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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Giant Gryffindor scarf and whattodowhenyoustartmakingascarfanditepicfails on: August 10, 2010 08:44:12 PM
These are both from the HP swap (round#8); I made them for my partner (she's already received so I feel conscious-clear about posting pictures).

I'm relatively new to knitting (learning as of April) but am REALLY enjoying it. I wanted to make my swap partner something from her wist and decided on the HP scarf; I thought "how hard can this be?" thinking I could just do stockinette stitch and go back and forth (not realizing I needed to knit in the round). After I'd completed 4 bands I realized something was very wrong. Rather than pulling out my work I started again- this time in the round. I cast on 68 stitches using cascade 220, each band is 15 rounds/rows. I slipped stitched the ends together and added the fringe. The scarf is 6' long and 9" wide- it took me about 20 hours to do the whole thing but I am so proud of how it turned out  Grin

But then, after I was done, I still had that piece in stockinette stitch laying around. I decided fold it in half, seam the two sides together, crochet the top and add some handles (and a swirly flower)- alakazamavoila and I had a purse. I lined it with canvas (facing toward the knitting) and PUL facing inward (so it would be waterproof on the inside; the canvas helps the knit purse hold its shape).



Thanks for looking! Happy craft mistake.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Idea for swap feedback enhancement on: August 08, 2010 11:13:01 AM
Just an idea- sorry if this is the wrong place for this, but it seems like the right place for this.

I'm very new to swapping; I found it helpful to go through the galleries of my swap partner's previous swaps to see what they have made in the past- this took a long time and was cumbersome. It would be cool if, in the feedback table for swaps on the member pages, the organizer or the swapper could (have the option to) post some photos next to the swap title with the items they made for the swap.

There is a lot of discussion on this board re: matching swappers (generosity, skill level, etc). If the swap feedback table in member profiles had an area to add pictures this could help both the organizer and the swap partner tailor their packages (and their expectations).

Just a thought.
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mimi's dolls (for the gals) on: July 09, 2010 02:00:22 PM
I made these dolls for my nieces. These girls have every toy ever made, their parents and grandparents spoil them rotten and, when it came time for me to get them something, I didn't want to perpetuate the cycle of merchandizing. The pattern I lifted from the purl bee (http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2009/4/8/mimi-kirchners-hand-sewn-felt-doll.html) which has an amazing tutorial even me, the monkey, can follow.

Each doll was made to look like its owner; my plan is to continue to make more clothes for the dolls (as future gifts) and maybe even encourage the girls to embrace their inner craft goddess in the process.

I hope you enjoy!
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