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1  Re: Candytot Crochet in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by hudelei on: January 06, 2006 09:08:54 AM
I don't have Candy Tots, but I did the baby Uggs from Candy Babies:




I love them - they're supposed to be a gift for my niece's new baby, but they haven't made it into the mail yet - I just keep admiring them.   Cheesy

Mary

I was just looking at those boots the other day wondering if I should try to make them as a baby gift for a friend of mine.  The result looks great, but what's the scoop?  Were they a pain to make?  Did you use the Berroco suede   and whatever other yarn they called for or substitute something else?
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2  Choker scarf thingie tutorial in Crochet: Completed Projects by hudelei on: November 22, 2004 10:00:07 AM
I was looking at scarves at the Urban Outfitters site the other day and came across what looked to me like the quickest scarf ever:

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=6194&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=77&iSubCat=88&iProductID=6194

I liked it and decided to give it a try, despite the fact it was clearly knit and not crocheted.

I crocheted a strip, and kept wrapping it around my neck to see how long it should be (Urban Outfitters kindly provided the dimensions of theirs, but I took no chances).  When I got to the point where I needed a buttonhole, I skipped two sc in the middle of the row, chaining two in that spot instead.  Then on the next row I sc into those chains, and that gap became the button hole.  I made a ruffly edge, attached the flower I made, and here it is:



The buttonhole seems to gape there because I wanted it to show in the picture.  It actually is behaving pretty well so far through the rigors of buttoning and unbuttoning.



The buttonhole side



The flower side

I would say if you were tempted to try to crochet or knit this for yourself (and something I'll keep in mind when I do my next one) is how much height the lacy edging will add to the thing.  I have a pretty short neck and so while I thought I had allowed for the edging, I had actually made the center portion just a few stitches too wide.  I sort of like how it looks on, but sometimes I look at it and think that little lace measurement problem has taken it from Urban Outfitters to Elizabethan.

The good news is that this is about an evening's work, and didn't take much yarn either.  I may make a few as stocking stuffers, since this choker scarf thing is so quick and a little different.
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3  Re: Muffs, with added tutorial in Crochet: Completed Projects by hudelei on: November 05, 2004 07:29:27 AM
I've made two of these furry crocheted muffs now, so I think I can walk you through it.

Materials needed:
yarns:  one chunky velour or chenille yarn; two strands eyelash yarn
hook:  size H (or whatever size gives you a fairly tight fit to the thickness of yarns you have)
other:  two large beads with hole big enough for a crocheted chain of your yarns to pass through

Instructions:
1.  Holding all three strands together and using a fairly small hook, make a chain approximately 11 inches long.  Now test it out.  See if you would like the opening to the finished piece to be larger or smaller. 

Tip:  If you intend to line it with fabric or put a pocket inside or something, you need a slightly larger length of chain.

2.  Join last chain to the first chain with a slip stitch, forming a loop. 

3.  Single crochet in each stitch of the chain in the loop, marking the first stitch and joining the last sc to the first sc with a slip stitch. 

Tip:  Count how many stitches you have (this is handy because with these fuzzy eyelash yarns, it's easy to lose your place, skip stitches, add stitches, etc; marking the first stitch of each round and counting the number of stitches saves the hassle later of finding your work is expanding or shrinking hideously).

4.  Check the size of the loop again and be sure you like it (I do not like unraveling three strands of fuzzy yarn worked together because I end up with a horrible tangly mess; better to check now than decide you hate it ten rows down the line).

5.  Repeat step three until muff is desired length (or eyelash runs out -- in my case, the eyelash yarns always run out at about the right length of muff if I start with the usual 50g balls).

The black muff in the picture is about 6" wide and 10" long (and will be lined, etc., so it's a bit roomy).

6.  Make a wrist strap:  Make a chain approximately 15-16 inches long.  Thread one of the beads onto the chain, leaving it somewhere in the middle of the chain.  Double the chain over.  Thread the second bead onto BOTH ends of the chain and sew the loose ends to the muff on one end.  The bead with both sides of the chain running through it should slide up and down the wrist strap to tighten it and loosen it, while the other should keep the sliding bead from ever being able to escape.

Variation:

I made one out of two strands of white Kitten mohair and two strands of Schachenmayer Brazilia and found that with those yarns, the little holes between and around stitches showed a lot more than in the black one that was made made with a thick velour-type yarn and two eyelashes.  The black one came out so dense that I actually tested a piece of red fleece on the inside as a lining and it didn't show through.  The white one was a different story.  I'll absolutely have to line it, if I want it to be warm (I haven't done that yet) and decided to decorate it. 

I have basically no embroidery supplies and even fewer skills, so I just took some brown crochet thread and a needle and sewed some rough branches onto the outside of the muff.  Turns out embroidering on eyelash is kind of a pain, but the results don't look too bad.  Then I used some Japanese mohair in a pink orchid color to put little buds on some of the branches and attached three 3-D crochet flowers to the branches in a couple of other places.  The effect is sort of like those cherry blossom paintings (or it was supposed to be).

I made the flowers like this:
1.  ch 4; join with sl st to form a ring
2.  ch 1; sc 10 times in ring; sl st to beginning ch
3.  (ch 2; sk 1 sc; sl st in next sc) around, which should give you five little ch-2 loops
4.  sl st into the first ch-2 loop; ch 2 and then 4 dc in the loop; ch 2 and sl st in the same loop to finish the petal; sl st into next ch-2 loop and repeat procedure.
5.  Can you find the skipped sc back in step three?  It should be at the bottom center of each of the five petals you've just made.  You want to sl st into the back loop of that skipped sc (or frankly, poke into anything in roughly the right spot and the flower won't be too warped) then ch 3, and sl st in the next skipped sc.  You should end up with five loops again, just as in step 3, except they will be ch-3 loops.
6.  sl st into the first ch-3 loop; ch 2 and then 7 dc in the loop; ch 2 and sl st in the same loop to finish the petal; sl st into next ch-3 loop and repeat procedure.  Finish off and weave in ends.




