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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: June 30, 2014 08:50:28 AM
I only managed to finish two projects all month  Cry

This dress for my daughter took the longest, but it turned out beautifully (if I say so myself).

I also tried designing a shawlette, but I don't like how it turned out.  I wanted to finish by the end of this month (June), so I was hurrying and then forgot to add a crucial design element.  Also, I used cheap yarn ... next time I'll use something that will block easier.

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: May 30, 2014 02:22:28 PM
Great!  Here's my list for 2014.

29 / 52 as of May 2014

1. earrings/stitch markers (beading)
2. pencil roll (sewing)
3. Strib Hat #2 (knit)
4. Rolling Waves (NSL) cowl (knit)
5. Strib Hat #3 (knit)
6. Strib Hat #4 (knit)
7. Minion Phone Case (crochet)
8. Rolling Waves (NSL) chunky cowl (knit)

9. Cross-stitched square (crochet)
10. Love Bug amigurumi (crochet)
11. Monster Cowl (knit)
12. Granny Square (crochet)
13. Back Loops Square (crochet)
14. Swish with a Twist washcloth (knit)
15. Almost Lost Washcloth (knit)
16. Ribbed Mitts (knit)

17. bracelet (beading)
18. Front Post Treble Crochet Square
19. Mock Cable Dishcloth (knit)
20. Friendship Star block (sewing)
21. Borders block (sewing)

22. small crocheted basket (aka "the bath tub") (crochet)
23. Popcorn Square (crochet)
24. Churn Dash block (sewing)
25. spring cardigan (knit) April/May Challenges: 1. spring, new clothes, 3. child-related project

26. Scraptastic Shawlette (crochet)
27. Rope Basket  (crochet)
28. Almost Lost Washcloth (knit)
29. Tomboy Cardigan (knit) April/May Challenges: 3. child-related project

30. Elenka dress (knit)
31. flower shawl design (knit with crochet trim)

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3  Re: My First Doily in Crochet: Completed Projects by cmouse01 on: July 11, 2013 05:25:08 AM
That looks like a fairly complex pattern to have done for your first doily! Great job!  Smiley

I'm not sure the technique you used to block, but I always hand-wash or at least wet thoroughly my doilies, and then pin on a blocking board starting from the inside and working my way out, stretching as I go.  If you don't have a board, I've used ceiling tiles you can get at the hardware store and just covered them with plastic wrap or wax paper.  Just be sure to use stainless steel pins not steel-plated so you don't have rust problems.

Here is one of mine before blocking.  Not too bad, but there are still some bunches and wrinkles.

And after wet-blocking, it's grown in size by a couple of inches.

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4  Baby Ziggy Tunic in Knitting: Completed Projects by cmouse01 on: June 09, 2012 12:46:43 PM
Just finished this last weekend. Took about 10 days to finish because I don't have much time to knit - less than an hour a day. Turned out very cute!
Pattern is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-ziggy

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5  First doily in Crochet: Completed Projects by cmouse01 on: June 10, 2009 11:09:51 AM
This is my very first doily.  I'm discovering I love working with thread!

The pattern is available at http://ninasatmyhouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/gift-doily.html.  Any comments or suggestions are welcome.  I did try blocking it (also my first), but it almost looks like it could use a bit more.
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6  Mint Delight and coin purse in Crochet: Completed Projects by cmouse01 on: April 29, 2009 11:17:12 AM
This is only the second thread bear I've ever made, and I'm calling him "Mint Delight":

The pattern came from http://www.squidoo.com/thread_crochet_bears2.  I used size 10 thread for the bear and size 30 for the muzzle.  After stuffing the parts, I used a tip I learned this week and used sinew to attach the parts to the body - that way the limbs still move, but the sinew is very strong and less likely to break.

I was prompted to make the bear because of Yahoo Group threadanimals (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/threadanimals/).  The April Challenge was "What is your bear's PURSEonality?"  We were to create a bear with a purse - inside, holding, or whatever.  I also made the purse:

Not sure if you can tell, but it's made up of shell stitches - using size 3 thread.  The pattern for the purse is a Crocheted Hobo purse (http://shortylamcrochet.blogspot.com/2006/11/nordstrom-hobo-bag.html) that I've made once before using yarn, but I liked the pattern so much I wanted to try making it in thread for a smaller version.  I "finished" the purse a few months ago, but never got around to adding a lining and zipper (because I hate sewing).

