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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Down the drain on: August 29, 2006 04:14:08 AM
I was knitting a hat with my lovely Brittany DPNs. I decided it was time to try the hat on. Four needles were in the work and one was dangling from my mouth like a cigarette (the result of using knitting to help me stop smoking). The nearest mirror in which to check the look of my hat was in the bathroom, over the basin.

I said to myself 'OK, it needs a few more centimeters...' and the needle fell from my mouth, bounced once in the basin on its tip and executed a perfect somersault straight down the plug hole.

I guess that's one of the reasons Mum always told me not to walk around with pointy things in my mouth Roll Eyes
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Land Rover / Jeep / other 4x4 Swap? on: July 17, 2006 06:32:29 AM
OK I know this one is probably a bit of a long shot...

I love my Land Rover. It's 20 years old and it's taken us on some excellent adventures. But it's got to go Cry. I can't justify driving round in such a gas-guzzler any more, especially as in every other aspect of my life I try to be as green as I can. We bought it to drive London - Cape Town, but due to lack of money, work commitments etc etc that's never happened, so I've got to sell it and get a more practical car for commuting Sad

So, to cheer me up, does anyone else out there in Craftsterland drive a Land Rover (or other 'proper' 4 x 4 e.g. Jeep, Land Cruiser) and want to do a swap celebrating our vehicles' go-anywhere capabilities? I'm imagining stenciled t-shirts, window/bumper stickers, and so on.

Here's my Land Rover on a mountain pass in Morocco, with Mr Safetyfox leaning on it.

23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Potty Mouth Sweary Swap Gallery! Not for the easily offended OK? on: May 18, 2006 01:16:42 AM
This gallery will contain photos of things with very rude words on, so if you're a innocent child or an easily offended adult, please don't scroll down.

And for everyone else, here's what we've all been waiting for: the Potty Mouth Sweary Swap Gallery Grin

Let the cussing commence!
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Potty Mouth Sweary Swap. Signups closed. Sendout by May 20th on: April 13, 2006 09:53:11 AM
Warning: this swap is not for the easily offended! If you don't like rude words, don't read on!

The gallery is now open here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=95929.0

Your parcel can include one big rude item or a collection of smaller items -- talk it over with your partners everyone. And, altho this *is* the potty mouth swap, please use your discretion and good sense  Smiley

Swap name: Potty Mouth Sweary Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Safetyfox with some help from Starpiste
Sign-up date range: 15/04/06-22/04/06
Date to send item by: 20/05/06

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): nope

Non-U.S. participants allowed? yep

All ages allowed? Or 18+? over-18s only I'm afraid -- I don't want anyone's mum on my back  Cheesy

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:

This is the swap for crafters who love to curse! If you think nothing makes a point better than a well-placed swear, this is the swap for you.

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


Name of swap: Potty Mouth Sweary Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Is there anything in particular you need or would really like? You can list a few things here!
What's your favourite sweary movie, book and/or TV show?
What's your favourite rude word or phrase?
Who's your favourite potty-mouthed band, singer and/or track?
Would you prefer your sweary items to be subtle or in-your-face?
Is there anything you find just *too* offensive?
What T-shirt size do you wear?
What shoe/sock size?
What are your wrist and neck measurements?
What's your favourite colour or combination of colours?
What crafts can you do?
What crafts can't you do but would like to?
Anything to which you have a moral or religious objection (eg animal products)?
Anything you're allergic to (e.g. wool, cats)?
Any pets (cos I wouldn't want to match the cat-lovers with the cat-allegic)?


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


OK everyone here's the bit you've all been waiting for ... partners! Because of the geographical distribution of the participants, I've organised participants into 4 round-robin groups. Here we go:

vegbee (sent and received) -> Starpiste (received) -> thatdarnpunk -> vegbee
Sweetttart3 (sent and received) -> webdreamy ->teapotdnky (sent) -> Sweetttart3
lexbean (sent) -> Iamtheshelbster (sent) ->tattooed_dork -> lexbean
kinkyknit (sent and received) -> Safetyfox (sent and received) -> Ewushka (sent) -> kinkyknit

PMs with your partner's details are on their way...
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted cartoons on: March 03, 2006 03:36:35 AM
My friend Elliot is an astonishingly talented cartoonist. He's just launched a website, and I've converted some of his designs into knitting charts that you can download (for free), including... Wonder Woman! Yay!

So if you fancy having a go, click on www.elliotcartoons.com and go to the knitting patterns section. It's my first attempt at designing charts so any feedback would be most welcome. And if you do knit any of the designs please post a photo  Smiley

I'm going to start one this weekend if I get time...
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Summer-in-Winter / Winter-in-Summer recycled sweater bag on: January 16, 2006 06:27:20 AM
I accidentally shrunk my pink cabled jumper in the wash. It began to felt rather nicely, so I washed it some more, with jeans.  Recalling all the wonderful recycled sweater items I've seen here, I decided to make it into a bag.

Here it is in its Summer-in-Winter form -- wool outside, cotton inside:

and here it is in its Winter-in-Summer incarnation with the wool on the inside:

and here's a bit of detail:

I'm really pleased with it!

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted dog coat (img heavy) on: December 14, 2005 02:08:38 AM
At last, here is one of my FOs. It's a knitted dog coat from a pattern sold in aid of the Battersea Dogs' Home in London. I knitted it for my friend's puppy George who gets cold on his walks. Here is George with his mum.

In this one you can see the button I added. The pattern called for a seam but I thought that trying to get the coat over a wriggling puppy's head might be a bit tricky.

And here is my cat Chick Pea modelling the coat. She wasn't at all happy about it, especially as it was much too small, and got her own back for the affront to her dignity by sicking up her dinner.

George is apparently very pleased with his new jumper.
28  U.K. AND IRELAND / WALES / Anyne out there in Wales? (knitting yarn on: November 23, 2005 06:57:56 AM
M and Mr S just spent a very pleasant weekend in Wales. Whilst there we visited Curlew Weavers near Newcastle Emlyn in Ceredigion. As well as making beautiful hand woven fabric, throws, and clothes, they sell very, very reasonably priced knitting yarn in lovely colours. I bought just over a kilo of green DK-weight 100% wool for 15.75.

So if you live within a reasonable distance or you're planning to visit, Curlew Weavers are well worth a look.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Literary knits (oh... and hello from a UK newbie) on: November 01, 2005 02:33:20 AM

I've been lurking around here for a while and I've finally decided to take the plunge. I saw the movie knits thread, and it got me thinking about my two favourite activities: knitting and reading (I'm working on a way to do both at once).

In Robertson Davies' Cornish Trilogy, the renegade monk Parlabane is always knitting long socks. Later on, one of his knitting needles is instrumental to the plot...

Has anyone else read something in which knitting is a plot device? And no I don't mean Stitch & Bitch, I mean novels!
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