Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
These were waiting for me when I got home last night. I love them all! Thanks so much everybody, and especially thanks to the organizers, what a great swap this has been!
Center: Debbie L
Top left: Elizabeth
Top right: Priscilla
Lower left: Lacey
Lower right: no tag :(
Thanks, ladies, for all your hard work.
I forgot to put my name on the tags I sent out, so if you get a piece which has a linen backing with a rose embroidered on it, that's from me, Annri - enjoy!
Thank you Adrian + Maritza for the great hot pads! and potholders swap!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Look at these georgeous potholders I got in the mail from the swap. I feel completely spoiled! What amazing little jewels!
From left to right: Ardian, Reve, Maritza, Dawn, and Erin
Thanks ladies! And a special shout out to Adrian and Maritza for putting this wonderful swap together.
They're so sweet! I love all of them; the large cotton one on the bottom right will go beautifully with my new kitchen and the rest are going to see lots of use, too!
Thanks to Sherie, Lacey, Celiae, Tiffany, and Karen--you all did such lovely work.
Also, thanks to Adrian and Maritza for putting this all together! You guys rock!!
PS: Who got mine? I'm dying to know. :)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wow! This swap has been so much fun; I loved seeing all the beautiful potholders everyone made. More info and better photos are available in my blog post.
I was lucky to receive these wonderful hotpads (from left to right, top to bottom) made by: Beth (buhnuh on Ravelry), Lynda (littleloops on Ravelry), maryse, Dawn, and Reve (on Ravelry). Thank you!!
Many thanks to everyone for making this enjoyable, and especially to our coordinators and helpers, Adrian, Maritza, and Maryse! : )
I got my hot pads last night - how wonderful and beautiful they all are. I love, love, love them.
Clockwise, from top left, these wonderful beauties were crocheted by: Leila R, Emilee, Denise R, Angi, and the center one by Debbie C. Thank you all for your delightful work - these will bring much joy to my home.
This was my first swap, of any kind, and I learned a lot, and really enjoyed doing it. I hope all of the other swappers enjoy what they made and received.
And, again thank you so much to Adrian and Maritza for organizing this, and to Adrian, Maritza and Maryse for the swapping and packing of all these delights to over 100 of us participating in this swap!
So, what's next? :-)
My potholders came from Stacie, Susan, Amy, and two others that didn't have names on them. :(
I'd love to know if I have one of yours, though!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Oooops! So, if you get a mystery PH (variegated yellow with green stripes and a daffodil), that would be me (smiling sheepishly). So sorry.
And to my mystery PH swapper (who made the pretty tan, brown, and olive green one in the pic above), leave a comment so I can properly thank you.
And a proper thank you to Birdsong, Donna, Melissa W., and Sue! They are soooo lovely, and I know I will smile every time one of them catches my eye in the kitchen, and again when they protect my hands and counters and tabletop.
I hope everyone gets their pkg. soon. Mine only had to travel from Mass. to Maine, so that's why so quick. I can't wait now for the posts sharing all the lovely PHs.
This was my first-ever swap of any kind. I guess I've learned a little bit by this experience. What I learned was that I shouldn't have agonized so much over choosing a pattern and materials. I lost a lot of time and ended up rushing at the last minute. Wasn't able to take pictures, (was putting the last stitches in as my husband drove me to the first of two post offices). I think it was probably spelled out for me somewhere, but I didn't get the message that I should label my entries.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Beautiful creations from Maritza, Pam, Reve, Beverly, and Maryse!
More details and pictures on my blog!
P.S. If you received one of my potholders, I'd love to know! I know the orange/red/teal one ended up with Beverly, but what about the other four?!?
Sunday, June 14, 2009
There were so many amazing potholders of all varieties. Many thanks to all who participated in the swap. Special thanks for following our instructions about envelopes and postage so well. You really made it all quite painless!
I'm going to be taking down the names on all the packages so that if something got lost in the mail either getting here or getting back to you, we'll at least know. The US potholders will ship back to you tomorrow. Non-US swappers, I'll be figuring postage and emailing you tomorrow. Thanks, everyone!
Maryse and Maritza, post photos!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
(Don't worry, there are 5!) I finished last week, but the extra few days were very welcome due to moving and traveling at the end of the month.
I learned SO MUCH with this swap -- the only things I've crochet before are amigurumi. So I learned: double crochet, triple crochet, folded triple crochet, standing stitches, puff stitches, bobble stitches, turning chains, working in rounds instead of spirals, and working around the posts of stitches. Whew!
It was fun to pick a pattern. I had a hard time settling on one at first. Hexagons have a lot of corners to keep track of, and most of the squares I found were either hole-y in the corners or ruffled once I got to 5 rounds. I ended up using a scalloped pattern from Ravelry. I was worried that it would be too unoriginal, but my husband pointed out that anything with lots of projects probably turns out pretty well! So I gave it my own little twist by using bobbles and triple-crochets around the post of the stitch two rows below in the fourth round becuase I LOVE BOBBLES AND PUFF STITCHES!!! Ahem.
Then I made two more potholders for us. And I might make two more as part of a wedding present. But I might take a little break first.
Everybody's crocheting is so beautiful -- I can't wait to see what I get in the mail!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
My potholders are packaged and on their way to Shelburne Falls! I really enjoyed this return to crochet. I spent a lot of time swatching, trying out color combinations and new stitches. I'm a little concerned that the outer round may be too open, but I'm hoping the double thickness will ensure that these will be functional.
Enjoy! I cannot wait to see what arrives in my mailbox!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This was a great stash-buster. All of my yarns came from my stash, and it feels nice to have used up so many half-balls and stuff. The potholders are double-sided, except for the marled pink one, which has two strands held together.
Now all I have to do is tag 'em, pack 'em up, and send 'em out! SO GLAD the deadline was extended. I was killing myself on the last one. :)
This is the first swap I have taken part in. It has been great fun watching as the group tested out different patterns, chose their colours, etc if not a little scary – who knew there could be performance anxiety for crochet! As I started to test out some problems I realised that I had a problem. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was younger, but I lived in