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161  Re: Make Me a Hat! Round 3 (SIGNUP Jan 24 - Feb 11; MAIL BY March 21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bananaleg on: January 30, 2012 05:59:52 PM
Woohoo! Welcome, ifallthraindrops!

Great-looking hats, Kook! I know what you mean. I love hats, so it's hard for me to choose, too.

Well, here are a couple.
I call this The Wills.

I've already posted about it on craftster here, but basically... it was just supposed to be a practice run for another hat, but as i was finishing (during the royal wedding), i realized it practically matched William's jacket! So, i added the yellow. Caron Simply Soft is just so soft and nice to knit with.

Then there was my first earflap hat. Made it up as i went, so there was some trial and error. But it was still fun.
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162  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: January 28, 2012 10:48:03 PM
Wonky or not, that's adorable, APM. I wish I could help... Despite sewing being my first love, I'm actually not all that good at it. Smiley

I have projects I need to get done, so I'm obviously working on other things. (I need a facepalm smiley...)

First, this cowl.

And these mitts (just like the black ones I posted recently). These are my fifth pair of the same pattern.

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163  Red Vines Fingerless Mitts -- Link to pattern added!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: January 26, 2012 02:13:03 PM
I was in the "A Very Potter Musical" swap last year. My partner, Opaka and i both love the line, "Red Vines: What the hell can't they do?"

So, i knew i had to make something that reminded me of Red Vines. But what? Then i found the mock cable. And thanks to Wise Hilda Knits, i learned to knit a mock cable rib... which, when knit in red, totally looks like licorice!

P.S. Thank you, Opaka, for the photo!

By the way, i've posted these on ravelry. No pattern yet, but i think i might try to knit up another pair and maybe i'll try to get a pattern written down, if anybody would be interested.

Edited to add: I put the pattern up on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/red-vines-mitts
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164  Grey/Mustard Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: January 26, 2012 12:30:44 AM

We recently had a bit of a snowstorm here in Washington, and I needed wanted a pair of mittens.

Like many people on the interwebs, I've realized I'm really liking grey and yellow together. Lucky for me, I had some of each in Loops & Threads Cozy Wool.

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165  Make Me a Hat! Round 3 (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY March 21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bananaleg on: January 24, 2012 12:54:06 PM

(Photo courtesy of Fashion-Era)

Swap name: Make Me a Hat! Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: bananaleg
Sign-up date range: January 24 - February 11 (Or until full.)
Date to send item by: March 21

(Copied from Make Me a Hat Round 1)
Do you love hats? or maybe you just live somewhere really cold and hats keep your ears from falling off? Looking for a way to practice a new knitting/crocheting skill? Looking for a fun, low pressure swap? You've come to the right place! The Make me a Hat swap! You can choose to just make a hat or make a matching scarf or mittens! with 5 weeks to crafting time. Now matter what you choose to do, it will be a nice relaxing swap and cheap to ship.

To make things easy for partners, it would help to have all lists (pinterest, wists, Etsy and Ravelry favorites) well-filled out.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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 yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

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

Name of swap: Make me a Hat Round 3
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?::
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

(Since i'm adding sewn hats as a possibility, just answer whatever pertains to the type/s of hat you want.)
Do you want to do a single hat or a hat plus other (scarf, mittens, neckwarmer, second hat, etc...):
Do you knit, crochet, sew, or any combination of the three:
Would you prefer a knitted, crocheted, or sewn hat:
Fibre preferences:
Favourite colours and patterns:
Do you like to knit/crochet cables or lacey patterns:
Would you like to receive a cabled or lace pattern:
What kind of hats do you like (slouchy, toque, brimmed, berets/tams, etc...):
Head size:
Other sizes (hand width & length and wrist size for mittens, height for scarf):
Any allergies:
Any pets or other allergens in your home:
Do you have a pinterest, wist, Etsy favourites or Ravelry account?:
Do you agree to post in the thread weekly:

Organizer reserves the right to refuse you if you have a history of poor communication and/or sending late/flaking.

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

Round 1 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333256.0
Round 2 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354584.0


1) bananaleg
2) TheManicCrafter
3) Radmom
4) Kookaloo_Starr
5) that1girl
6) Alchamy513
7) ifallthraindrops
8 ) Arryl
9) Spiffyhink
10) IHeartsTheArts
11) Eclectic Dreamer
12) winter83
13) taloola
14) hgddm

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404464.0
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166  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: January 20, 2012 12:15:01 PM
I must have missed my notification because i have to play catch-up again!

nisforneville, the toddler afghan looks wonderful! I kind of like it without a border, but if you want to use up more yarn, it couldn't hurt. Aw! The owl hat is adorable!

