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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Jewish Swap (Signups closed, send out July 14) on: May 23, 2008 10:09:52 AM
Swap name: Jewish Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: TheCraftyCat
Sign-up date range: May 23 - June 6
Date to send item by: July 14 (extended from July 7)

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

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

Age requirement? 13, per Craftster rules

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

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 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:

This is a Jewish-themed swap.  We'll be swapping all kinds of crafty Judaica - jewelry, challah covers, special items for our Shabbat or seder tables, etc.

We'll be swapping one large item, or the equivalent in medium/small items.  If you're interested in swapping more than the minimum, coordinate with your partner and go for it!

As always, PM me and your partner when you send and when you receive, get a DC# if shipping within your own country, and above all have fun!

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

Name of swap: Jewish 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 13 years old (yes/no)

Is there anything in particular you would love to receive?
Anything you do not want to receive?
What crafts do you do?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens (pets, etc.)?
Would you prefer a partner who does not smoke?
Do you (or anyone in your household) smoke?
Anything else you want to share with your partner?


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


1. TheCraftyCat
2. quilted
3. AmphipodGirl
4. sophieangele
5. mamarose22
6. laughingsister
7. HSG
8. Lera-star
9. Katchoo1
10. Sheva
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / USPS prices changing (again) on: March 28, 2008 01:26:59 PM
Just saw this on the USPS web site.


Of interest to swappers:

"Priority Mail will have an average 3.5 percent savings for customers who use electronic postage or meet other requirements."  (I'm not sure if electronic postage includes automated postal centers. *hopes* )

"No change in the First-Class Mail single-piece additional-ounce price."  (But the price of the first ounce is going from 41 to 42 cents.)

"Shape-based pricing for First-Class Mail International letters, flats, and parcels."

"First-Class Mail International price groups expand from five to nine groups."

Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / What happens when a package gets returned to sender? on: March 25, 2008 06:34:22 AM
About a week ago, I sent off a swap package.  It should have been delivered yesterday.  But I tracked the package, and the USPS says:

Status: Undeliverable as Addressed

Your item was undeliverable as addressed at (time) on March 24, 2008 in (city, state, zip). It is being returned if appropriate information is available.

I copied the address straight from my partner's PM onto the mailing label, so the address is exactly what she gave me... maybe the label got ruined?

I've PM'd the organizer, who is also my partner.  What else do I need to do?  If it comes back to me, I can get a corrected address and re-send it (the postage was not cheap Sad ), but knowing the USPS, I might not even get it back at all Sad
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Subway Knitter Blog on: March 06, 2008 11:05:33 AM
I came across this blog on, of all places, the New York Times web site.


The author talks about KIP'ing, particularly on the New York and Boston subways, and also about knitting in general.  She takes pictures of people she spots knitting or crocheting on the subway.  I love her latest entry - Metro-North Railroad (which I normally take for my commute) had a meltdown two days ago, so there were a lot of people just sitting around in Grand Central Terminal waiting for service to be restored.  Her comment? "They all wish that they knew how to knit."   Cheesy

I wonder if the author is on Craftster?  Smiley
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Interesting sushi roll on: February 21, 2008 06:10:06 PM
I had the most interesting sushi roll at dinner this evening.  It's a combination I never would have thought of, but it really worked well.  This was at a restaurant, but I think I'm going to try making this at home.

It was an inside-out roll with tobiko on the outside.  On the inside - spicy tuna, and banana.

It sounds bizarre, but it really worked.  Just thought I'd share the idea, even though it's not my own work Smiley
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Woe be unto the lowly cross-stitcher on: December 18, 2007 06:53:06 PM
I stopped by my local bookstore today to pick up a couple of 2008 calendars, and while I was there, I decided to browse through the craft section.  Some types of crafts (paper crafting, woodworking) were broken out, but knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, and embroidery were all lumped together.  (Obviously, whoever came up with this system does not knit, crochet, sew, quilt, or embroider.  Roll Eyes )  There were plenty of knitting and crochet books, some quilting books, a few sewing books, and maybe one or two embroidery books that illustrated various stitches.  But cross stitch??  Not so much as a single X.

