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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: Is age for swapping 16 or 18? on: August 14, 2011 02:43:12 AM
DawnsTrees, I didn't check over ALL of the current swaps in signups, but I checked over at least half of them and I didn't see any additional age restrictions. There IS the requirement to be at least 18 years old to organize a swap--is that perhaps what you are seeing?

I think most of the swaps don't have any additional age requirements outside of the general swap rule.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: bartering or personal swap swap? on: August 09, 2011 11:57:04 AM
i apologize, but i am finding this terribly hard to believe.  craftster hosts group craft swaps, but does not support swapping between individuals?  i understand that the way personal swaps are being done currently you have no way to monitor or guarantee the swap, but that is an issue of your own making.  i think that it IS possible to devise a way for personal swaps to be monitored/safe/organized/etc, which is why i originally had this posted in swap ideas - because i think it can work.

i guess i just do not understand why this is such a brick wall, and why it gets shot down so fast.

I think there are plenty of ways you can swap directly with people that you'd like to, without breaking the rules. There are always the IYP swaps, which are very popular. The "Make a Friend" swaps, too, work similarly with more guidelines, but it's still easy to "invite" someone you'd like to swap with. Also, most organizers will work with you if you and another swapper are interested in swapping with one another.

You can also post, in your signature, that you're interested in personal swapping.

Personally, I find the current rules pretty open and easy to follow. I guess I don't see why there's a need to change them?
3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Matchbox Swap Rd 5 - 1 Angel Needed - FOUND on: August 09, 2011 04:29:31 AM
I am looking for an angel for a very patient cinnamoon for the Matchbox Swap Rd 5! She lives in the US, no allergies relevant to the swap and would love a matchbox around one of these themes:

1 - Steampunk
2 - Flowers
3 - Robots

Details of the Swap:

Find a matchbox that holds between 30-40 wooden matches and fill it as full as you possibly can with tiny supplies and/or crafts. You'll be amazed by how much you can fit in it! You can put anything you want in it, as long as it is craft related.  Supplies such as beads, paper, ephemera, postage stamps, brads, buttons, fibers, embellishments, stamped images, stamps, ribbons, stickers, foam shapes, fake flowers.  Handmade goodies such as, earrings, magnets, a necklace, charms, pins.  If it fits and can be used in a craft, or is a craft it's fair game. You can have 1 or 2 partners -- you will decorate  a matchbox for each partner, and you will receive a matchbox from each partner. One suggestion would be to stalk your partner and decorate the matchbox to their likes and dislikes but if you have an idea in your head already, decorate away. Just as long as you decorate and cram as much into the box as you can all will be good.  This swap is meant to be a quick, easy, and cheap swap so no extras, if it doesnt fit in the box do not send it, unless you and your partner agree to personal swap at the same time. "Decorations and wrapping" are allowed.  You can also make your own "matchbox" as long as it is the appropriate size. Here's one template you could use: http://blog.swap-bot.com/rachels-matchbox-template/

This is an easy angel opportunity! Preference will be given to someone who can send quickly and in one of cinnamoon's requested themes.  Please PM me to volunteer!

Thanks. Smiley
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: Mean Orgs? on: August 05, 2011 10:58:05 AM
Certainly if you feel that someone is being abusive or behaving in away that maligns the spirit of Craftster, you can always open a help desk ticket. Really, that's why the help desk is here--to help you out. Smiley  You can also PM one of the swap mods, but we're all volunteers with busy lives and sometimes it may be awhile before we can get back to you through PM. A help desk ticket is really the best way to make sure you're heard. Smiley

As far as feedback for organizers.. I know this is a topic that's brought up often (you can search the board for other mentions), but at this time, I don't believe having swappers leave feedback for the organizer is something that we're planning to add.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello, My name is Wendy and I am a Craft Artist! on: August 02, 2011 01:54:11 AM
Hi, Wendy. Welcome to Craftster. Smiley  I can't wait to see what kind of cool crafts you share here!
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello from Australia! on: August 02, 2011 01:52:37 AM
Sorry the welcome's a little late, DaisyDoe, but welcome to Craftster! I think you'll find a lot of kindred spirits who love making amigurumi. Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Featured Knitting Projects - August 2011 on: August 01, 2011 03:07:25 AM
Featured Knitting Projects - August 2011

How are these projects chosen?  First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer.  We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.

We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!

Aestlight Shawl by knittyknitter

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Fezzes are cool mitts by pixelatedmushroom

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Squirrels on Wheels by pantastic

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Thanks, everyone, for all your contributions to our Knitting community. Keep the excellent projects coming and remember to hit "this rocks!" anytime you see something worthy of sharing.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: FAQ: All swaps require you to have completed two already? on: July 24, 2011 04:01:40 PM
This question is answered in the Swap FAQ:

03. I want to swap but I'm a newbie and all the swaps say I have had to do one or two swaps previously.  What does this actually mean?

This doesn't mean you have to have already participated in one or two swaps.

The "one swap rule" means that while you are participating in your very first swap you are not allowed to sign up for any more until that first swap has been completed.  After that time, you are allowed to participate in up to five swaps at a time.

The "two swap rule" refers to organizing eligibility.  Before organizing any swap, a member must have participated in two full swaps.

Unless the swap specifically states that first time swappers are not allowed to join, you will be eligible to join if you have met the one month/15 posts minimum.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery on: July 19, 2011 05:43:30 AM
Moderator's Note

Sorry, everyone, but I've just sent out some emails to partners and swappers who are still listed as in progress. I'm trying to get the rest of this feedback taken care of as quickly as possible.  If you have not yet received, still have in progress feedback or have any other matchbox-swap related problems/concerns, please PM me.

Thank you!
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Waldorf-Inspired Nature Table Playsilks on: July 15, 2011 05:37:30 AM
Wow, do you have any tips? I have a bunch of dye and silks coming my way-but I'm a newbie when it comes to dying. Those look so fantastic!

Thanks, serenityfey! To be honest, I actually took the lazy way out when I dyed these--they were SO easy!

I set my oven to 350 degrees and filled a glass 9x13 pan with water.  Added a little vinegar and then added my scarf (or scarves, depending on how big they were).  From there, I just tapped dye powder onto the top where I thought it should be and then gently stirred the scarf/water to mix the color(s). Then, I "cooked" it for 20-30 minutes until it looked like the dye was absorbed.  Really-it's that simple!

I got a lot of texture/variation in my scarves because of the way they laid in the pan. (You can see a better picture of what I mean here.) Had I kettle dyed them, they would have moved around more and would have been a little bit more uniform.  You can also handpaint them and then steam them, if you're looking for something you can control more (and end up with more even results.)

The only downside to my ultra-lazy method is that you can't fully control how/where the colors meet and muddle together, so you have to exert some restraint when and where you add the dyes.  

This is a result of lack of restraint. It was supposed to be rainbow-ish and my hand was heavy when tapping out the red, so I basically got a red scarf with a TINY amount of yellow/orange.  

Does that help?

Really, seize your dyes and the day! Cheesy  You can't really go wrong, so experiment and find what way works best for you! (And share your photos, too, once you've finished!)
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