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1  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Anyone In Knoxville? on: September 30, 2012 07:44:54 PM
I'm forever trying to find fellow Craftster's in Knoxville!

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tabletop (i.e.- board/card games) Game Themed Swap? on: August 31, 2012 08:10:21 AM

I looked around for a bit on past swaps and swap ideas and didn't see anything... But I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a board game/card game themed swap? I've been tabletop gaming a lot lately (in fact it's becoming an addiction yet again) and I thought it'd be fun to do a swap themed around it if anyone else were interested. I know some of you have to be as geeky as me...

Some general ideas for items could be:
Crafts made out of board/card games (such as the above Monopoly jewelry box, or even game-piece jewelry), crafts referencing or representing favorite games, homemade games from your own ideas, re-envisionings of existing games (there's like a million ways to do variants), thrifted games themselves, or even nice versions of free Print And Play games (I sit on boardgamegeek.com a lot and they have some great ones available--- a printer and maybe some laminate could make for a lovely swap item along with some pretty dice/game pieces).

Swappers could list in a questionnaire their favorite games, their favorite game types (strategy, RPG, wargames, etc.), the kind of in-game items they may need or want (dice, pawns, counters), and things like that.

I think it'd be a pretty easy and fun swap.
I also dig open/random swaps that have more open rules regarding size (I like when you and your partner can craft for each other what you agree on, without adhering to point systems. I feel like it helps everyone stay within their means and gives everyone a chance to swap who may not be interested otherwise due to "large" items being mandatory). I'm also a fan of extended crafting times (3+ weeks).

If anyone's interested maybe it can come to fruition!
I've personally never organized and I'm currently in the middle of doing my second swap, but if there were enough interest in doing a swap like this, maybe someone experienced with doing so could organize, or once my second swap ends (the end of September) maybe someone would be interested in co-organizing?

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Onigiri! on: January 05, 2011 12:54:07 AM
It's been a minute since I've had time to post anything or pick up a hook (silly holidays), but today I sat down for awhile and stretched the rusty hands. I've been watching a lot of Fruits Basket, so I whipped up a little rice ball. Not perfect, but a good warm up!

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Anyone On The Dukan Diet? on: December 03, 2010 05:04:24 PM
I've just started the Dukan Diet. It's basically a high protein, low-carb diet that consists of an attack phase (only protein foods), a cruise phase (protein days and protein + non-carb veggies days), and a consolidation phase (where you add everyday normal food back in.
I was wondering if there was anyone else on here, and if so, if anyone had any good recipes?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf Weather, Finally! on: October 13, 2010 04:16:39 PM
Usually I only end up crocheting things for myself and my friends, so I figured I should finally make something just for my boyfriend (even though I might borrow it  Grin). So, with the lack of any other ideas, I decided to go with a simple scarf, since he doesn't have any and mornings when he's awake here are already COLD.
I used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in brown and gray (I threw away the paper from the skeins, so I don't remember the exact colors) and a size K-6.50MM hook and just started double crocheting. I didn't follow any pattern, I just kind of went with whatever came out. I think it turned out nicely, and he loves it, so I say it's a success.  Grin
Any C&C is appreciated! Thanks for looking, ya'll!

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6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My First Piece! Frankenstein on: October 07, 2010 09:44:59 PM
I'm in the Penpal Swap, and my lovely partner sent me a little "learn-to-embroider" kit, since I shared that I would love to learn. I got the Zombies and Monsters pattern kit from Sublime Stitching and sat down and gave it a try today.
I was pretty intimidated and I really didn't expect it to go as well as it did; I haven't sewn/stitched anything other than crochet pieces in... well, I don't wanna think how long. I was very happy with my first try though. I was mostly trying to get some of the stitches down, so while they're kindly crooked and a bit messy, at least I can do some without referring to a chart now. I also played a bit with splitting the floss. I was really impressed with how "free" embroidery feels. I'm definitely gonna stick with this one!

C&C greatly appreciated and thanks for looking!!

