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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Matrioshka Doll/Nesting Doll/Russian Doll Swap - CLOSED on: July 04, 2007 06:52:55 AM
Swap name: Matrioshka Doll Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: varandra & koi
Sign-up date range: 2007/07/04-2007/07/14
Date to send item by: EXTENDED TO: AUG 06, 2007

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

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

All ages allowed

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

Details of swap:

The idea for this swap is that each participant makes something on the theme Nesting Dolls/Russian Dolls/Matrioshka Dolls(loved things go under many names!).

The minimum requirements are to make one medium or two small items, medium/small meaning how time consuming they are, not size. Crafters who want to swap more, please make a note in your questionnaire and we'll try to match you accordingly, just remember, don't take on more than you can handle!!

You don't have to make an actual set of dolls (although that would be awesome!), you could for instance make a stenciled t-shirt, embroider on something, crochet a doll or perhaps use the tiny dolls for jewellery... Anything's ok really, as long as it's within the theme.

There's some inspirational links gathered on the swap discussion board: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112104.10

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

Name of swap: Matrioshka Doll Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Things you would like to receive:
Things you would NOT like to receive:
What will you be making?:
Any other helpful information:


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

Remember to PM one of the organizers when you send and when you recieve!


minouette <-> a_heart_apart
wootwoot-> novastarlet -> suzukibeane33 -> wootwoot

(blue = sent to partner
green = sent to partner + partner recieved + recieved from partner)

minouette <-> a_heart_apart
wootwoot-> novastarlet -> suzukibeane33 -> wootwoot

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Cardi, Vintage Look on: June 25, 2007 01:47:48 PM
Finally I'm done with my cabled cardigan! It only took me 15 months! I'm a very periodic knitter... Wink

The cables run from shoulder to bottom edge and gather in the waist both on front and back. I chose antique-looking metal buttons for the right vintage look. There's picot border around all edges.

The pattern is from 1983, I found it in one of grandmas old knitting magazines. I used brown e-bay wool yarn, which fit the gauge amazingly well. Even though it's knitted on 3mm needles it never really got boring, maybe because it was my first attempt at cabling?

I had some issues with the sleeves. In the original pattern they are long and slim. I completed one long sleeve, but then got the idea that short sleeves might be something. After juggling with the idea and getting some feedback on the subject(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173390.0) I decided to make them short and thus unravelled. I'm glad I did!

More pictures in my blog
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cabled Cardi - ADVICE NEEDED! on: May 30, 2007 12:34:01 PM
I'm working on this cabled cardigan:

I finished the back, the front panels and one sleeve, everything good so far. But then I got the idea that maybe I should make it a short sleeved cardigan. I think it would definitely look good and suit the model, but would it be better? And is it practical? When am I likely to wear a short sleeved wool garment? Would it look good with a longsleeve t-shirt underneath, so I can wear it in winter time?

I'm stuck and need some input from other people, anyone?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / XL shirt -> stylish dress on: November 28, 2006 11:32:23 AM
I found this XL-sized shirt in a second hand store and immediately fell in love with the color!

However it was waaaay to big for me so I decided to make some alterations:

I made darts in front and on the back and cut of massive amounts of fabric on the side seams. For some unknown reason i cut the shirt off horizontally at waist level and sew the parts back together, which just resulted in more work. I was really happy with the length to start with, so there really wasn't any reason for it. I won't repeat that next time!
I cut the sleeves off, shortened them slightly and made small creases to puff them.

I'm also thinking of changing the buttons. It would be cool to dress them in mathing fabric...

There are loads of cool large shirts at the second hand store so I'll definitely be doing this again!
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