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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Lace--Luna Moth Shawl on: August 27, 2007 09:09:01 AM
A few weeks ago i decided i wanted to learn lace knitting, and my older brothers wife has a birthday a week and a half after mine, and she is totally the lace shawl type, so i decided to knit her one.  She's from Bombay, and is kinda "oldschool" compared to the rest of the family.  But i enjoyed knitting this and really hope she likes it, I'll probably be sending it out in a week or so. I also made a matching mesh cap, but its nothing fancy.

appearantly the photo thingy doesnt work with flickr...which i ever so brilliantly didnt know when i set up the account...so go look at pictues! no you can see them!

thank you!
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / roving braids? on: August 22, 2007 08:21:54 AM
i see so many hand dyed rovings in braid form, is it dyed like a braid, or is it braided after its dyed, and really, how does one braid a continues piece, if a braid has three parts?  i just cant seem to wrap my head around it.

any explanations are greatly welcome, i tried searching for this and found nothing.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Domiknitrix--Elfin Bride on: August 20, 2007 07:07:00 PM
so, i just thought to go look at the domiknitrix website, and the elfin bride pattern is finally up, i bought the book ages ago, and have been anxiously awaiting the pattern...its gorgeous, i love it and aim to someday knit it ((for myself!!!))  but holy moley...a NINETEEN page pattern...in pdf form...its a little daunting.  i was just wondering if anyone else had downloaded it yet and if anyone else thought it rocked as much as i did.
4  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Wisconsin Wool and Sheep Festival on: August 19, 2007 01:50:50 PM
or whatever its actually called...the sheep thingy in jefferson...yeah, that.

anybody been? anybody planning on going? im working on seeing if i can go, because its the weekend of my birthday, and what an awesome birthday present that would be!

if youre planning on going or have been and found something awesome that a newbie should check out, reply here please!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / lace knitting, tips, tricks and questions on: August 14, 2007 06:55:01 PM
so, im a begining lace knitter, and im already finding things that i wish people had told me before i started my first real lace project.

im making the luna moth shawl, for my stepbrothers wife for either her birthday or christmas, whichever i finish it for, because i wanted to learn lace, and its turning out to be just perfect for her.

i have a few questions

-is it more reasonable to expect to be able to find lace patterns in written out form, or to expect to have to write it out myself?

-is there an "easy way" to put lifelines into your knitting?

-should i even bother trying to use circular needles, or is it just going to frustrate me again, IF i should try circs, is there a better style to use that has a very smooth join?

-take your pattern, if youre using a lace pattern that IS NOT in chart form, and put each row of your pattern on an index card, so that youre only looking at one pattern row at a time.

use lifelines, A LOT.

and DONT be afraid to frog your work.

thanks for reading my post and answering my questions!

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Homecoming // IYP7 Swap Gallery on: August 09, 2007 10:11:59 AM
well...now that we have two people who have sent and one who has recieved...on with the picturiness!
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / what do you use to felt on? on: July 28, 2007 08:48:55 PM
hey everyone, im attempting to make myself a set of felt dreadlocks ((i got about a dozen that worked really well, and then the carpeting i was using as a felting surface cause it was big and didnt move started to SHED allll over my wool)) and i was wondering what you all use to do wet felting on, using the large carpet in my basement had been working really well, and then it started to give me like, carpet lint, alllll over my dreads and they stopped felting so good...if anyone can give me inexpensive, portable solutions to this that stay in place ((i tried using a towel, but it moved allll over the place)) that would be wonderful...

it just occured to me what if i used an old towel and a big square of wood or something that will stay in place well and like, use a staple gun to attach the towel to the wood...would it work, or be a bad plan?

thanks ladies ((and gents))

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / circa 1968 singer model 636 problem on: June 25, 2007 06:39:36 PM
hey everyone, last night my grandmother gave me her singer deluxe zig-zag sewing machine / model 636 to have and use for as long as i want, it hasnt been used since about 1994, ish, and runs really great, no bad noises, nothing...however, the needle thread and the bobbin thread wont engage together to create an actual stitch, and i cant get the bobbin casing ((the piece that turns when you sew that holds onto the bobbin)) to move, and to top it off, i thought it was a minor issue with the bobbin that could be solved by removing the bobbin, clearing it out and putting new thread on it...but no...now it wont even wind the bobbin for me!  so unfortunatly the manual ((the original manual it came with)) doesnt give trouble shooting advice, it just tells you how to operate the machine and actually sew things...and i have no idea what to do, she told me to oil one of the little pieces thats supposed to turn to make the bobbin come in and out...i oiled it went to turn it the right way, and the whole piece came off, just the knob at least, not like, the whole mechanical piece or anything, but none the less in order to move it i know how to use a pair of plyers...but it isnt working still.  so, does anyone know anything about this, because a google search isnt helping me at all...so basically i need to know how to make the bobbin casing move in order to load the bobbin with thread and sew.  i know how to sew with a machine and all that, so the work of it is fine, i just dont know the mechanics...and neither does anyone else around here...or my grandmother, the original owner of the machine.

please help!

thanks everyone!

