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1  Green Lantern Oath in Needlework: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: January 23, 2011 04:22:41 PM
I finished this way, way, way back but forgot to post it until now.

I'm a huge comic book nerd, and I'm a huge GL fan in general (I'm actually wearing my GL shirt as I type this). So I sat down awhile ago and stitched up the oath:

The alignment got knocked a little sideways near the end, but I loved it. I need to get it framed at some point.

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2  Accidential Vest in Crochet: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: December 15, 2010 05:30:20 PM
This is probably going to sound familiar to some of you: I sat down to crochet a sweater, and it was going really well.

And then I ran out of yarn.


Not being one to fear change, I decided it was a vest. I thought I had a picture of it open, but I can't find it at the moment. So you get to see it buttoned up. Also, you get to see the pink hair I had for a few months. (Yes, it was a pain. Yes, it as awesome. Yes, I would have kept it up if I had a shower at my current place.)

From the front. The fit is a little off, but that's more noticeable when it's buttoned.

From the back. I think the fit looks much better from the back, but then, my back is flat. It makes a big difference. Smiley

I used a D-hook, a bunch of Sinfonia yarn. It's a lovely cotton sport weight. Shame it's kind of hard to find.

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3  Road Trip Skirt in Crochet: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: December 15, 2010 05:19:07 PM
Back in September, my husband and I drove across the country to move for grad school. He did most of the driving, so I kept myself busy crocheting. By the end of it, I had a new skirt.

Pardon my epic bitchface; I do not self-photograph well. But you can see it! It hits a few inches above the knee, and the striping occurred naturally. I used Joann's Sensations bouchle and an I-hook. It's a slightly weighty skirt due to the worsted weight, so I added a couple of buttons.

I'm still working the kinks out of my button hole skills, and shortly after this picture, I took a needle and thread and sewed the button holes partly closed. I don't remember where I got those buttons, but I loved finding a reason to use them.

To end, have a close-up of the ruffle:

Being a fanciful little addition at the end of the project it, of course, took the longest freaking time. I'm very happy with it, however, so I forgive it for being a huge time eater.

A few quick notes:

--Worked from the waist down, with the second (top) button hole being added after I discovered the skirt hung uncomfortably low on my hips.

--Given the option, I probably wouldn't use this yarn for another skirt. It hangs a little loose, and I'm concerned it'll lose it's shape soon.

--It is super soft, and I pet it when I wear it. I offer no apologies.

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4  Hooded Shrug (mmm, cozy) in Crochet: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: October 25, 2010 03:56:00 PM
I made this hooded shrug in July, in southwest Missouri, because I am slightly insane knew I was moving to a climate with lots of rain at the end of the summer. I used a Q-hook, Red Heart Light & Lofty, and I winged the whole thing.

(That's me trying to look "cool" or "hip" or whatever the word is.)

And now, from the back:

(With bonus ponytail action!)

The shoulder-to-shoulder section was done as a single rectangle. I then sewed the edges together to make armholes, then added the green sleeves, decreasing an inch every few rows to get a good arm fit. After the sleeves were finished, I made the red cuffs and attached them separately.

The hood is probably the most complicated part to explain, so please bear with me:

First, I crocheted a row of stitches from one armhole to the other.
Second, I built on that first row and basically crocheted a giant square.
Third, I kept throwing the shrug on and pulling the square up to see where it landed on my head.
Fourth, once the square touched my forehead, I slip stitched the top edge of the square together and made it into a hood.

And lo and behold, a cute, warm shrug.  I will say, I need to try the same basic idea with a non-fuzzy yarn. I'm still not certain, most times I wear it, if I'm wearing it inside out.

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5  A nook for my Nook in Crochet: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: September 02, 2010 03:59:46 PM
I got a Barnes and Noble Nook way back in February before the price was slashed, and a few months later, I sat down and finally crocheted it a cover, and a few months later, I'm finally posting it to Craftster!  Yay!

I don't remember the name or brand of the yarn. I do know it's 100% cotton, light worsted weight, and was discontinued (as so many of my yarns are, it seems).  The flat-out adorable buttons for my case are from Dill Buttons (dill-buttons.com), and you can get them at Hobby Lobby.

So, basically, I worked in the round and made this:

The fancy "action shot," if you will. 

Buttoned up with the Nook inside.  I still need to work on my last row not being weirdly curved when I do buttonholes.

