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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Challenge 10 - Ideas on: April 29, 2009 06:18:06 AM
fantasticmio here again! Get your ideas in by noon (eastern time) on May 4th. I'm going to set the poll up shortly after that, with a fairly short voting window. I want us to get crocheting by the weekend, so spread the word!

fantasticmio here! I'm reviving this thread and starting the challenge just as soon as we can pick a theme, so please weigh in!

A quote from a post I made on page 5:

What theme ideas do you have? (if *you* have posted your idea already, please don't post it again; however, if someone *else* has posted the same idea you had, please DO post it again.)  I've got a spreadsheet on the go to figure out which ideas are the most popular, and after a very short while, I'll take the most popular ideas and put them in a poll for you to vote.






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Crochet Challenge 10 will start in June - suggest your ideas for a theme here!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Challenge 9 ~ Stitch-Off: Shell Stitch! VOTE NOW! on: April 29, 2009 06:05:21 AM
Vote now for your favorite entry for the Crochet Challenge 9 - our first Stitch-Off, featuring the Shell Stitch! Voting is open for five days. All entries are posted here. Thanks again to all who entered! The winner gets a skein of custom-dyed yarn from superhooker.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ice cream on your head and Mario on your bed: March 2009 Featured Projects on: April 03, 2009 04:01:51 PM
Craftster crocheters were busy in March - we've got a bunch of fantastic projects* to titillate your eyes and get your creative juices flowing. Some of them might even make your mouth water and your Nintendo thumb ache! A lot of these are by newcomers to Craftster, too!

Aaargh, Matey! ohmeohmyoreilly is new to Craftster, but obviously not to crochet. It was hard to pick a favorite to showcase for March, but his Crochet Pirate Bearded Beanie disguise was an obvious favorite:



I love items that are crafty in the true sense of the word - handmade, beautiful, and functional. princesspimp81's Crochet Cake Treasure Boxes definitely fit the bill! These look good enough to eat!



And how about the deliciously cute Ice Cream Sundae hat by randomheartsx? I can't wait to see what she cooks up next!



For those of you who embrace your inner child, I'm sure you loved mama24boyz's Spongebob and Patrick winter sets! Though I doubt it's possible to love them more than these guys did:



In the event of an amigurumi alien invasion, you can fight off the bad guys with woo_work's adorable-but-deadly Raygun!



You think you know cute? You haven't begun to understand yarn's capacity for cuteness until you've see this adorable pair of Baby Dragons by Mousica:



Though it's possible that they have a bit of competition with mrsflibble's baby Sea Monster toy, who apparently eats electronics but makes little godsons laugh:



In the Crochet As Art category, we have a beautiful Freeform Crochet Scarf by Carlafibers. It's amazing what you can do without a pattern or a plan!



Bringing us more wearable art, former Featured Hooker meekssandygirl shared a gorgeous array of crocheted necklaces- my personal favorite are these lovely lemons:



By far and away the most "This Rocks" hits and comments and general awe came in response to Gege's jaw-dropping work of dedication and geeky-craftiness, the Super Mario Obsession:






*These are chosen via a magical algorithm that combines "This Rocks!" hits, number of comments, originality and creativity of the project, and detail and information in the posts. I also make an effort to present as wide a range of project types, styles, and members. Preference is given to posts shared in the Craftster spirit (not for sale, helpfulness, information shared, etc.).

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Meet April's Featured Member: Rheatheylia! on: April 03, 2009 02:57:52 PM
For April's featured hooker, we have a Craftster whose crochet philosophy is one after my own heart. Rheatheylia's wonderful creations often recreate textures and patterns common in knitting, but seen less often in crochet. She's especially known for her hats (which I've seen on many wists, including , including the classy Flapper, the adorable Lattice, the classic Cable, and the ever-popular Divine. And did I mention that she makes wonderful patterns?

Meet Rheatheylia!


