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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nut Scarves with Pattern ~ Keep Your Nuts Toasty! on: April 01, 2014 03:17:17 PM
Once roasted, it is imperative that you keep your nuts nice and toasty.  I find the best way to do this is to keep on hand Nut Scarves.  And they are super simple to make.  Grab some oddball worsted and a G hook.  Chain 23-30 stitches (sizing depends on your nuts...the larger the nut, the more chains needed).  End off & trim the ends.  And TA-DA, you have yourself a Nut Scarf.  Happy hooking & Remember...

Keep Your Nuts Toasty! Grin

2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Harry Potter Box Swap ~*Signups CLOSED~Sendouts May 15*~ on: March 28, 2014 03:58:46 PM
Swap name: Harry Potter Box Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: pinkleo
Sign-up date range: March 28-April 10
Date to send item by: May 15

Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no


Swap Organizer 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 within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, very late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap!

Swap Details
For this swap, you will create a Harry Potter "box," filled with treats, for your partner. This "box" will have a theme.  A few examples are: a Potions kit, Hogwarts trunk, Quidditch set, Dementor's Repelling Repertorie box, Gryffindor Goodies box, I Love Luna Lovegood box, Snape's Secret Wardrobe box.  You are to use your partner's questionnaire as inspiration.  And your "box" or container can be of any shape and material (meaning it doesn't have to be a literal box).  

Sizes: The "box" should be at least a medium.  And you will fill the box with at least one medium and three smalls. (Making our total swap requirements 2 mediums and 3 smalls)  Here's a handy ~*PORTKEY*~ to swap size info.

For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Further, it would be nice if you would post in this thread at least once a week (you could just stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

SWAP DECREE: All swappers MUST post at least once in the swap thread.  Please do this before sending your questionnaire; this will help things run smoothly.  Thanks in advance for doing this. Grin

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: (Remember to send your info to your organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

Name of swap: Harry Potter Box Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing):
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)

Confirm that you have posted at least once in the discussion thread(YES/NO)
*Note you will not be added to the swap until this swap rule has been met*

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Do you want useful or decorative items?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you/people in your household smoke?
Do you have pets?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Magical Creature?
Magical Item?
Magical Shop?

What is your...
(answer only those you are interested in receiving)
shirt/tee size?
head measurement?
hand measurement (wrist to tip of mid finger)?
foot measurement? (shoe size & measurement in inches)
hips (where you would wear a belt):
preferred bracelet length?
preferred necklace length?
preferred bag/tote/purse size? (small, medium, large)

Are your ears pierced?



Anything else you would like to add? (A great place to list your blog, Facebook, pinterest, etc.)

Please label Personal Messages (PMs) to organizer with title of "HP Box Swap".  When you send, label message as "SENT: HP Box Swap". (don't forget to include your DC#).  Send this message to the organizer and your partner.  When you receive, label message as "RECEIVED: HP Box swap".  Send this message to the organizer and your partner.

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication: No PMs of Sending/Receiving.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong on: March 18, 2014 09:34:01 AM

It is no secret that most Craftsters are addicited to Pinterest.   We have boards full of crafty ideas, tutorials, and inspirations.  This craftalong is here to motivate you into tackling those pins, give you a place to share your triumphs & fails, and share any tips you discovered while crafting.  When sharing, please remember to add your inspiration pin or link.

If Craftster has a board for it, then it is welcome in this craftalong, and that covers pretty much everything!  Further, feel free to post past pins successes and fails.  I can't wait to see your creations! And don't forget to share your projects on their respective Craftster boards. Grin
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mother Bear Project -Arthur- on: March 16, 2014 11:53:55 AM
This is my first Mother Bear.  The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.  I plan to create many more.  All bears are made from the same knit or crochet patterns; these are available on the site.  Do note that these are pay patterns, with funds going towards the charity.

Mother Bear Project: http://www.motherbearproject.org/
Bear Pattern Used: Seamless Crochet Pattern

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cat Stuffies ~pattern link included~ on: March 16, 2014 11:42:28 AM
These cute kitties are easy & fun to make.  By adjusting your yarn weight you can make small stuffies or larger ones that would make fab pillows.

Pattern Used: Mr Tibbles the Cat by Claudia van K. (free, google doc)
Yarn Used: 1 skein Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight (pink sugar) & 2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable (holland)
Hooks Used: B for sock weight, G for worsted

~*group shot*~

~*Fizzy-Sock Weight Yarn, Stands 8-1/2 inches tall*~

~*Roseberry-Worsted Weight Yarn, Stands 17-1/2 inches tall*~

They both were claimed & named by my daughter. Grin
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mini Dalek on: March 15, 2014 05:44:02 PM
When I spied this pattern, I just knew I had to make a mini dalek. Grin

Pattern Used: Dalek Egg Cosy by Ellie Skene ~free pattern~  (Note, this is a ravelry link)
Yarn Used: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn Sport Weight (black) & Lion Brand Vanna's Glamour (silver)
Hook Used: F Hook
Modifications: I added a bottom to make him a tiny stuffie, and used a small blue bead for eye stalk.

Thinking he would be a fab ornament. Cool

:::catching up on posting & sharing my crochet projects::: Smiley
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Giant Owl Basket on: March 15, 2014 05:31:57 PM
I created this baskets for the Back to Hogwarts R4 Swap.  He stands 15 tall and is 12 wide.  And can hold a ton of stuff!   I will say if you whip up this pattern, you will get a workout after holding 2 strands of super bulky while crocheting this. 

