yarn won't disappear into my stash since it was used right up.  I love how it accidentally stitched up with beautiful swirling stripes!  Sadly there wasnt enough yarn to make the drawstring as the pattern indicated, so I used some purple leather cord and amber glass beads from my stash to finish it off.  Actually, I think I like the purple leather cord better than I would have liked the yarn chain.  The yarn is Darn Good Yarn's 'Darn Good Fancy Twist' in the colorway Pink Flamingo.  It's a worsted weight silk spun with a strand of black lace weight silk. 

The pattern was in the box, and is simply called the Treasure Keeper Pouch.  It doesn't seem to be listed on their website, or I'd link to it.  It will go to a friend who has been playing D&D lately, to use as a dice bag. 
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Cream, Burgundy & Grey Woven Wall Hanging on: January 11, 2019 11:53:34 AM
As though I don't do enough crafts, I recently took it into my head to try weaving.  Since I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it or not, I didn't want to sink a ton of funds into a nice, serious loom, so I took advantage of a clearance sale Lion Brand was having on their Martha Stewart Weaver Loom.  I got one free, one on clearance for $10, and the extender kit from Amazon for $16.  Now I can put all three together to make a larger surface when I want to.  This was my first practice project.  Just a simple wall hanging, playing around with the tools.  I didn't follow any pattern, just making it up as I went along.

This was made from some yarns in my stash, and some my mom recently brought me.  Wool, wool-blend, and acrylics, all from my drawer of small scraps.  I'm looking forward to trying some different weaves and playing around with the scraps of beautiful silk sari yarns that are too beautiful to throw away, but too small to crochet with.

My only regret is that this didn't use up as much stash yarn as I hoped it would!  Guess I'll have to make some more.  Smiley

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / CLOSED Asheville Adventure - The Swap! (Sendouts 2/23/19) on: January 09, 2019 01:45:28 PM




Swap name: Asheville Adventure - The Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: January 9 - 19th, 2019
Date to send Letter by: January 26th, 2019
Date to send Package by:  February 23rd, 2019

Limited to a certain number of people? YES, this swap is limited to the people attending the 2019 Craftster Meetup in Asheville, NC!  (So far, that is 23 people.)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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

Details of swap:
It's officially 2019 and the 2019 Craftster Meetup, aka the Asheville Adventure, is coming up in just a few months!  This swap is intended to help folks who will meet for for the first time in Asheville, to get to know a new friend ahead of time.  It is limited to just those attending the 2019 Meetup.*** This 'get-to-know-you-swap' is set up in 2 parts, with 2 different send dates.  (Don't worry, one of them just requires a stamp for postage!)  

***Before we dive further into the details... For those of you saying, "I want to participate, but I'm not going to the Meetup!", please feel free to host a separate swap with a similar format!  Craftster can always use more fantastic swaps, bringing more of us makers together.  Remember, great swaps don't just happen.  They happen because YOU make them happen!

Part 1: Write your partner a letter or greeting card, telling them a bit about yourself; where you live, some of your favorite crafts to make, and something you are currently working on, AND include a new blank postcard from your locale, to help your partner learn about where you're from.  You are welcome to make your card, but it is not required.  Store bought are just fine.  The send date for this portion nice flat item is January 26th, 2019.  

Part 2:  Now that you've learned a bit more about your partner, it's time for the second component of this swap!  You will make 1 Medium crafted item, based on the things you learned about them in their letter, as well as any normal swap stalking via their Craftster profile and Pinterest boards.  The package must also include 1 craft supply for your partner, based on their favorite crafts (and preferences like favorite colors), and 1 treat from your area, such as a locally made candy or tea.  The send date for this package is February 16th.

Completing those two parts is all you need to complete the swap for positive feedback.  Cheesy  However, for anyone who wishes, you may complete an optional Part 3, which will not be counted in your swap feedback, and is completely voluntary...

Optional Part 3:  Craft 1 Small final item for your partner, to give to them in person in Asheville at the Meetup!  Perhaps even using some of the supply they sent to you!  As stated above, this is completely optional, and must be decided individually between partners.  If someone forgets to bring their optional Part 3 item, nothing will be noted on swap feedback or anything like that.  If you and your partner choose not to do this, no worries!  The Meetup is supposed to be fun, not work.  Do whatever works best for you & your partner.

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

Name of swap: Asheville Adventure - The 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? (Please consider this. I believe there are only 3 international participants, and I may not be able to partner you with folks you don't know well, if you never swap outside your own country.)

Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Please list the Craftster members attending the Meetup you feel you already know well.  This could be someone you've swapped with multiple times, or even met up with.  My goal is to partner you with folks you don't know well, YET!  The list of folks attending is in the first post of the Asheville Adventure thread.

Please list any Craftster members attending the Meetup that you WISH TO KNOW BETTER.  (No guarantees you'll be paired with them, but I will take it into account.)

Have you met up with any other Craftsters in real life before?

Have you attended any of the previous Craftster Meetups?

What are you most excited about seeing or doing in Asheville?

What crafts do you like to do?

What craft have you always wanted to learn?

How long have you been a member of Craftster?

How long have you been crafting?

Do you have any allergies that would pertain to this swap?  

Do you, or anyone in your household, smoke?

Do you have any allergens in your home, such as pets?

What are some of your favorite foods & flavors?

Are there any foods or flavors you dislike or have allergies/aversions to?

Do you drink tea, coffee, cocoa, etc?

Please list your Pinterest and anything else that might help your partner here:


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

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stash Busting Ear Warmers (for whenever winter eventually arrives in the South) on: January 08, 2019 02:11:15 PM
While it is currently 64 degrees here in TN (in freakin' January), I am certain winter will eventually arrive.  So I decided to whip up an ear warmer for those early morning walks with the pup on the days that it's chilly.  The received a skein of grey speckled tweed silk Called Stormy Day, from Darn Good Yarn's month subscription box back in November, and looked for an ear warmer pattern that I would have enough for.  I found the Irving Ear Warmer pattern, and tried it in the grey silk, only to discover that 50 yards was really not even enough for 2/3 of the pattern!  So I frogged it, and dug through my stash for something I might have more of.  Turns out I had 2 skeins of the same yarn in Oceanic Blues that I bought from their sample sale a few months ago.  Plenty to remake the Irving pattern.  It's chunky and soft.  Smiley

It's somewhat hard to see in this picture, but by using front post dc and back post dc, the pattern creates ridged stripes. 

But I really had my heart set on making something in grey, so I decided to see if I could do anything else with the Stormy Day skein.  I ended up making up my own pattern.  I simply chained enough stitches to go snugly around my head.  Then I added 2 more chains, and started doing rows of double crochet.  I managed 5 rows of dc, and ran out with just about 7" of yarn left, just enough to stitch the ends together.  Then I used the leftover Oceanic Blues to add 2 rows of decorative slip stitching through the first and 5th rows.

Yay for 2 quick and easy projects, and for busting some stash!

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