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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New warm-weather beachy dress and bathing suit on: April 08, 2008 07:19:50 PM
This past weekend I went to my friend's engagement party at the beach, and I decided to neglect my giant essays for my Major American Writers course and make some things instead. I am a speed demon and I love crafting but I have not been doing enough recently. I made a snappy new dress and matching bikini (sadly I don't have many great pictures since  don't have a camera and I have to rely on pictures others were taking for pleasure). Anyway, I meant to make the dress longer but I accidentally trimmed the fabric so oh well, it's not indecent. I really like it, so did my friends.
Full shot with funky color:

Up close on the top pleats:

With our sandcastle:

Talking to friends (back view):

Walking in the breeze...my friend is funny...:

In the car going home:

Oh and about my crochet bikini, I have never crocheted much before, except for detailing, a hackeysack, and flowers/hair doodads. The cups sort of don't match but they are close enough. I made it all up as I went along to get the shape right. Oh, and I've heard rumors crochet bathing suits don't work for swimming but it is unlined and was great for a rough day of diving in the ocean! I want to make so many more now! I am all wet from wave swimming in these pictures, sorry there is no good shot of the bottom, but I love it!
Rockin' out (I wish my towel wasn't covering it!):

Close of the top:

Guys let me know what you think! You are all the experts, and I love feedback, especially so I can improve my future endeavors.  Cheesy
2  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / knit crochet goodie bag swap, 1 angel found! on: September 16, 2007 02:53:21 PM
Poor superhooker sent and her partner received very early, but she has yet to receive! sendouts were  july!
please help  this wonderful craftster receive some sort of fabulous package! pm me if interested. there is a gallery and active swap thread if you need inspiration, and i can give you her info.
the idea is sending a bunch of items for knitting or crocheting like needles, hooks, yarn, stichmarkers, patterns, magazines, books, etc etc.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / knit crochet goodie bag swap gallery! on: July 07, 2007 06:17:06 PM
alright! weve had some senders! lets see the goodies~
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / im a stupid organizer and entered the wrond year in feeback on: June 08, 2007 08:55:07 PM
my brain cant accept that its 07 and not 06 so when i entered feeback for the knit/crochet goodie bag swap i put 06/08/06 as the start date...
its my first time organizing and ive heard stories about being consistent to avoid having multiple entries of one swap for the same person....
i was wondering if any mod would be able to fix it to 06/08/07 in the feedbacks or if im stuck entering everyoen in 06 like an idiot?
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Knit crochet goodie bag swap - send by 7/16 on: June 07, 2007 08:51:03 PM
Swap name: knit/crochet goodie bag
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: balletfreak
co-organizer: ariaya
Sign-up date range: 6/08-6/20
Date to send item by: 7/16

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

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

All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages Smiley

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 (ariaya)

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

Details of swap:
Partners will send eachother a goodie bag filled with knit and crochet themed items....but feel free to extend this to other fiber crafts such as spinning or felting if your partner would like. It can be yarn, books, patterns, needles, hooks, accessories, knit themed items, lotion, chocolate (we all know it's vital to the creative process ). Since the swap is mostly store-bought a spending amount of 15-20 dollars set as a guideline, but you and your partner may set your own terms if you like. Also, it would be nice to craft at least one small item for your partner.

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?
Are you interested more in receiving knit or crochet items or a combination?
Are you interested more in sending knit or crochet items or a combination?
What is your knitting skill level?
Needle and hook sizes you do not need any more of:
Needle and hook sizes you need (don't have):
Yarn preferences:
Types of patterns and things you like (and dislike) to knit or crochet:
Favorite colors, general likes and dislikes:
Anything you especially would like to receive?
Anything you would not like to receive?
Other information (including allergies) you would like to share to help your partner know you and give you the best bag possible?


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


purple=sent and received
red=late, no communication
done, feedback left

koreancracker - inleh_rah
sammimag - Thecraftycat
ariaya - dizzylizzy
kurtzie - jennickell
sarantha- minanina
sunspotted - zombiecazz
fishie - beantown
thewench - miss_vicki
jesssf - catpantsbluefrue - megaknits
motleycruiser - anaoly
bluey  - tristitia
zero cool - crafty_karen1
moilulu - scotskipper402
superhooker - kazkitty
cindy_23492 - gsdbooks
danceisthenewmosh - happyhooker
frenchnewwave - rebeldaisy
pheather - baby-bumblebee
knit_north  - greenapples
bekahzzz - myklia
balletfreak - lasandri
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / little ballet skirt!! on: May 24, 2007 04:33:31 PM
this is a skirt i made for ballet, so its actually meant to be worn with a leotard and tights but i had already done ballet today and i didnt want to put my clothes back on.
i designed this myself because its really fun to wear warmups in ballet and useful too, and this is one thats light and swingy and not too hot to dance in...so it can be worn in warm summer weather!!
ive seen some skirts like this in ballet catalogues, so thats where i got the idea, but ive never seen a pattern for something like this so i made it up.
it has a ribbed fold-down top with i-cord drawstring drawn through holes in the front and back. it then flares out a bit and is bound off little by little at the bottom so it gives a nice line to the legs and is shortest in front, tapering down to the back.
and yes, it is meant to be short so its cool and you can move and see your legs (important for dance) in it.
here it is lain out before blocking to make the stockinette lie flat, which i did later...

icord drawstring tie closeup...

and various action shots (including some ballet-esque Smiley)

hope you enjoy!!! let me know what you think..input appreciated. yes it is my first time designing Smiley
and if anyone ever wants im happy to share the pattern Cheesy
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / A Dream..... on: May 19, 2007 04:16:22 PM
So i was interested in this challenge when i first saw it.  I go to craftster often, and i do a lot of crafts, but i had never made an ATC before.  Proudly, this challenge is my first whack at an ATC (not my last!).
Of course, I'm a "balletfreak" most things i make have to do with ballet. I got this idea from the infamous ballet "The Nutcracker"..but its loosely related
The girl is supposed to be sort of like Clara, who is made princess for her bravery...but its really only sort of an inspiration.

The guy is supposed to be sort of like the nutcracker prince...

And together, it says "'Are you my prince?' she asked."

But....aha a transformation! The prince becomes...

only a toy nutcracker!

So in answering...
"'Are you my prince?' she asked."        "But he was only a dream"

Thats kind of the idea behind the nutcracker, that the whole thing is not really real..(or is it)...and is only a girls dream.
After all, who doesnt want to dream of a handsome prince, especially if you are a princess of bravery!

Anways, I don't have a scanner and it took me forever to take pictures with my camera!! That's why they're so blurry!!!! I'm sorry, it was hard.

The cards are drawn on, have pictures, fabric for clothing, hair, wire/bead crowns, and calligraphy.

Let me know what you think, I hope you enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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