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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Outsmart Canada Post Swap Gallery! on: May 18, 2006 07:39:31 AM
Gallery for all the lettermail goodies!   Grin

Swap thread is here:
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Outsmart Canada Post Swap! Signups CLOSED, MAIL BY 23/05/06 on: April 23, 2006 05:19:42 PM
General Info:
Swap name: Outsmart Canada Post Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Bloocanoe
Sign-up date range: 23/04/06-03/05/06 (close at 5pm EST)
Date to send item by: 23/05/06  Note that this was changed from 20/05 to 23/05

Limited to a certain number of people?: 20
Non-U.S. participants allowed? This is a Canadians-only swap!  Cool
All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages. If under 18 pls have your parent's ok.
Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES. Please do not sign up if you have negative feedback in your profile.
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Additional Rules:
1. If this is your first swap please read: (https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html) to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

2. Please bookmark this thread and/or post here. All updates will be made here and this will help you to keep up with everything.

3. I will be giving feedback in the following way:
great swapper- for those who follow all the rules
Poor communication- if you don't respond to pm's but have been logging on to craftster

4. Please put "Outsmart Canada Post Swap" in the title of PM's

5. Please create an envelope that you would like to receive. Do some research on your partner.  Smiley

6. Note that I will ask people to check in with me and on the board halfway through the crafting period.

Details of swap:
We're gonna OUTSMART CANADA POST! The goal is to create a package for your partner that is under 0.500kg and under 2cm in height and in a regular envelope (i.e. fits through a mail slot)- if it is, you should be able to mail it for $2.49 and you won't have to pay the fees charged for packages.  Envelope contents can be a mix of crafted and non-crafted items, as long as it fits in one skinny envelope- chat with your partner to make sure you have similar expectations. Note that it was suggested to tape your items between two pieces of cardboard to prevent things from shifting around during mailing (and to prevent things from all bunching up in a corner and exceeding the 2cm height!).

Once you've posted your package, post here and let us know what you paid to send the envelope, so we can all rejoice in outwitting ye olde Canada Post!!

Original Swap Idea Discussion: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88897.0
Link to Canada Post's rates: http://www.canadapost.ca/personal/offerings/lettermail/can/rates-e.asp
Link to Canada Post's specs: http://www.canadapost.ca/personal/offerings/lettermail/can/about_specifications-e.asp

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

Name of swap:  Outsmart Canada Post Swap!
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
What crafts do you do that can fit in a slim envelope?:
Anything you would especially like to receive (that fits in a slim envelope)?:
Favourite colours:
Favourite themes, activities, symbols, etc.:
Anything else you want your partner to know:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Swap Participants
1.  Bloocanoe
2.  astronogirl
3.  d
4.  vegbee
5.  yamwam
6.  thatdarnpunk
7.  nessagurl
8.  teddybearbones
9.  Amifer
10. Clay Pants (becomes eligible on May 3)
11. Krysta
12. starpiste
13. knit_north (becomes eligible on May 3)
14. vampirategurrl08

Partners! Grin
Blue: swapper has sent
Green: swapper has received
Red: swapper has sent and received
Italics: late but communicating

 Cool amifer + teddybearbones
 Cool nessagurl + knit_north
 Cool starpiste + Clay Pants
 Cool d + yamwam
 Cool astronogirl + thatdarnpunk
 Cool Krysta + vampyrategurl08
 Cool vegbee + bloocanoe


23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Outsmart Canada Post Swap?? on: April 08, 2006 08:24:45 AM
Anybody else perplexed by Canada Post's shipping rules? I find it so strange that the size of the parcel appears to be more important than the weight.  If your parcel won't go through their little pretend letterbox slot, then the parcel becomes much more expensive to send.  At least, that's what seems to happen, but I could be misinterpreting what is going on, and I freely admit that when I go to their website to try to find out what the rules are, I get more confused than I was to begin with.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, I've been toying with the idea of a swap that would be a combination somehow of a Canadians Only swap (there have been some in the past, but not for a while I think), but where the parcel size was limited to going through their letterbox slot.  Kind of like a One Tiny Thing swap, but you're not limited to making one thing, you can send whatever you want, crafts or supplies or both , as long as it all fits within a certain dimension envelope.