Pattern Used: Owl Basket by Deja Jetmir (this is a pay pattern...not mine)
Hook Used: 10mm
Yarn Used: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Colorway Wheat
Future Mod: Fab Pattern, but in future I'll just flip 1st eye because second one turned out odd.

~*In these pics, he is holding 2 blankies*~

Thanks for peeking! Grin
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Random Granny Ghan on: March 14, 2014 06:13:37 PM
I have a massive stash of yarn, especially oddballs & leftovers skeins from previous projects.  Every so often, usually when I'm in between projects or need a break from a project, I grab a few of these stashed yarns and whip up granny squares.  No rhyme or reason to my color schemes or patterns, just whatever I grab and feel like doing.  I have finally gathered up these squares and made them into a proper ghan.  I let my kiddos figure out where each square should go.  It measures 66"x49" and is quite cozy. Haven't really decided it's home...but I'll probably be keeping this one.

Yarn Used: Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart Soft, Bernat Denim-style, Caron Simply Soft, Caron Paints, Vanna, Lion Brand Jiffy, and lots of mystery oddballs
Hook Used: I Hook
Pattern Used: Classic Granny Square
Square Size: 7" (prior to round of black sc)
Joined Method: Single Crochet
Edging: working around, continuing the granny pattern of side & then sc around
Final Afghan Size: 66"x49"

little wonky here because cats kept photobombing & wrinkling up the ghan...seriously, this is one of the only pics without a kitty invasion

~*closeup so perhaps you can see edging*~
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: February 26, 2014 08:40:14 AM
~Harry Potter Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~

~*Begins March 1, 2014*~
~*Ends May 30, 2014*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be “Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make. 
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included.  If your item is a private piece, you may submit a picture link to one of the headmistresses.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft." 

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August; FALL-September, October, November.
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress pinkleo's Central Timezone (Texas time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistresses Mistress Jennie AND pinkleo.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Geminio, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  I suggest adding it to your header.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Gryffindor Lion-along project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
Badge Station
Witch/Wizard of the Week
Room of Requirement
Daily Prophet
Berite Bott's Every Flavour Bean Grab Bag
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Team Dobby Clubhouse
Quidditch Pitch

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy Dungeon
Astronomy Tower
Care of Magical Creatures
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Dungeon 5: Potions
Room of Runes
Classroom 1B: Transfiguration
Wizarding Tests Exam Room

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*Spring HPC Staff*~
Headmistress pinkleo
Deputy Headmistress Mistress Jennie

Gryffindor Head of House WhistleFish
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House DragonChilde

SPEW President Ant Bee
Quidditch Refereee MamanTattoo

Alchemy Professor Inselaeffchen
Apparition & Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor noodle-bug
Arithmancy & Divination Professor coulsenl
Astronomy Professor DragonChilde
Care of Magical Creatures Professor ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor Madame Suppléer with Spirit Division Contact noodle-bug
Flying Professor MamanTattoo
Herbology Professor Madame Suppléer with Spirit Division Contact noodle-bug
History of Magic & Muggle Studies Professor WhistleFish
Potions Professor FiberAlchemist
Study of Ancient Runes & Transfiguration Professor BadWolf314

Kitchen Elf OPEN
Team Dobby Captain noodle-bug

Badge Baronesses BadWolf314, coulsenl, FiberAlchemist, Mistress Jennie, pinkleo, WhistleFish,
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen
Spreadsheet Sorceress Mistress Jennie
Math Magician pinkleo

~*Members of Slug Club This Term*~
Acadian Driftwood, BadWolf314, coulsenl, DragonChilde, ErinAquaheart, jellybean89, Magpirate, MamanTattoo, Mistress Jennie, Moonflame, noodle-bug, pinkleo, rockmygypsysoul

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw

~*Previous Winner of Quidditch Cup*~
Summer 2012: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor

~*I want to express my gratitude to the HPKCHC on Ravelry which was the inspiration point for the craftalong.*~
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Net Scrubbie ~*with mini tute & pattern*~ on: February 25, 2014 07:55:54 AM
I created this dish-washing net scrubbie for the OWS (Ongoing Wish Swap).  I saw a few patterns out there, but I decided to wing mine since they were a bit fuzzy....Not to say that this pattern is going to be any less fuzzy, but I will give y'all my mini tutorial notes just in case you want to give it a go.

Net Scrubbie Mini Tutorial Notes:
First I created my "yarn." I did this by cutting down a 1/2-yard of net fabric into 2" strips. I folded the fabric into a manageable size for cutting.  And no worries, it doesn't have to be the neatest of cuts; you will not be able to tell once this "yarn" is worked up.  Then, I tied those strips together with overhand knots. Don’t pull too tight, or you will rip net fabric.  And little tails are fine; they will be extra stuffing when you are working up your scrubbie.  The pattern I winged & jotted is as follows:

(NOTE: worked in continuous rounds, knots tucked on inside)
ch4, join with slst to make ring
1. 8sc in ring
2-4. 2sc in each sc
5-6. sc around
7-10. dec(2sc tog) around (at round 8 I stuffed extra netting into the scrubbie to add body)
FO & tuck tail into scrubbie

Hope that makes a bit of sense. Cheesy  Good luck & Happy Hooking! Grin
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