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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I've gone afghan crazy! on: February 06, 2009 11:22:29 AM
So this summer I decided to stash bust, since I was moving cross country and had about a million things of Red Heart. I also decided I wanted to upgrade my stash in the hopes that more expensive/nicer yarn would spur me to actually FINISH a project.....I'll let you know how that goes. So here are a bunch of afghans I made this summer and fall. My boyfriend says I'm no longer allowed to make more unless they are to give away. I just get so proud of them because they are literally the FIRST and ONLY crochet projects I have finished, despite years of crocheting.

My first blanket, the 5 point star in Simply Soft Brites:

12-point star using Red Heart leftovers:
I used a G hook to make it tight, which means it took forever and never really got too big-it is big enough for a lap blanket, though. I still want to make this one bigger, if I end up with more big chunks of bright scrap yarn. My 10 pound pup is in for reference (and cuteness factor).

This was a blanket I made for my boyfriend for his birthday. Its just all hdc stripes in green, white and black on a J-hook. It went super fast, only took maybe 2 weeks working off and on.

I made this one for me, just for fun. Its the granny rectangle in teal, fuscia and varigated. This one was also pretty quick, but I could never seem to get the edges to stop rolling. It also came out more of a distorted rectangle, with either short end being  bit wider than the middle. Plenty of people had this problem on the CAL for this one, so I just decided I didn't really care too much.

Close-up of color changes:

Finally, a scrap ripple! This one has been in progress for over a year now. I work on it a little here and there whenever I get some more scraps. i've got a bit of every color/texture in there, but its all acrylic and mostly RedHeart. I'd like to make it at least as long as wide, then I think I'll donate it.

I also have an awesome log-cabin one that I finished, but it's for a gift so I can't show it yet!

Thanks for looking!

2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Ester-along, anyone? on: March 09, 2007 11:40:15 AM
I'm dying to make this.  I have some leftover wool in my stash that I think would work nicely.  Anyone wanna do this with me?  Maybe with the moral support, I'll actually finish a project for once. Tongue

3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / felted kneedlecase from Borroco? on: October 27, 2006 12:37:03 PM
I just saw this awsome new pattern from Borroco Knitbits newsletter:

Its a felted kneedle-case with cables as the kneedle pockets.  I thought it was a very clever idea.  I kneed a kneedle case(oh man, its been a long week, sorry Wink)!  I'm going to start, if anyone else wants to join?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Tampon Case Swap Gallery!!!!! on: August 28, 2006 11:56:40 AM
  Post your pretty goodies here, ladies! Grin

Original thread:
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / MOVING POSTS? on: August 20, 2006 09:29:20 AM
Ok, I know this is dumb, but i can't figure out how to move my swap post--signups are now closed.  Its my first time organizing.  The help file says there's a "move post' or some such button, but i can't find it anywhere. 

"I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" Huh
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Tampon Case Swap(Signups closed, SENDOUT 9/8) on: August 11, 2006 08:37:19 AM

Swap name: Tampon Case Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: dexterchickk
Sign-up date range:  8/11/06 8/18/06
Date to send item by:   9/8/06

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  ALL AGES!!

Swap Organizer himself/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

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 at least one swap successfully before signing up for more: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
1 Item:
   Witty/Proud/Comical case to hold your pon/pad stash!  Celebrate your womanhood with a pouch or case youll WANT to show your friends.  Inspired by these silly creations:




   Alternatively, you/your partner may want to devise a crafty super secret way to stash your necessities.  If this solution holds only one, please include an additional item.  Inspired by this craftster solution:


   The pouch/case should be large enough to hold at least a few of the receivers preferred pad/pon items.  Otherwise, please include more than one crafty solution.  It should also be small enough to slip into a purse or backpack fairly discretelythough youll want to show it off to your friends! You may also decide to request your bag/case dimensions in the questionnaire below.
   This is a great swap for those looking for a quick or first experience.  Only one item is necessary(as long as it holds a few pads/pons).  You may include additional period friendly items, such as stickers, calendars, etc. as long as they fit INSIDE your case.  Additional items are always fun and welcome, but dont go overboard and leave your partner embarrassed.  Keep it small! 
   That said, as you are only sending one small item, put in the effort to make it GRAND!

