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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / teeny top down raglan ...for blythe! on: November 29, 2006 02:38:25 PM

pattern: The Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html yes i measured her neck, bust etc to make this custom fit sweater from sock wool! oh should note I added extra stitches in the sleeves as I wanted dramtic ones.

I've actually made two more since - am I such a geek to admit how satisfying it is to knit for blythe?! - aahhhh instant pleasure (have the Rufus Wainwright tune in my head)
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 2 obsessions, 1 costume= knitted bjork dress on: November 03, 2006 09:42:24 AM
here is my take on the ever popular bjork swan dress!

totally inspired by the oh so talented craftsters who have also made swan dresses both knit and sewn!

here is my version i whipped up on Saturday! i knit the swan with three strands of white acrylic and one strand of champagne coloured eyelash yarn on like size 15 needles. i used a lace tablecloth over my puffy black crinoline for my skirt and put my hair into tiny 'bjork buns'.
 it was totally funny - a lot of people didn't 'get it' but those that did, loved it and i got a runner up prize!- anyway the halloween party was awesome the whole town was out in homemade costumes!
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Yarn Swap - Oct 2006 on: October 19, 2006 02:14:08 PM
the first yarn has arrived!! - please post your goodies here
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / a blythe christmas? on: October 16, 2006 04:33:00 PM
feel like swapping goodies for your blythes/pullips??
the last blythe swap was really fun! might be nice for the 'girls' to receive presents for the holidays (heehee)
[rowan put on her deer top in the holiday spirit]

here is the gallery from the last swap:
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / lush cables -bit of runway eye candy on: October 13, 2006 03:24:37 PM
bit of cable-y inspiration


*i like the long bobble-y cardigan but tooo many other things to knit...!
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ongoing Yarn Swap - October 2006 on: September 25, 2006 09:58:40 PM
Superhuge thanks to those running the fabric swap for this format - esp. loves2experiment for this swap format and writeup and also to enchanted_wool for her help!

Swap name: Ongoing Yarn Swap - October 2006
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: knit_north
Sign-up date range: Ongoing (Sept 25 - Oct 30)
Date to send items by: Seven (7) days after someone claims from your list
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope.  The more the merrier!
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes!
All ages allowed? Yes (Parental consent required for those under 16!)
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: Yes


If youve got stashes of yarn, this is the swap for you!  This round will be taking place from Oct 1, 2006 until Oct 27, 2006.

For each claim, you will get to select a total of 100 grams of yarn (in the form of two (2) 50 gram balls, one (1) 100 gram ball, OR odd balls totalling 100 grams).  In return, you will then be required to make a post with a minimum of eight yarn options (each a minimum of 50 grams) that you have available for someone else to claim.   

This swap is based on the Ongoing Fabric Swap. Study previous fabric rounds to see how it works:

Round 1 organized by loves2experiment: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87438.0
Round 2 organized by loves2experiment: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94586.0
Round 3 organized by Melesse: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101710.0

Ready to play?  Please read the following sections on 'HOW TO PLAY' and 'RULES' for this swap before signing up to get approved for this swap!

Additional Information:

First time swappers! Please be aware that since this is an ongoing swap, you will not receive positive feedback even if earned until the swap ends (the end of October) or you leave this round. I strongly recommend signing up for a short term swap to fulfill your new swapper requirements then coming in and joining the fun here!

The amount of claims you are allowed is based on your craftster and swapping status; new swappers get one claim, non-FOCs get 2 claims and FOCs get 3 claims.

ONGOING YARN SWAP GALLERY (showcase the things you make with the yarn from this swap!) coming soon


Step 1.  Send in your answers to the swap questionnaire to get approved for this swap

Step 2.  Prepare your lists and photos of your yarn so that youll be ready to post the list when you make a claim!  Remember, you need 8 minimum!  Along with the pictures, you should describe the type and clearly specify the quantity of yarn that youre offering!  For example:

1. Brown Lopi. 100% wool. 110 yds/100 gram ball.(bulky weight) 1 ball

Step 3.  Watch the swap thread for something youll like to claim.  To claim, post a reply along the lines of I claim a ball of #2 and #6 from rosalis stash.  Then send a PM to the person youve claimed from listing what youve claimed and include your name and mailing address.

Step 4.  Now that youve made a claim, its your turn to post your list of yarn options!  If the thread idles for a couple of days, please take the initiative to add more selections to your list!  When someone chooses from your list, you have seven (7) days to get the swap package out the door!

Step 5.  If you have not maxed out on the number of claims you have been approved for, you may keep on claiming.  If you have reached your limit, you will not be able to make another claim until one of your partners has received a swap package from you.


1.  You may not participate in this swap until you have been pre-approved by the swap organizer and are listed on the List of Approved Swappers. If youre thinking about participating, go for it and get pre-approved. By doing so, youll be ready to make a claim when you see something you like

2.  You must have ready access to a camera and know how to post pictures in the swap thread.  Please make sure you have your list (either links or pictures) of the yarn available when you start swapping!  You will need to have a minimum of eight yarn options in your posts.  If youre posting pictures, please make sure that you showcase pictures in groups of 4s (i.e. post 2 images, if you have 8 balls of yarn).  You may also choose the option of posting links to your yarn.  If you do that, please make sure that your links work!   

3.  All participants must be willing to ship to international destinations.  Since were only sending a total of 100 grams of yarn, shipping costs should be pretty reasonable.
4.  After a claim has been made, you have seven (7) days to mail your package!  Check out the second post of this swap thread to know when your swap packages are due.

