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221  Re: The 2006 Wishlist Swap June Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RubyTuesday on: June 27, 2006 05:52:15 AM
I received this week  Grin

I Just love this swap! - Bonzo Spangly and Ezri B both sent to me this week  Smiley

Bonzo Spangly sent me a surprise! - two lovely pairs of earrings to match the necklace and bracelet she sent me in May's swap, I'm really pleased with them and have worn them already!

Here's the rainbow of Koolaid (I can even spell it now!!) from Ezri B, can't wait to get dying with this!
..Notice the customs tape, they couldn't resist a little peek to check what colours i will be dying my yarn!!

Thanks EzriB and Bonzo Spangly  Grin .. I've been having a really hard time the past few weeks and your packages have really brightened up my week, thanks xx
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222  White Tussah or Bombyx Silk Roving, which is best for a beginner spinning silk? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by RubyTuesday on: June 25, 2006 10:09:07 AM

I'm new to spinning and i want to buy some silk to spin but I, foolishly! presumed there would be only one or two variations available!  White Tussah and Bombyx Silk Roving and noils are just a few of the varieties i've seen so far

I'm hoping to produce something similar to fyberduck's gorgeous spun silk:

So please, please if anyone has any tips on what type of silk is best to learn on, and tips on dying and spinning silk, -for a complete beginner, I'd be very grateful  Grin Thank you 
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223  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 2...gallery! in The Swap Gallery by RubyTuesday on: June 20, 2006 01:01:46 AM
Wow this swap is great! :-)

I think i'm gonna have a bit of a delay being over here in UK :-(    But it's fun seeing all the wonderful things everyone's been receiving

I've sent out the amigurumi patterns - Hope you all liked them! I was a creative kid, learnt to knit at 5 and crochet at 9 any yarn i could lay my hands on was quickly transformed into something or other!! I started creating my own crochet designs at the age of 12 and it's only recently that i've been writing down my patterns rather than making 'one-offs' - I rarely create the same thing twice but i might see if i can manage it for round 3!!

As Javastain suggested I've popped in with pics Grin

These are the 13 animals my partners have patterns for:

that's just a few!! there are more designs on offer in my etsy shop  Wink http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=19983
and i'm in the process of desgining more... if there's a design that anyone thinks i should include please let me know :-)

...Do you think if i email the post office over here they could arrnage to deliver my parcels a bit quicker?! LOL
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224  Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by RubyTuesday on: June 10, 2006 10:44:20 PM
I opened my etsy shop earlier this year and it's great fun, so easy to use and i think most of the site is so user friendly, i sell crochet patterns mainly, just amigurumi animals so far but i'm working on new designs!!

here are a couple patterns already available, prices start at $1.99:

I was a bit disappointed to read that etsy are going to change their listing fee system, I think for those who list items under a certain value the listing fee will stay the same, but for items over that set value there will be a higher listing fee... they are also changing the length of time an item can stay listed on etsy it's to change from 6 months to 4 months...I do hope they don't get too greedy and spoil it for us craftsters, it's not as if many of us can charge much for the hours we put into things  Smiley

Basically i think Craftster and Etsy Rock!! I use both sites a lot, last month i took part in the etsy coproduction competition and i have just entered the craftster challenge 12 on here, I'm really enjoying being a part of both sites  Grin  we have nothing like this in this country Embarrassed

here are the entries... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=237.0
It's easy to vote: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=93300.0
this one's my little effort Grin https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16738707.0 ...well i was thinking Kitsch!!!
Challenge 13 is to be a sock monkey who looks like a celleb or someone you know!!!
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225  Re: Kitschy Beads an' Baubles Clock in CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES by RubyTuesday on: June 05, 2006 02:05:23 AM
Here's a tutorial, if anyone's having a go at making one and gets stuck let me know and Ill try to help :-)

Materials needed:

3 Wire coat hangers
2 chenille stems
4 1.75" pom poms
8 1" pom poms
8 lengths of white gimp
1 Clock mechanism
1 chunky brass washer (doesn't have to be brass, can be any metal you can solder to)

Equipment needed:
Soldering iron, solder and flux
A vice
A drill
Wire cutters
A glue gun

1.    I marked 12 equally spaced points on outer edge of the brass washer. I drilled a hole at each of the points, not too deep just to about 1/8 of an inch, this took quite a while because for each hole I had to reposition the washer in the vice.

2.   I cut 4x 7.5" lengths of wire from each of the coat hangers, this should give you 12 spindles, one for each hour on the clock.

3.  I soldered each of the spindles into a hole on the washer, using a soldering iron, solder and a flux, be extra careful as the brass will get extremely hot... as I found out! - It was my first time soldering brass, I'd only ever soldered foil tape and wire in the past and I found brass very different to work with

4.   Firstly I wove the gimp around the spokes going over, behind and back over each spoke but I wasn't happy with the finished result, it looked very cobwebby and fairly gappy so I unpicked it all and then I tried just doing basic under and over weaving this worked much better but was a bit of a pain because you really need an uneven number of spokes to do this, so it was either put 13 hours on the clock or once on each round go behind two spokes... I've never been too much of a reformist so I opted for the latter!!

