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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: quilled cherry blossoms *NEW* link to another cherry tree pg. 5 on: August 31, 2008 02:24:49 PM
I have really been missing Japan lately -- and this is just perfect! I think I might have to try my hand at quilling to make one of my own.
beautiful work!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cookie Monster (loads of pics) on: August 31, 2008 02:20:18 PM
absolutely inspiring!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: little girl's poncho on: October 28, 2007 06:13:54 PM
No, I didn't use a pattern. I estimated the size I wanted it to be from a girl's poncho pattern in a book.
Roughly:
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun (pink, Im not certain what the name is)
Hook: L
Chain 57, join with sl st to form circle.
Round 1: Ch 3, sk first ch, sl st in next ch, *ch 3, sk next ch, sl st in following ch* until back at beginning, (28 ch 3 spaces), ch 3, sc in first ch-3 sp.
Rounds 2 8: *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp*.
Rounds 9 12: same as round 2, but work in 2 extra ch-3 sp each round ( ex: ch3, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in same ch-3 sp).
Rounds 13-14: Same as round 2. Finish off.

Yarn: Caron Sayelle, taupe (not my favorite yarn, but I liked the color)
Hook: I
At neck:
Round 1: Join taupe with sc in any ch-1 sp, *sk sl st, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp*, until back to first ch-1 sp, 2 hdc in first ch-1 sp, join with sl st.
Round 2: Ch 3, sk next hdc, *dc in next two sts, sk next hdc*, until back at beg, dc next to beg ch, join with sl st.
Round 3: Ch 3, *dc 2 tog, dc* until beg ch 3, join with sl st.
Round 4: Ch 2, hdc in each dc, join with sl st to beg ch 2, finish off.

At bottom:
Round 1: Join taupe with sc in any ch-3 sp, sk next sc, *5 hdc in next ch-3 sp, sk sc* until first ch-3 sp, 4 hdc in beg ch-3 sp, join with sl st to beg sc.
Round 2: Ch 3, sk next hdc, *hdc in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st,* until end of round, hdc next to beg ch 3, join with sl st. Finish off.

Final round: Join homespun with sc in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3* until end of round, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off.

And it feels lots better after its been washed once, so much softer.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: I love my printer on: October 28, 2007 05:52:13 PM
By journaling I simply mean what you write on your scrapbook page. I am sure that years from now, the things I write down should help me remember as much as the pictures do.

My printer is an HP Photosmart 8750. It prints up to 13"x19" borderless. I haven't yet printed out any pictures that large ... I am waiting for the right image, and, well, the right frame. I can't see printing out something that big just to have it sit on my desk until I find the right frame. I'm sure there are custom-made frame places here (in Japan), but I'm not sure I'm willing to pay what it could end up costing.

For this layout, all the text was printed directly on the red cardstock (approx: 11"x12"), and then I built up from there. I know it's hard to tell, but my photos were from an older digital camera and they still came out beautiful -- even the largest one.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / I love my printer on: October 28, 2007 10:30:41 AM
I love my printer. I can print right on the page -- up to 13" and it makes me sooo happy, since I hate my own handwriting but love to journal (in short bits). It also prints lovely lovely lovely photos. My posted picture is a bit blurry, but it really is sharp!



6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: I made a mini "Yip-yip" alien! on: October 28, 2007 09:15:45 AM
From the pages of posts you must know -- this is awesome! I have always loved these guys! You did a magnificent job.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / little girl's poncho on: October 28, 2007 09:04:02 AM
Put this together for a birthday gift. My neighbor's daughter was kind enough to model for a picture before I wrapped it up and gave it away.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best crochet hooks? on: October 28, 2007 08:52:09 AM
I still have the first H-hook my mom gave me. It's Susan Bates, and I really like that brand. I don't like Boye at all, but I have used them on occasion. I cannot switch from Boye to Susan Bates in the same project.

I also like the hooks I picked up at the 100-yen store ... they feel like bamboo, but I can't read the package, so I can't say for certain what they're made of. The shape is very similar to Susan Bates, though. I've used plastic, too, and don't mind them.

The only hooks I was really disappointed in were the crystallites -- they look so pretty, but they just can't handle the stress. I got two sets, F-J and L-O, and the I hook broke before I'd finished a single skein. I got it replaced and promptly broke it again. My N hook also broke, but I didn't bother replacing it. I never thought I was particularly heavy-handed, and I've had other plastic hooks with no difficulties, but I must hold my hook too tight for the crystallites.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite/Most Hated Yarn on: October 28, 2007 08:44:22 AM
1. What was/is your favorite yarn to work with?
I have so many favorites! Red Heart's Misty (the heathers, not the solids), Bernat Super Value, Bernat CottonTots, LionBrand Homespun, Peacock holiday yarn.

2. What did you make using this yarn that you absolutely love?
With Misty, I've made a couple throws that are must-haves for the people I gave them to. One friend's husband called it his blanket -- when he went home from work with a back ache he whined about not having his blanket (it was dirty) and my friend had to stop what she was doing to toss it in the washing machine just to make her hubby quiet down. He even asked me if I would take it back and add more to it so he could have it on their bed.

3. What was the one yarn you bought that you severely regretted (either it was a nightmare to work with, or it looked horrible when you were finished with it)?
A Lion Brand wool (wool ease? thick-n-quick? not definite) that was a thick-and-thin yarn. I hate it. The finished project is okay, but it was a pain to work with. The thin parts of the yarn pulled tight and made it difficult to get the hook back in.

4. What did you attempt to make with the evil yarn?
Initially I tried out several different patterns (a hat, a scarf ...) I ended up making a striped throw that gets used all the time in my living room.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Check out these Food Dresses Now!!! on: October 28, 2007 08:11:52 AM
The link is great. I really like the tools and toolbox -- they'd make a great gift for a little boy!
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