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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fill a Stocking for My DOG Sign ups Oct 14-24 Send outs Dec 1 on: October 23, 2008 03:48:32 PM
Happy Birthday McGruff!!

Charlotte's birthday was this month, too, on October 9th.  She turned 6.

Anxiously awaiting partner assignments,
Andrea, Charlotte, and Rudy
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fill a Stocking for My DOG Sign ups Oct 14-24 Send outs Dec 1 on: October 15, 2008 06:24:51 PM

We're in!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Do copyrights for knitting patterns ever expire? on: October 03, 2008 09:06:50 AM
Last year, I bought about 50lbs worth of old knitting magazines (mostly McCall's Needlework) at a flea market for two dollars.  The patterns are all from the 50s and 60s, and I'm just getting around to finishing a TOO COOL sweater from Fall/Winter 1955-56.  I'd love to share these patterns here, but I know I might be crossing the line with issues of copyright. 

However, I don't know if this is the case with only recent patterns or all patterns ever to hold a copyright.  These patterns are exclusive to the magazine, and are out of print (and have been for some time now!) and thus can't be bought new, so is copyright really an issue?  The copyright would be detrimental to the aesthetic beauty and the existence of the patterns themselves because it would mean that they'd only be "legal" in the original form, and because they can no longer be bought except by chance in a lot, it would essentially wipe them out of existence. 

What do you think about the legality of sharing vintage patterns freely?

Thanks craftster,
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Grafitti-First in a series on: September 15, 2008 10:31:26 AM
I love this!  It's good to see a fellow tracker, too (in reference to your 8-track player.)

I can't wait to see the others in the series.   
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Altered Irish Hiking Scarf on: August 25, 2008 02:39:24 PM
I love this pattern.  It's simple but looks great and have knit it more than a few times as gifts.  I second that dropping the stitches was very brave of you, but it looks nice and really makes the cables stand out.  Great job!

As far as blocking, I'd do a test swatch of two cables "rounds" and block that to see the look side by side with the unblocked version to see which you prefer.  It's worth the extra knitting, I think, because it might further accentuate the cables if it was blocked, but you won't really know unless you have something to compare it to.

Perhaps you could lightly block a small portion of the scarf if you didn't want to knit another swatch?

Very cool pattern alteration, though.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Bright Orange and Wiggly! (Newts!) on: August 14, 2008 11:24:21 PM
It's sad so many of them were killed  Cry

Come join us on caudata.org!  You'll likely need some guidance with these guys as they go metamorphosis, as I've been told the caudates with water-->land-->water again life stages are tricky to pull off in captivity.  (The newts you showed us are in a terrestrial juvenile stage and the adults are nearly fully aquatic.)

I'll be facing the same thing myself in a few months with my own newts (different species, and not nearly as pretty as yours).  Good luck to you!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Conor Oberst Doll ****Creepy IMG Heavy**** on: August 05, 2008 08:03:26 PM
Hello everyone. 

*I don't sculpt or sew and I've never made a doll, so be kind!*

I've been preparing for today for the past few weeks.  Today Conor Oberst of the band Bright Eyes released his first solo album since ~'96, and to prepare I made a 12" model of Conor himself.  I finished him this morning before *we* headed off to the record store.  I usually paint pictures of Conor, but thought that I'd do something different to mark the occasion. 

He is made from painted Sculpty, some linen, stuffing, thread, love, and **cough**human hair**cough**my hair**cough**

He comes complete with a handle of Jack Daniels. 

Clothes--knitted sweater (I made up the pattern as I went along) and jeans made from a favorite old pair.

I feel creepy undressing him...let alone making him in the first place...but here is the construction:

His right leg has "Waste of Paint" embroidered on it (I've never done any embroidery--a lot of firsts in this project!) 

And a little closer shot of his head:

What do you think?  Spare me the lecture of how unhealthy my obsession has become.  It was fun and I'm pretty proud of it even if it may not look exactly like him...think 1997 and squint your eyes?
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My 2nd mushroom house is finished! Yay! Warning, 9 LARGE photos... on: June 29, 2008 01:18:33 PM
This is too amazing.  I love all the details, like the birdhouse and clothes hanging on the line.  Wonderful!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 5 Gallery on: June 27, 2008 08:19:36 PM
Haha, no...it wasn't a necklace...just the extra beads I pre-strung on the yarn that I didn't take off.  I meant it to be like how beads are sold in stores...not a failed necklace.  You could wear it was a failed necklace if you wanted...glad you liked it, though!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mental Disorder Swap? on: June 16, 2008 12:51:00 PM
I would love to be in this as well!  This is a good idea!

I make lists too.  The first page of my list book is a list of different types of lists...
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