Crafty Bio: My real name is Sarah Arnold. Most people assume my name is Rhea because of the whole Rheatheylia thing, but Rheatheylia is really an mix of my two favorite names, Rhea and Ophelia. I live in Ohio with my wonderful husband and our extremely silly, adorable catchild Rogue. Right now I cook, clean, play videogames, and of course craft (I could do without the cleaning, but the rest is great). My mom is an amazing crafter, and the most talented crocheter I know (I keep trying to get her to post on Craftster, maybe she'll read this and finally join!) so I grew up crafting and was always encouraged to make stuff myself.


Q: When did you first start crocheting? Why? Do you remember your first project?

I tried to learn a few times when I was younger, but failed miserably. Then one day about four years ago I learned about amigurumi and was bound and determined to get it right. My mom is left handed so she couldn't really teach me, but she helped a lot by telling me I was slip stitching instead of single crocheting, ha! The first "real" thing I made was this tiny day-glo orange bear, it was horrible, half the limbs were inside out, but I was so proud of it.

Q: What do you usually make? Do you have any favorite kinds of projects, or projects you don't like to do?

I like to make amigurumi the most, I have a soft spot for adorable things, but it seems to work out that I make more hats than anything else, probably because they're fast, easy, and I like the challenge of trying to work a flat stitch pattern so it increases circularly. I'm all about instant gratification, which is why I don't like tedious long projects that are all one stitch. I wish I had the patience to make some of the gorgeous afghans I've seen, but I'd have no hope of ever finishing the project.

Q: What is your "crochet philosophy?"

Hmm, I really like at looking knit hats and figuring out how to do it crochet, so I guess it would be "whatever knitting can do crochet can too" there are so many gorgeous knit hat patterns out there while it seems like most crochet hats are, well, really granny looking, as in my granny actually made hats like that, lol. (shh, don't tell anyone it's actually because I'm totally unable to master double pointed needles so I have to figure out how to do the hat in crochet)

Q: Do you have any crochet favorites (stitches, accessories, yarn, designers, etc.)?

I love my Clover soft touch hooks, they've spoiled me for any other hook. I got a yarn ball winder for Christmas, I can't believe how fast it winds balls! It's like I was living in the dark ages before. As far as yarn goes I've been given loads of old acrylic by relatives so I usually just use it for my amigurumi, for hats and stuff I prefer Simply Soft, cheap, easy to care for, and gorgeous colors (I am so not a yarn snob). While I don't have any favorite designers specifically I love looking at all the crochet projects here on Craftster, some are just so creative and well done I find myself wondering how they managed to do that with yarn!

Q: Do you do any other crafts besides crocheting?

I love to make stuff, no matter what it is, chances are I'm up to trying it out. I love to cook, sew, fix stuff, I enjoy painting and drawing though I'm not very good at it. I recently tried freezer paper stenciling a shirt for Justin, so I'll probably do more of that in the future. One thing I've always wanted to do but never have is soap making, one of these days  Wink

Q: Is there anything you'd like to try crocheting in the future that you haven't done before?

Clothes, real clothes, I've made a few shrugs before, lots of hats, but I'd really love to make a nice sweater or skirt. Something delicate with a tiny gauge, and then actually stick with it to completion. I'd also love to make an afghan, I'm pretty sure that's like a crocheter's right of passage, and I've never even made a baby one  Shocked

Q: Do you have any advice for new crocheters, or hookers who want to start designing their own projects? You make really wonderful patterns - any advice on pattern-writing?


There's two ways I go about making patterns, the first is what I use for amigurumi. I usually do a little doodle of what I want, then make the basic shapes. It's really pretty simple once you get the hang of how to make certain shapes, how to increase for a circle, cone, etc. The next is what I use for hats, I find a stitch I really like, then try to work out how to work increases into it so the pattern is seamless throughout the hat (I really can't stand hats where the crown is just straight double crochet until it's increased enough and then the pattern starts) This involves lots and lots of drawing and both involve lots and lots of pulling things out, maybe other people can design patterns without frogging tons, but not me  Smiley

Q:What is your favorite crochet project that someone else has posted on Craftster?

Oh man, there are so many amazingly talented crocheters on Craftster, I'm absolutely in awe of the amazing tunisian stitch afghans I see on here, such as the ones by pesky pixie and the recent one by Gege (which appeals to my gamer's heart since it's Mario) I can't imagine the time and patience that goes into making one of them!

