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1  A Tale of Two Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by bethntim on: May 23, 2016 07:34:37 PM
My first attempt at a portable yarn toting bag was a disaster.  I ended up with a basket :/



It was cute and all but I wanted something portable.  Never a quitter I decided to try again and I couldn't be happier with the results

I've dubbed it the YarnAGo-as in "yarn-on-the-go"




I made a pouch inside to hold my crochet hooks as well as two pockets for scissors, stitch markers, etc....



Holds two skeins of yarn perfectly



And when I'm ready to take a break from whatever I'm working on I can tuck it safely in the bag with interference from the zipper since it's offset about an inch

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: May 23, 2016 07:30:34 PM
Hooray lindy! You are definitely the right choice, you make some drool worthy creations for sure!

Tonight there were no happy accidents or mathematical errors just sheer joy as I finally mastered my yarn bag (I've dubbed it the YarnAGo-as in "yarn-on-the-go")



I made a pouch inside to hold my crochet hooks as well as two pockets for scissors, stitch markers, etc....



Holds two skeins of yarn perfectly



And when I'm ready to take a break from whatever I'm working on I can tuck it safely in the bag with interference from the zipper since it's offset about an inch

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: May 22, 2016 06:49:55 PM
in my house there are n mistakes, just "happy accidents" (I attribute that to watching too much Bob Ross as a child) I started out to make this as a zippered bag to transport my yarn, several mathematical errors later, I ended up with this basket, the idea was to have a bag with grommets to feed the yarn through, but I'll take a basket instead
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: May 12, 2016 07:39:28 AM
WOW everyone!  Fabulous work as always, I love that we are so diverse and not afraid to step outside our comfort zones.  I told my husband I'm going to hang up my crochet hooks soon in pursuit of another genre. 
MAKE ALL THE THINGS!
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5  Steel Magnolias inspired birthday care package in CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES by bethntim on: May 08, 2016 07:24:37 AM
"It is going to be a great PAH-TEE!"
Do you have a friend that you can speak almost entirely in movie quotes and song lyrics?  My girl, Vanessa, and I absolutely LOVE the movie Steel Magnolias and we always try to interject one line from the movie in every convo we have.  She lives in Canada and me in Florida so birthdays are celebrated virtually.  This year I decided to let her have a Steel Magnolias inspired birthday.  Complete with her favorite Southern Belles. 
I made cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers for her.
The cupcake picks feature the pictures of our favorite Southern Belles, I printed them out on cardstock, and glued them to pink construction paper (after all, pink is Shelby's signature color)
Then on Microsoft Publisher I designed the cupcake wrappers to feature armadillos (a la Jackson's groom cake)
I was going to include a box of red velvet cake mix and a can of white icing with a tube of black icing to mix together to make grey icing but I wasn't sure about regulations of mailing food to our neighbors to the north.  She'll have to supply that herself
Cost for the project (no receipt)
Cardstock: $3
Construction paper: $1
Bamboo skewers: $1
TOTAL: $5
Not too shabby
While this may not be her most practical gift, I sure hope it's her funniest



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6  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: May 07, 2016 04:03:56 PM
I made a bow tie for my coworkers new dog, Auggie. Auggie Doggie. he's too cute for words!
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: April 10, 2016 05:18:42 PM
I LOVE the peacock patch alwaysinmyroom, and I've never attempted a crochet basket but you may have just kicked me in the butt to inspire me!

I crocheted a peacock feather but had no idea what to do with it when I was done.  I thought about a headband with matching diaper cover for a baby, or maybe making it into a wreath. 

Here's the link to the pattern:
http://www.diysmartly.com/peacock-feather-applique-free-pattern-video-tutorial/

and here's my feather:
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: April 09, 2016 08:44:54 PM
I'm sure you guys are sick of seeing hats as much as I'm sick of making them but I feel like I hit a milestone tonight.  31 of the 100 hats are finished!  It may seem like I still have a long ways to go BUT if I make each of these in triplicate that'll give me 93 and I think that will be sufficient Smiley
Months of planning, prep, and perspiration went into these.  And on Memorial Day Weekend I hope I can fulfill my goal (and obligation to my friend)
It's hard to come up with new ideas and not being a huge "gamer" was even harder (that was the theme she chose).  So that meant many hours of Pinterest searching (my favorite time wasting activity) and "winging it"
Enjoy!
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are meaty Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: April 01, 2016 09:41:33 PM
I have cracked up all day over the Spam posts!  y'all are hilarious !
congrats on the lil pooper freakie geekie!

I made Finn and Jake from Adventure Time

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10  BB8 Hat-with tutorial!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: April 01, 2016 06:52:32 AM
I just love this little guy and now you can make one of your very own!

Gather your supplies:
size H (8mm) crochet hook
white yarn
orange yarn
black yarn
grey yarn
Stitches used: Half double crochet (HDC), and double crochet (DC)
this hat is not worked in rounds, it is joined after each row, the first ch 2 of each row counts as the first double crochet heretoforward

Round 1: Starting with white yarn, and magic circle, make 8 half double crochets, pull tight and slip stitch into top of first HCD (I start all my hats with a HCD magic ring because it creates less of a "pointed cone-head look" on the finished hat)
Round 2: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around, join at top of ch 2 (16 stitches)
Round 3: ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 1, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (24 stitches),  fasten off white yarn
Round 4: (Switch to grey yarn) ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 2, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (32 stitches)
Round 5: ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 3, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2, fasten off grey yarn (40 stitches)
Round 6: (switch to white yarn) ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 4, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2, fasten off white yarn (48 stitches)
Round 7: (switch to orange yarn) ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc 5, 2 dc in next stitch, dc 5, 2 dc in next stitch, dc 5, dc in next stitch, switch to white and dc with white yarn in same stitch as last stitch with orange (this is where the natural increase was, we're just doing it with 1 orange stitch and 1 white stitch), dc with white yarn in next 5 stitches, dc with white yarn into next stitch, switch to orange yarn and dc in same stitch (another half white/half orange increase) continue with orange yarn, *dc 5, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches), fasten off orange yarn
Round 8-12: (switch to white yarn) ch 2, dc each stitch around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches)
Round 13: ch 2 dc in next 26, switch to orange, dc in 3, switch to white, dc in 1, switch to orange, dc in 2, switch to white, dc in 14, switch to orange, dc in 9, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches)
Round 14: ch 2 dc in next 26, switch to orange, dc in 3, switch to white, dc in 1, switch to orange, dc in 2, switch to white, dc in 11, switch to orange, dc in 3, switch to grey, dc in 1, switch to orange dc around to end, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches)
Round 15: (switch to grey) ch 2, dc in each stitch around to end, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches), fasten off yarn, weave in ends
NOW, the hat is done but our little buddy still needs his lenses!
Larger lens:
Round 1: (black yarn) 8 HDC in magic ring, pull tight and slip stitch into top of first HCD
Round 2: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around, join at top of ch 2 (16 stitches)
Round 3: ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 1, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (24 stitches), fasten off and attach to the front of the hat
using a scant amount of grey yarn, place a french knot (see pic for placement) on large lens
Smaller lens: (black yarn) 8 HDC in magic ring, pull tight and slip stitch into top of first HCD, fasten off
(grey yarn) 8 single crochets in magic ring, pull tight and slip stitch into top of first single crochet.  Attach to smaller black lens and sew onto hat
TADA!  You're done!!
Any questions, lemme know!
Peace and Blessings
Beth
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