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1  Re: Prayer Flag twinkle - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 08, 2018 09:22:27 AM
Love that inspiration flag!

I had received my flag from Seeuudee, but have been remiss in not posting it sooner. Now that I've survived the week from hell with work and poison ivy, here is the beauty that now adorns my wall!

She chose my theme "Grow roots", and I love all the textures of the different fabrics and ribbons. I also really like that she chose the alphabet beads to write the words, I think it really works well, almost like fruit or flower buds. So lovely!
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2  Re: Prayer Flag twinkle - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 01, 2018 08:45:50 AM
Wulf, that flag is very much your style. And so is this one! I love it, thank you!

Wulf chose to pick a theme out of my babble on my questionnaire instead of one of the listed words, and he picked the perfect one. Putting down roots is something I'm currently trying to learn; hopefully after moving 18 times this one will stick.

The textures are fantastic, between the yarnish fibers and the embroidered bits, and the appliqued felt. I'm not sure if you can tell not in-person, but the ink lines in the background add so much depth too.

Thank you Wulf, this is exactly what I needed. And perhaps if I ever move again, it will be into a treehouse as serene as this one. Smiley
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3  Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: March 29, 2018 12:11:07 PM
I just finished my own flag, which took way longer than anticipated because once I started trying to use up little random scraps, I couldn't stop.

This is an homage to the new job I just started as a gardener, and the real season begins on Monday!

I used little bits of embroidery floss, some silk flowers, fabric paint, ribbon, beads, and fabric scraps with fusible interfacing. I was going to add a couple more flowers, but I had to stop before it got too ridiculous.
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4  Nests for Wildlife in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by ChameleonHound on: March 29, 2018 12:03:45 PM
Hi all!
If you're like me, you wind up with a whole pile of little teeny balls of yarn and you find yourself digging through your pinterest posts for ways to use them up. (Chapstick coozie? For real?)

Well, look no further. Spring has sprung here in North America, and for wildlife rehabilitators that means those two, dreaded words that coincide with the end of functioning time for yourself or frivolous things like sleep: BABY SEASON.
You can help support your local over-worked wildlife rehabilitator by making some nests to keep the little babes warm!

I found a local wildlife rehabilitator through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and whipped up the following nests for her out of the remains of my little stash of random bits. I admit the color combinations are not all stellar, but these are going to be pooped on enough that it probably won't matter. I tried to go for a variety of sizes to give her some options based on who will be nestled in there. These are a bit deeper than they appear, but the design means the edges roll a bit.

If you are a stitchery beginner, I urge you to try these! They're very simple and the decreases are super easy, at least for knitting.

You can find the instructions to knit or crochet nests here.

Here's the individual nests with how many strands of yarn I used, and how many stitches I cast on at the beginning. If you're not sure what size to make, chat with a local rehabber! You can also find some places to send donations on the instructions site.

Edit: I just found a Facebook group called Wildlife Rescue Nests that is all about connecting crafters with rehabbers in need!

Some important takeaways:
1. These have to be really tightly knit or crochet. No holes or spaces where little legs or toes can wander in and get stuck, because the only thing worse than an orphaned baby bird is an orphaned baby bird with a broken leg. Same goes for yarns with little loops and snags that could catch a toe.
2. They have to be self-supporting, so an infant hat style won't work. Rehabbers have to manage a syringe of food, positioning the baby to be fed and keeping everyone from falling out; since this already requires 3 more hands than they currently have, there won't be one to spare for a floppy nest brim.
3. These are going to be washed A LOT. Plan your fiber choices accordingly.

I hope you're feeling inspired! I know the over-worked and under-appreciated wildlife rescue individuals in your community will appreciate it.

Thanks for looking! Please share!
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5  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2018 Craftalong in Craftalongs by ChameleonHound on: March 02, 2018 08:46:22 PM
Finished the swaps, so I can post a couple things that I made!

Here's some slippers I made from stash fabric and a pair of flip flops. Oh, plus some hot glue, staples, and a lot of cursing. Thank goodness they fit their recipient.

Here is a nice fuzzy infinity scarf, my first one and a rare change to circular knitting needles for me.

And though I technically finished it in March, this ridiculous hat consumed almost all of my February:

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6  Re: Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: March 02, 2018 02:56:40 PM
Check out this wonderful package I got from Calixita!

Firstly, the mittens she crafted, and boy are they WARM. Perfect for this blizzard we're having.

Then she showed off her fiber artistry with this amazing tea pot cozy. Look how adorable it is! Little crocheted mushrooms, embroidered greenery, flowers from crocheted embroidery floss and that beautiful butterfly!

Then there was this tea from a shop in Harvard Square, along with some fruit teas and Taza hot chocolate discs that I'm VERY excited to try. Also some Speculoos cookies that I *might* share with my boyfriend. Wink

She also spoiled me with this book and absolutely gorgeous bookmark for my collection, as well as some sticky notes that say "never say never - say no way in hell".  Grin

Even the box was cute with birds!

I love it all, and I can't wait to taste the tasty things and have the cosiest fingers and tea. Thank you Calixita!
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7  Re: Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: February 27, 2018 09:50:57 AM
Love the embroidered mug rug, and I might have to steal that Earl gray tea that GeekGirl posted.

Calixita, I'm so glad you liked all your swap goodies! And I'm SO RELIEVED that the slippers fit, since I didn't have a properly-sized foot in the house to use for pattern drawing. Phew!


enjoyed one at breakfast!  so delicious!

So I probably totally goofed in my rush to get the box in the mail, but those cookies are actually Chai-spiced shortbread cookies. I almost sent some lemon bars, but they would have been soup by the time they got there. Sorry if I mislabeled! I hope they're tasty anyway!
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8  Re: Mixed Media Valentine Swap Gallery: Part Deux (SENDOUTS EXTENDED TO MON. FEB. 6) in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: February 14, 2018 01:40:22 PM
Here's the awesome valentine, and tasty extras, I got from Bec99:

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9  Byron the Owl in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ChameleonHound on: February 13, 2018 10:21:44 AM
I used to work in environmental education. I recently learned that one of the educational owls passed away at a very, very old age. My friend and former co-worker really loved Byron the Barred Owl, so I wanted to make her a little memorial piece to keep. I got a 5x7 photo frame, used an online stencil generator, and painted on the glass. The glass was then epoxied into the frame, so that it could be hung in a window. After thinking it was too hard to see, a friend suggested I add some translucent paper to the back. I think it works just the way I intended.

Here's the photo of beautiful Byron for reference:

Thanks for looking!
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10  Ombre hat with leftover yarn in Knitting: Completed Projects by ChameleonHound on: February 13, 2018 10:14:04 AM
Hi there! I tried out this pattern on Ravelry, and I love it:
The Quick Ombre Hat by Emily Dormier

I had tried out this pattern just for the shape for my brain hat (still a wip). I really liked it, so I decided to do the colorwork when my Auntie requested one too. There are a bunch of sizes which I really liked. It was perfect to use up some leftover wool that I loved way too much to just toss into a random scrap project. I did wind up making mine shorter, though. I condensed the main body of the hat, not including brim and decreases, to I think 21 rows.

I showed the bf and he goes, "What, no pom pom?" Sigh.

Thanks for looking!
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