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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Shy Little Unicorn! on: July 04, 2013 09:52:01 AM
Here is a shy little unicorn that I crocheted up for my friends' new baby. The pattern comes from Amigurumi Toy Box by Ana Paula Rimoli.

I just love the curly-cue hair!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for cheap jersey knit fabric on: January 23, 2012 04:50:32 PM
Hello fellow sewers!

I got a fancy-pants Serger for Christmas, so I can finally get started on so many of the knit clothing projects I've been queuing up.
But, being on a budget, I'm looking for your favorite sources of cheap knit fabrics. I know I can try thrift stores, and I've got my own stash of clothes I don't wear, but I still need a source of by-the-yard fabric.

Any suggestions?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A trio of birthday dresses (a bit img heavy) on: June 05, 2011 08:27:56 AM
My niece just turned one year old, and for her birthday, I sewed her three different versions of this dress/pinafore combination from an old, vintage Butterick pattern. (When I went to Joann to pick out fabric, I just couldn't decide on one, so I decided to make three!)

She's already wearing 18-month clothes (she's a tall one), and the pattern was for size 1-1 and a half, so I sized it up twice, to give an approximate size 3. By this fall she'll be able to wear them (they'll be a little big), and then she can continue to wear them as she grows.

So here are the three dresses. Once I've got pictures of my niece in them, I'll add action shots.

Dress number one, in a khaki-material:

Close-up of the yolk and peter-pan collar:

They all close with buttons and hand-sewn button-loops (ala http://ysolda.com/support/pictorial-guides/sewn-button-loops/ )

With pinafore number one in a light broadcloth: (yay appliques!)

Close-up of the appliques:

Dress number two, in corduroy (god, I love that squirrel fabric!):

Close-up of the fabric:

With pinafore number two, in corduroy:

I learned the limits of my machine applique-ing skills, and so instead of applique-ing this little guy, I just fused him to the pocket and then tacked him down with some tiny hand stitches:

Then here is dress number three, in cotton calico (this fabric reminded me of the fabrics my mom used to use in the early 80's when she'd sew clothes for me):

And pinafore number three, in corduroy:

Baby giraffe! (giraffes are my niece's favorite animal--both her toy giraffe and the giraffes at the zoo!):

You can see how the pinafores tie in the back:

I am very happy with this pattern--it is very well constructed, with lots of good finishing details. These are sturdy clothes that are going to last her a long time!

Thanks for looking  Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / UPDATE: Pattern added! Ezlo winter hat from Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap on: January 31, 2011 07:15:04 PM
I made this hat for Striker923 for the Legend of Zelda swap.

It's a hat that comes to life in the form of a bird named Ezlo, from the video game Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap.

I drafted the pattern myself, and have received a lot of requests for it, so I've just added it at the bottom of this post!

Here it is (using one of my care bears as a head model):

And for reference, this is what Ezlo looks like:

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy

-June 2012 Update-
I've gotten lots of requests for the pattern, so I'll just add it here. Let me know if you have questions about it!

Knit Ezlo Hat from The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap

16 size 8 circular needle
Size 8 DPNs
Size 6 DPNs
Size G crochet hook
Bright lime green yarn
Small amount of yellow yarn
Small amount of black, white and bright lime green embroidery floss

Main hat:
Cast on 84 st on circ and join
K2P2 ribbing for 8 rows (84 st)
Knit 24 rows
(K5, K2tog) around (72 st)
Knit 7 rows
(K4, K2tog) around (60 st)
(K3, K2tog) around (48 st)
Knit 6 rows
(Note: switch to size 8 DPNs if at any point it gets too tight on the circular needle)
(K2, K2tog) around (36 st)
Knit 39 rows
(K1, K2tog) around (24 st)
(K1, K2tog) around (16 st)
(K1, K2tog) around (12 st)
cinch together

Ezlos head:
Use size 6 DPNs
From tip of hat, pick up 6 st and join (6 st)
Knit 1 row
Increase 1 st into each st (12 st)
Knit 1 row
Increase 1 st into every other st (18 st)
Knit 5 rows
(K2tog, K1) around (12 st)
Knit 1 row
(K2tog, K1) around (6 st)
Stuff and cinch up and finish off.

Ezlos plume:
Use size 6 DPNs
From middle of the back of his head, pick up 6 stitches in a circle (6 st)
Knit 1 row
Increase 1 st into each st (12 st)
Knit 1 row
Increase 1 st into every other st (18 st)
Knit ~12 rows
Stuff, cinch together and finish off.
Tack plume to his head so that it curves around.

