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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / BooshSwap4 Gallery on: January 08, 2008 02:00:49 AM
C'mon then...let's see the goods!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I want to make this dress and need a pattern/fabric on: December 21, 2007 06:24:51 AM
Hi guys,

I've just seen this dress on the Topshop website

However, there is one problem. It's 70! That's $140 in US money.

It looks like a totally do-able pattern and I was just wondering if anyone had seen one like it? I reckon I could probably work most of it out but I'd rather save myself the fuss to be honest.

Also - has anyone seen fabric like this online? Preferably somewhere that ships to the UK.
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / MIGHTY BOOSH swap round 4. [Sign-ups 1st-18th December 2007] [Send 21st January] on: December 01, 2007 05:06:12 PM
Come with us now on a journey through time and space...to the world of the Mighty Boosh.

Swap Details

Swap name: The Mighty Boosh (round 4)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Kathleenalice
Sign-up date range: 1st December 2007 - 15th December 2007
Date to send item by: 21st January 2008
This swap is not restricted to people who all live in the same country.
All ages allowed to participate, but I think much of the Boosh is 15+ so if you're under 15 please ask your pet adult for permission.

Are you aware that there are over seventeen mirrors in the mirror-world?
Do they call you the midnight barber?
Have you looked deep into the parka?
Have you appeared on the cover of Cheekbone?
Are you as edgy as a satsuma?
Have you been to the crunch?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes then this here is the swap for you, sir! Oh, yes.

You should expect to be crafting one large, one medium and one small item. You can of course negotiate on this with your partner. I totally understand that this is either a busy time or a really relaxed time for most people, so if you want to do a smaller or bigger package than this, just let me know and I'll try to match you with someone else who wants to do that size of package.

Here's a link to the discussion thread:

Rounds one, two and three are here:

Requirements for the swap organiser (Kathleenalice)

I, Kathleenalice, confirm that I meet the following conditions:
I have fully read the Swap Info Guide.
I have successfully completed two swaps as a participant.
I am not organizing more than three swaps right now.
I will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants.

I 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

Questionnaire for participants

The standard Questions

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?

Booshy Questions (with quite a lot of help from loudxmouse)

Favorite sketch?
Vince or Howard?
Favorite other characters?
Favorite outfit (poncho, mirrorball suit, Hawaiian shorts):
Favorite song:
Favorite quotes:
Are you possessed... by a twat?:

General questions

What other things do you love?
What crafts do you do?
What crafts do you admire?
What colours do you love or hate?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have anything in your house which someone might be allergic to (such as pets)?
Do you have a wist or a blog or a myspace or a personal website or anything like that?
Are you happy with one large, one medium and one small item or would you like to do something bigger or smaller?
Anything else your partner needs to know (age, size etc.)?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
14  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / One angel needed for Punk Swap - FOUND! on: November 30, 2007 05:49:25 AM
Unfortunately, we have a definate flaker Sad

Raindrop40118's partner has not been heard from since send-outs, which is a bit of a nasty introduction to the world of swapping.

She likes Fall-out boy, Hinder, Good Charlotte and would love to receive anything strange and unusual (but not pink!). She loves punked out dolls and goth, dark things.

The original thread is here:
And the gallery is here:

Please PM me if you want to angel.

ANGEL FOUND! Tanzie (who broke her arm halfway through this swap and had to send a hlaf-package) is going to step up and craft for Raindrop40118.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cute floppy hat - with instructions on: November 04, 2007 10:55:01 AM
I'm so pleased with this hat. The idea came to me yesterday (I had some lovely yarn that needed using up, and it's getting cold here) and I worked it out as I went.

I'm really pleased with this, because it's quite rare that I make something completely for myself, and this is so me - it has my favrouite colours in it and I think it actually suits me. AND it goes perfectly with my favourite handbag, my lovely new tweedy shoes and my tweedy winter jacket. So yay for that.

Here's the pictures. Can you tell I'm pleased with myself?

And the instructions...

First of all - please let me say that these will be instructions, not a pattern, because I am woefuly dyslexic and have never managed to learn to read proper patterns, so I can't write them either.

If anyone wants to translate this into a real pattern, be my guest!

That said, even an almost completely useless knitter like me could make this hat - it's really straightforward and it would probably only take you advanced knitters about half an hour to knock up - I think it took me about 2 hours.

I used 6mm needles (yes, I'm a cheat - but knitting on huge needles is so rewarding) and some random yarn from my stash. I'm not sure what it's called. I'm sorry. I can check in the shop this week if anyone wants me to.

OK, so here we go...

Cast on 40 stitches.

You then want 4 rows of ribbing (knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2 etc. to the end of the row).

Then knit a row.
Next, purl a row, increasing by 10 stitches at evenly spaced intervals (purl 2, increase, purl 4, increase, purl 4, increase, etc.)

Repeat this (knitting a row normally then purling a row increasing by 10 at evenly spaced intervals) until you have 110 stitches.

Then do 4 rows (knit, purl, knit, purl) without any increases.

Now you need to do the same as you were doing before, but backwards, so knit a row, then purl a row descreasing (by purling 2 stitches together) by 10 stitches at even intervals.

Keep going with this til you're down to 10 stitches. Then knit every 2 stitches together, til you're left with 5 stitches.

Finally, cut off your yarn and thread it through (with a crochet hook) the loops that are left on the needle and knot it off.

Then you can sew up the edge.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A favour to ask from baby clothing makers on: November 04, 2007 10:00:39 AM
Hello lovely ladies - could one of you do me the biggest of favours and tell me the rough measurements for cardigan for a 6 month old baby? I'm trying to work up a pattern but don't have access to the baby it's being made for. I promise I'll post pictures and pattern when I'm done.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Looking for an intarsia chart of a rabbit! on: November 01, 2007 03:31:43 PM
Hi everyone.

I started knitting a baby blanket for my cousin, who's due her first at Christmas, months ago but I've only done the bottom. I've been waiting for inspiration for the central design but I've now settled on a bunny. Can someone help me find a chart?

The space is 80 stitches across, and it can be as high as you like.

Or if not a bunny - anything you think might work! Maybe a cat or something.

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Punk swap gallery on: October 26, 2007 03:25:46 AM
Come on then...two people have already sent out so let's see your goodies!

The original thread's here:

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Necklace on: October 18, 2007 11:50:36 AM

I was inspired by a project in the new 'Let's Knit' magazine I picked up at the train station earlier this week and I'm really pleased with how this turned out, so I thought I'd share. I always thought these would be really difficult and time-consuming but I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly it came together. I broke one of the needles on my overlocker last night at 10pm and did this between then and going to bed
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mighty Boosh round 4? on: September 15, 2007 05:46:04 PM
I've just looked and it's been ages since there was a booshswap. And what with the new series coming very very soon...who fancies celebrating that in swap form?

previous swappy goodness...

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