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

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Applicator or Non? Or pads preferred?(may determine size of pouch/case-Or specify preferred size of case)

Discrete/Secret Stash or Proud/Flamboyant?

Skills(will you knit/sew/crochet/other technique your pouch)?

Do you prefer to RECEIVE a knit/sewn/crocheted/other pouch/case?

Any preferences for theme/imagery/color?

Anything you do NOT want?

Any allergies/vegan requirements?

Please note any other like/dislikes or other information your partner should know here.

 ***NOTE: if you DO NOT want to receive something obscene/graphic(ie. sexual/bloodied) please be sure that you and your partner are on the same page. Also, if you plan on making something of this nature, please be sure youre partner will not be offended. Especially pertinent for those under 18yrs.***


PHEW! That got long..





vagina star


If you do not yet have feedback it is b/c your partner has not received or no pictures were posted, so I cannot write comments.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / cupcake stencil--my first!! on: August 09, 2006 09:35:49 AM
So here's my first stencil.  I wish, I wish, I wish I could find the pic of the actual shirt.  This was for the Sweet Treats Swap (Rnd 2).  I saved the stencil--cut out of an old manila folder with a small box cutter--yeah, this is a ghetto operation.  I'll be sprucing up an old tank top tonight, so I'll update with more pix later. 

I luuuuurv it.  I drew this at work one day as a little 2" doodle.  I thought he was cute, so I scanned it, blew it up, cleaned him up and made a stencil!  My swap partner likes!  It came out near perfect, I was so proud!  I guess you'll just have to take my word on that unless I can find that dmn pic or my partner posts one of her own.  Anyhooo.....

I'll be doing alot more stenciling.  It's highly rewarding.  One millionth of the time it takes to knit a sweater plus I suck at intarsia
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / crafty key/sunglasses holder on: July 25, 2006 12:45:21 PM
My boyfriend is very tolerant of my inordinate time spent crafting.  One day he came home from work and said "I thought of something you could knit!  How about some sort of hanging thingy to hold our keys and sunglasses?"  Well, I was touched by his enthusiasm, but in the end I decided perhaps this was a more practical way of organizing than anything knit:

I just went to Joann's and found this wooden letter cutouts.  I picked a K for me and T for him (our first initials), they were only like 50cents I think, maybe a dollar.  Again, I was surprised that he wanted to help and was excited to paint his own "T".  He let me add the black and gold flourishes later, so his could be "all pretty like [mine]".  Then I just took some of those screw hooks you can get at the hardware store and put one in the middle face of each letter for keys and one (two on my "K", cause I have more than 1 pair) hanging out of the bottom for sunglasses.  They were really fun and easy to make.  Not that exciting, but he was so proud, and the best part, he actually uses it!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / tampon case swap? on: June 15, 2006 10:33:15 AM
Ok, so I know there's been a menstration swap, and plenty of coin purse/tote/bag/pouch swaps, but what about a tampon case swap.  Inspired by this:


I nearly died when I saw it.  What a concept.  Instead of hiding our tampons in discrete and dainty bags, why not flaunt them in an I HAVE MY PERIOD funky mod carrying case?  This could be the perfect filler swap--one small funny creative item, no extras needed.  Let your inhibitions go and get creative?  Anyone interested?  Even as a personal swap this would be hillarious and I must at least make on for myself!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencil on Vinyl..HELP? on: June 13, 2006 02:13:54 PM
Hey guys, I wanted to stencil something on white vinyl--not the super glossy kind, it's matte.  I had planned upon using acrylic b/c that's what I have, but will this rub off do you think?  Can I still heat set it?  I'll use a towel between and not make it too hot so as not to burn the surface.  Any ideas?  It'll hopefully be a really cool project, but its for a gift so I don't want it to turn out crappy.  Let me know if you have any ideas/hints.
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