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4  Re: Muff in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by hudelei on: November 05, 2004 07:15:56 AM
I just crocheted another muff and it came out kind of funky.  On the black one I made, I used a really thick sort of velour yarn and two strands of eyelash and you can't see the stitches at all, but with the mohair and eyelash combo I used for this white muff, they were all clearly visible and it didn't look as furry.

So I decided to play around.

The sad bits of embroidery you see are me trying to imitate that sort of cherry blossom motif you see in Asian art and pottery.  The flowers are a little poofy to be cherry blossoms, but there's a vague resemblance.

I still need to line it because those little holes are going to be seriously cold!



I'm about to put a tutorial up for making the black one in the crochet section.  I posted a pic a while back and someone asked for a more detailed set of instructions, and I'm just getting around to it now.  I've got my act together now and so will post it today, if you're interested.
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5  Re: Scarf Swap part Deux in The Swap Gallery by hudelei on: November 02, 2004 06:19:36 AM
I got my scarf from Tempost in yesterday's mail!  Woohoo!  It's gorgeous and soft and the colors are so much nicer than they show in my photo.  I got cold last night and was wearing it with my pajamas, which looked very silly, but I told myself I was breaking it in.  Thanks so much!  I am going to love wearing it!



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6  Re: dream dust? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by hudelei on: November 01, 2004 03:59:43 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions!

My friend actually bought it in Abilene, Texas at someplace called Herban Renewal.  There's a website listed on the label, but it's defunct (not sure if that means the shop is or that they abandoned the idea of a web presence).  The little tag tied to the neck of the bottle (which it's a miracle I still have!) says that the contents are cornstarch, tricalcium phosphate, and essential oils.  I'm guessing that the tricalcium phosphate is an anti-caking agent of some kind.

I have been poking around and looking at all the herbs like lavender and chamomile that you can buy already powdered ... this could turn out to be a really  clever and easy Christmas gift idea (or another one of my weird ideas that doesn't pan out, but hey, I get points for trying).

Anyway, here's a pic of the original Dream Dust from Herban Renewal in Abilene.  Isn't the shaker gorgeous?  I am a wee bit behind with my silver polishing (ahem) so forgive the tarnished shaker top.





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7  Muffs, with added tutorial in Crochet: Completed Projects by hudelei on: October 28, 2004 02:12:33 PM
I am almost finished making myself a muff as a glam accessory for winter.  This is what it looks like:





What I did was simply crochet a tube for my hands (a muff is a warm, usually furry tube people use to keep their hands warm in winter instead of gloves or mittens, in case you missed the last time muffs got popular, which was the 70s, I think; they've been around since at least the 19th century though).  I used one strand of a pretty chunky black chenille and two strands of eyelash (in this case, Schachenmayer Brazilia).  I used a single crochet stitch with a fairly small hook for the yarn I was using to minimize the holes.

I remember vaguely that my muff as a little girl had a neck cord to keep it on when you pulled your hands out, but I decided that would drive me nuts.  Instead what I did was make a wrist cord and tried to come up with a way to make it possible to loosen and tighten it.  I ended up making a chain of the chenille, threading a big wooden bead onto it, then folding the chain in half.  The big bead stays on the loop end; meanwhile I took the two loose ends of the chain and put another big bead on both of them.  I attached it to the side of the muff and now the one bead slides up and down the two chains and the other big bead will prevent it from ever escaping.

I was just read on another thread about muffs that has sprung up in the Clothing section that some people have been lining theirs with fleece, so as soon as I lay my hands on some black fleece, that's the next step, I think.



***Mosey on down the thread a bit and I've added more detailed tutorial.
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8  Re: Muff in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by hudelei on: October 28, 2004 02:03:50 PM
A search at Nordstrom's turned up five muffs:

http://search.nordstrom.com/SearchResults.asp?KeyWord=muff&CatID=&go.x=21&go.y=22

I also just took a pic of the one I'm working on.  Unlined as of yet and I just finished weaving in ends and attaching the wrist cord last night. 





I think traditionally muffs are fur or faux fur (although this one is a strand of chenille crocheted together with two strands of an eyelash yarn).
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9  Re: Stitch Diva's Hiawatha Poncho in Crochet: Completed Projects by hudelei on: October 12, 2004 05:45:30 AM
Adding the pic, a month after I mentioned making the poncho! 



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10  Re: Left over yarn what to do with it with PIC added in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by hudelei on: October 07, 2004 09:26:15 AM
And some yarny bookmarks





The one on the far left has a glass cherry charm on it to fiddle with while reading; the next two are just yarn.  Leftover pieces about 36 inches long or so, folded in half and then depending on how you like it, you knot it somewhere to make the tassle-y end.  Absolutely nothing fancy about those two, except whatever textures and colors you use.  The one on the white card, far right, has two beads I bought because they looked funny and like medieval torture devices (my boyfriend will LOVE that).  I just took a piece of yarn (thin mercerized cotton in this case) and knotted the ends and cut off the excess.  I made it about the right length for one of his paperbacks, so he'll have these spike balls sticking out the top and bottom of his book to hold his place.  It will make him laugh (and uses up a tiny bit more of my extra yarn).
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