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1  An Abundance of Bowl Cozies for the Microwave in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: January 03, 2019 06:06:29 PM
I didn't have time to make a lot of my Christmas gifts this year, but I was able to crank out a bunch of microwave bowl cozies using this pattern. The best part of the pattern was the tip to create a template to mark the pieces for the darts. It made the whole process go so much faster.

First, I stitched up a batch for my co-workers. I had cut 4 of them out some time ago, but needed a fifth for the male co-worker on the team.

Then, I stitched up 3 more in the school colors of my friends' kids: Northeastern University (red & black), NC State (red & white), and Westford Academy (maroon & grey).

I made 8 all together, and I might make 1 or 2 more this weekend!
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2  Revival Crochet Triangle Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: January 03, 2019 05:45:45 PM
When I saw this scarf featured on a blog, I knew it would be perfect for one of my friends for Christmas. I don't often buy kits, but the yarn colors were perfect, and it just made it easier. The pattern is from the Make & Do Crew and the yarn is from Lion Brand (it's LB Collections Merino, Yak & Alpaca). The colors are Navy, Sage, Teal, Oatmeal, and Mustard- definitely not colors I would normally choose, but perfect colors for my friend (she wore it to work today and sent me a pic to let me know she loves it!).

When I had finished up the crocheting, it was way smaller than I expected, so I knew I had to block it, which I've never done before (mostly because I usually crochet with cheap acrylic or cotton and make things that don't need blocking). A few months ago, I had picked up a set of exercise room floor mats (4@ 2' X 2'). I didn't have a space big enough for all 4, but I was able to fit 3 of them right in the corner at the top of my stairs. I was even able to use my new Knitter's Pride Rainbow Knit Blockers (which were so easy to use!).

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3  Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 03, 2019 05:28:18 PM
Prompt:  January- Coffee Shop AU
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Timely + (Engineering + Community... as soon as I have a chance to post it this weekend)
Project Name: Reversible Sports Coffee Cup Cozies
Project Link: (coming soon)
Brief Description: We had a Secret Santa at school and my person is a big New England sports fan, who loves coffee. So, I made her two that are reversible to represent 4 of the major sports teams (I couldn't find fabric for the soccer team). I put a piece of elastic in it to make sure they would fit multiple travel cup sizes.

Craft the Alphabet: X & P

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Prompt:  January- Hurt/Comfort
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Timely +Community
Project Name: School Colors Microwave Bowl Cozies
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457036.0
Brief Description: When I am sick, nothing makes me feel better than a bowl of chicken noodle soup (the kind that comes in the envelope... with extra noodles). My friends have 2 kids away in college (and one still at home), and I decided to make them bowl cozies for their soup when they are sick and have to fend for themselves. A little bit of comfort to make them feel better, I hope! I have the school colors for Northeastern University (red & black), NC State (red & white), Westford Academy (maroon & gray).

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Prompt:  January- Series
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Timely + WIP
Project Name: Microwave Bowl Cozies (for my teaching team)
Project Link: (same as above)
Brief Description: Last year (or the year before), I had planned to make my team microwave bowl cozies, but never actually finished them. I had the fabric cut out for 4 of them (they went with one of the prompts... the apples fit the theme somehow), but needed a 5th one for the lone male on the team. So, I made a total of 5 for the team.

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Prompt:  Free-Range Crafting: January #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Timely + Brain Power + Community
Project Name: Revival Triangle Crochet Scarf
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457035.0
Brief Description: I made this for my friend for Christmas. I bought it as a kit (the kit is from Lion Brand and the Make & Do Crew). I learned how to do the bead stitch, and I also learned how to block (it's made from Merino, Yak, and Alpaca yarn).

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4  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 31, 2018 10:08:47 AM
I actually have something finished to post!!

Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry:  Revival Crochet Triangle Scarf
Pattern Used: https://makeanddocrew.com/revival-crochet-triangle-scarf-free-pattern/
Yarn Used: Lion Brand LB Collection Merino Yak Alpaca in Navy, Sage, Mustard, Teal, and Oatmeal (I bought it as a kit)

I learned how to do the bead stitch, and once I learned the pattern( very simple... increases by two bobbles each row), it went quickly! I needed to block it (it was way smaller than I expected, but blocking helped with that).

The picture is garbage  because I forgot to photograph it until it was time to wrap it!

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5  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 30, 2018 05:19:40 PM
Prompt:  September- Kiki's Delivery Service
Team: textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Cleaning Corner Labels
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Having never seen the movie, I had to rely on an online description. When I read that Kiki uses a broom to make her deliveries, I knew I finally had to make labels for the cleaning corner in my room. Last year, I didn't have enough hooks, and the dustpans and brooms were often on the floor. This year, I added more hooks, but the kids wouldn't always put things back properly. So, I'm really hoping the labels will work (anyone make a guess as to when the first letter gets picked off by a 6th grader?).

