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31  Re: Shop the Swap 9 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Miss Violaceous on: November 30, 2007 07:29:34 PM
~ Msviolaceous' Den of Iniquity ~

I am located in the United States, and I have a really fluffy dog, and a cat who likes to jump on whatever I'm working on.

Hand-Knit Lace Headbands. Choose from Evergreen and Silver Bells. Both are knit from delicate Rowan wool yarn with tweedy bits (the color in these pictures is a bit washed out). Evergreen features an arrowhead lace pattern, while Silver Bells features Lily of the Valley lace and glass beads. Both are approximately 17 inches in length, with 10.5 inch ties (lots of stretch, so it'll adjust to fit most any adult head, and probably teens as well.) If they need washing, hand wash in cold water and either lay flat to dry or pin it to a flat surface under some tension to show off the lace ("blocking.") Three points each.

Hand-Dyed Yarn! Dyed by me with food coloring and possibly some kool-aid.

Sex on the Beach (orange) and Strawberry Daquiri (pink). 49% Acrylic, 51% Nylon, 50g, 71 yds. 4''= 13 st/18 r on 10.5's. This yarn has a white core and a vibrant halo. Claim both and double strand if you want to go really nutty! Perfect for drunk knitting. In all seriousness, the yarn is extremely, pettably soft, with no animal fibers so it should be very hypoallergenic and non-irritating. One point each.

Oddments Button Bobby Pins. I was going to make these mismatched bobby pins and have them claimed individually, but in the end I liked the pairs I was able to put together. Choose from royal purple, earth tones or zebra. These are vintage buttons glued securely onto the standard heavy bobby pin finding. They are thicker and stronger than the standard hide-in-your-hair type of bobby pin. One-half point per pair.

Magic Hat Pins. The funkiest treasures from my bead stash on super-long stick pins - 8 inches long by default. However, I can make them as short as you like. The 8-inch pins will have a nailhead at the end, but if I shorten them I will make an eyelet stopper. See Tomato Teal as an example. One half point each, OR get one free with any claim of three points or more.

From left to right: Stargate, Blue Swoopy, Starky, Tomato Teal, Icing, Verdant, Sceptre, Fade, and Bloopy. PM me for better pics of any of them.

By popular demand, DIY embroidery kits! Everything you need is in the kit, including an instructional CD and some fabric to practice on (or even make small pouches or patches). Go find your scissors and you're ready to get started. I'm really proud of the instructional CD, which I spent hours creating, with color and humor along the way. Your choice of hoop colors and floss color schemes. Three points each.

Available hoop colors: hot pink.

Choice of bright floss colors or muted. (Only bright floss still available.):

Puppies not included.

Ladybug Anklet. Sterling-plated chain, wire wrapping, and lobster clasp, with glass beads. Adjustable from 9 to 11 inches. Custom sizing (and conversion into a bracelet) available upon request. One point.

Junk Food Earrings. Acrylic charms on chunky silver-plated chain with sterling french hook earwires. Choose from pizza/cokes and hamburger/french fries. One point each.

New lower price! Jean Blue Button Bracelets in two sizes. Though they are each adjustable, one is sized and proportioned for a 5-6 inch wrist (modeled on my 5-inch wrist), and the other for a 7-8 inch wrist (modeled on my mineral water). The bracelets feature vintage buttons attached to a silver-plated chain with silver-plated wire wrapping and a silver springring clasp. The buttons may look black in some of the pictures, but the only colors involved are denim blue, cobalt blue, navy blue, and white. 1/2 point.


Large: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v472/Msviolaceous/Craft%20Projects/buttonbracelet.jpg


Size 15 Straight Knitting Needles. Jo-annes store brand. New in box. Note that with these and a set of 10's, you have all you really need to knit up one of those string shopping bags I had last round. PM me for my modifications that eliminate the need for circular needles. One point.

Vintage Women's Nightgown Pattern. Size 16, which according to the chart is a 38" bust, 30" waist, 40" hip, with 16 3/4" back length. It has been cut, but by someone who is very careful with their sewing patterns. I verified that most of the pieces were there, but I can't be sure about a few of them (I didn't unfold them all the way, so I might've missed some.) At the very least you can do views 3 and 4 (the two in the center), and most if not all of the pieces for views 1 and 2 are there also, so if you're clever you might be able to make up the rest. Dated 1977! One point.

1960's mail-order sewing patterns. Great condition, probably never used. The names are just some I assigned randomly based on how the model looked, so I could tell them apart. One point each.

"Headless Hannah" - 38-30-40

"Claudette" - 40-31-42

Thanks for visiting!

COMING SOMEDAY: Copper Cascade earring line, more handspun yarn, more handdyed yarn, designer ribbon headbands, and wine charms.

Wishlist: Handmade greeting cards, crazy quilted stuff, lampwork beads, hand-dyed roving (cruelty-free?) and handmade soap.

