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11  Re: next craftster meetup? in Michigan by vanillaxlight on: March 04, 2008 09:56:30 AM
whew! It took forever to get these off my camera! I'm actually in Vancouver right now and being hassled for other pics and had to get these off first. Here ya go!

I think all the pics are actually a bit bigger than craftsters 500 px limit, so if you open them in a new browser they should look less constrained

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12  i heart camels in Stenciling: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: January 16, 2008 06:40:17 AM
I feel like I haven't posted a project in forever! The last month for me has been absolutely awful and I haven't crafted (nor have I had time to craft) at all. Now, though, I'm finally feeling creative.

After seeing all those stupid, glittery "I <3 me" shirts at the mall this weekend, I decided I needed something more... me. So, I <3 camels!

For some reason my camera decided to stop working (of course), so here you are with the cell phone pics:

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13  Lendrum DT wheel misalignment? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by vanillaxlight on: December 22, 2007 05:28:02 PM
Most likely no one is going to be able to help me, but I figured I would post here just in case. It seems my wheel has become displaced. I don't know what the issue is. I hadnt moved it in a couple months because I didn't have any time at all, but last night I spun for 7 hours straight. At first the wheel was perfectly fine, but after a while it started becoming wobbly, and then when i was trying to ply it was just knocking against the bar that connects the treadles.

I haven't touched the C clip since i originally put my plying drive band on, and I had used it several times since then.

Heres a video of me treadling so you can see what I'm talking about. The first few seconds are me treadling on the right only, and it seems more fine.. wobbly but not perfect. I can use it, at least. I tried with the left treadle only, but it wouldn't work.. it knocked too much against the bar and stopped the wheel completely.

Any ideas? So sad.. Sad I emailed gord lendrum and asked him how i should go about fixing it. I hope he gets back to me soon...
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14  CROCHET CHALLENGE 6: Combined Techniques - ENDED in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by vanillaxlight on: November 12, 2007 06:42:29 AM
The theme for the sixth crochet challenge is combined techniques! Create anything you want using more than one technique. That could be crochet with embroidery, crochet with knitting, crochet with cross stitch, crochet with melted beads, crochet with apple pie. Okay, that last one is weird, but you get the point.

I am going to make an executive decision that tunisian and regular crochet do not count, since tunisian is a form of crochet.

The format:

When posting your challenge entry, please post it under Crochet Challenge Entries. In the message body, post the title of your entry and clear pictures.

The Deadline:

The crafting period will last three weeks for this challenge. Enter now until December 7th at 11:59 EST in order to be considered for the challenge! DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Prizes (the best part!):

The winner of this challenge will recieve:

A $25 gift certificate for Artsygal! Spend it on the handpainted yarn or roving of your choice.

All prizes donated by the people mentioned. If you would like to donate a prize for the crochet challenge, please PM me.

Have fun!


- Members do not need to have a certain post count or have been a member for so long to participate. Everyone is welcome!
- All items must be handmade by the poster.
- The central item must be crocheted.
- Only one entry per poster, though you may incorporate multiple things into your one entry (such as with a set)
- Items can be as big or as small as you want, unless otherwise stated in the theme.
- You must use the theme provided.
- If using a pattern that is not your own, please alter the pattern at least 25% in order to maintain creativity in challenge entries (that does not mean changing the color!)
- this is an important one: Make sure all pictures are visible through the time of voting. During voting, I will be posting the actual picture in the voting slot, so make sure people can view them! Craftster offers reliable picture hosting to registered members and also incorporates photobucket software into the code to make photobucket accounts easier to use. Take advantage of these features!

The Themes:

All themes are suggested and voted on by Craftster members. To suggest a theme to be considered in the next crochet challenge, see this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132209.0
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15  Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns in Halloween Decor and Parties by vanillaxlight on: October 31, 2007 06:00:16 PM
So.. I work in the Special Collections department of my university library, and we had a pumpkin carving contest at work. I was volunteered (being the "crafty" one) to carve the pumpkin (despite the fact that it had been ten years at least since I had carved a pumpkin, and even then it was the obligatory 10 year olds pumpkin with triangle eyes). Well, we have a large collection of artist books (we have all of Julie Chen's books, except one. Seriously, it's my favorite collection in the whole library).

So, for the contest, I decided to make a pop up artist book. It was going to be a real pop up, but it got to be too late to make it too intricately, so I just made the figures stand up.

my pumpkin won second place! It was really hard to get some decent pics... the "pop up" part didnt turn out as well as I wanted because I should have used smaller strips, but ah well.

I just the pumpkin into strips to simulate pages, and bound them with a coptic stitch

The paper thing with the barcode is a flag - our Special Collections cataloger actually catalogued it for me! If you search "it was a dark and stormy night" on the WMU database, the second entry is my "book". haha

The things hanging from the top of it are bats! carved from the pumpkin seeds.
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16  Re: My first wheel is a Lendrum--if you have one, what do you think of it? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by vanillaxlight on: September 21, 2007 03:19:30 PM
I got it! I got it!

Shes a gorgeous blonde and she moves like a dream. So smooth and easy to handle. I love the double treadles! the wheel is SO much easier to spin than the louet I was using. I preferred the louet over the ashford trad I had used, but this spins soooo much better. I am SO HAPPY with my choice.
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17  Crochet featured projects - September in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by vanillaxlight on: September 03, 2007 10:27:14 AM
Happy Halloween! Yes, I know it's not for another 58 days but we can all get a jump on our decorations early, right? This installment of crochet featured projects should help you get ideas for costumes, decorations, and general debauchery. Have fun!

Frankenstein's Monster afghan - Pesky Pixie

Hagrids pets - effendog

monster purse - lindsey goes to eleven

a fluffy kitten - wibit

(yes, I know the fluffy kitten isnt really scary halloween material, but seriously... littleblackkitteh! very cute, right?)
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18  Here are your winners for the FIFTH crochet challenge in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: August 11, 2007 09:39:03 AM
Congratulations to everyone who entered the eco crochet challenge. I sincerely apologize for waiting so long to announce the winner, but I've had a very busy, stressful month. The crochet challenges will be on hold for the next several months.

First Place

Reusable Lunchpail by djonesgirl

Second Place

Recycled plastic bag tote by KittyCreates

Third Place

Ami inspired farmers market bag by sundayafternoonhousewife

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19  Re: Hat stand in progress (long post!) in Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: July 26, 2007 09:20:11 PM
oh yeah, and heres an "in use" picture - Im DEFINITELY going to have to weigh down the bottom with something else. I dont have any sand in it yet but after I put the hats on there and messed with it a bit, its just waaay too wobbly. I think the sand will help a lot, but Im going to need something weighing the PVC in the vase - plaster or resin or something, Concrete, even!

(hah love how my hats look all distorted.. theyre just plopped on there, though, and not really smoothed out.)

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20  Re: Hat stand in progress (long post!) in Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: July 26, 2007 08:59:47 PM
haha okay, i think thats a grand idea:

I think sweets is psycho psychic
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