thoughts? any interest? would this work?
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The dog ate my mitts... can these be fixed? on: January 18, 2006 03:53:53 PM
Well, I posted these thrummed mitts here when they were first done:

And I gave them to my friend, who loved them.
Her dog did not.
Or, maybe he did... a little too much.  Cry

Any suggestions for reconstructive surgery?  I guess on the first one I should just cut the side seam open and frog back to where the damage starts. I'm afraid I don't have enough of the yarn left over tho.
Weird how he ate the yarn but not the roving, huh?  Huh
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Skull Fingerless Gloves on: January 06, 2006 11:02:27 AM
I made these for redstar13 in the ongoing wish swap #4 and they are posted in the gallery there... someone pm'd me and asked how I made them, so I thought I would share them here as well.

I just used my favourite mitten pattern but I cast off at the base of the fingers.
I then searched craftster for a skull chart that I liked (I'm afraid I can't remember whose I used, but thank you for posting it! I tried to make my own and it was harder that I thought it would be!).
The skulls are at duplicate stitch.  It was my first time trying duplicate stitch so the skulls are a bit squidgy!
I thought the grey and black was a wee bit bland, so I added the one red eye to each skull. For some reason, I liked the look of one red eye better than two.

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft my Sport / Craft my Hobby Swap?? on: December 22, 2005 09:54:52 AM
Hey Craftsters!

This swap idea occurred to me recently, forgive me if this is old and/or has been done before. I did a quick search but didn't see anything similar.

I noticed in another thread ("What do y'all do when not being crafty?" https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=1870.0) that there are lots of craftsters really into sports and who have non-crafty hobbies. So... I was thinking about a "craft my sport/hobby" swap.  Is someone into rock climbing? Make 'em a chalk bag! A big reader? make 'em a book bag or bookmarks! A runner? make 'em a cuff with a zippered pocket for their keys!

Anyway- just wanted to put the idea out there to see what you thought. At this point i can't realistically commit to being the organizer (at least, not until a few months into the New Year).
cheerio and Merry Ho-Ho
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Thrummed mitts (first project post! :)) on: October 31, 2005 04:16:40 PM
Well, just finished these tonight so thought I would share... thrummed mittens.

Picture of the inside, which looks weird but is what makes them so warm!

Pics are kind of funny-looking as I had to squish the mitts onto my scanner, and they are very thick!
thanks for looking!   Smiley
28  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Orange String & Steel Wool: Mini-Mitts and Hat on: August 21, 2005 09:46:28 AM
This challenge got me thinking... and then it got me digging through my hall closet.  This is my first time posting pics, so I hope this works.

I started out trying to crochet with fishing line because I thought a fishing line snowflake for a christmas tree ornament would look really cool, like a frosty icicle.  I quickly realized why people don't crochet with fishing line: it is tiny, it is hard on the fingers, it doesn't stretch, and if it was any less visible, it would actually BE invisible!

So I went back to the closet because I had this old half-roll of thin orange cord (which is sold as plumb line in the hardware store).

I also noticed a box of steel wool, and thought... hey, that's WOOL (kind of)!  I wonder if I can "spin" that into a yarn?  I sort of could, by twisting it in my fingers:

I didn't have very much of either the steel wool or the orange line.  I actually started out making a scarf, but ran out of the line (probably a good thing, since who wants to wear steel wool?).  So then I made a miniature hat and mittens set. I used a pattern I had from Patons Canada for knitted Christmas tree ornaments.  I'm not sure what inspired me except that I had made these little mittens before, and I knew I didn't have enough line or wool to make something large.

Here are pics of works in progress...

Knitting with the steel wool was a little hard (threw off my tension too  Smiley), so I'm glad I was only making miniature mittens.  I eventually ended up with the final product:

Kindly modelled by Baby Oscar The Grouch, who doesn't mind the itchy steel wool:

Thanks for looking!
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