Ezlos beak:
Use size 6 DPNs and yellow yarn
From middle of the front of his head, pick up 6 stitches in a circle (6 st)
Knit 4 rows
Increase 1 st in every other st around (9 st)
Knit 7 rows
(K2tog, K1) around (6 st)
Knit 4 rows
Stuff, cinch together and finish off.
Use a little extra yellow yarn and tapestry need to tack top and bottom together slightly to flatten beak.

Ezlos eyes:
Use size G crochet hook to crochet eyes.
With black thread, Ch2, sc 8 into 2nd loop from hook
Switch to white thread, sc into first 4 sc
Switch to bright green thread, sc into next 4 sc
Finish off.
Sew eyes to Ezlos head using white and green thread where appropriate.

Curve around Ezlos head and beak to the top/side of the hat and tack down with some green yarn.

This pattern is an original pattern by Amy Briggs (Lotuspixie) (January 2011). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Epona amigurumi from Legend of Zelda on: January 31, 2011 06:55:43 PM
I made this for Striker923 for the Legend of Zelda swap.

This is baby Epona, a horse that's featured in a number of Zelda games. I specifically took my inspiration from the version in Ocarina of Time.

The pattern is a hybrid of the "Clop and Ali" pattern and AprilDraven's pattern from Etsy.

This is my first crochet project, and it was a lot of fun. I think I'll be making a lot more of these ponies, it's such a cute pattern!  Cheesy

And the reference image (I tried to capture all the details, like the long hair on her hooves and the white mark on her forehead):

Thanks for looking!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Legend of Zelda Three Goddesses iPod Cozy on: January 31, 2011 06:49:09 PM
This is an iPod cozy that I made for Striker923 for the Legend of Zelda swap.

This is my first cross stitch project ever. This craft lends itself so well to pixellated pictures!

There are three goddesses in the mythology of the world of zelda, Din, Nayru and Farore.
In the Wind Waker game, there are statues of each of the goddesses, and it's these that I used for inspiration.
I found sprites of these statues on hikolol35's DeviantArt page:

Here's the whole case:

And here is each goddess individually.



Thanks for looking!  Smiley
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / etiquette question on: January 28, 2011 10:44:07 AM
I'm not sure I'm at this point yet, but is this ok:

if, as an organizer, i have a swapper who has stopped communicating for quite some time, is it ok to contact the organizers of other swaps that he or she is currently involved with to see if they've heard from the incommunicado swapper?
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Meeting in person to exchange: question on: January 25, 2011 08:17:13 PM
I have a pair of swap partners that live in the same town. They decided to save on shipping costs and want to just meet up in person. But they have a question, and I didn't know how to answer it:

What happens if she and her partner cannot meet up by the send out date, even if they have finished their packages? Would it be considered as "sent late", even if they both confirm to me by the send date that they've completed their packages (i guess with sending me pics of what they crafted, or something)? Should I give them "sent late with communication" notes in their feedback?

Thanks for your help.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stupid fleece to useful winter raglan on: January 25, 2011 07:53:41 PM
So I recently lost a lot of weight, and used that fact as an excuse to really go through my closet and clear out all the dumb clothes that I never wear.

Here are two pieces of clothing that I never wore:

1) A dumpy-looking striped fleece pullover (who do these things actually look good on? I continue to buy fleece pullovers, and they continue to look dumpy and dumb)

2) An all-fitting men's t-shirt with a cute bottle caps logo on it

I cut them up and combined them into a warm, cozy raglan:

This new shirt fits great, and is perfect to wear to work during the winter--it's warm enough that I don't need a sweatshirt, but because of the 3/4 length sleeves, it doesn't get too warm.

Thanks for looking! This is, hopefully, only the first installment of a whole bunch of recons I'll be doing from clothes from my closet (I've already got a whole stack of "before" pictures, now I just have to recon them into something else!)  Smiley
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Edit someone else's post? on: January 18, 2011 09:36:24 AM
Is there a way to get it so I can edit another person's post?

Here's the story:

Dizzerspinninround was organizing our Zelda swap round 2, but she's become consumed with dealing with another swap she was organizing that has required an inordinate number of angels/etc. So she asked me to take over as organizer for the Zelda swap.

All that's fine, it's just that her first post for our Zelda swap, with all the swap info, now needs editing to add links for the gallery, and add info about sent/received/feedback given/etc. But SHE created the post, so I can't edit it. And since the whole point of me doing this was that she would no longer have to spend so much time on this swap, is there any way to do this besides just giving her the info and having her do it?

If all that makes sense? Thanks for the help.
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