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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Really simple mini crochet sweaters on: October 13, 2008 02:51:08 AM
Using the mini sweaters pattern from marcisenders.typepad.com, I have now made about a billion(!!!) of these little things.

With my 2mm crochet hook for sizing. 

They are a really really simple and quick stashbuster that any novice like myself will enjoy : )
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rag doll bunny on: May 19, 2008 04:46:12 AM
I was asked by my cousin to make a ragdoll for her newborn (Lily), something babysafe and kooky.
After brainstorming with a cup of tea, little strawbunny was made.

Her frock is joined at the back with fat ribbon, and so is removable for being given to baby Lily.
Looking at the pic the eyes look a bit evil, but are really honestly very unevil irl!
Quite fancy making myself one now!  Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Simple heat/cooling pad on: February 27, 2008 09:35:47 AM
After having lower back pain for ages I decided I needed to craft something helpful.
Using a scrap of cotton I made a little pocket for the rice (wholegrain rice with a pinch of nutmeg and allspice, smells yummy!) and with my current very favourite cotton print- made a little cover for it all.

The cover was made in an evelope style but I put the two openings too far apart and spent the best part of twenty minutes turning the air blue whilst attempting to turn the damned thing! The idea was to have a removable cover for ease of washing, but it looks like I'll be making a new one that doesnt require the strength of a thousand men to turn the right way!

Its worked a charm, but Im not sure if it was the heat pack or the biscuits!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yet another calorimetry on: February 27, 2008 08:28:59 AM
This is a first for me, Ive followed a pattern!

As I attempted a calorimetry a few months ago which turned out to be big enough to wrap around my head more than once and was frogged straight away, this time I used 4mm needles and rowan pure wool dk and its turned out just fine. There are one or two mistakes (!) but as I made it for myself, I'll live with it!

The buttons is from my nan, who donated over 3000 buttons to me not so long ago. Im predicting there will be many button related craftyness in the not so distant future.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Infinity dress on: February 25, 2008 10:33:26 AM
Using the tute from http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0 I used some stretch poly knit? fabric I got from the 1 table at the local overpriced fabric shop.

(closeup of the super bargain fabric)

It took me less than twenty minutes to make, I decided on the asymetric skirt rather than the round one. I made the waistband a bit longer so it could be used to cover my boobs better when worn higher up.

Im really proud of it, but with me being pear shaped it makes me look huge and highlights my hips (Im only weenie!).  Sad
I'll be putting this in the 'disaster box' to be used in future crafting efforts.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Harry the cushion monster on: February 25, 2008 07:31:23 AM
I found I needed a bit of support for my back and shoulders while knitting/reading/sewing/crochet/watching tv on the sofa. I remembered a support pillow that my nan had, and thought- i'll make me one of those devils.

I used some cotton knit fabric I got from the local overpriced fabric shop on sale for 1 a metre, folded it in half, sewed along the edges and put a zipper in. (The pillow its stuffed with is made from some curtain lining I found in my stash and the insides of three pillows I got from my mum but didnt have use for).

Its only when I put the zip in (first time zipper, I was so excited I called my nan!) I realised he needed a face. So a ribbon from a Lush package became his tongue (knotted onto the zipper), circles cut from felt became his eyes and some wonky triangles became his teeth.

Let me introduce Harry. He can be folded in half to be used as a footstool, or propped up behind me to support my shoulders and back, cuddled in bed when my other half is away and used as a rockinghorse by small children.

Dreadful pic, but you get the idea.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pjs to a pillowcase on: February 21, 2008 07:31:22 AM
My partner had a pj set given to him over 10 years ago by his grandfather, who sadly passed away 3 years ago. My partner finally decided to throw the pjs away after not being able to fit into them for many moons! But when I opened the bin and saw little Gromits face peering up at me, I didnt have the heart to let them go forever. I washed them and put them in my 'to do' box/room. Realising Id forgotten about valentines day, I saw the pjs out of the corner of my eye and decided to put them into good use.
I cut the sides, neck and arms off of the top and fashioned it into a pillow case, making the pants (plain navy) into a seperate pillow case to go underneath the printed one. And was a bit blah about what I had made, until the MIL shows up and comments on the pillow, sat looking pretty on the partners computer chair, I tell her the little story about how it came to be, and she promptly starts crying and stroking my face for a good 20mins.

The partner was really happy with his little gift, seeing as them pjs meant a lot to him, and uses it everyday.

How could you let this little face end up on a landfil!

I like how soft the fabric is, and how vintagy (if thats even a word) the fabric looks from being washed and worn regularly.
Such a simple idea, with a whole lot of meaning!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another washcloth! on: February 21, 2008 06:51:26 AM
I had rhinoplasty 10days ago, and had a mountain of books to get through to keep me occupied (i.e out of trouble!), but it turns out that reading makes me feel sick and dizzy, so out came the crochet hook and an obnoxious ball of wool and another washcloth was made (one of about 20, but this ones my favourite, the colours cant help but make you smile- or make your eyes bleed!)

Looks really wonky here, but irl its straight but has a habit of curling madly. (sorry for the fuzziness)

The pics dont do the colours justice, theyre super bright and the yellow is almost orange. Anyways, I like it!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wash Cloth on: January 24, 2008 09:50:12 AM
This might not seem like much, but this is the first thing that Ive crochet'd that:
 a; is useful
 b; isnt from the ball of wool Im using to teach myself different stitches (once Ive figured out what Im doing, I frog the lot and start a new stitch).

(just to show off my almost neat stitches)

Id show a pic of my proud smug face, but have been drinking Ribena and am now sporting a Ribena smile!

I think its SC, but I kind of did what looked right whilst on a 20min bus journey to my mums.

Thank you for looking

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 5 minute ipod cozy on: January 24, 2008 05:01:46 AM
After my shop bought (hangs head in shame) ipod case died a tragic death, my poor ipod was getting very cold in this awful weather and needed something warm and cozy.

I drew around my ipod leaving a 2cm seam allowence, and cut out the shape in green felt and leopard print plush fur.  Verbally abused my sewing machine until it decided to sew the felt and fur together. Added a cute button from my stash (from a jacket my Nana made me when I was wee).
And there you go, the easiest ipod cover known to man- that saves the screen from being bashed with whatever is in my handbag at the time.

Thank you for looking.
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