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131  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Frenzy! (image heavy) on: February 29, 2008 12:02:28 PM
Since discovering Amigurumi, I have been going nutty using up all my scrap yarn. My craft area is quickly becoming overpopulated with little creatures! Cheesy

Here's my very first, based on the pattern by MarjorieCrochets. I made felt eyes and embroidered the nose. She's stuffed with scrap yarn.




This one is based on the pattern by gnathalie2. I changed up the yarn pattern a bit because I was using bits and scraps. Used google eyes and embroidered the face, added a pompom tail and loose whiskers.








Here is a strange creature that I just made up as I went. He likes to flatten his hands and use them for paddleball.


And then we have Sebastian le Hamster from Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful.


Comments and constructive criticism welcome. Thanks for looking!
132  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow Stripey Baby Blanket on: February 29, 2008 11:49:56 AM
I am usually a pretty timely project-finisher, but this one has been in the works for 2+ years. It was slow going because it made my wrists hurt (small stitches and a very repetitive pattern). Then I ran out of one of the colors and just set it aside and forgot about it. I have been on a frenzy of project-finishing lately, and it's finally done. Hurrah! I was going to give it as a baby gift, but I like it so much that I'm keeping it for my own LOs. Smiley







("Ribbon Candy" pattern made from the book Ripples for Baby, designed by Rose Marie Brooks.)
 
Thanks for looking!
133  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Tying Up Loose Ends on: February 20, 2008 08:54:27 PM
Here's a question: I know in knitting and crocheting, you generally don't knot loose ends, but simply weave them through the project. When working with very small items, though, such as Amigurumi, I'd imagine you don't want very long loose ends, nor do you want to do a ton of weaving because it might bulk up some areas. So what do you do? Do you generally knot/tie off? Or is it unnecessary?

I've also had problems with the very ends working loose after an item has been used and loved for a while (especially with blankets in which I'm using double strands and the stitches are looser). Is there any way to prevent this? I keep feeling like maybe I just never learned how to properly secure loose ends....  Huh
134  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Bright Blanket on: February 20, 2008 07:42:58 PM
After completing all the many baby blankets I was making for gifts (every good friend gets one for each baby she has! Shocked), I finally found the time to make one for DD. It's only 10 months late, right? Undecided It's worked on the diagonal, which is unlike any other I've made, with two strands at a time and done with Bernat Softee Baby yarn. Pattern is by Evelyn A. Clark in Quick Knit Baby Afghans. (Sorry for the poor lighting in the pics. Oh, and I'm a newbie so I can't post pics yet, but here are the linkies.)







135  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Amigurumi Standards on: February 19, 2008 05:47:52 PM
Hey! Newbie here! Thanks to Craftster, I have discovered Amigurumi. Besides the fact that the projects I've seen here are adorable and would make great gifts, they're also ways to use up all my piles and piles of scrap yarn. So I started my first project last night and am already addicted. But I have a question, and forgive me if this has been answered somewhere obvious. Are there "standards" as to what qualifies as Amigurumi? Must they be a certain size or style of doll? Or is any crocheted dolly acceptable? Any links for free patterns? I'm pretty sure I'll be inventing my own in no time, but I have to get used to the idea for a while first. TIA!
136  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / You're Part of My Resolution on: February 09, 2008 10:25:24 AM
Hey, there! You can call me GEN, or G, or whatever you like as long as it's nice.  Wink I'm 27 years old. I live in Pennsylvania. I have been married to my hubby for 6 years, and we have a beautiful, sweet, funny, energetic 9 month old baby girl. (Can you tell I'm in love?) We have a cat who regularly pukes on our white carpet. I like to read, write, cook, and craft, among other things. I also like to fill out forms and look at the insides of peoples' houses (only when I'm invited Tongue). I am a bit of a mixed bag.

I also have a tendency to become an internet addict, so forums are dangerous for me. My previous experience with forums disappointed me, as some of the members got way too serious for my tastes. I am hoping that here I can find a fun, casual, inspiring place to hang out, but also that I can be successful at being responsible with my time (i.e., not spending all day online!).

By now you have probably learned way more than you wanted to know from someone you just "met," but you may discover soon enough that brevity is not one of my strengths. Bless you for reading on.

Anyway. I have two resolutions for the new year, although I'm making them a little late. They are:

1. I am going to get off my duff and start living my life again. I am a SAHM and have allowed myself to get a bit shut in. So I am going to call my friends, set up playdates, take some time to myself, get back in the groove!

2. I am going to make time to be crafty again. I have so many crafty-type hobbies and so many things I want to try. I am an artsy person by nature. I love to create. But it hardly ever happens because I don't make the time for it. Because I love it so much and because I'm always bummed that I don't do it more, I am resolving to set aside time to be creative. That's where this forum comes in. I'm hoping it will inspire me.

Thanks for letting me introduce myself. Now I'm off to my knitting! Smiley
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