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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 07, 2018 06:07:21 PM
Prompt:  July- The Road of Trials
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: Engineering, Brain Power, Community
Project Name: Why Was I So Afraid To Try Filet Crochet?
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455625.0
Brief Description: For some reason, I have shied away from filet crochet. I could never seem to wrap my head around how to fill in the boxes compared to what was left empty. But, while searching for inspiration on a totally different project, I came across this tutorial from Whistle & Ivy, and when she said that the lines on the graph formed the boxes around the empty spaces, and that the filled in boxes were the space within that grid, it clicked. I don't what it was about that particular description (maybe it appealed to my science & math brain?) but, all of a sudden, I just got it. I even designed my own pattern! But, I forgot to count the grid lines as stitches, in addition to the spaces in the boxes, so my dish cloth plan turned into a dish towel plan Grin It measures about 17" square.

Project Picture:


I also used the following sources:
Pattern for the alphabet
Another set of instructions
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2  Why Was I So Afraid To Try Filet Crochet? I Did It! With My Own Pattern, Too! in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: August 07, 2018 05:54:41 PM

For some reason, I have shied away from filet crochet. I could never seem to wrap my head around how to fill in the boxes compared to what was left empty. But, while searching for inspiration on a totally different project, I came across this tutorial from Whistle & Ivy, and when she said that the lines on the graph formed the boxes around the empty spaces, and that the filled in boxes were the space within that grid, it clicked. I don't what it was about that particular description (maybe it appealed to my science & math brain?) but, all of a sudden, I just got it.

I knew I wanted to make something that had words on it for my first project, but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. And, because I was making a dish cloth (or so I thought...), I wanted to make it have less mesh, and more solid boxes. So, when I came across a pattern for a bookmark that had a chart for the alphabet, I decided to start there. I grabbed a piece of graph paper and went to work.


I decided to check out another set of instructions to see if there were any additional tips. And, while this tutorial had the directions I had always found confusing in the past, it did make me realize that my planned dish cloth was going to be almost twice as wide as I originally thought. I had only counted the boxes on the grid when I counted my stitches, forgetting to also count the lines themselves. So, my dish cloth turned into a dish towel... a nice square one, but definitely too big for washing dishes.

Here it is against my 8.5" X 11" piece of graph paper:



It ended up being a 17" X 17" square. It's 61 stitches across by 31 rows up. And, instead of filling in each box with 2 stitches (like the second tutorial I looked at), I just used one (like the first tutorial). So each filled in box is made of 3 stitches instead of 4. If I had used 4, my dish towel would have been more rectangular.

Now that I have finally wrapped my head around how it all works, I'm thinking about starting a panel for the bottom of the curtain in my laundry room. It'll be done with #10 crochet cotton, I think, so it'll be a bit more fiddly to work with, but since the laundry room isn't finished, I expect to have plenty of time to make the panel!
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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2018 08:32:32 PM
Prompt:  August: BONUS: Freedom to Live
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Summer Journal
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: The summer always seems to fly by, and I have so much that I need to get done every year, but somehow, I hardly make a dent in it. This year, I decided to keep track of how I spent my days so I would know what I spent my time doing. I printed out a turtle coloring page (saved on Pinterest) on cardstock, and spent a little while coloring it in (I used Sharpies). Then, I printed off a whole bunch of copies of a planner page (downloaded some time ago). Then, I used my Bind-It-All to put it together. So far, I still haven't gotten much done (the heat is killing all of my motivation), but with less than a month to go until my summer vacation is over, I need to start filling up my pages with progress!

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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2018 08:19:34 PM

Prompt: August- The Magic Flight
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: Community, Brain Power
Project Name: Homemade Cheese & Ravioli
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455573.0
Brief Description: My sister and I spent a day learning how to make cheese (ricotta & mozzarella) and another day making spinach pasta that became ravioli using the ricotta. When we posted pictures of it on Facebook, my mom immediately asked when she would get to have some!

