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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Creepy Cute Crochet - patterns are confusing... on: May 16, 2008 09:23:17 AM
After seeing a couple very few completed projects from Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden, I managed to get a hold of the book for myself. I finished my first project from the book (the Nosferatu) and I just have to ask - has anyone else who has made something out of this book have trouble with the patterns? For me, they were just written so confusingly. My finished product is adorable as all get-out (well, would be moreso if I could have found the right size safety eyes, but still) but I felt like I was getting lost the whole time that I was making it - and I've been crocheting and doing amigurumi for close to a year now, almost non-stop.

Do any of you have any thoughts about this book and/or thoughts about how the patterns are written?
22  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Quick question about the color bar blanket on: May 14, 2008 08:20:41 AM
Hey, could someone please tell me what type of yarn, colors and amount is needed for the color bar blanket? I'm planning on getting the book from the library this week but I want to buy the yarn in advance. Thank you! Smiley
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What do I make next? on: May 13, 2008 11:04:53 AM
So, here's the deal:

I'm back at home for the summer and my job doesn't start until June 7th. My boyfriend, who is pretty much the only friend I have out here, is going to be working a ton, so I'm going to be pretty much all alone until I start my job and have a chance to meet people to hang out with. However, that's really not too big of a problem...I mean, it sucks, but I'm at peace with it.

Anyway, I was telling my boyfriend how bored I was at home and how lonely I am now that I've left school for the summer, and the next thing I know, he's looking at his online bank account statement. When I asked him why he was looking at it, he said "I'm completely willing to go spend a hundred dollars on a bunch of yarn for you to make stuff with if it will give you something to do so you're not so bored all day."

Shocked Shocked Shocked

He was serious, too.

So...while I don't think I'll be spending a hundred dollars on yarn, he's insistent about me taking the offer (and he's definitely not broke, so I don't feel horribly bad about it, just very, very grateful), so I guess I'll be taking a trip to my LYS and picking up some yarn. My only question is...what do I make?

I was thinking of making the color bar afghan from S&BHH since I love it, and maybe working off-and-on on a secret afghan for the boyfriend with an anime motif (the One Piece pirate skull because he loves One Piece), but other than that, I'm stuck for ideas. I already have a crocheted bag and I have plans for a hat...but what else? Gloves? Scarf? Sandals?

If anyone can give me some ideas, some pattern links, and/or some recommendations for yarn, that would be awesome and I'd be in your debt.

By the way, I hope I don't come across as a golddigger or anything. I didn't ask for him to spend money to fix my problems, and I usually buy my own craft supplies anyway. I don't have a job right now, but I will have one starting very soon, and I plan on giving him something back with everything he buys me anyway. I really do love him for everything he is (it's our two year anni today, ironically) and not for all the money he has. Smiley
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft my religion? - SIGNUPS OPEN! on: May 10, 2008 02:24:52 PM
Edit: SIGNUPS HAVE OPENED! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255834.0

I just got done with my introduction to religion course at college, and I absolutely loved it. I learned so much about different traditions and I really think I personally have benefited from it.

I came up with this idea when I was hanging up my earrings today (lol); what if we had a "craft my religion" swap where people swap items crafted either for religious use or with religious symbolism/icons on it? It could be both a learning experience and a swap all in one. Smiley

I realize that this would be potentially controversial, so I think there would have to be some regulation to this, but at the same time I think there are some other open-minded and interested crafters out there that might go for this idea.

Anyone interested or have suggestions for getting this off the ground? I'd especially love it if experienced organizers/mods could comment and let me know what to watch for and/or any flaws they can see with this idea. I feel like it could be a lot of fun, but I also don't want anyone to have their feelings hurt or beliefs offended in any way.

Best,

IK
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cherry blossom market bag and more on: April 17, 2008 03:13:31 PM
Here's what I have been working on for the last few days:





This is a market bag that I made out of a slightly-modified pattern I found online. I made the bottom bigger, the strap shorter, and added the green stripe and the cherry blossom flowers.



Since I loved those blossoms so much, I made these earrings. Actually, I made the earrings first and the bag second, but the bottom line is still that I love them.



A seal for my auntie's birthday. She's pretty impressed by my ability to crochet, so I thought making her something might be fun. I think he's cuter without a mouth, but maybe I'll add one. What do you think?



Last but not least, this is just a little bracelet I made out of some scrap yarn when I wanted a new bracelet to wear. Nothing very special, really.

Do you have thoughts? I'd love to hear them. Smiley
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Calorimetry crochet pattern? on: April 17, 2008 01:17:23 PM
Hi everyone!

I can *kind of* knit (= I can garter stitch Cheesy) but I am much, much better and faster at crochet. However, I am in love with the whatchamacallit known as a calorimetry...those little hairband things? Yeah? We on the same page? Good. Well, I have looked around everywhere for a crochet version of these things, and I haven't found one. So, I ask you, dear Craftster hookers - is there such a pattern in existence that you can pull up for me, or is a calorimetry distinctly a knit item?

Thank you so much!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Trying to...well, come take a look. on: March 31, 2008 06:32:01 PM
I thought this might be a little hard to explain for a topic sentence, so bear with me.

