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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Stripe for niece on: January 21, 2012 10:22:48 AM
I made this Granny Stripe blanket for my niece.  I'm more of a knitter than crocheter.  This is the best crochet project I have done to date.

Pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-stripes-2
or: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2010/05/granny-striping.html
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Flame hat on: December 03, 2011 01:02:58 PM
For lack of a better name.  I knit and designed this hat (there are similar cable patterns, but I haven't found this exact one yet).  Needless to say big enough for a child, so there is a second attempt in the future casting on more stitches and making it a little longer.  Still, I love how it turned out and I have a child in mind to give the hat to.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ugly Christmas Sweater Swap Gallery on: November 13, 2011 12:12:54 PM
Let the ugliness begin!!!!

Sent -> Received:

BirdBones -> RhymeswOrange P
RhymeswOrange -> BirdBones P
KeenBean -> MaryColleen P
MaryColleen -> KeenBean P
myklia -> craftADDchick
craftADDchick -> myklia P

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ugly Christmas Sweater Swap 2011; 1st send 9/3;second send 11/12. CLOSED on: August 06, 2011 12:09:42 PM

Swap name: Ugly Christmas Sweater Swap 2011
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: myklia
Co-organizer: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: August 6th through August August 27th
Date to send clothing item to partner: September 3rd
Date to send completed item by: November 5th

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

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

Additional Age requirement?

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:
The ugly Christmas sweater, once the fashion item of grannies at Christmas, now the joke of the room with everyone wanting to be the one wearing the ugliest sweater.  This is one of the best I have seen:

Let us have fun making one for each other.  Here are the details:

* You will send a clothing item to your partner for them to uglify.  Could be a sweater, sweatshirt, t-shirt, etc.  I would very strongly encourage you to find a lightweight version as you have to mail this them and then they have to mail it back.  For those in the USA, flat rate boxes may help with the cost of shipping.

When you receive the clothing item, you must:

*Do five smalls.  Either add a crafted item or do alterations, but there must be a minimum of 4 crafted items added to the sweater (this could include a painted motif or embroidery, I dont consider that an alteration).  If there are 2 or more alterations you want to do, those will be extra.  Also, if you do alterations, take care not to make the item smaller, at least not without talking to your partner first.  Items should ideally be sewn on (just simple needle and thread if need be).  If you want to attach items another way, talk to your partner.

* Make an additional 4 crafted items for your partner for them to add themselves. When you get your clothing item back, must add at least 3 of them.

* What fun is a swap without the pictures at the end?  You need to take pictures or find someone in your life to take pictures for you.  Ideally we want to see a picture of YOU in your new ugly Christmas sweater, but I will accept of picture of just the ugly Christmas sweater.  Really really make an effort to get a picture of you wearing the item.

* I will make a best effort to partner people within the same country, but this can not be guaranteed.  Certainly you can choose not to ship outside your country.  If I have an imbalance, I may have to start PMing people. See my comments above.

* I will have weekly check-ins via PM.  Please keep the communication good in the thread and with each other.  I know life gets busy, so at minimum I expect you to respond to the weekly check ins and ideally have weekly, if not more often, communication with your partner.  That is what makes swaps fun, getting to know new people.

* Most important rule of: HAVE FUN!!!!


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

Name of swap: Ugly Christmas Sweater Swap 2011

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)

What is the date to send your clothing item to your partner?

Any allergies?

Any allergens in your home?

What crafts do you do?

What would your dream ugly Christmas sweater look like?

Anything your partner should know?

Your favorite Christmas memory (optional)?


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


1. myklia
2. craftADDchick
3. KeenBean
4. MaryColleen
5. BirdBones
6. RhymeswOrange
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ugly Christmas Sweater Swap!!! on: July 30, 2011 07:38:08 AM

I know all of you have always wanted a unique ugly Christmas sweater all your own.  So I think we can all help each other in creating one.  These are the details I am thinking.  I want to hear your opinions, this is not set in stone by any means.

Everyone obtains their own sweater/sweatshirt/tshirt/whatever to decorate.

You have two partners who you send 10 items to each of them and they each send 10 items to you to sew/glue/whatever on your Christmas sweater.  In the end you will have 20 items to add to your Christmas Sweater.

I am thinking starting sign ups on September 3rd and end them September 24th.  Send outs November 12th.

5 of the small items for each partner should be crafted.

Extras or more items should be discussed between partners.


What adjustments would you make to the above?

I would require people post pictures of what they receive (or make arrangements for someone to post pictures for them), but should I also require that they post pictures of the done "sweater"?  Or at least arrange the items on the clothing article of choice and take a picture if they don't have time to permanently attach them to the clothing item?  The fun of this is to see an ugly Christmas sweater.

I appreciate all of your input.

Here is some inspiration:
This is the ultimate!!!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Devil hat on: May 08, 2010 11:13:42 AM
I finally finished the devil hat my sister has been waiting for since Christmas:

The pattern:

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Granny Daughter Round 6 Gallery on: April 28, 2010 03:37:34 PM

Finally, a gallery. Smiley

Sent --> Received from you

Angelicus--> mommynat, MiLady

mommynat--> Angelicus, MiLady

MiLady--> Angelicus, mommynat, craftADDchick

fantasticmio--> koalascout

Willowe--> myklia, koalascout

myklia--> Willowe, koalascout

koalascout--> myklia, Willowe, fantasticmio

craftADDchick--> MiLady
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday April 9th, 2010 on: April 09, 2010 02:44:08 AM
I always keep forgetting to post in here, I could have posted this last week.  Oh well.  I made this for the Friends of Craftster Raffle swap.  It is superwash merino from Fiber Optic on Etsy.  It was hard to give away, so squishy and soft.  I never did name it.  I don't know, maybe "shoreline"?  You have earth and water/sky colors in there.  It is about 105 yards.  I love it.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted half apron on: April 08, 2010 05:11:16 PM
I'm posting because I love how the apron turned out and a little sad I sent if off in the Friends of Craftster Raffle swap, but I may in the future make a blanket for myself using this same idea.

For the apron I used dishcloth cotton and double stranded it and used Yarn Harlot's one row patter for the body ( http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/10/12/one_row_handspun_scarf.html - you have to scroll down a little).  I just mixed up all my scraps and partial skeins.

I hope all of you enjoy. Cheesy
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swapper under 16 on: March 28, 2010 02:26:31 PM
I have posted this here because I thought it might be useful to others.  If I should deal with a swap mod directly, please let me know.

I have a potential swapper who is 15 years old.  She has already done some swaps already.  Does she need moderator approval for each swap she is in or since she has already done swaps do I just let her in?

Also, how does that work, does she get mod approval and I take her word for it or do I contact the mods to get approval for her.

Just realized this might already be written somewhere, I'll go check.  If it is, I'll delete this.
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