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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: January 12, 2011 12:19:25 PM
I've been working on a lot of swap items, so I don't have any pics yet, but I can at least report on my destashing! 

So far this year, I have destashed:
10 balls of knitpicks shamrock= one sweater
2 balls of valley yarns northampton= ninja hat
9 fat quarters and 4 rolls of ribbon= 9 drawstring project bags
2-4oz braids of merino wool=secret stuff
10 strands of glass beads+ a bunch of findings= 20 sets of 5 stitch markers
3 balls of aurucania nature cotton= 9squares for my knitted patchwork blanket

So, it doesn't really make a dent in my stash, but at least its something!!  I'll be posting pics of my non-secret stuff soon!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: January 12, 2011 12:13:25 PM
Ok, I've been hemming and hawing, but now I've picked which swaps I wanna fake-join!

My name is superhooker
I'm going to join the Make A Purse and Fill It Swap
The regular due date of this swap is 2/28/2011, but I want to make my partner a really fabulous purse, and I'll have to design the bag, dye the fabric, and sew it all by hand, so my partner has agreed to a 2 week extension.  My purse is due 3/14/2011.

I'm also going to join the Small Gnome Swap  Due 2/18/2011

I'm still debating the mug rug swap, but I'm going to see how I'm doing on my current swaps by the 22nd....don't wanna take on too much at once! 
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: January 11, 2011 11:47:10 AM
The tree and house picture is awesome!!  Birch trees are so pretty!
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Invite Your Partner Round 17 (Sign-ups Jan 1 - 31st; Send-out by Feb 28th) on: January 11, 2011 05:50:01 AM
good job princessacademy!!!  It is always nice to find out you're even better than you thought!!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: January 10, 2011 11:36:54 AM
I dye with koolaide on my stove top.  I soak the yarn or fiber for at least an hour in the sink (warm-hot water), then get a big soup pot, fill about half way with water and bring to almost a boil.  Then I sprinkle a bunch of koolaide in the pot, stir it a little, and then drop the wool in the pot.  Simmer it until the water turns clear.  The wool will drink up all the color.

Before dyeing you want to make SURE to totally soak your fiber, though.  If you want a smooth, even color, the wool needs to be evenly wet.  If there are dry spots in the middle of your skein, they won't dye the same as the wet spots.

You should definitely skein up your yarn before dyeing.  I use my niddy noddy to skein my yarn, but any way you prefer is fine...just don't leave it in a ball, or center pull skein...the dye won't get to the inside fibers.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: January 10, 2011 07:46:17 AM
ooooh, everyone should just go ahead and try cables!!!  After you knit your very first cable crossing, I swear you'll be amazed at how easy it is!

I'll be your cabling cheerleader!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: January 10, 2011 07:37:09 AM
I think that the fake swaps should just be sure to really stick to the spirit of the original swap.  Soo...if you only make 3 items, no biggie, as long as you're making yourself quality items that adhere to the swap theme.
So, making a skirt for the anthropologie inspired swap is fine too, I think, because it is really just like you're spoiling yourself, right?

Of course, you can also send yourself extras!!

And...I don't mind if people fake join up with old swaps, as long as you give me a crafting amount (4 points, or one medium item or whatever) and a due date for your fake swap.  However, I think current swaps will be more fun, as we'll be swapping together and stuff...
But I'm pretty darned flexible, so go with what you want!
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Invite Your Partner Round 17 (Sign-ups Jan 1 - 31st; Send-out by Feb 28th) on: January 10, 2011 05:21:01 AM
I wish school was cancelled!!!  We have just enough snow to make you not want to go outside, but not enough to play in or cancell school. 
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Invite Your Partner Round 17 (Sign-ups Jan 1 - 31st; Send-out by Feb 28th) on: January 09, 2011 08:16:47 PM
I think my hubby is sick of hearing about this swap.  He can never remember the names of my swap partners (there have been quite a few), so I tell him a few descriptive words.  He started out calling spectrumsparksie "the sweet Australian lady", then "the sweet lady", and now she is officially "my lady."  So he'll say, "Oh, that's cool, is that for your lady?"
When he saw what I was doing this morning he said, "its a good thing that is for your lady, or I think you would have thrown it across the room by now."  And he was right.

LOL Love the "my lady" story. Your hubs is totally one of a kind  Cheesy

HA!!!  You should know that you started as "the awesome art lady", and then you were "the Ann Arbor art lady" after we met you the first time in AA, and then you shifted to just plain "Ann Arbor Girl", but now he totally knows your name!!!  It only took actually hanging out in your apartment all day to stick in his memory.

If it makes you feel better, I can guarantee that he doesn't know what day of the week it is today.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing on: January 09, 2011 06:36:27 PM
Would anyone else like to do "fake swaps" with me?  Where you choose real swaps that you'd like to join, and then just craft during the same time, and with all the same parameters, but you craft for yourself?

I was thinking that I could start a thread just for fake swapping if there is interest, and I would keep track of what swaps everyone is "joining", and when their due dates come near, I could send a little reminder PM, and everyone can keep up their "communication" in the thread and all...I think that would help me to actually make swap goodies for myself....anyone else?

Ok, I posted the craftalong...

I tried to describe it as best as I could, but please tell me if it doesn't make sense!!
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