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Homecoming // IYP7: SIGNUPS CLOSED, sendouts 9/1 on: June 25, 2007 01:11:28 PM
Homecoming is round 7 of the Invite your Partner swap!!!

here is the gallery for round 6, the April Affair:

and round 5, The January Jamboree:

In this swap, you can contact anyone and ask them to be your partner. It's almost like a personal swap, but with a group, and a killer gallery! You will have to sign up with your partner. That is, you must contact your potential partner via pm and you both must mutually agree to be partnered together. Once you have a partner, each of you must pm me ((Miss Mermaid Strikes Back)) and SevsOnlyGirl with your information, and after doing all the necessary double checking, I will post you both together as participants and add this swap to your "In progress" feedback. Signups will last two weeks, but may close early if there are tons of people, so sign up early!

You may have two partners this round! However, if you have any instances of 'poor swapping' documented in your feedback (such as 'no communication' 'did not craft in the spirit of the swap') or numerous instances of sending very late, I ask that you only craft for one partner. You may have no more than two partners.

**IF you currently have too many swaps, but KNOW you will have positive feedback by the time the two weeks are over, you may still sign up and I will hold a spot for you and your partner. It will be your responsibility to pm me when you are eligible (under the 5 swap limit), or you will be dropped from the swap the last day of signups.**

As partners, you will choose if you want to have a theme, if you want to post stalk each other and be surprised, or if you want to request from each other things you have admired in the past. You should also agree on quantity. I would suggest one "large" (time consuming and/or valuable) item, and a couple of "small" (quicker to craft) items that you know your partner will like. Feel free to start crafting for your partner as soon as you are both officially signed up!

swappers will receive temporary negative feedback if:
- it is one week past send-outs and you are out of communication
- it is two weeks past send-outs and you have not yet sent, regardless of the communication with us and your partner.
- you cannot sign up for this swap if you are still currently late in any IYP swaps.

even if you decide with your partner that you are sending late and she says its alright, you MUST send by two weeks past the send out date or this will be reflected in negative feedback. once you do send, you will have positive feedback again, BUT this late sending will be reflected in your comments even if you communicated.


another idea is to at least send some of what you have made your partner by the send out date and if you want to send more later because she sent so much, shes so cool, you ran out of time, thats fine! because you already sent!

ONE NOTE: It is a little scary to ask someone to be your partner. Some people may have someone else already in mind, or they may not have the time or funds to participate right now, or they may just not be interested. We need to remember to be nice if we feel we need to refuse someone, and to not take it personally if someone else turns us down.

Here's what you need to do:

1. Contact your partner (make sure they're in good standing, swapwise), and agree to join together
2. Both partners must PM Miss Mermaid Strikes Back AND SevsOnlyGirl and each other with mailing information.
3. Post in this thread so I can keep up with you!
4. Make sure you can mail on time, and provide BOTH organizers with a DC number when you do.
5. Pm your partner and BOTH organizers when you receive as well! Your partner CANNOT get feedback unless you PM us. Thank your partner both in a PM and publicly in the gallery. If you are unable to post pictures, please let your partner know before they send to you. In this case, you still need to post in the gallery about what you received.
6. Lack of PMs to both organizers and your partner will be noted in feedback!!!
7. It also helps a TON if you include you and your partner's number on the post following this on the post with the SHIPPING LIST when you PM organizers regarding seding/received/feedback. thanks!
8. Have fun!

Now, on to the good stuff:

Swap name: Homecoming(IYP7)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Miss Mermaid Strikes Back and SevsOnlyGirl
Sign-up date range: June 25-July 9
Date to send item by: September 1

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25 pairs, unless that fills up in like, two days, in which case the organizers will figure something out. signups will close early once we are full, or have renegotiated a new "full" limit.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Nope! Just make sure you can send to wherever your partner lives and vice versa

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages, if its ok with your mama and/or papa

Swap Organizer(s) 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


If you want to participate, information to send to organizers (Miss Mermaid Strikes Back and SevsOnlyGirl).

Name of swap: Homecoming//IYP7
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
I have read all the rules, including ones for late sendouts:
my partner is:

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

have fun, and let the game begin!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Homecoming // IYP7 on: June 21, 2007 01:59:34 PM
hey guys, so i missed the last round of the IYP for april, but, ive been looking for the next round, and its just not appearing to be happening...soooo....i was thinking, i would volunteer to organize, signups soon, for a late august//early september sendout, and have it be like, Homecoming because....it fits((?)) the only thing is, i would deffinitly need a co organizer with the type of response these swaps get...sooo....PM me or reply here if you want to help organize, or if you think youre a better fit for organizing ((i know im not the most organized girl on the board, but its summer break, i have lots of time to sort it all out at least)) and deffinitly reply here if youre interested.

cheers all
-Miss Mermaid Strikes Back
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