And a close-up on the button, which I adore. 

So far it's been a sturdy little monster.  The yarn is a little too stretchy for the strap to be very useful, but as I'm usually throwing my Nook into a bag with other stuff it in anyway, the strap is moot.

I've got a poll on my blog to see if anyone wants a pattern or tutorial for it.  I've got the notes I worked from, but I don't have anything formal that doesn't need to be deciphered from my weird notes.


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6  Green Arrow/Black Canary bag (purse, comics, paint, and mod podge) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gaylefrancisdesigns on: March 20, 2010 08:49:13 PM
I'm a rampant comic book fan, and the Arrow-Clan (Green Arrow, Black Canary, Green Arrow II, Speedy II, and Red Arrow) are my favorite super family.  Sadly, the last couple of years, the comic has full-on sucked.  But the art was super pretty for awhile (Cliff Chang, you are magnificent), so I took out my single issues and cut them up for parts. (To those who collect comics: Sorry, but if you read it, I'm sure you'd understand).

I bought a giant red bag at Hobby Lobby because it was on-sale and huge, and I decided that while a ginormous red bag was awesome, a ginormous red bag covered in my favorite comic book family was even more awesome.

I bring you, the bag of badass:



I put up some more details about the process at my blog.  If you're interested, you can read about it (I don't post the details here because it's not a full-on tutorial or pattern):


Super fun, super awesome, and super badass!


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7  It started out a shrug, and then it became an almost-sweater. in Crochet: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: August 15, 2009 03:46:35 PM
I had a skein and a half of Hobby Lobby's Busy Bee in teal, so I decided to whip up a shrug.  Once I did that, however, I discovered that I'd blown my measurements.  The shrug was two or three inches too wide along the back, and I dug out some Caron Jewel Box to fix the problem.  I fixed it fairly quickly, but then I had 4-1/2, 90 yd. skeins of a discontinued yarn.  So I just kept adding pieces until I ran out of the Jewel Box and the result was what I'm referring to as my wench top.

The shrug buttons just under my boobs.  I have a hook and eye closure to keep the top corner closed, and I need a third button to even out the spacing.

Close-up on the buttons.  They're from Dill Buttons [you can get them at Hobby Lobby], and they're 1-1/4", I think.  And, yes, they're sparkly.

Close-up on the sleeve detail.  I made the ruffles by first crocheting the wavey ruffle on the end of the sleeve, and then I crocheted the longer ruffle between the stitches of the first row of the sleeve.  The purple stripe above the ruffle is from the in-between stich crochet.

This was my attempt to get a better picture of how I did the sleeve ruffles.  I don't think it worked.

I also made a video where I talk about the process, because my attempts to write a run through about how it came to be kept getting incredibly convoluted.  You can see the video here:


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8  Mod Podge, Black Heels, and Black Canary in Shoes: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: March 10, 2009 07:50:58 PM
I'm new to Mod Podge and the Mod Podging of shoes, but I had a couple of extra issues of "Black Canary" and had to put them to use.  Before you ask, she's a superhero in the DC Universe and pretty much pure awesome.

I got Mod Podge, sealant, and a $13.00 pair of heels from Wal-Mart. 


And then I spent a full night cutting out pictures from the comics so that I'd have plenty of options of what to put on the shoes:

Some of them were obviously too big, but I wanted to keep my options as open as possible.  I podged, I placed, I podged, and after about 3 hours of effort, I had some good-looking shoes.


And my favorite part:

I freakin' love that panel.

You can see a whole set of pictures on my flickr:


And I have a post on my craft blog with a poll to see what people think:


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9  Who doesn't love Green Lantern? in Needlework: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: January 09, 2009 01:56:30 PM

I'm planning another with the full oath, and possibly a third, in sampler form, with the known variations on the oath.

I'm running a "pick your favorite" lantern poll at my blog, just for kicks:


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10  Scarf and Hat with Flower Ear Flaps in Crochet: Completed Projects by gaylefrancisdesigns on: January 09, 2009 01:35:23 PM
What to do with an I-hook, some Red Heart Sensations, and some Moda Dea Dream?  Make an adorable hat and scarf:

The hat is very warm and almost ridiculously adorable, and the scarf is lightweight but still cozy.  The scarf's already found a new home, but I'm holding onto the hat. 

I've got a poll on my blog to get opinions on the set:


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