Brackish, loving the smash book! Great colors for the cozy.

michelleandbean, i love Teesha Moore, and your pillows are awesome.

apm, the delicious/yum and cupcake combo made me laugh. Perfect. And of course it is super cute on you.

hgddm, i have to tell you, i don't do much with jewelry or beads, but i do love a big bowl of beads and buttons and the like... It's a good thing i can't reach through my screen and yoink it.

supertink, what a cute dress!

LaughingLark, i like the way your afghan looked before. Too bad it was too long.
And i was just watching that video on how to make a scoodie the other day!

that1girl, pretty skirt!

MeganCrafts, awesome Star Wars skirt!

Antidigger, i am digging the hyperbolic plane.

cloudsnapper, that is a cute doll dress.

jfer, great skirt!

MiLady, great iPad case. And awesome blanket!! That baby stuff is so cute!!

Gomerriffic, love the socks. I can tell your blanket is going to look really cool!

I made myself another pair of slippers. But the yarn wasn't from stash. Well, some of it was, and the buttons were from stash... but i won't post a photo. You can check out their own post, though. Smiley

My aunt has been wearing some things i've knit for her to work, and her coworker always comments on how she loves everything. She ordered a cowl from me and a pair of fingerless mitts. The cowl was not from stash, but the mitts were. The only photos i got were pretty glare-y...

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167  Scarecrow Mary Jane Slippers in Crochet: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: January 20, 2012 11:58:47 AM

My niece and i are currently obsessed with Wizarboz (or i guess you could call it Wizard of Oz). It is our movie. Every time she comes over, she'll ask me oh so sweetly, "Can we watch Wizarboz...?"

Yes, WeeWee, we can watch Wizarboz.

I made myself a pair of slippers on New Year's Eve called my new year new slippers. But i hate them. They don't fit right. And i want to start making Wizarboz-inspired things, so i made myself a new pair of better-fitting slippers that don't want to fall off... in colors inspired by Scarecrow. My favorite.

If you'd care to read a little more about it, you can check out my tumblr post.

Thanks for looking!
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168  Re: Ongoing wish swap round 76 gallery in The Swap Gallery by bananaleg on: January 09, 2012 11:40:56 AM
I received from Velvet Rose. She claimed me for roving, and i told her i love colors inspired by rain/water/clouds, etc.
And just look at what she sent.

Seriously, look how gorgeous they are!

Thank you so much, Velvet Rose! I can't wait to finally start spinning!
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169  Snowflakes! in Crochet: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: January 06, 2012 05:20:23 PM
I needed to find something to make my friend for Christmas that would be cute, but not add a bunch of stress to my already full plate. She likes snowflakes, so i decided a nice, easy snowflake garland would be perfect.

For the first 4 snowflakes (the ones in the middle), i used this pattern: http://www.mockingbirdhillcottage.com/2011/11/crochet-snowflake-garland.html
But i changed it so it would have 6 points, like a snowflake, rather than 7.

Then i came up with my own.

I am no pattern writer, these are just my notes... So, if it doesn't make any sense (very likely), let me know, and i'll do my best to explain it.

Top row of snowflakes:
ch 6, sl to join
ch 3 (acts as first dc), dc, ch1, *2dc, ch1* until there are 12 stitches, sl to join
*ch2, dc ch4, sl tbl of first chain, ch2, sl next stitch* rep around

Bottom row:
ch 9, sl to join
ch 3 (first dc), 17dc, sl to join
ch 7, sl tbl of 2nd chain, 3sc, *ch6 sl tbl of first chain, 3sc* repeat ** to end, sl to join

If anybody tries these out, please show me! I'd love to see them!
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170  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: January 05, 2012 02:49:08 PM
do any of you use anything for you hands when they hurt from crafting... eesh im only 25 and already need a brace  Undecided

I have that problem too.  I crocheted for maybe a half hour last night and my hands were starting to hurt.  I think I may need to invest in some ergonomic hooks.
I've noticed that my thumb feels the same way after a long day of crafting as it does after i've been on my phone for a while... and i found exercises for "texting thumb" that have actually really helped me. Haha. It sounds silly, but my hand really feels better after i've done them.

Might not be what you were looking for, but it might help nonetheless.

I tend to not stick to the themes, but i think i might actually give it a shot this year...
So, here's my for me. I call them my new year new slippers.

I used buttons i got in a swap last year. Smiley
I'm not totally satisfied with them. I'd like to make a pair in wool, or some other natural fiber, soon and compare them.

White (i actually finished this late in 2011, but i didn't post in the 2011 destash-along, so i figure it wouldn't hurt to post here):

After i took this, i crocheted all of the snowflakes onto a chain to make my friend a snowflake garland or bunting.

And a headband because i keep seeing them all over the interwebs, and i'm sure i'll be able to find a home for it.
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