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391  Granny's Daughters Swap R7- SU Closed ; SO May 7, 2011 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: March 26, 2011 05:41:53 PM

Swap name: Grannys Daughters Swap R7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: March 26, 2011 to April 16, 2011 (sign-ups will close at noon, EST)
Date to send item by: May 7, 2011
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? None

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: Only this one!
- 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 yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This is Round 7 of the Grannys Daughters Swap! If you don't know how to make a grannys daughter, it's pretty easy!  A grannys daughter is the first round of a traditional granny square.....that's it!  The pattern can be found HERE.  A child's afghan requires 240 motifs and an adult size afghan requires 720 motifs. As stated in the pattern, each motif should measure 1 1/2" to 1 3/4".  So it's important to check your gauge so that all motifs will be the correct size.  

You will send 40 motifs in assorted colors to 2 partners (for a total of 80).  This is a great project to use up those little bits & pieces of scrap yarn you have laying around. Note: If you would like only 1 partner or would like a 3rd partner (first-time swappers are limited to a maximum of 2 partners), make sure to indicate this in your questionnaire. If you would like a 3rd partner, it may depend on the number of folks who sign up.

All motifs MUST be made in 4-ply worsted weight yarn, or if you're in the UK the yarn equivalent will be 10-ply aran.  Please be sure to check your gauge to make sure your motifs are the correct size.  We wouldn't want to receive some motifs that are 1 1/2" and some that are 2 1/4". Your motifs should measure 1 1/2" to 1 3/4".  Size is important!!!   REMEMBER:  It only takes a few minutes to make one grannys daughter. If you get started when you sign up, youll have the bulk of the work done by the time partners are assigned  Wink

Weaving in the tails: The directions call for a 6" tail to be left at the end. Depending on their joining method, some folks might prefer to have that outside end woven in. There is a question on the questionnaire for you to express a preference. All starting tails must be woven in!

Positive feedback on this swap will be left once your partners have all received, and once you have posted pics of what you have received. You must remember to PM the organizer when you SEND and RECEIVE (a post in the thread is not sufficient)! Poor communication and failure to post pics of what you received will be noted in your feedback if you do not. Thanks!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Grannys Daughters Swap R7
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (formatted as it should appear on the package):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? YES/NO
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: YES/NO
Confirm that you understand that a DC# is required on your package (outside of the US, retain a copy of your shipping receipt as proof of mailing): YES/NO
Do you have any allergies (cats, dogs, smoke, etc.)? YES/NO
   If YES, please indicate allergies:
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, dogs, smoke, etc.)? YES/NO
   If YES, please indicate allergens:
Number of partners (1, 2 or 3):
Do you agree to post pictures of what you have received (or make arrangements with your partner to post pics for you)? YES/NO
Do you want your outside tails woven in (all starting tails must be woven in)?
Yes/No/Doesn't matter
Confirm that you understand that:
A) All starting tails must be woven in: YES/NO
B) If your partner does not want their outside tails woven in, you must leave a tail of at least 6": YES/NO
Anything special youd like your partners to know?


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

Participants (click-able usernames!):
1. craftADDchick (1)
2. myklia (1 or 2)
3. OnePinkHippo (2)
4. tracethekat (up to 3)
5. kaz814 (1)
6. mangospanker (3)
7. mandys_momma (3)
8. Disco Queen Highness (2)
9. froggmomma (2)
10. IdlersDesign (3)
11. Seereeoslee (2) -First time swapper!
12. koalascout (3)
13. Kittymom13 (3)
14. average_fan (2)

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392  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 26, 2011 04:54:29 PM
I'm sure a science/geek swap will come along eventually!

I think you can fake-join closed swaps. I saw a few science-y swaps-

Science Geek OTT

She Blinded Me With Science

Science IS an Art

Thanks! I do have a few other fake swaps to clear from the queue, so I'll check them out (although I was a participant in the Science is Art Swap, I think).

But, along the lines of some science geekery... here's my Diptych Hoopla! I had originally planned on attempting something like this for my fake Star Swap, but didn't have everything I needed (or the time to make it). Since I still wanted to do it, the Diptych Hoopla swap was the perfect reason!

They represent the constellations Orion (The Hunter) and Scorpius (The Scorpion). According to the Greek myth, Artemis created the Scorpion to sting Orion for his arrogance. The 2 constellations are never "up" at the same time (some say Orion is hiding from its sting, others say Orion is on the hunt for the scorpion).

They also represent a couple of things to me:
-Orion was the first constellation I ever learned when I went to pick my sister and her boyfriend up at the train station at 2 am one Thanksgiving break. On the way back, when we were swapping drivers (it was a few hours to drive), my sister's boyfriend pointed out Orion in the sky.

- A couple of summers ago, I had an awesome astronomy experience at the University of Arizona and Kitt Peak Observatory. We had a chance to head to the Sonoran Desert Museum and wander around as it got dark. Because it was summer, and because we were far enough south, we could see the entire constellation of Scorpius in the sky above the desert. And, thanks to the cute little kids running around with their portable blacklights, we were able to see all of the scorpions on the stone walls that we had been resting on not long before (scorpions glow under blacklight).

So, the 2 constellations belong together for 2 different reasons!

And, that embroidery hoop stand that I bought earlier today came in VERY handy, as it turned out. I had to learn how to do French knots (I used Jenny Hart's tutorial on the Sublime Stitching blog) and couldn't manage it unless the hoop was held by the frame. I only suffered one injury (perfect stab under the thumbnail... but it only bled a smidgen)!