Starting points: 3

Current points: 0
Pending points: 0
Total points: 0

December Claims:

Miss Volacious to bkrenning4 - DIY Embroidery Kit - 3 points.
Miss Violaceous to gatheredthreads - Hand-knit lace headband (silver bells) - 3 points.
ptarmic wumpus to Miss Violaceous - Sheep Felt - 1 point.
Sansa to Miss Violaceous - Baum fabrics 1800s reproduction fabrics - 2 points.
AsphaltQueen to Miss Violaceous - Cherry Blossom Notecards - 1 point.
sewknitter to Miss Violaceous - Cotton-Rayon handwoven Obsidian Scarf - 2 points.
sewknitter to Miss Violaceous - Little Postage Notes - 1 point.
sewknitter to Miss Violaceous - Little Postage Notes - 1 point.
sewknitter to Miss Violaceous - Little Postage Notes - 1 point.
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32  Re: I can ___ but I can't ___ Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Miss Violaceous on: October 18, 2007 03:09:40 PM
Poor Lindsey! The lovely package she sent me was languishing in my post office box while I was four states away. I'm just glad it didn't get lost in the ystem. I finally managed to retrieve it!

"It" being a fabulous purple butterfly wrap sweater from the StitchDiva pattern I have coveted for ages! I thought it was a bit too much to ask, but she cheerfully took on the task (though not confirming or denying her choice, tee hee).

The drapey sleeves are so nice to wear. The yarn has a bit of glint to it. I didn't really do it justice, but it needed to be modeled and I didn't think I could convince Felon to try this on. :-p

Thank you, Lindsey goes to eleven! You're fabulous!

P.S... it's going to be the perfect thing to wear at the office... to change into something comfy yet respectable after I get back from court... where I will be lawyering... because I passed the bar! Woohoo!  Grin
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33  Re: Shop the Swap round 7 Discussion in New Swap Theme Ideas by Miss Violaceous on: October 09, 2007 07:41:18 PM
Any fans of my fabulous yarn models want an update?

The puppies are not mine, they belong to a friend of mine.
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34  Exotic Habu Textiles Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: October 06, 2007 07:37:06 AM
My mom and I went to a great LYS while I was out visiting Los Angeles... Wildfiber in Santa Monica. They have an incredible selection of the really high-end stuff. We almost got out of there without spending money, but then my mom (who is definitely NOT a knitter but does have a wacky artistic slant) noticed the rack of Habu Textiles stuff. They had eight or ten different varieties, each with a neat palette and wild textures. She found two very different yarns that she thought would look neat together, and we negotiated a scarf. My bribe for knitting it up was a skein of ALCHEMY BAMBOO! It's a good thing, too, because the puffy yarn was a real pain in the butt, and I might never have finished it without a bribe.  Grin

With no further ado...

Modeled by Felon. She's such a good scarf model!
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35  Woodworking Q: Restoring smoke-damaged wood. in Discussion and Questions by Miss Violaceous on: October 04, 2007 04:14:57 PM
I recently dug my old drop spindle out of my mother's garage. I made it when I was a small child at a Waldorf elementary school. We were given dowels and slices of logs, had help fitting the one into the other, then sanded them down by hand and rubbed them with some kind of oil and a rag until they had a nice finish.

Fast forward a few years, and my home burned. My things were all badly smoked, the kind of chemicaly smoke of burning plastics and such.

I haven't tried scrubbing the spindle with soap and water, but it's possible it had this kind of treatment way back when. I think I'd like to try rubbing it with the same kind of oil that we used initially, any ideas what that might be? Should I wash it first, then rub it with oil, or just try and get the smoke residue off with oil? Is there anything else I should use to clean it?

Here's a photo. You can see some darkening from the smoke, especially around the edges of the whorl and in the striations of the wood:

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36  Re: Fiber Friday - 9/21/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: September 21, 2007 09:06:33 AM
My spinning time has been devoted to finishing up this:

But I did find some time to dye spinning fibers. The rainbow is faux cashmere roving (nylon) and the "death of slimer" is tussah silk noils. Both dyed with food coloring and some kool-aidd.

"Death of slimer" is a temporary name. Anyone have a better one? It's an ugly duckling now but it'll make a great, textured yarn.

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37  Re: Shop the Swap Round 6 Discussion in New Swap Theme Ideas by Miss Violaceous on: September 15, 2007 02:02:30 PM
I added some new pieces to my shop:

I also lowed the prices on a few things, changed the pricing scheme for the magic hat pins and rearranged (I'm always rearranging).
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38  Re: Secret Craftster swap (Round 3) Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Miss Violaceous on: September 07, 2007 05:20:41 PM
The fabric is cotton, I think. I actually had two kinds that I was putting with my embroidery kits, both picked for texture that would make good practice cloth.

I had to go down to my dad's house in south Florida while in the midst of doing this spinning, and it's so muggy here that the roving felts in my hands and this is taking for. ev. er.

