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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / David the Dragon Amigurumi on: November 08, 2014 01:54:33 PM
I'm excited to share my first original amigurumi design!  He's named after my husband, who inspired me to make him.  I love his spikes and wings!






Thanks for looking! Smiley
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES / Crocheted Dragon Dog on: November 04, 2014 03:23:12 PM


This year I crocheted my dog Freddie a dragon costume! He actually likes wearing clothes, and with the promise of a few treats posed for some pics.

I used Red Heart yarn, as it works up kind of stiff/holds its shape, a size I/9 hook, my imagination, and some trial and error.  For the look of the dragon scales, I used the crocodile stitch. 





View from the back - you can see the hat really well here:


Dragon in the wild:



I had a little fun with a photoshop app and a few photo outtakes to create a fire breathing dragon dog!





Thanks for looking! Smiley
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow Ripple Afghan on: October 17, 2014 02:27:45 PM


Hi All!  I wanted to share my Rainbow Ripple afghan.  I've been wanting to make a rainbow blanket and a ripple blanket for quite some time and finally purchased the yarn this past spring.  

It's currently queen/king sized - I wanted it to be plenty big enough for two people to share, so I made the length based on the size of a couch.  It has used almost 18 skeins of Caron Simply Soft yarn!  I may make it bigger in the future, but for now I'm done.  Smiley

I love the way it looks!!!  And it's super soft!

Also, if you are feeling generous...
click on

https://www.facebook.com/iloveyarnday/photos/a.762634567126970.1073741828.194582633932169/762634660460294/?type=1

and "like" my photo to help me win I Love Yarn Day's #fiberfavorites competition.  

Thanks!! Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Multi-Generational Afghan on: March 22, 2014 02:12:25 PM

I have a box of my Grandma's old granny squares (including her signature flower ones), and decided to piece some of them together into a full afghan. Only the center heart square is mine, and the rest were my Grandma's that I enlarged and crocheted together. I added a purple and white border, with a row of hearts.


The original squares, or varying sizes.



Using yarn of the closest color match I could find, I worked a few extra rows on each square until they were all the same size.

Afghan completed!

I used this awesome tutorial/method for a seamless joining of the squares:
http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk/2009/06/granny-square-joining-tutorial.html


A close up of the heart edging. I made all the individual hearts (132!) and crocheted them on. I'll probably never do that again, as it was a lot of work.

I got the idea from this site, but didn't follow their method:
http://www.rainbowknits.co.uk/free-pattern-line-of-hearts-crochet-edging/



Thanks for looking!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Freddie Spaghetti! on: November 14, 2013 03:51:13 AM
Thanks everyone!  He's a good dog when it comes to clothes, he actually loves to wear them.  Getting him to look at the camera is the real challenge! Smiley
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Freddie Spaghetti! on: November 10, 2013 05:48:13 AM
My husband and I were out of town for Halloween this year and didn't get to dress up, but I did have some fun dressing up my dog Freddie!

I present: Freddie Spaghetti!



I took one of his old tshirts (giraffe print) that sadly is falling apart.  For the spaghetti, I simply used an off white yellowish skein of yarn.  I used the end of the yarn skein to weave it through the holes of the shirt with a yarn needle until it was secure.  For the meatballs, I crocheted varius sized spheres and stuffed them with fiberfill, then sewed them into the "spaghetti".

So cute! Smiley



He refused to pose with our pumpkin!

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Lalaloopsy-type Doll on: September 22, 2013 12:54:34 PM
Here's my finished Lalaloopsy crocheted doll!  I made her dress and bow/headband OSU themed.  Go Bucks!





A few notes:
 - The entire body is done in cream - all clothes - dress & shoes - are made separately.

 - I crocheted button eyes, as I didn't have any actual buttons that looked right.  Also the headband is removal and I made the bow only 2 rows wide, and used two strands of yarn held together for the multi-colored look.


 - I used a size G hook, so my doll is 17 inches tall.



I love her hair!  Super soft curls!


Here's some in progress pics:

Legs & body


Q-tips I bound together and placed in neck to provide support for the large head


Completed legs, body, & head


Arms


Dress - I made this removable with the back laced up and the underskirt done in a contrasting color.


Thanks for looking!

