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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / Crochet Mama on: October 07, 2010 09:52:03 PM

I've wanted to make a granny square pixel art blanket for a while, and I've always wanted to enter a Craftster Challenge, so here I am, killing two birds with one stone! Smiley

I started by hand-drawing my pattern in MS Paint - a pixellated version of Mama.  I placed her on a purple gingham background to keep with the Mama "feel". 

I wanted a nice soft blanket - to make sure it got plenty of use - so I chose to use Caron Simply Soft yarn and a size “G” crochet hook.  I was limited by the available colors of yarn, so there isn't as much shading as I would have liked.  After gathering the yarn, I had to edit the pattern to reflect what I had.

Then I crocheted.  I crocheted and I crocheted and I crocheted.

To help keep count and to keep myself organized, I bundled the granny squares into groups of 10, tying them by the yarn tails.

Then I sewed a little,

and finally, I got this:

Detail shot:

My wonderful new Crafting Mama blanket measures approximately 45" x 60".

In all, this project took over 100 hours.  About 3 hours making and editing the pattern, about 80 hours of crocheting more than 1000 1.5" granny squares, and nearly 40 hours to sew it all together and weave in ends.  I started the day Craftster Challenge #55 was announced, and just finished today.  Thanks for looking!

[edited 10/13 to put image of final project first]
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Zelda Thing Swap GALLERY! on: September 22, 2010 10:59:13 AM

Original thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358018.0

Here's a nice little gallery for the One Tiny Zelda Thing Swap!

Sent and Received
Sending late with communication
Contact me!
Feedback given

AmberMoony <--> Lady Lovecraft
IdlersDesign <--> Shy
NightOwl21 <--> h-chan
ecogeek* <--> Kanawinkie
mama24boyz <--> ScorchKnights
CartoonJunkie <--> Crying Goddess
Distant_Twilight <--> Rousseline
bananasandhair <--> BunnieBard
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sheik Scarf (Legend of Zelda) with chart! on: September 02, 2010 12:53:10 AM
I made a Sheik scarf for a Zelda swap, and wanted to share it here!

I started by making a 5' long white scarf in stockinette stitch, then I used duplicate stitch to put the Eye of Truth symbol on it.  That's the symbol on Sheik's tabard.

Here is the chart I used:

More detailed instructions - including the scarf pattern - can be found here http://raisingganon.blogspot.com/2010/08/sheikah-scarf.html
I figured the knitting board on Craftster would already know how to knit a basic scarf, and the chart was the important part!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dumbledore Amigurumi on: September 02, 2010 12:44:26 AM
I was recently in a Harry Potter swap (round 8, in fact) and I made an amigurumi of my partner's favorite character: Dumbledore!

It was my first time making up my own pattern, and my first non-animal amigurumi!  I'm trying to write a real pattern for it, and it's being tested now.  I will update this thread when the pattern is done, thank you for your patience (and many thanks to my lovely pattern testers!)
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Legend of Zelda digital art on: August 28, 2010 11:38:38 PM
I was recently in a Zelda swap, and I made the following pieces for my partner's wall:

I also made some Lon-Lon Milk bottle labels (sized for a baby bottle) but with extra backs so they can be put on larger bottles.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to have the in-game style label or more stylized versions... or in vEnglish or Hylian... so I just did them all! XD

I wanted to share the labels, so I made all of them into PDF files which I then put in a ZIP file available here:
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Zelda Thing Swap (CLOSED) on: August 28, 2010 11:04:39 PM


Swap name: One Tiny Zelda Thing
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: AmberMoony
Sign-up date range: August 29, 2010 - Sept 10, 2010
Date to send item by: Oct 1, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

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

Additional Age requirement? 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 the Legend of Zelda games?  Then this is the swap for you!  This is a "One Thiny Thing" style swap, so please keep your item under 4".  This is a medium item (2 point) swap. 
If you wish to send extras, please discuss it with your partner first! 
General guidelines for the point system are as follows:
Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

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

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Favorite game(s):
Least favorite game(s):
Favorite character(s):
Least favorite character(s):
What crafts do you do?:
What crafts would you like to receive?:
Is there something specific you would like to receive?:
Is there anything you DO NOT want to receive?:
Favorite color:
Do you have any allergens in your home?:
Do you have any allergies?

What is your... (list only what you would like to receive)
shirt size?
preferred bracelet length?
preferred necklace length?

Do you agree to post in the thread at least once per week and hold off on sending until your partner has checked in? YES/NO
Do you agree to post pictures of the package you receive in the gallery thread? YES/NO
Do you agree to get a DC# (US) or shipping receipt (international) when sending? YES/NO
Do you have a wist or other website?
Is there anything else you want your partner or the organizer to know?

Please include "One Tiny Zelda Thing" in the subject of any PM you send me.

This is my first time organizing a swap, so please do not be afraid to let me know if there is anything I should be doing differently!  Happy swapping~


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


1.  AmberMoony
2.  IdlersDesign
3.  NightOwl21
4.  ecogeek*
5.  mama24boyz
6.  Lady Lovecraft
7.  CartoonJunkie
8.  Kanawinkie
9.  Crying Goddess (Welcome, first-time swapper!)
10. h-chan (Welcome, first-time swapper!)
11. Distant_Twilight
12. Shy (Welcome, first-time swapper!)
13. bananasandhair
14. ScorchKnights (Welcome, first-time swapper!)
15. Rousseline (Welcome, first-time swapper!)
16. BunnieBard


Sent and Received
Sending late with communication
Contact me!
Feedback given

AmberMoony <--> Lady Lovecraft
IdlersDesign <--> Shy
NightOwl21 <--> h-chan
ecogeek* <--> Kanawinkie
mama24boyz <--> ScorchKnights
CartoonJunkie <--> Crying Goddess
Distant_Twilight <--> Rousseline
bananasandhair <--> BunnieBard
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Zelda Thing on: August 09, 2010 09:06:37 PM
I know we're looking at a full-on Zelda Christmas swap around the new year (thanks in advance, DizzerSpinninRound), but we need something to tide us over!

I'm taking DizzerSpinninRound's idea for a OTT swap and running with it.  Granted, I've never organized a swap before, but I think a OTT swap is a good place to start, right? 

So... who's in for a OTZT (One Tiny Zelda Thing) swap?  I'm thinking sign-ups September 1-15, sendouts mid-October?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Baby Afghans on: February 11, 2010 03:41:52 PM
One of my pregnant friends and I want to swap blankets for our babies-to-be, but I don't seem to have any good patterns that aren't very plain, or very girly (ruffles and flowers just won't do for boy babies!)  So far, the only one that I remotely like is the Lion Brand Tree of Life baby-sized blanket.

Do you have any suggestions for a nice baby blanket or afghan pattern?
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