I used glow-in-the-dark floss and they glow faintly against the black fabric. I left the backs unfinished (my partner hasn't decided yet if she's going to leave the hoops natural or paint them black).

So, now I can add another fake swap to my list! But, I should probably wait until my red feedback turns to green Wink
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393  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: March 07, 2011 04:43:05 PM
I am almost caught up with February! I just have 4 more to do (#9, #26, #116, #138) because I already have a #51.

Here are the last of the January motifs- #20, #30, #82:

Here are my completed February motifs:

#43 (This one is done in 2 shades of green, but for some reason, I couldn't get a decent photo):

#106 & #119:

#67 & #122:

#44 & #75:

I swear, the pictures looked more in focus when they were still on my camera! Also, some of the motifs could stand a little blocking to shape them up a little better... Smiley
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394  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- December in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: March 05, 2011 01:45:45 PM
As I picked up the bag of leftover yarn from this CAL, I realized I never posted the picture of the completed blanket! My mom took the picture- she took a picture of the back side because it makes the un-matching seams less obvious. I did a sc join on the front because I didn't have a white border on each block and I didn't like the way the stitches showed on the front when I stitched them together on the back sides. Instead, I have obviously mis-aligned seams... but I'm okay with that for my first ever completed blanket! Grin

I used 11 Craftster squares and the only Ravelry square I did (January). I still have the square that had all of those fbdc stitches and I plan to make a pillow out of it. I may keep the pillow here, or I may bring it down to stay with the blanket the next time I head south Wink
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395  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 19, 2011 03:54:49 PM
Here are my items for the Star Swap! I had planned one more item, but I just don't have time to pull it together before vacation, and I realized that I have another craft that I need to bring along and finish (it's an afghan that I was supposed to have done before I left), so I'm not going to stress about it.

First up- a small item! It's a much needed zipper pouch in a cool celestial fabric and a lovely star lining.

Next, a Solar System Necklace as a scale model, plus matching earrings (pattern and materials from Chain of Being over on Etsy. It's been on my wishlist for a long time, so I was psyched to receive it!

And, another earring and necklace set- she called it Shooting Stars- in an interesting technique. It's the perfect length for some of my warm weather shirts!

Finally, an awesome Solar System banner (from Wild Olive over on Spoonflower. And, she made me 2 extra sets so I could share them with my colleagues at school! What an awesome partner!

This was such a fun swap to craft for!
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396  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 13, 2011 03:41:12 PM
Oooh! I love the tarot card wrap. Your partner is brilliant for coming up with a dual purpose wrap, too Wink

Here's my Mug Rug!

I had a fat quarter bundle in my stash and I used some coordinating oilcloth for the "snack" side. For the batting, I used a felted wool sweater, because I don't plan to put the mug rug in the dryer (I wasn't sure if oilcloth could go in the dryer). I chickened out on mitered corners, so I rounded them instead.

And, here's a blurry shot of the back, but you get the idea (and maybe the blurriness hides the flaws Wink ).

Next up- the Star Swap! I'll have to fit it in between packing for vacation next week and, of course, work. But, I think I'll be able to make the deadline!
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397  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 12, 2011 01:48:13 PM
I received my items for the Inchie/ATC/Dotee Swap! craftADDchick lives right near me, so she was able to drop them off. The pictures aren't great, so I may try to take new ones tomorrow.

1 ATC- A Zentangle ATC with the initial of my first name

4 Inchies (plus an extra because I collect them in sets of 5)- Each one represents my initials: CJG (Celsius, Joule, Gauss, in binary, in Braille) and fit in with my science/geeky theme!

1 Dotee- Her face is a full moon that was cut from some celestial fabric (my name supposedly means "moon" or "goddess of the moon" in Greek... I think).

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398  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 21, 2011 02:39:31 PM
Here's #143 (unusual)! I did it in 5 shades of green because I didn't think I had enough of most of the greens (trying to use up my stash of Odd Balls) to make a whole ring. So, I made each ring two-toned. I was sweating it a bit on the outside round- I barely had enough to finish!

Somehow, I messed up the rings. First, they were not meeting in the right spots and I'm not sure how I did that. I was pretty careful when I put the chain for Ring 2 through. It wasn't a big deal- I just didn't have to drop the loop from the hook when I joined them. And then, I didn't skip a dc right at the start when I started round 3, so I was going to end up with an extra Ch 3/dc combo, which wouldn't have worked for the last round. So, I just skipped 2 stitches at the end and it all worked out fine.

The only thing that I don't like is that one of the yarns was a bit thicker so it made the 2nd ring slightly bigger. But, I don't think it's too obvious.

And now, I am really, really caught up!
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399  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 19, 2011 07:09:17 PM
Well, instead of working on grading papers, I cleaned and organized the cabinet in the bathroom. It truly needed to be done- every time I opened the door, something different fell out. Once it was finished (well, I do still need to label all of the bins), all I had time to do was crochet a motif...honest!

So, here's #118 (square). Once again, made from yarn obtained in the Little Odd Ball Swap. This is some random acrylic...

Except for the unusual motif (#143) from earlier I am caught up! I didn't have to do the triangle motif because I already have one...
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400  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 18, 2011 04:03:44 PM
Here's #3 (circle)! I used Bernat Satin that I got in one of the rounds of The Little Odd Ball Swap (from fantasticmio!). I haven't been able to find such great shades of Bernat Satin around here...

I won't have time to tackle #118 tonight. I really have been goofing off all day and need to get some things done for school tomorrow (assuming it isn't canceled due to ice). And, I just realized I still have #143 to do as well!
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