5. Delivery Confirmation Numbers will be required for swap packages that are being sent within the United States. If youre sending a package to another country, or if you dont reside in the United States, please save your receipts!  Remember to send the DCN info to your swap partner(s) and the organizer (that would be me, rosali)! 

Shipping Tip For US Residents (courtesy of kategirl): The USPS requires that the package measures at least thick for a DCN.  If your package is too flat, it might be necessary to bulk up the package with a couple of plastic grocery bags to get the DCN!
Shipping Tip for Sending TO Canada: Canadian Customs really, really likes getting their cut ($5 handling fee plus taxes on the declared value). Please remember to mark your customs form with gift and NCV (No Commercial Value) or NA (Not Applicable) when sending to Canada.
For US swappers sending to Canada (thanks to yarncookie for the info): The name of the form is Custom Declaration CN-22 (PS Form 2976) and is green and white. But you have to fill it out at the post office, you can't get it off the usps website.

6.  It is important to communicate with your partners and the organizer.  You must let the organizer and your partner know when you have shipped, received or may be late!  You are still responsible for sending out the swap package in a timely manner!     
7. Please offer yarn selections that others would want to claim.  Try to include a variety of yarn in your lists. Another good rule of thumb to follow is this: If you're offering a ball of wool to "simply get rid of it", that's probably not a good thing!!

If that sounds good to you and you want to participate, send the following information to the organizer:


Name of swap: Ongoing Yarn Swap - OCTOBER 2006
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your full real name:
Mailing address:
Have you read the rules for this swap and understood how this swap works? 
How many yarn options will you be required to showcase when you make a claim?
Do you promise to communicate with your partner(s) and the organizer when you send, recieve or are late?


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


NOTE: The number in parenthesis next to your name is the number of swap packages you owe for this swap. If your name is in ORANGE, you have reached your limit of claims and wont be able to make another claim until one of your partners has received from you. 

*Remaining claims in brackets
New Swappers - Approved for one (1) claim:

Non-FOCs - Approved for two (2) claims:
Javede (1)

FOCs - Approved for three (3) claims:
enchanted_wool (1)
Miss_Vicki (1)

SWAP GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=128046.0
Sending (remember you have 7 days after your wool is claimed to send)=black
Not communicating=red

knit_north------>moilulu   (RECIEVED!)
moilulu --------->enchanted_wool (RECIEVED!)
enchanted_wool-------> knit_north (RECIEVED!) thank you
knit_north-------->javede (RECIEVED!)
javede -------->Miss_Vicki (RECIEVED!)
Miss_Vickie ------>knit_north (sent Oct 24)
knit_north-------->Miss_Vickie (sent Oct 30)
Miss_Vicki-------->enchanted wool (RECIEVED!)
enchanted_wool --------->moilulu (send by Oct 31)
Miss_Vickie--------->enchanted wool (send by Nov 6)

YAHH!! no flakers - Thank you everyone!!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / designer knits -fall 2006 on: September 21, 2006 11:13:47 AM
not that i need anymore projects but there is alot of  knitwear this season (some of which is inspiring!)

Fall 2006 Knitwear: http://www.net-a-porter.com/Shop/Clothing/Knitwear

i really like the simple detail on this Marc Jacobs sweater - raglan sleeves with pleat detail shoulder seams - nice idea to fix up a thrift store find maybe (here is the more pics of the sweater: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/16806)
18  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / STITCH 'N BEACH Cruise (w/ Debbie Stoller) on: August 22, 2006 11:16:10 AM
so just saw this:

here is the basic info/promo:
4-Night Baja Mexico Cruise with Knitting Author & Publisher Debbie Stoller JANUARY 15-19, 2007
Grab your needles and beat the winter blues with four fabulous days of knitting and cruising pleasure! Learn new skills, stitch with pals, or just kick back and have fun in the sun aboard Carnival's Paradise. Our ports of call are historic Catalina Island and exotic Ensenada, Mexico (see Quick Links), plus a full day at sea jam-packed with knitting classes.

MONDAY - Ship sails from Long Beach at 5:30pm
TUESDAY - Arrive Catalina 8:00am departing 5:00pm
WEDNESDAY - Arrive Ensenada 9:00am departing 10:00p
THURSDAY - Knit 'Til You Drop Day at Sea
FRIDAY - Ship arrives back in Long Beach at 8:00am

i have to admit i wish the classes were more advanced! - i would be totally tempted otherwise ... i mean i can adjust a drop shoulder sweater and knit a cabled scarf and surely most kean knitters can too... but ah well it is a fun idea
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / felted baby toque/hat pattern help please on: August 21, 2006 01:04:44 PM
I'm looking for a pattern for a felted baby hat with earflaps -  (size 1 yr)
i want to felt it because it is soooo very very cold here in the winter that you need thick dense outer layers
i have a couple skiens of noro kureyon wool to use (doubled maybe?) but could always use different wool if need be!
here is the colourway i have on hand
thanks so much!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / northern (circumpolar) swap?? on: August 12, 2006 01:10:32 PM
maybe its because i work in a gallery and we are trying to promote such circumpolar links
but i think living in the (far) north there are loads we share: the amazing amount of light that still pours in my window late at night (although quickly vanishing), the permafrost, the northern lights......... 

so here is a call out to all you craftsters in alaska, n. canada, iceland,  scotland, norway, sweden, findland russia etc

lets swap!
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