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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Green Lantern Oath 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.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Green Arrow/Black Canary bag (purse, comics, paint, and mod podge) on: January 23, 2011 03:48:57 PM
Could you have made color copies of the comic pages and used those instead of cutting up your orginal artwork??

just a thought.. Shocked

You absolutely could, and if you want to keep the comic in a single piece, I think you'd still get a great bag out of it. I happened to hate the story that got told in the comics as much as I loved the art, so I decided to bite the bullet and use the original pages.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Accidential Vest 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.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Road Trip Skirt 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.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hooded Shrug (mmm, cozy) on: October 25, 2010 09:22:50 PM
I love this and of course now want to make one!! Great job!  Grin


I'm hoping to get a tutorial on the hood up sometime so that my slightly weird phrasing can actually have pictures that could be helpful.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hooded Shrug (mmm, cozy) on: October 25, 2010 09:22:07 PM
Looks like you did an awesome job.  I've been crocheting since I was 4...I'm 24 now...and I have never made an article of clothing for myself.  Totally inspired to make a shrug type thingie now.

Shrugs are pretty easy. Basically, you make a rectangle that's wide enough to fit around the widest part of your arm. Then you seam it to the width of your shoulders. (If you have a 20" shoulder span and your rectangle is 31", you would seam five inches on each side to get five inch sleeves on each side with a 1" ease so you can actually move your shoulders once you get it on.)

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hooded Shrug (mmm, cozy) on: October 25, 2010 07:43:53 PM
I like it! I've got something similar on my project list.

My only advice is use a non-fuzzy yarn so that you can tell if you're wearing it inside out. Have fun when you get to it!

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hooded Shrug (mmm, cozy) 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.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A nook for my Nook 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.


10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Green Arrow/Black Canary bag (purse, comics, paint, and mod podge) on: March 20, 2010 11:32:41 PM
It was a truly abhorrent run, and it took me weeks to convince myself to do it.  Worth it, in the end!

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