8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate Zucchini Bread (pic heavy) on: August 13, 2013 03:43:18 AM
Ooh I'm gonna have to try this! It sounds weird but looks delicious!

It is really good!  I too thought it was an incredibly weird use of zucchini!
9  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Zucchini Bread (pic heavy) on: August 10, 2013 12:44:26 PM
To me, Craftster's about trying new things and sharing with others!

My parents' garden has an overabundance of zucchini this year, so I've been trying to find new ways to use it, as I seem to be getting a never-ending supply. Smiley

While searching for something new to make, I came across this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread (http://movitabeaucoup.com/2011/09/22/chocolate-zucchini-bread/), which sounded delicious and non-zucchini tasting.  Therefore, I decided to try it out and document the process for this challenge!

This recipe creates a really yummy baked good - with a vegetable (that makes it healthy, right?  Wink )- it's definitely a recipe worth sharing!


My zucchini inspiration

The dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, salt, cinnamon & allspice

Grated zucchini - this is most of only 1 zucchini

The wet ingredients, prior to mixing - white sugar, brown sugar, oil, eggs & vanilla

The grated zucchini is folded in - this is really the only time this looks really disgusting!

Time to add the chocolate chips!

I both Pammed and lined my loaf pan with parchment paper for easy removal once baked.

55 minutes later:

Time to cool

And finally, a slice to try!  This tastes like a combination brownie and chocolate cake.  You can't even tell there's zucchini in it.  Even my husband, who was very skeptical about the outcome, loved it!


Once again, here's the recipe: http://movitabeaucoup.com/2011/09/22/chocolate-zucchini-bread/


Thanks for looking, and enjoy!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Portrait on: August 08, 2013 04:39:44 PM
What does Craftster mean to me?  It's a place of inspiration, to learn & share techniques and ideas. Plus, it's a place to share the cool things we make with other people who appreciate and understand the time & effort involved in making these pieces.
 
For this challenge, I tried out a new technique I'd been wanting to try for a long time - a crocheted portrait.  I'd seen a few done and they always look so cool, but super complicated.  The only actual patterns I'd found were either of things I didn't want to make, or cost money to get.  I wanted a free pattern and to use my own picture!

My picture to completed crocheted portrait!

So I did a little internet research, and came across this really neat site from which you can create your own patterns for free - Stitchboard.com.  It's free to use, all you have to do is create an account.  From there, you can upload your own picture to create the type of pattern you want.  You can choose the type (crochet, cross stitch, etc), colors, number of colors, number of stitches, etc.  You definitely need to play with the settings a few times to get what you're looking for.
 
For my crocheted portrait, I started out with this picture of my dog Freddie.  I found with my random picture testing on the website that a really close up picture works the best.

I used the following pattern creator settings:
Crochet
50 stitches
3 colors - in shades of gray/black/white
 
This is how the pattern turns out.  I had it emailed to me as a pdf, which ends up being multiple pages.  So I printed a copy and cut and pasted all the parts together into one big color coded chart.  You can see where I've marked my progress and modified some of the color choices.

I pulled out black, gray, and white yarn from my stash and set to work using a H hook.  I worked the pattern starting from the bottom left hand corner of the pattern.  I used single crochet (sc) stitches, turning at the end of each row, working each row left to right, turn, right to left, turn, left to right, turn, etc.  I carried each unused yarn through my stitches as I worked, so there weren't any hanging tails that needed woven in or new color to be added.  Doing so definitely used a lot more yarn, but I wasn't concerned given the size of the piece I was making.
 
For a long time during the "creating" of this piece, it looked like nothing - just a swatch of colors in random places.  It wasn't until about halfway through the pattern that I was able to see the picture I was creating.  Overall, I was really pleased with the way it turned out, and it ended up much bigger than I had anticipated.
 
Here's my finished product!


Side by side with the original picture and pattern:

For now, I actually have this hanging on an empty wall - I hung it to try to get a decent picture.   I'd like to make a few more of these portraits and piece them all into a big afghan - maybe a family portrait blanket!
 
Another technique I considered trying is the Tunisian crochet style.  I decided against it due to the way the back would have looked - really messy.  But you could use this method and then just add a backing to hide the messy yarn ends.  Plus, I think this would give the pattern a slightly more uniform look.  Maybe next time!
 
Thanks for looking!!
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