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1  Re: the delicious Good Eats/Alton Brown swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by cfbandit on: August 21, 2008 04:33:56 PM
Okay, so Babycakes8510 was awesome! I received yesterday. The only thing that made me cry was that my camera ran out of batteries just as I was going to take pictures of the amazing apron set she made!  Angry

Here are the pictures I could get -

Funniest thing ever - a chicken for our kitchen!

I mean, look at the detail! Its totally hilarious and SO fitting for the husband and I's kitchen. One leg bent a little in transit, but my husband was able to fix it so well, I can't even tell its there anymore!

Okay, next thing. The #3 item on my husband and I's top list of missing things. Hand Holders for carrying bowls and stuff from the microwave!

(Isn't that cute? He thought he would do the Allstate hands - haha)

And the last set of pictures I have are a testament to her sewing - I definitely can't do that yet!

and inside...

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2  Found Knitting Bag at Chicagoland Craft Collective Meeting in Schaumburg in Illinois: North by cfbandit on: August 21, 2008 03:53:59 PM
I apologize if you've seen this at Ravelry. I want to find the Owner!


That link will take you to pictures of the items.

The only clue in the bag was a product label that has the zip code 60107 and the possible name "JM Wilson".

If you recognize the items, or have an idea of who the Owner might be, please message me on Ravelry (cfbandit), or here on Craftster (cfbandit) or post a comment on the Flickr photos.

Here's a couple of the items:


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3  Re: Little Odd-ball Yarn Swap - Round 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cfbandit on: July 09, 2008 05:29:01 PM
Yea! I received from KimberlyPye and AbsurdAnnekah!



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4  Re: White + Warren cashmere scarf in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by cfbandit on: June 08, 2008 05:00:15 PM
Its actually on their website:

That's cute. I'll try looking for it a bit later after I get home from work.

Speaking of White + Warren, I love the look they call Gramercy Place. That's a hot cardi!
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5  Re: Knifty Knitter? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by cfbandit on: May 02, 2008 12:36:50 PM
I don't know if this has been asked before, but can anyone tell me if this could be used one handed?  My mom had a stroke last year, and her left hand really doesn't function well.  I was thinking of getting this for her as something she might use to get a little function back into her hand (she won't do the exercises because she thinks they're stupid).  I was hoping this would appeal to her since she used to knit sporadically.  However, if it's just going to sit in a corner because she can't use it, it's not much help.  Undecided

I've seen plenty of people do this. When my wrists get tired, I rest the loom under one hand, then pick and turn it with the other hand. Works like a charm everytime Smiley You just have to be careful to be sitting at a place it won't slip away from you, and make sure its not such a big loom that you have something else up and going to support it.

Some older people in my knit club also use it with one of those stand thingys for holding embroidery hoops. Some have the holder thingys for the big looms, like this one:

then you can definitely work one handed! Cheesy
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6  Re: My Pet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cfbandit on: February 18, 2008 09:11:02 AM
Thanks HSG for posting for me - I have been having terrible computer trouble at work and my laptop cord was missing until this past Sunday (hopefully the blank PMs didn't overwhelm your box as tech support was helping me!)

I wanted to post this, though:

They love their new bandanas!

I hope you like my package <crosses fingers>
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7  Re: My pet Swap (sign up's 1/4/08-1/15/08) Send out's 2/15/08 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cfbandit on: January 27, 2008 08:31:53 PM
Ugh, I think this weekend was full of awful things - personal, technical, electronical (is that a word?) - I'm off to add a few extra prayers tonight, I think.

I managed to get HSG some photos finally - DH lost the laptop power cord and the battery's been missing and that's of course where ALL of my puppy photos are. So I had to dig around in my backup CDs until I found one that worked. Thank god for those - even though I had to dig through nearly all 24 for 2007 before I found one that had any photos on it! Ick.