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For the ricotta, we used this recipe.
For the mozzarella, we used the directions that came with this kt. It turns out that the lady who runs this company lives less than an hour from me!
For the pasta, we used the pasta recipe here but made it in sheets, not into fettucine.
For the ravioli, we used this ravioli press that my sister already had on hand.
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5  Homemade Cheese (Ricotta & Mozzerella) & Spinach Ravioli in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2018 08:03:39 PM
When a planned trip with my sister fell through, I thought it would be fun if we spent the day attempting to make cheese. My sister LOVES cheese, so I knew she'd be interested. I had ordered a dairy thermometer, but it seems to have gotten stolen from my mailbox, so instead, I picked up a cheese making kit because it had the thermometer in it. We had originally planned just to make ricotta, but the kit came with supplies for mozzarella, too, so we did both. Then, the next day, we made spinach pasta that we used to make ravioli (which we had for dinner with a mushroom Alfredo sauce).





I was surprised at how easy it was!

First, we made the ricotta, because all you had to do was heat the milk to between 160 and 185 (I think... the directions are at my sister's). Then, one tablespoon at a time, we added lemon juice (stirring after each addition), until the curds form (it took 7 tablespoons). We wrapped it in cheesecloth and pressed it while we worked on the mozzarella.



It was tasty, but we probably could have added a little salt to it.


Next was the mozzarella, which was also really easy! And, it's why we needed the dairy thermometer instead of the candy thermometer I thought we could use. We only needed to heat it to about 90 degrees (again, the directions are at my sisters... it may have been 105), and we used the citric acid and rennet tablets that came in the kit.

I think we added the rennet after we had let it set to make the curd (a big solid mass). Then, we cut that up and added the rennet (that may have been when we heated it to 105).

We had two options for the stretching, a stovetop method, or a method that used the microwave (which is what we did). After we melted it a bit in the microwave, my sister worked on stretching it...



And making faces with it...baby cheese!



Before finally pinching off little chunks (we didn't want to fuss with rolling them into nice round balls for our practice batch).



It was delicious!

The next day, we made spinach pasta and we used half of the batch to make ravioli using the ricotta (my sister has a ravioli making mold... or form).



We ate it for dinner with the mushroom Alfredo sauce, and it was one of the best meals I've ever made from scratch!

The rest of the pasta dough and cheese was destined for lasagna, but we were too tired to make it. The pasta and ravioli making took longer than we expected, and the dough kept breaking apart as we tried to roll it out (it was in the 90's that day, which may have been part of the problem). My sister had plans to make the lasagna the next night after work, but when she got home, she discovered that her fridge had stopped working, so all of the perishables, including the cheese and pasta, had to go into the trash Sad

But, we have plenty of supplies to make more cheese!
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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2018 07:28:07 PM
Prompt:  Free Range #1
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Here's Johnny with the weather!
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Every morning for the past 3 years at school, one of our students on the autism spectrum would read the weather report. When he first started, he was introduced with, "Here's Johnny with the weather." I wanted to make him something to commemorate his days as our school weatherman, so I made him this shirt with his opening lines printed on the back, and 4 weather icons on the front. He was thrilled to get his very own shirt!

Project Picture: (I blotted out his last name for the photo. It's there in real life Smiley )

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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2018 07:21:02 PM
Prompt:  Big Time #1
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Ombre Canning
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Back at the end of June, my friend and I spent the day canning. We were in a hot kitchen for several hours. Fortunately, the weather didn't make it unbearable (we've canned on some very hot days in the past... not fun!). As I lined our completed jars up along the counter for the "glamour shot," I realized that we had created an ombre effect with what we had canned. From L-R: Maple Strawberry Butter, Spicy Apricot BBQ Sauce, Rhubarb Smash.
 
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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2018 12:35:58 PM
I have been very discombobulated this season. Between the photo hosting being down and then dealing with a break-in at my house while I was away, I have been off my Nerd Games...game... I totally forgot to post my July Battle... and it's been finished since June!  