I have a pair of knee-high blue socks that I have to add a white stripe to around the top (and a cross too, but that's not a problem really since it's on the front of the sock). I thought I could initally do this with ribbon and hot glue, but I ran into a problem when I realized that while the sock will stretch to fit around my calf, the ribbon will not.

What can I do now to make sure that the stripe will fit my leg? Should I try sewing on more ribbon with elastic? Make the "ribbon" out of a piece of elastic? Paint the stripe on?

Should I include pictures? I hope you guys get what I'm asking and can help me out here. Smiley
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Sock Wars - Craftster Edition? on: March 11, 2008 05:51:39 PM
So I was on the Craftzine.com blog today, and I found this interesting little thing. It's apparently called the Sock Wars, and they're starting up in May.

The idea behind it is marvelous:

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If you are brave enough sign up to do battle you battle you will be emailed a top secret assassination dossier on 9th May 2008. This file contains the details of your target and an exclusive, never-been-published-before knitting pattern with which assassinate them.
To kill your target you must knit them a pair of socks in the pattern (your "weapon") and mail it to them. Once your target receives your parcel they are dead and must post their death on the website.

They must also send you details of their intended target (who becomes your next person to assassinate) along with their unfinished knitting (which becomes your new weapon). All the while this is going on, someone has been assigned YOU as their target! Prepare to live in fear... kill or be killed!

Now, I'm not a knitter, but I am a crocheter, and I think this idea sounds like soooo much fun to implement on Craftster - the idea of stealth yarn work is too good to pass up. It wouldn't really be a swap, persay, but moreso just a type of round-robin, knit/crochet-people-to-death tournament, and the winner would get, I dunno, at least the title of champion, if not some type of prize or something.

This might sound a little complicated, so let me try to explain how this does kind of qualify for a swap at the same time:

Swapper A gets partnered with Swapper B. Swapper A finishes a pair of socks for Swapper B and sends them to Swapper B, which means that Swapper A gets a pair of socks, but also gets "killed". Swapper B then sends Swapper A what s/he has completed for his/her partner, Swapper C, and then Swapper A has to try to kill Swapper C by finishing his/her socks that Swapper B was working on.

The only problem is, in order to win, you don't get anything, which is why I was thinking that if this gets enough people in here I might think up some type of prize or something for them.

We would also have to have dedicated people who are willing to check in and not flake or else the whole thing might go wrong. Partners might have to be secret, too, but I don't see why they have to be.

We could have two battles going on, too, one for knitters and one for crocheters so that a knitter doesn't get a crochet project or vice-versa and completely freak out because they have no idea what's going on with it.

Am I completely crazy, or could this actually be a bit fun?
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Adults Only Swap :: Round Three (mature content ahead!) on: March 10, 2008 11:09:15 AM
Alright, before you go any further, let me remind you that this gallery will contain objects that are of a mature nature. If you are underage or do not have your parent's permission to view the items sent in this swap, please do not proceed. In addition, if you are checking this thread from work, be careful as most of the things in it will be NSFW. Thanks!

Here's the list of partners. If your name is yellow, it means you will be sending late with communication; red means you have sent; green means your partner has received; strikethroughs mean that you have feedback, and purple means that there is a problem with something and you must contact me immediately!

instantkarma <-> the_christine
PhunkyThreads <-> missapril - FLAKED angel: bigfatroses
sarahswingset - FLAKED <-> monkeystuffer - did not send due to partner's flaking
Catrinau <-> Liralera - FLAKED angel: thunderchild
Thunderchild <-> AggieGirlKatelyn
Dreambelle <-> bigfatroses
celestialxxdreams <-> BioformCallie
edel <-> Annchen
Kles879 <-> TheCraftyCat
coma bernice <-> 1boy1girl1kitty2

Let's see your goods!
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / I want to take it to the next level with the boyfriend - any ideas? on: February 25, 2008 02:48:20 PM
So, it'll be my boyfriend and my's two-year anniversary in May. It feels like it's been a lot longer than that, though - we've survived introducing each other to our friends and family, enduring multiple parental groundings, changing to new jobs (mine) and sticking with old jobs (his), dealing with my psychopathic foster parents, unstable younger brother and his unstable aunt, going to each others' graduations, moving me into his house (bless his parents for that one), road-tripping off to meet his extended family, working out finances for college, sending me off to college and sending his admission letter for college in, and so many other things.

We've become very close to each other, to the point that his parents are basically expecting (no - kind of DEPENDING on) us to get married at some point, preferably after college for the two of us...and, even though it really hasn't been super long, I like the idea.

We're both nerdy, both love anime and video games, both are roughly the same height, weight and look somewhat alike, both have glasses, both speak some German, both love pretty much the same types of music, both love to eat (haha), hang out with our friends and just be together. I love that.

So, can anyone think of a gift that I could give him that would say something along the lines of that I really like the idea of marrying him and want our relationship to continue on with the idea of marriage in mind? I guess it would kind of be like a promise ring-type of thing, only not a ring (he doesn't wear jewelry at all).

I thought about this last night as I was going to sleep, and couldn't come up with any ideas. Can you guys help me out?
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