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cthulhu R'lyeh! on: October 02, 2010 12:37:46 AM
Well, after fighting with his wings and considering throwing all my yarn out the window, I finally finished my Cthulhu. I used the pattern from http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2010/05/cuddly-cthulhu-with-free-pattern.html with a couple tweaks here and there )I changed the wings a bit, for instance, and the gauge on my yarn was somewhat different, so he came out a bit smaller). He's not perfect, but I think he turned out great. He's my third ami and he just makes me want to make more and more! Thanks for looking!

C&C greatly appreciated!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / OMG, please help me save Cthulhu! on: September 29, 2010 12:11:57 AM
Gah, if someone could please help me before I tear my hair out and destroy all my yarn, I'd GREATLY appreciate it.
I think this may just be me being an idiot. That or the pattern's written out weird, and it's not clicking in my brain the way it should. Either way, I'm doing something horribly wrong. I'm trying to crochet a Cthulhu, based on a pattern from Cthulhu Crochet and Cousins. What I'm SUPER stuck on is the wings. The pattern reads like this:

Wings (make 2)
Ch 7. Turn and do 1 sc in each of next 6 ch sps. Ch 1, turn. 6 sc, ch 6. (here's where I get confused) turn. skip first ch, 3 sc on chain, hdc to end of row. Ch1, turn. 6 sc, ch 7, skip first ch, 4 sc in chain, hdc to end of row. Ch1, turn. 7 sc, ch 7, skip first ch, 4 sc in chain, hdc to end of row. Ch1, turn. 8 sc, ch 7, skip first ch, 4 sc in chain, hdc to end of row.Ch1, turn. 9 sc, ch 7, skip first ch, 2 sc in chain, hdc to end of row. Ch 3 *Work appox. 8 dc along the top edge of the wing (opposite the pointy bits). Sl St into first Ch, or near first Ch. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

The girl that runs the site has a tutorial, but it's for smaller wings and it's confusing me just as much. http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2009/09/wing-tutorial-for-tiny-cthulhu.html

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First Projects In... Forever It Seems Like. on: September 11, 2010 09:08:56 PM
Well, I took a HUGE break on crocheting... Like, years. Today I sat back down for a few hours and cranked out a washcloth and my very first amigurumi. It's a little sloppy in areas because it took my hands awhile to get back in the motions, and I was struggling to remember stitches. But, it totally inspired me and made me happy, so hopefully I'll be finding time for more soon.
Here's my washcloth:

And here's Banjo. He spends his time haunting me so I finish my projects, and he lives in a graveyard of yarn and paper remnants.

He isn't perfect, but I love him all the same. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to restock the safety eyes I initially wanted to put on him, and had also misplaced my needles... Grr. So, no arms yet or decent facial features (he was supposed to be a ghost, but now I think he looks more like a skeleton that's missing limbs?) But, I improvised.
C&C appreciated, and thanks for looking.  Grin
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Maybe Ya'll Can Help Me? on: August 31, 2010 06:33:27 PM
Okay, so I have a really wonderful older sewing machine that my mother gave me, the kind that comes in the fold out cabinet stand:

It works great and everything. I just have one kind of big problem. When I recently moved I obviously had to take the legs off of the cabinet/machine part to transport it. I started putting it back together... and really screwed up.  Sad My mom neglected to tell me that this model has particular front and back legs. Needless to say, silly me somehow managed to put the back legs onto the front (I blame it on the fact that I had spent 6 hours previously assembling snap together furniture that was awful). When I did this, I was confused as to why they weren't lining up right and threaded the washers and nuts too far down. When I tried to take them back off, I couldn't properly line them up, and instead of just pulling the nuts and washers off... I pulled out the entire screw in the leg... with the nuts still stuck on them. Now I have a sad sewing machine just sitting in my closet.
Does anyone have any idea where I might be able to take the legs to to have them repaired and... re-screwed? Or maybe someone knows what kind of screw it is I could buy to reinsert maybe with wood glue or something?

The legs look like this:

And these are the screws I broke (sorry for the blur):

Thanks for looking and for any help or suggestions.
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