Here it is, in any case:

Prompt:  July Battle: Angels vs Demons: Demons
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: WIP, Community
Project Name: 2018 Raindrop Rundown Shirts
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455554.0
Brief Description: I cut the vinyl for these shirts back in April, but it took me until June until I weeded them and ironed them on. I always have a devil of a time (a personal demon, if you will) getting these shirts finished. I finished them 2 days before school ended...

Project Picture:

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9  2018 Raindrop Rundown Shirts in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2018 12:32:31 PM
At my school, we've instituted an annual road race (1/2 mile down our school driveway, and 1/2 mile back up the hill), that is the spring version of the Turkey Trot we have right before Thanksgiving. It's sponsored by our Student Leadership Council, which I co-organize, and I decided to make shirts for the winners. Which turned out to be a pain in the butt because I'm always doing it last-minute before school ends in June (and the race is in April). But, now that I've started the tradition, I can't really give it up.

Here is this year's shirt, made with HTV. I made 6 in all (3 grades-6, 7, 8- and the first place girl and boy in each grade).



Eventually, I'll get my heat press set up, and these won't take me as long. Standing over the iron on a hot June evening is not my idea of a good time!
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10  Yet Another TM Patch Swap-The 10th Round Celebration!-SU Closed!; SO-9/1/18 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftADDchick on: July 07, 2018 10:42:34 AM

Patch made by craftADDchick




Swap Name:Yet Another TM Patch Swap-The 10th Round Celebration!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Inselaeffchen & craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: July 7, 2018- July 23, 2018 (new ending date Smiley )
Date to send item by: Saturday, September 1, 2018

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

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
 
 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
 - Is at least 18 years old: 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
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those as part of a kit Smiley ).

10th Round Celebration Challenge!- Because this is the 10th (and probably final round**) of the "Yet Another..." version of the TM Patch Swap, we thought it would be fun to celebrate in some way. So, here's your challenge- in at least one of your patches, you must incorporate the number 10 somehow. That doesn't mean that the actual number has to appear... you could use 10 colors, 10 beads, do something with the border, or anything else that you can do to commemorate the 10th round!

** Don't worry! Future TM Patch Swaps will be the "Return of the TM Patch Swap" version. Wink

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454730.0 (Return of the TM Patch Swap- Rd 1)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452654.0 (Round 9)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451858.0 (Round 8 )

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448165.0 (Round 7)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445370.0 (Round 6)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439296.0 (Round 5)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Round 4)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Round 3)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0 (Round 2)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.0 (Round 1)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ

And, here's a thread right here on Craftster that has some additional tips by your fellow Craftsters!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451936.0


If you want to participate, information to send to organizers, Inselaeffchen & craftADDchick:

 QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap-The 10th Round Celebration!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List preferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desirable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or another site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?
Do you have any allergies that could be a problem (please list)?
Do you have any allergens in your home (please list)?
Are you aware of the 10th Round Celebration Challenge (it's in the swap description above)?: Yes/No
Do you acknowledge that ALL communications (including the questionnaire) need to be sent to both Inselaeffchen and craftADDchick? Yes/No
 IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


PARTICIPANTS:
{**commented in thread}

1. craftADDchick**
2. LadybugsAndBumblebees**
3. curiousfae**
4. Quasior**
5. quaggy**
6. TAOJ**
7. veghorsegirl**
8. ale0059**
9. jenleahlynn**
10. endymion**
11. Inselaeffchen**
12. crafty-becky**
13. JoyfulClover**
14. Wulf**
15. goatgoddess**


PARTNERS:

ale0059 - joyfulclover & veghorsegirl
craftADDchick - Wulf
crafty-becky - Jenleahlynn
curiousfae - quasior & endymion
endymion - curiousfae & quaggy
goatgoddess - LadybugsAndBumblebees & TAOJ
Inselaeffchen - Quasior
jenleahlynn - crafty-becky
joyfulclover - LadybugsAnd Bumblebees & ale0059
LadybugsAndBumblebees - joyfulclover & goatgoddess
quaggy - TAOJ & endymion
Quasior - Inselaeffchen & curiousfae
TAOJ - quaggy & goatgoddess
veghorsegirl - ale0059
Wulf - craftADDchick

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