Here's a close-up. Pre-blocking and stretched over a chair, since I have no niddy noddy. It's kind of a thick laceweight, maybe a 2-ply weight (though it's a single). Wool with angelina, HollyEQQ's Sunrise over the Pacific colorway.

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39  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have (Crafts/Supplies) Swap - August in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Miss Violaceous on: August 26, 2007 10:56:59 AM
I claim kayrun for Simply Knitting Magazine. This is my first claim this month.

One claim each:

1. Lot of crochet cotton. They are all partial balls, but I have no idea what the yardage is. The colors in the photo are accurate, but note that they are slightly different in gague from each other. White, cream, tiny bit of red, and multis in pink and purple.

2. POSSIBLY INCOMPLETE Vintage women's sewing pattern. It says that veiws 3 and 4 are nightgowns, while views 1 and 2 are housecoats. Personally, I think you could turn them into day dresses also. Size 16, which according to the chart is a 38" bust, 30" waist, 40" hip, with 16 3/4" back length. It has been cut, but by someone who is very careful with their sewing patterns. I verified that most of the pieces were there, but I can't be sure about a few of them (I didn't unfold them all the way, so I might've missed some.) At the very least you can do views 3 and 4 (the two in the center), and most if not all of the pieces for views 1 and 2 are there also, so if you're clever you might be able to make up the rest. Dated 1977!

3. Brand new 1960's mail-order sewing patterns! Pick one for one claim. The names are just some I assigned randomly based on how the model looked, so I could tell them apart. They are all about a 38" or 40" bust, but look at the filename for measurements. To do this, right click on the photo, then select properties. It should show the path for the photo, and at the end something like "Sue40-31-42.jpg".

1/2 claim each (read descriptions, some photos represent multiple choices that are 1/2 claim each).

1. Pastel madras cotton/poly blouse. This was part of my businesswear rotation because it was so easy to care for, but eventually I yanked it when I lost weight and didn't want to wear dowdy things that hid my middle anymore. It's a woman's S, and the colors are quite pretty. I don't see any obvious wear or stains. Cut it up and make something cool. The only reason it's still here and didn't go to the thrift store long ago is because I thought I might make something with it someday.

2. Magazines and catalogues. I have a lot of OK! magazine and Victoria's Secret. Good for decoupage and collage images, because there are lots of glamorous and scandalous pictures! Take as many as you want for 1/2 a claim.

3. All but a few dozen yards of a 7oz skein of Caron Simply Soft

4.  Complete skein of DMC Baroque crochet cotton in bright white.

5. Shoes I bought to recon but never got around to it. The white ones are size 5 1/2, and the other two are size 5. Each pair is 1/2 claim, or all three for 1 claim.

6. 18" x 60" pink plaid fleece fabric.

7. Really cute bright colors and metallic fish stickers. One sheet.

8. NEW Simplicity 4258. Size K5 - sizes 8-16. Bust 31 1/2-38", waist 24-30", hip 33 1/2-40".

9. Bits of handspun yarn... don't get too excited, this was a learning experience for me, and there isn't enough to really do anything with it other than a few stripes or as part of a rapunzel scarf. Both bits are 100% tencel, one of which is plied with DMC floss. The plied one should be about 8 yards, and the un-plied one is even less. You get both for one-half claim.

10. Cool bottlecaps. I'm not a huge bottlecap saver, but these are just the ones I thought were particularly neat. There will probably be more sent along with what's shown in the picture, as I run across them.

11. Super-spifffy ready-to-decoupage box. The outside has "victoria's secret" all over it, but the inside and edges are shiny as a mirror and vivid pink, with a matching ribbon already attached to close it. It opens like a book. It came as packaging for a perfume assortment, but the box was just so damned pretty I saved it. You could cover the whole outside, or you could snag some of the catalogues listed above and decoupage images of VS models if you know someone who likes the brand. Just don't cover the pink stuff! It's gorgeous!

12. Purse of paisley ties. All handsewn. The sides of the purse are kind of thick, so it is hard to get your hand in and out. There's no closure. You could take the lining out and re-do it if you wanted more space on the inside. Other than that, it's pretty durable (the fabric is a coarser weave than most ties) and I think it's pretty cute.
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40  Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Gallery~ in The Swap Gallery by Miss Violaceous on: August 17, 2007 03:17:47 PM
I received from mclianne! She sent me a huge box of sttuff, here's the overview shot:

Stash stuff: A huge bunch of trims (in the bag), several cards of buttons, fabric remnants, and yarn (looks like Homespun). Then there are three necklaces from the thrift store for me to recon. The best part is the denim bag. It has this great flower applique on it:

The inside is lined with the same batik as the applique. It's really well-done, and I love batik fabrics. The top zips up so when I throw my bag onto the passenger seat of the car, everything won't fall out into the cracks between the seats.

Thanks so much, mclianne!
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