Q:What are some sources of inspiration for you as a crocheter (television shows, designers, nature, etc.)?

Knitting, cause I can't knit as fast as I can crochet so I just try to convert everything to crochet, heh. A lot of my inspiration comes from people asking for something, whether it's an e-mail about a certain type of amigurumi that strikes my fancy to make or my sister showing me a picture of a designer hat she wants, I'm not the best self motivator, so if I feel like I'm doing something for someone else I'm more likely to finish it.

Q: Where do you usually crochet (coffee shops, the couch, craft room)?

My couch, usually, sometimes I'll sit at my computer and either look at stuff online or type up my pattern while I'm working , but usually I'm sitting on my couch trying to keep my cat from pulling my yarn halfway across the house (which she does whenever I leave a project sitting out  Tongue ).

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Thanks for the interview, Rheatheylia! We look forward to seeing more of your fantastic creations and patterns (and maybe I can convince you to host some on Craftster someday!  Wink ). I'm especially interested to see what you can come with for an afghan!

If you've got a question that wasn't answered here, or would like to pay our featured hooker a special compliment, feel free to do so in the compliments! If you have any suggestions for future Featured Members, feel free to PM me! Thanks!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Rook Hat - Easy, self-striping Noro project! on: March 18, 2009 01:38:47 PM
As soon as I saw Sophia Kessinger's Rook Hat, I knew it was perfect for my friend's February birthday gift. By happy coincidence, my LYS had just started carrying Noro Kureyon. I picked out a skein in colors I knew she liked, and a couple of hours later, I was done:





It's super easy and quick, requiring just single crochet, and a double-crochet "spike stitch" (DC two rows below) whenever the self-striping yarn changes color. This hat is infinitely variable, depending on your yarn and the way the stripes are positioned in the skein. I increased two extra rows, basing on my own head size (which is a bit big), and continued until it covered the ears:



The result used a little over one skein. Spring is here, but I'll definitely be making one for myself this fall (in different colors, of course).
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / March Featured Hooker: WIBIT! on: March 16, 2009 11:20:28 AM
If you've been a member of Craftster for very long, you've probably seen wibit's fantastic creations here in Crochet. Brie is famous for her amugurimi animals (which often come with wonderful patterns!), including a meerkat, red-eyed tree frog, and a giraffe. You should also check out her Athenian Scarf, her Owl Sleep Mask, and her crocheted version of Pass the Pigs


MEET WIBIT!


Crafty Bio: I live in Scotland with my partner and our little Pomeranian Twinkle. I love nothing more than spending a day surrounded by yarn crocheting furiously. My blog Roman Sock acts as an outlet for my crochet projects and my general musings. It is named after the first ever suspected crocheted item a roman sock. I have a growing interest in photography and like taking pictures of amigurumi in the wild as well as the occasional picture of breathtaking Scotland.

Q: When did you first start crocheting? Why? Do you remember your first project?

I started about two years ago, and it took me several attempts to learn crochet. I think it is one of those crafts that can be hard to get your head around initially. Finally when I came back to it, it just clicked and I felt like a duck on water. My very first project was a little red dragon, and I was very pleased when I finished it as it really was just what I had imagined in my head.

Q: What do you make? Do you have any favorite kinds of projects, or projects you don't like to do?

I love making amigurumi because they are quick and very creative; I also like accessories, particularly bags. I have yet to try a proper piece of clothing. I am very intimidated by the sizing and the large stretches of fabric. I have made a couple of blankets and really enjoyed it, but they are very time intensive.

Q: What is your "crochet philosophy?"

You can make anything you imagine. I dont like rules and think innovation is born out of just trying stuff out, no matter how silly it seems or if it goes a little wrong. I also like to use the best quality yarn I can get my hands on: alpaca, angora and cashmere may be expensive for a sweater or a blanket, but it goes so far in a little amigurumi.

Q: Do you have any crochet favorites (stitches, accessories, yarn, designers, etc.)?


