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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross Category Challenge! Knitting Winner Announced on: June 25, 2013 10:38:59 AM
Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge

Craftster is turning 10!! That's right, August marks 10 years of running with scissors all over the internet! In honor of this momentous time, we're hosting a cross-category challenge! Every category will have the same challenge with the same entry times. The 10 category winners with the most votes will be put head-to-head-to-head-to... you get it.... for a GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!

The theme for this challenge is "What Craftster means to me." Now, don't be scared of this theme! Craftster is made by YOU, Craftster can mean different things to different people so whatever it means to you, that's great!! Still unsure it's as easy as I say? Here's some examples that are just the tip of the iceberg!

  • "To me, Craftster means trying new things! Here's a project featuring a technique I've never tried before!"
  • "To me, Craftster means tutorials! Here's a project I made from a tutorial I found on the boards."
  • "To me, Craftster means swapping! Here's a project I'm sending in a swap."
  • "To me, Craftster means a community where I can show off my geekiness! Here's a project that relates to this thing I'm interested in!"

See? Not so bad, eh? Seriously, as long as you can describe why you feel your project reflects something Craftster represents to you, then you're good!

Rules and Suggestions:
  • You may enter in as many categories as you like, but you may only enter a project once. So if you wanted to enter in three categories, you would need to have made three projects!
  • Your project must have been made between June 24th and the time of posting. Your entry should not have been posted on Craftster previously (ie not something you made and posted years ago!)
  • If using a pattern or tutorial, please let us know.
  • You can begin crafting at any time but remember to post your thread in this board from August 7th through August 13th at 11:59:59 PDT. Voting for each category will be open August 14th to August 21st.
  • Although there will be 20 category winners, only the 10 winners with the most votes will go on to a grand prize round! Voting for this will be August 23rd to August 30th, with the grand prize winner being formally announced September 3rd!

The winner in each category will receive a Craftster pin, and a Craftster USB card.

The winner in the Knitting Category will also receive everything needed to make a lovely cowl, courtesy of Red Heart! That includes the Bamboo Stitch Cowl pattern, a size 9 / 29 inch Susan Bates Velocity Nickel Plated Brass Circular Knitting Needle, and 2 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Magical yarn!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Featured Knitting Projects - January 2013 on: February 01, 2013 02:44:22 PM
Featured Knitting Projects - January 2013

How are these projects chosen?  First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer.  We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.

We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!

   Flamingo Mittens by pseudo_pix
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Knitted Pouf by pieknits

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Leaving Cowl by LimeRiot

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Thanks, everyone, for all your contributions to our Knitting community. Keep the excellent projects coming and remember to hit "this rocks!" anytime you see something worthy of sharing.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress on: December 30, 2012 07:44:19 PM
I've had the idea for awhile now to make an ugly Christmas sweater dress...and finally I had a party to go to.  So, I started this at the beginning of the month and knit like crazy to get done in time!

Derby Stripe!!

I used sparkly fun fur for the snowflakes and Christmas trees.

I added lights to the Christmas trees and pipe cleaner candy canes.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Stocking on: December 30, 2012 07:38:36 PM
I knit this stocking for my partner for the stocking swap.

5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Go Big! on: September 17, 2012 11:24:56 AM
I'm a huge fan of "larger than life things" so how about a challenge where you make something BIG!  I guess even if not larger than life..maybe something big could be something that took you a long time....a big commitment to crafting that item? 
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Koolhaas Hat on: September 12, 2012 05:24:08 PM
I finished the most complicated hat I've ever made. Smiley  Took me way too long for just a hat!  I'm such a perfectionist I ripped out several rows a bunch of times.  I guess I shouldn't talk and knit so much.

Here's a link to the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/koolhaas
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / VOTE For Knitting Challenge - Selfish Knitting (Vote: Aug 27 - Sept 3) on: August 27, 2012 05:23:07 AM


Imperial cuffs in DROPS Silke Alpacka by Annchen

Fair Isle Mittens! by Rousseline

Cable Luxe Hat by dulcet

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Zipper Needle Felted Cat Pin - with Tutorial on: July 20, 2012 04:28:16 PM
I decided to make my aunt a zipper needled felted cat pin for her birthday. 

1.  Since I cannot draw, first I found a picture of what I wanted online.  I then traced the picture onto a piece of paper.

2.  I then cut out the image and used it to trace onto a piece of fabric.

3.  I then cut off the fabric part of the zipper - just as close to the medal as possible.  I then put the fabric in a embroidery hoop and stitched the zipper on the fabric following the line I traced in the step before.

4.  Needle felt the insides of the zipper....stab, stab, stab!!

5.  I then cut out the cat with a little bit of a boarder.  The first one, I stitched down the excess onto the back...but this one I decided to just hot glue it.  It worked much better!

6.  Since the back was rather ugly, I trimmed another piece of fabric and hot glued it to the back.  I then glued a pin on.

That's it!  Nice easy project.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Challenge - Selfish Knitting (Vote: Aug 27 - Sept 3) on: July 03, 2012 12:47:48 PM
Theme: Selfish Knitting - We all need to be a little selfish from time to time. So, for this challenge, lets only think of ourselves and knit yourself something fabulous!

Dates: Post a new thread on this board during the challenge entry period (August 18-August 25) with pictures and a description of your project.  Voting will begin on August 26 and end on August 31.

-- The project must be something you knit for yourself.
-- It needs to be a project you haven't posted on Craftster before.
-- Each person may only enter one project.

-- This skien of sock weigh yarn from me at WhyNotCrafts.

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Zipper Butterfly on: June 30, 2012 08:42:13 PM
I've been wanting to try needle felting for years now.  I've had all the supplies forever and have been too intimidated by it to even try it.  I saw these zipper pins where the insides are needle felted and I figured it was time to try.

So I made this little butterfly.  I just trimmed the zipper, sewed it down to a sturdy piece of fabric, then needle felted to color in the insides of the zipper.  Needle felting sure is fun!  Took away some of my stress.  Tongue

Not sure I really like the buttons I glued onto the antenna.  Next time I'd be sure to curl the zipper in tighter so it doesn't have any open spaces.
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