My two LYS's are just that - yarn stores.  My LNS stopped stocking cross stitch supplies a couple of years ago - now they stock needlepoint and knitting/crochet stuff.  So my only sources for cross stitch supplies and patterns are Michael's and the internet.  Sad

It just seems like half the world knits and/or crochets (ok, I knit too), but hardly anyone does cross stitch any more Sad
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Holiday Cooking Disasters on: November 21, 2007 06:25:26 PM
The Thanksgiving turkey thread bump has reminded me of a few cooking disaster stories from my family and friends.  So I figured I'd start a new thread for holiday cooking disasters.  (I searched and couldn't find a similar thread...)

Here's a Turkey Day story to start the thread:

Back when I was about 8 years old, my mother was preparing Thanksgiving dinner for 7 people.  She got a turkey, made sure it was defrosted, removed the giblets, preheated the oven to 350, put the bird in with plenty of time to cook... i.e., she did everything right.  Except...... the oven had a "mode select" knob that should have been set to "bake" but was accidentally set to "keep warm".  So the oven temp never actually got above about 150.  As dinnertime approached, Mom checked the bird, to find it was still practically raw!

We ate dinner very late that year.   Tongue
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I knitted a Dalek! on: November 17, 2007 03:18:41 PM
I participated in a Doctor Who swap a few months ago, and another participant made this awesome knitted Dalek - and was good enough to post the pattern.  I finally got around to knitting it up.

Here he is - "Dalek Yarn"  Tongue

A couple of his appendages are a bit floppy, so plainly he needs some Dalek Viagra:

(The pen is a Viagra promo item from Pfizer.  My parents are doctors, so drug promo items tend to find their way into their, and my, hands.)

I have two stuffed cats named after Doctor Who companions - Romana and Rose.  (Guess which one is which.)  They are not quite sure what to make of the Dalek...

... but K-9 seems to have him on the run.  (K-9 came to me in the aforementioned swap.)
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Provisional cast-on? on: November 02, 2007 02:03:15 PM
I have a pattern that requires me to do a provisional cast-on.  I've never done this - I've always used knitting-on.

I checked knittinghelp.com.  The video makes no sense to me, and the photo shows a cast-on edge with a line of contrasting yarn running through it - so the only thing I can think of is that you cast on with your working yarn, while holding your waste yarn alongside your left needle, so that the loops go around both the left needle and the waste yarn.  Then, when you're ready to pick up the sts and start knitting in the other direction, you just pick them up off the waste yarn.

I also searched this forum and got nowhere.

Am I even remotely barking up the right tree??   Huh  Sad

Thanks in advance!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TARDIS tissue box cover *** tutorial added *** on: September 06, 2007 07:20:03 PM
I made this for a swap.  My partner has received, so I figure it's safe to post some pics.

I'm now on the hook to make another one... DH is a huge Doctor Who fan.  Not a problem... so am I.  Wink

*** Tutorial! ***

You will need:
7-mesh plastic canvas
Blue and white worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart)
Black embroidery floss (I used DMC #310)
Yarn needle

1. Cut out four 31x38 pieces and one 31x31 piece of plastic canvas.  Cut a square hole in the center of the 31x31 piece.

2. On each of the 31x38 pieces, fill in a white rectangle 27 across by 4 tall, 2 rows from the top.  2 rows beneath that, fill in two rectangles 12 across by 6 tall.

3. On one of the 31x38 pieces (the front), add a rectangle 8 across by 6 down, 1 row under the left windowpane (this is the "free for use of public" sign).

4. Fill in all the remaining areas with blue.

5. Fill in the 31x31 square (the top) with blue.

6. On each of the 31x38 pieces, use 3 strands of black embroidery floss to add the words "Police Box" in the long rectangle at the top ("Police Public Call Box" doesn't quite fit).  Also, outline each window and add lines so that it's divided into 3 panes across by 2 tall.  (If you want, you can also outline the other panels on each side.  I didn't.)

7. Stitch the box together using blue yarn.

8. Pop it over a tissue box and you're done!

I used basketweave stitch throughout, but you can try other stitches for different textures.
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