Like many, I am a yarn junkie and am constantly looking for luxurious yarns that are dense enough for amigurumi. At the moment, I am obsessed by Artesano Alpaca, and Debbie Bliss cashmere is also amazing (and you only need a wee bit so it is not too expensive!)
I make a real effort not to look too much at others peoples work because I want my work to have its own distinct identity, so I like wild life programs and books instead.

Q: Do you do any other crafts?

I do like to do a bit of work with fimo, I think it offers many of the same benefits as crochet, as it is so sculptural. I am also a disappointed drawer, painter, silk painter, knitter, and sewer.

Q: What are you interested in crocheting in the future?

I am very into practical things at the moment, I think something that is both cute and functional is completely the way to go. It also means you can be surrounded by amigurumi and have an excuse.

Q: Do you have any advice for new crocheters, or hookers who want to start designing their own projects?

I think the first port of call is to start with a drawing. Break that drawing down into shapes, and spend some time considering how you would create each shape.... then get going! Always keep track of the pattern as you go so when you try to recreate it you have all the basic elements.

Q:What is your favorite crochet project that someone else has posted on Craftster?

I have to say the infamous Cat Wig post will always be my favourite I am still not sure if it may be a little cruel, but it is definitely hilarious!

Recently I have also loved Planet Junes lemmings.

Q:What are some sources of inspiration for you as a crocheter (television shows, designers, nature, etc.)?

My two favourite books are Rainforest and Reef. I love the colours and the creatures: they are just truly inspiring. I love the BBC nature programs and I am a flickr obsessive! I can spend hours just following strands of thoughts on flickr.

Q:Where do you usually crochet (coffee shops, the couch, craft room)?

I am a couch potato and I crochet on my couch with acres of yarn all around me much to my other halfs chagrin.

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Thanks for the interview, Brie! We look forward to seeing more of your whimsical creations.

Do you have a suggestion for a future Featured Member? Drop me a PM! You can also read past interviews in the archive.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / February '09 Featured Projects: yarn mustaches, your very own Oscar, and more! on: March 16, 2009 10:28:04 AM
February is definitely a source of inspiration* amongst Craftster crocheters! Valentine's Day inspired a number of projects, including this super-cute Sweetheart Scarf by Starcee:



It was also Oscar season! If your favorite film or actor wasn't picked, you can always send them one of pickled_peppers' Amigurumi versions!



stopthefacades definitely expanded the idea of wearable crochet with her hilarious Hyneman and Savage mustaches!



Bored with scarves? Why not try a Loop D' Loop instead? Nomsa reminded us that "simple" can also be elegant, hip, and cute! And these awesome "not-scarves" are infinitely customizable and beyond beginner-friendly:



Speaking of cute wearables, djonesgirl unveiled her latest creation - an anime-inspired Kyo Mini Backpack!



ewushka deserves a standing ovation for her gorgeous, epic Granny Blanket. It's 320 squares of Awesome!



Remember the game Lemmings? Even if you don't, you'll love these adorable, diabolical little critters, captured perfectly in amigurumi form by planetjune:



Also popular in the ami projects were sunshineravioli's amazing WALL-E and Eve - and she gets extra props for including awesome patterns!



Another amigurumi favorite was Maggielove's Abby from NCIS, complete with punk-rock choker! You can hang out with Abby, too, because Maggielove also included a pattern!



And last, but not least, meekssandygirl gave us a glimpse into her studio with a tutorial for her beautiful yarn-scrap Brooches! These innovative pieces are wearable works of art!




*These are chosen via a magical algorithm that combines "This Rocks!" hits, number of comments, originality and creativity of the project, and detail and information in the posts. I also make an effort to present as wide a range of project types, styles, and members. Preference is given to posts shared in the Craftster spirit (not for sale, helpfulness, information shared, etc.).
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Challenge 9 ~ Stitch-Off: Shell Stitch! - CLOSED on: March 16, 2009 09:22:54 AM
For Crochet Challenge 9, we'll be trying something a little different: a stitch-off! Shell stitch is a relatively simple stitch, so I thought it would be a good one to start off our first stitch-off. If people enjoy the stitch-off, we can do more from time to time in future challenges. I thought it might be fun to alternate voting for challenges with surprise-theme challenges like this one in the future, but of course feedback is always welcome.