5.   Originally I had pictured the clock with spokes all at the same length but when I arranged the pom poms into position they looked a bit lost, I think if I'd used bigger pom poms this might have worked but I didn't have 12 large pom poms so I played around with what I had until I came up with my design, here's what the possibilities looked like... pls excuse my feet!!!

6.   Using wire cutters I trimmed the spokes to the lengths decided and glued on the pom poms using a glue gun, if you don't have a glue gun any multi-purpose glue would probably do the job

7.   To fit the clock together I had to undo the front of the mechanism (this is normal!!) The washer than had to be placed onto the mechanism and the small mechanism nut screwed back on to keep it all in place

8.   Lastly I bent the chenille stems into the shapes of clock hands and again with the glue gun I glued them onto the hands of the clock mechanism, I found that I needed to trim the chenille at the base of the minutes hand because it was preventing the second hand from going round!

This has been my first challenge and I've really enjoyed it, I normally design crochet patterns and make stained glass so this was something completely different, something i'd never have thought of doing it it wasn't for the challenge! :-)

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226  Kitschy Beads an' Baubles Clock in CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES by RubyTuesday on: June 01, 2006 12:01:07 PM
Kitschy Beads an' Baubles Clock
I just couldn't resist this challenge! ..After locating several bags of stash I was surprised to find I already had pom poms, gimp and chenille stems ... not to mention countless other items that might come in useful one day, one of which was a clock mechanism, I'd bought it ages ago with the intention of making a clock from an old vinyl..... Decision made, my challenge 12 entry was 'probably!'  going to be a clock!

Playing around with the pom poms and thinking of the round vinyl gave me the idea of a Howard Miller style clock ...and it went on from there....

  Here's a pic of the ingredients I used!

Gimp, pom poms, chenille stems, wire coat hangers, a clock mechanism, and  a brass washer

I drilled 12 holes into the washer for the sections of wire coat hanger to go into so that each would represent an hour on the clock
I found the wire wouldn't stay in the washer so I soldered it into the holes:

I ditched the vinyl and instead decided to weave the gimp around the spokes like this:

The hands on the clock were too small for the design so I used the chenille stems to extend the existing hands, glueing them on using a glue gun,
I trimmed the wire spokes to different lengths and glued on the pom-poms!

This is my first real attempt at Kitsch and it's growing on me in a weird sort of way!!

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227  Re: Sweat shoppe swap round 2! Sign ups close June 1 ('06) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by RubyTuesday on: May 30, 2006 08:28:19 AM
Hi, I'm offering 5 sets of 13 amigurumi crochet patterns that i have designed

This is the set of animals that i'm offering patterns of:

The patterns will be emailed just after the sending date, the instructions are clear and easy to follow, all animals with the exception of the adult octopus are crocheted in single crochet which is a very basic stitch so you don't need to be a master crocheter  Smiley
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228  Re: The 2006 Wishlist May Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RubyTuesday on: May 23, 2006 07:21:24 AM
I received my surprise from Bonzo Spangley this morning....

A wonderful beaded necklace and bracelet :-) ..... each in a cute little jewellery bag!

Here's a close-up, my camera's not wonderful but i hope you can see the swirls in the wire, -must have taken you ages Bonzo, it reminds me of the sea too :-)

The set is wonderful, very me :-) ....I can't wait to wear them

Thank you very much Bonzo i really appreciate it   Kiss
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229  Re: Amigurumi bumble bee, ladybug, beetle and ant pattern in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by RubyTuesday on: April 13, 2006 02:45:54 AM

They are very easy to crochet up.  If you've not worked on anything small before i would suggest trying the baby octopus first, I've put his pattern on Craster as a free tuturial:

I think he's the simpliest to make as he's just a basic ball shape :-)

Good luck and don't forget to come back and let us know how you got on :-)

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230  Baby Octopus Pattern: Amigurumi tutorial, crochet animals, free pattern in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by RubyTuesday on: March 03, 2006 12:49:45 AM
Hi  Smiley  I've been asked if i would post a tutorial on one of my amigurumi animal patterns, so here's the pattern for an amigurumi baby octopus ( bottom left in pic!)

I hope you like him, the baby octopus is the easiest pattern I've designed and people who have recently learnt to crochet can usually make him.  here's a slightly closer shot of him

One of my friends has crocheted 4 of them in really bright colours and has them 'living' in her bathroom, they look really great :-)


Materials needed
Worstead weight  / Double knit yarn, eyes and a small amount of stuffing

Height: 1 inch / 3cm

Rnd 1   Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook:  6 sc
Rnd 2   2 sc in each sc around:  12 sc
Rnd 3   *sc in next sc, inc,; repeat from * around:  18 sc
Rnd 4   * sc in next 2 sc, inc; repeat from * around: 24 sc
Rnds 5-7   Sc in each sc around
Rnd 8   *Sc in next 2 sc, decrease; repeat from * around:  18 sc
Rnd 9   * Sc in next sc, decrease; repeat from * around:  12 sc
Stuff firmly
Rnd 10   Decrease 6 times:  6 sc
Rnd 11   Decrease twice, sl st into next chain, cast off

Make 8
Row 1   Ch 9, 3 sc in second ch from hook and in next 5 ch, sl st in last 2 ch: cast off

Making up
Sew tentacles evenly to the underside of body, sew or glue eyes into position

Let me know how you get on :-)
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