So to close the night, some cuteness for all:

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8  Re: My pet Swap (sign up's 1/4/08-1/15/08) Send out's 2/15/08 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cfbandit on: January 10, 2008 02:22:17 PM
I was trying to find some photos of my puppies...here's one from another craftster swap, Little Visitor...

I can't wait to start for this one!!!!
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9  A silly bowtie (pattern included) in Crochet: Completed Projects by cfbandit on: November 30, 2007 08:34:03 AM
On the topic of silly patterns, I was designing a bow tie for a frog and got annoyed at how much sewing was involved (when I want to do something fast, sewing is so NOT my way to go), and this is what I came up with:

It comes out pretty darn close to a real bow tie (which of course would be folded fabric or folded and sewn yarn)!

Starting with the right side of the bow, chain 8 and then make 6 treble crochets into chain #4. Slip stitch and secure into chain #1. Slip stitch up the outside of the shape to chain #4.

Then, chain 3 and single crochet into each chain on one side, and then stick your hook and loop through the other side and single crochet into each chain on the other side.

To make the left bow, its a bit different. Chain 4, and do 3 treble crochets into chain #1. Then, make 3 treble crochets into the last single crochet instead of the chain.

Next, you're going to create the strap and its security. Single crochet in a box shape around the "ball" in the middle of the tie. After completing the sc box (you should be on the bottom of it), chain 20 (or the appropriate neck size for the animal). Single crochet back to the bow tie. Make sure to single crochet into the bottom depending on where you started. Anchor a single crochet into the top of the box and slip stitch into each single crochet until the end of the strap.

Secure the strap to the bow by single crocheting into the top corner of the box, and then single crochet into the bottom corner. Fasten off and you've got a cute bow tie!
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10  Aliya the Elephant and her Earmuffs (earmuff pattern included) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by cfbandit on: November 30, 2007 06:56:52 AM
Okay, so this is a totally goofy crochet project, but hey? What's life without a few goofy things!

First off, I made romansock's Pocket Elephant. I made the trunk a little big, but I think its rather endearing:

I named her Aliya (Sri Lankan for elephant and yes, I scarily did know that off the top of my head) -

and then realized - she's going in a swap to Michigan! Elephants don't live in snow and cold! What to do?

I imagined that an elephant would get very cold indeed with exposed ears. So I made her some earmuffs!

Fun, huh? They were super easy and a cute addition to the swap package full of little creatures.

Here's the way I made the earmuffs, in case you're wondering. And there's a full post on my blog about them:


Start with the left side and chain 7. Do 9 treble crochets into chain #4. Slip stitch from the last treble crochet into chain #1.

Then, create the middle of the left side - single crochet back to chain #7 on the half moon side.

Then you're going to chain 7 and repeat. The only difference is you are going to anchor each treble crochet onto the single crochet stitches in the middle with a slip stitch.

So in effect, the instructions look like this: Chain 7, create treble crochet in chain #4, slip stitch into single crochet row, create treble crochet from the top (where you just slip stitched) and anchor into chain #4 with a slip stitch, and repeat until you have 9 total. When you're finished with the last treble crochet, anchor it with a slip stitch to the end of the single crochets.

Then you're going to create the brace at the top of the earmuffs. This one's easy - chain 10, single crochet 10 stitches, and chain 10 into the single crochets so you reach the end of the line.

Now this is where it gets a bit tricky. You're going to repeat the same steps you did to make the first muff but you need to make sure that you face the bottom/foundation chain to the middle! If you don't, you're going to end up with a twisted muff on the right side. And don't feel bad if you have to try it a couple times - even I had to and I designed the pattern!

(In case you forgot or prefer the shorthand, here's how to make the muff: ch 7, 9 tc in ch 4, sl st ch 1. ch 7, *tc in ch4, sl st to sc #1, tc in sc #1, sl st to ch 4* Rep * until 9 tc, sl st ch 1. (make sure to face bottom chain to the inside!).)
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