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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: firefly/serenity swap on: February 11, 2006 05:37:11 AM
My partner and I each had some "issues" so we're running a little late (and we've been in touch, so we each know what's going on), but I'll be mailing my package on Monday! She knows about the Tall Card deck I designed, but she hasn't SEEN it yet. I took pics, but will let her do the honors. (Plus, there are things she doesn't know about yet.)

I've said this to mikan & to my partner, but I will never, ever, ever plan a swap project around a printer at work! The deck took 20 pages, and I wanted to do the front on the color laser (the back image is B&W laser). Well, just as I was ready to start printing (early January), I was told that I probably shouldn't do much - if any - personal printing because people were watching and if I printed personal stuff it looked like I wasn't working. Not necessarily true, but perception counts for a lot. Then the printer broke, so it didn't matter, then when it came back on, I decided to risk a couple of pages a day. And my file wouldn't print. Whaaat? Turns out it was corrupted, so I recreated it.

Finally, there was some meeting that the "troublemakers" were at, leaving our area kind of dead for a morning, and I just seized the opportunity! Of course, my application was mad at me and would only print a couple of pages at a time, and wouldn't give me the manual feed option, so I was running up and down my aisle for an hour. I'm sure that looked a little strange, but I got it done, so who cares?! I had them laminated at a print shop (which was a little pricier than I'd planned, so I redid the deck for hub & I with fewer pages) and last night I cut them all out (78 cards) and hub & I took turns with the corner rounder (our personal deck will probably NOT have rounded corners).

Whew! I love them and don't want them to leave, but they WILL be on their way to suzie_penguin on Monday.

Hub likes the cards so much he wants to design a zombie deck. He wants me to create the rules, and he'll design the cards. I tried to tell him that I didn't write the rules for the Tall Card deck, that I just put the rule booklet together from rules found elsewhere, but he thinks I can create a game. We'll see.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One hour hat! on: January 27, 2006 05:54:55 AM
liquorice: That site has been taken down. I might have a printout of the pattern at home, if no one else gets in touch.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: January 23, 2006 09:53:10 AM
Besides Geek_Pride (who can't get it yet), how many times have y'all watched the Serenity DVD?

...Hoping I'm not the only one who's watched it 6 or 7 times since I got it on its release date.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn Substitution Help? "super bulky" but no wool on: January 19, 2006 08:35:59 AM
I didn't think about the weight. That wouldn't work! But the Rowan is an intriguing option. I know a good seller on ebay that I could get a bunch from... It's a simple pattern -- I have to modify it to make it bigger anyway, so if my gauge is off, I can always make a change there too. Thanks!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Substitution Help? "super bulky" but no wool on: January 19, 2006 07:23:35 AM
I'm ready to knit my first sweater! It's a pattern my niece picked out. Cute and w/in my skill set (yeah!). But I can't find a good yarn to do it in. She's almost 8. It's for spring/summer, and her mom has requested no wool, 100% machine-washable.

I'm hoping to find a blend (nylon, cotton, acrylic), but it has to be super bulky (about 10 stitches to 4") and I'm STUCK! Being me, I'd prefer there to be as little acrylic as possible, and certainly don't want 100%. I don't mind doubling something.

Here's a pic of the sweater. Does anyone have a suggestion for yarn? Can I use cotton? (Will it sag?)
(It's the pink one on the right)

Thanks in advance!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fingerless Mitts for my Goddaughter on: January 12, 2006 03:48:41 PM
If those are the mitts in your avatar, they look fab! Glad I could help!!
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Gone Crazy with Felted Sweaters! (Image-heavy) - Now w/ ice scraper tutorial on: January 04, 2006 05:03:05 PM
Someone told me that they used a colander to help hand felt. I thought that was inspired!

You might see *some* stitch definition, just not a lot. Some sweaters have shown none, some have shown a little.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Gone Crazy with Felted Sweaters! (Image-heavy) - Now w/ ice scraper tutorial on: January 04, 2006 04:47:21 PM
Anyway, this article suggested for fair isle sweaters to snip the strands where the yarn was carried across (if the strands are more than 1/2 or so), prior to felting. Otherwise the felted fabric may pucker.

This makes sense! I've been avoiding them since, but now I might be brave enough to try another Fair Isle (some of them have such cool patterns!)
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: December 21, 2005 09:06:22 AM
He IS very lucky. Expect to hear/see some some giddy behavior when he opens it. Nice job!
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Firefly/Serenity Swap (sign up by 11/23, send by 1/28/06) SIGN-UP CLOSED on: December 21, 2005 03:33:38 AM
Sure! It's probably "handspun" but it doesn't mean Jayne's mom doesn't keep some exotic animals that she can spin from.
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