For this challenge, projects must feature the Shell Stitch* (any variation) prominently (i.e. at least 1/3 of the project). Entries must be original, and cannot be items or patterns you have listed for sale. Otherwise, you may make any item, using any combination of yarn, colors, or techniques.

Please post entries under Crochet Challenge Entries. In the message heading, please title your post "Crochet Challenge 9 Entry: Your Project Here" (replacing Your Project Here with the title of your entry, of course!). In the body, post the title of your entry and clear pictures.

The Deadline:

You have four weeks to post entries for this challenge. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm, US Central time, on Monday, April 26th.

The winner of Crochet Challenge 9 will receive a skein of custom, hand-dyed wool donated by superhooker, inspired by the colors of the winner's choice! Thanks, superhooker!

If you would like to donate a prize for a future crochet challenge, please PM me! If you have a shop and would like to donate patterns or yarn, for example, this would be a Craftster-sanctioned form of advertising.  Wink

Have fun!


Rules:

1. Members do not need to have a certain post count or have been a member for a certain amount of time in order to participate. Everyone is welcome!

2. All items must be handmade by the poster, and must be crocheted (though embellishments, such as  crocheted lampshade on a lamp, are acceptable).

3. Only one entry per poster, though you may incorporate multiple items into your one entry (such as with a set).

4. Items can be as big or as small as you want, unless otherwise stated in the theme.

5. You must use the theme provided.

6. If using a pattern that is not your own, please alter the pattern at least 25% in order to maintain creativity in challenge entries (that does not mean changing the color!) -  and you must credit the source of your inspiration!

7. Make sure all pictures are visible through the time of voting. Craftster offers reliable picture hosting to registered members and also incorporates Photobucket software into the code to make Photobucket accounts easier to use. Take advantage of these features!

*Shell stitch tutorials are widely available on the Internet (a quick Google search brings up many!), and is also available in books such as Debbie Stoller's The Happy Hooker. You may use any variation of the Shell Stitch, including Solid Shells, Simple Shells, Wavy Shells, Asymmetrical Shells, etc. . If the stitch has "Shell" in the title, it's legal!
9  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Cleaning up Crochet-alongs: Thoughts on organization. Feedback wanted! on: February 18, 2009 06:37:47 AM
Hello, Crochet-alongers! I was thinking about a way to organize the board, and had some thoughts. I don't think there's enough traffic on the board that we'd need new folders, but how about a keyword system in the titles?

Basically, we'd have one post for each Crochet-along. It might start off with a post titled:

ORGANIZING: Would anyone like to do an animal ami CAL?

And then when enough people have expressed interest, the post changes to:

ACTIVE: Animal Ami CAL

When everyone's finished, the post then changes to:

CLOSED: Animal Ami CAL

This will help keep everything organized, and if at some later date we do need more folders (like the swap threads) we can do that.

Also, I was thinking that the person who started the thread could be responsible (with a little help from me if necessary) for updating the first post with the most accurate, to-date info. They can add their first piece to the post, too, so that each new CAL has a nice thumbnail.

Thoughts? Questions? Suggestions? Thanks!

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Have you noticed... on: February 11, 2009 09:11:53 AM
There have been a lot of new updates to Crochet lately, and several new features have been added. Make sure to keep an eye on the main Crochet community threads, including the News and Updates and the Crochet Pattern & Tutorial Archive, which have handy dates in the Subject heading so you know when something new has been posted. Also, keep an eye on the Crochet Challenge thread if you'd like to participate in future challenges.

Don't forget to check out the 2008 Featured Projects if you haven't already! In addition, monthly Featured Projects have been started up again, beginning with January 2009. Also starting this month, we have new Featured Member Interviews, beginning with meekssandygirl!

In the meantime, feel free to stop by and comment on the fantastic projects being featured in these posts, or even ask our featured members a question. I'm sure they'd love to hear from you!
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