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Prompt:  UFO Sighting
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP
Project Name: Spooky Eyes for the Halloween Dance
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Somewhere (maybe even here on Craftster), I saw an idea to cut eyes out of cardboard tubes and stick glow sticks inside to hang in the bushes. At night, they look like creepy eyes watching you. For our school dances, the cafeteria tables get folded up and placed along one side of the room. I thought it would be fun to do, and gathered the supplies over the summer. But, this summer was not very craft-friendly, so I ended up not finishing them in time for the dance. I have them bagged up ready to go (and ready to glow...) for next year. I tried to get an "action" shot, but the glow sticks (actually glow bracelets), were old and wouldn't glow Sad

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There are only 4 pictured, but I have 15 in the bag, all set for next Halloween.

Sadly, that's it for me in this round. I have 2 other projects almost finished (Zaps in the next round, I think), and one that has the first step completed. Another has the last step left to do (since February...), and the rest of the planned projects will get bumped to the next round. My plans for a busy-bee (with no pressure to actually get anything done), are out the window for tomorrow, most likely, unless I can find a nearby place to park my car (leaf collection/street sweeping from 7-5 so cars can't be parked on the street). I might have to go and hang out somewhere with free wifi so I can at least get some computer work finished.
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6  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 16, 2018 06:25:36 PM
Prompt: November- King Ghidorah
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Eclipse Models
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: In my 6th grade science class, I teach about eclipses and models can be helpful. A few years ago, I had my students make these models to use, and they were more challenging than most of them could handle. The next time I planned to use them, I was lucky enough to have a classroom aide and she made 4 of them for me. My classes are larger now, so I thought Id make a few more. I only had enough lighter colors of card stock to make 3... which was fortunate. Even with my SIL helping with the cutting and folding, they still took 3+ hours to make.

This fits the prompt because I made 3 (3-headed monster), but they also show mini models of the moon and earth.

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7  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 12, 2018 04:58:56 PM
Prompt:  October- Masaharu Morimoto (silver and fusion)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Lavender Plum Jam
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This jam fuses the flavors of lavender (it starts by grinding lavender and mixing it with sugar...after it sits for 24+ hours, the sugar is used in the jam) with plums. The result is an amazingly fragrant and delicious jam. And, it also fits the prompts because the jar rings are silver in color.

Project Picture: {jam is in the center set of jars}

Prompt:  November- Gigan (allegory)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Cranberry Sauce
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: In order to tackle this prompt correctly, I decided to look up examples of allegories, and I discovered that Pilgrim's Progress is an excellent example (and that most people misuse the term allegory). So, in honor of the Pilgrims who came to America, I made cranberry sauce!

Project Picture: {see above photo... the cranberry sauce is on the left}
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8  Embroidered Strawberry on a Tea Towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:46:57 PM
This isn't the most exciting project, but after I ditched my plans to carve a strawberry stamp and use it to decorate the tea towel, I figured embroidery was the next best thing. I made it for the Life is Berry Sweet Swap, and I drew the strawberry freehand. I wish I had a picture of the back because it was the very first time I was successful in making the back look as neat as the front... until I added the seed beads for the seeds Smiley

This was a fun little project to stitch and it has reminded me that I need to make more time for embroidery!
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9  Strawberry Bendy Bag with Bonus Bendy Bits Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:41:19 PM
I participated in the Life is Berry Sweet Swap, and decided to make a Bendy Bag that looked like a strawberry. I had originally planned on using strawberry print fabric, but couldn't find any, so then I decided to use red fabric for the outside and applique the green leaves around the zipper. But, because of the bend, I didn't think I could make it look right. Instead, I hit upon the idea of using large ric-rac to mimic the green leafy bits at the top of a strawberry.

 To make the Bendy Bag, you have to cut out some rather large triangular pieces to create the "bend," and it can be rather wasteful. Someone came up with a pattern to use the triangle pieces (the leftover "bits" from the Bendy Bag) to make a small zipper pouch. I added this into my swap package for the Life is Berry Sweet Swap.
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10  Pretty Bobbins All In a Row in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:36:58 PM
This may be old information, but I was very happy to run across it... I recently came across a tutorial (on another site) that showed how to cut rubber tubing (I used cutters designed for cutting tubing... but scissors would work) in lengths slightly under 1/4" and cut each ring open on one side. The split rings of tubing can then be used to wrap around a bobbin to keep the thread ends corralled.

You cannot know how happy this makes me... or maybe you can if, like me, the sight of the many tangled bobbin ends drives you crazy!

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