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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / where can I find those little music makers for the insides of stuffed animals? on: May 28, 2012 10:30:20 PM
Not sure where else to post this...

My friend's guide dog was just put down and she's asked hired me to make her two amigurumi dogs (yellow labs). That's not going to be any trouble, but she asked if I could maybe find those little music makers to put inside the stuffed dogs, the kind that turn on by pressing them. She's wanting them to play 'its a small world after all'. I'm sure such a thing exists but I don't have a single clue where to go looking for them or what to call them in a search engine.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thx.
-Dee
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Diapers! on: March 28, 2011 12:32:37 AM
My friend Kristy was looking for a way to save some money this past fall... and if there's anything I love sewing its diapers! I used the Rita Rump Pocket pattern: http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2007/10/classic-rrp-ritas-rump-pocket-pattern.html They turned out lovely. I used mostly reclaimed fabrics... old bedsheets actually. Kristy was in love with them and asked if I would show her how to sew them so I did just that and she made another two dozen. We're both slightly addicted!





Thanks for looking,
-Dee
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / maternity top on: March 28, 2011 12:23:34 AM
Hey there.

It seems like I have a revolving door of pregnant friends these days. Comes with my age I guess (27)...

My bff Jenny is preggers, as is my cousin-in-law Jennie. (I know too many Jen's!). At any rate, Jennie asked me if I could make her some tops. I don't have a good picture of the one I did for her but I used the same Burda pattern for Jenny's. They're both made of light cotton.

I don't have the pattern number... but I know that its Burda and its this season.



I know it looks rather Mennonite but once its on a pregnant lady, its pretty darn cute.

Thanks for looking.
-Dee
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / uber-apron on: March 28, 2011 12:12:13 AM
Hello!

I'm in love with cooking and baking and am forever getting covered in what I'm working with...
I found a crazy-old pattern in my aunt's things and altered it a bit to make a pinafore-style apron for myself. Turned out fine. I used old quilt scraps that my aunt gave me - I went through the box and used up all the pansy patterned ones... its a real mishmash of colours but I like it and it does its job. I'd like to make a nice one now that I've figured out how to make the pattern work for my size (28). I enjoy working in the kitchen all the more because I know that my clothes aren't going to be a disaster when I'm done!!



Thanks for looking.
-Dee
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Buttercup bag on: March 28, 2011 12:06:26 AM
Hello!

I was roaming the internet today feeling inspired to spend my Sunday sewing a handbag... I googled "free handbag pattern" and was *overwhelmed* with options and finally settled on the Buttercup bag. (http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html) I read a post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298323.0 that gave instructions on how to put a zipper in it so... I gave it a whirl. Turned out pretty good... I also added a series of pockets on the insides for my do-dads and whatchamacallits. Very handy.

Two things I'd do different - I'd sew the strap to the lining so that I didn't have a line of stitching visible on the outside of the bag (I tried to hide it in the top stitching but wasn't entirely successful... and I'd also make it out of something heavier. I used plain old cotton that I had left over from another project. I love the colours but I think it would be better out of something upholstery-eque.

Oh, and I'd also make it slightly larger. Its a tight fit for my wallet and sunglasses case.



Thanks for looking,
-Dee
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Christmas Baubles on: March 27, 2011 11:59:11 PM
This is less exciting then some of my projects I made this winter but... a friend asked me if I could show her how to make these Christmas tree baubles. She forwarded me this pattern: http://6ichthusfish.typepad.com/6ichthusfish/2009/11/free-crochet-pattern-for-christmas-tree-baubles.html

I whipped up a few and found that I loooooved making them. So cute! I made about 2 dozen out of left over red, green and white yarn. I should have taken a pic of them all but they're now stored away til next year. I also made about a dozen others to give as small gifts. Worked out great.

I still haven't showed that friend how to make them - The Christmas season was nuts (again) and we never were able to find a time that worked for both of us. I plan to get together with her now that things have settled down.



Thanks for looking,
-Dee
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / viking toque on: March 27, 2011 11:55:34 PM
Hello!

My sister was scoping out the snorgtee.com site... she gets a kick out of some of them... and she came upon this toque: http://www.snorgtees.com/viking-helmet

She was smitten with it and dropped really broad hints that she didn't want to have to pay $35 for one... which I took to mean that she'd like me to make her one for free. Ah sisters, what are we good for? I whipped her one up that night... it isn't an exact match but its pretty close and is kinda cute. It looks a lot better on her but she wasn't here when I wanted to take pics of it... so you have me looking kinda dorky in it. Rest assured she pulls it off with more class!

This is just plain old acrylic and a 4.5mm hook.



Thanks for looking,
-Dee
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Monkey Toques on: March 27, 2011 11:50:32 PM
Monkey Toques.

Golly, have I ever made a lot of these (at least 20)... and I've got orders waiting for another eight. Feels like they'll never end!
I saw a pic of one a friend had made about six months ago and once again I decided I could do that, too.

I don't have a pattern for this... just copied the picture I saw. I use acrylic yarn, I usually buy the grey and white but use whatever yarn I have hanging around for the coloured bits. Makes for a kaleidoscope of colours!



Thanks for looking!
-Dee
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tam on: March 27, 2011 11:45:19 PM
Hello folks.

I've been away from here for a while but I haven't stopped crafting!

I made this tam at Christmas time... I decided that I was tired of toques so gave this a whirl. I used a lightweight grey acrylic yarn and a 3mm hook. I made a little casing just behind the brim for some elastic and voila! A tam.

The inspiration for it came after seeing a friend's tam that she picked up for $30. She was thrilled she got such a good deal and all I could think was "I could make it for nothing!" So... I did. And thus, the grey tam was born.

I didn't use a pattern... just had the image of my friend's tam in my mind. Worked out pretty ok.





Thanks for looking,
-Dee
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Felting on: July 19, 2010 01:38:51 AM
I'm not 100% convinced that this is the right place for this question... but here we go...

I've dabbled in felting occasionally over the last while. I made two toques and they both turned out great.

I want to make a pair or mittens for my uncle (he's a hunter and is often out in winter checking his trap lines)... but I don't want to waste a lot of yarn trying to get a matching pair of mitts that actually fit his hands.

So I'm wondering, is there a rule of thumb for how much wool shrinks? For example, if I made the mitts roughly twice as big as they need to be, would they shrink to half their size? Does it depend entirely on the wool itself?

I was just playing around with the toques and didn't bother to measure how big they were to begin with or how big they were once they were felted (would have been a wise move on my part!).

Any info you gals have on felting would be appreciated!

Merci Bien,
-Dee
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