Looking forward to hearing your comments!   Smiley
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7  Re: exposing the stash in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by cmouse01 on: February 19, 2009 11:24:27 AM
Here is how you justify stashes.
This is the exact same argument I make , except substituting the word "books" for "yarn".  Roll Eyes I'm working on figuring a way to use old books as a building material next....

And what if you have stashes of books AND yarn?  Is that even more energy efficient?!  (DH probably won't think so - he just shakes his head at me).
I've just recently organized my stash.  I'm running out of closets to take over - the office one has shelves and is full of books; and I'm in the process of converting a guest bedroom into a craft room - so the closet space in there is going to have yarn:

This is not everything.  I just found another tote and bought some more yarn this week as well.  My storage solution was to create "crates" out of some boxes we had around the house.  I originally was trying to store in totes in the basement - but having them upstairs and visible is priceless!  I keep re-discovering yarn I'd forgotten about ... oh, yeah, I was going to work on that project NEXT!   Cheesy
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8  Crandall in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by cmouse01 on: February 17, 2009 12:33:43 PM
I decided to participate in a Challenge this month.  It was held by Yahoo group's threadanimals.  The idea was to create a thread animal of our choosing, using any pattern / make up a pattern, but at least 75% of the animal and all embellishments needed to be RED for Valentines Day.  Smiley

This is what I came up with:

His name is Crandall the Cranky Crab  Grin.  I thought the french knots I used made him look cranky -hence the name.  He doesn't come from a pattern - I just played until I got him "right".  The great part about Crandall is that he was made with recycled yarn.  My first attempt at recycling a sweater seemed like a "bust".  I knew enough to check the seems to see if they were cut, but my mind didn't grasp the concept that a STRIPED sweater would result in lots of little balls. Oops.  The nice thing was that the sweater was made from a 6-ply cotton yarn, so I split the yarn and used 3-ply for the body and 1-ply for the legs.

And yes, he's only the size of a quarter.  Smiley  Hope you enjoy!

(click for larger image)
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9  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by cmouse01 on: January 31, 2009 11:51:05 AM
I finished my squares almost two weeks ago, but never got around to posting the pictures.  Embarrassed  I got ambitious and am trying to do the Craftster CAL, the Ravelry CAL (12" only) and a Mystery Cal on Dishcloth Diaries blog (http://dishclothdiaries.blogspot.com/2009/01/calendar-ghan-cal.html).  I'm hoping I can keep up and I should be able to since it only took me 3-4 days to finish all three in January (I only have a few hours each night to crochet).

I originally decided to make each month in a different color with the 12 months coordinating into an afghan.  Although I have to say I almost with I had thought otherwise - I really like some of the multiple colored ones other people have done.  Maybe next time  Smiley.

These are all done using Red Heart Super Saver - Dark Sage.
Esther square:

Mandala square:

Dishcloth Diaries - Winter Dream
My center looks a little different than hers, but it all seemed to work out in the end.
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10  Holiday Tartan Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by cmouse01 on: December 22, 2008 11:41:39 AM
It's really bugging me that I can't post my finished projects on my blog!   Cheesy  I spotted this pattern this summer when my mom gave me some of her "old" crochet magazines (this was from Annie's Favorite Crochet, December 2004).  I immediately thought of my in-laws.  Partially because their family room has several of these colors.  I started it back in Sept/Oct.  I'm glad I did! - it took a long time to finish.  At times the whole thing seemed "tedious" (same stitches), so I ended up switching off to other projects for something different.  It wasn't a difficult pattern.  You basically create a "grid" like filet crochet of DC, Ch stitches and then dozens of chains that are woven into the grid to get the plaid look.    But I think it turned out great!  It's really warm since in most places you have two layers of worsted weight yarn.

Close-up view of stitches and weaving:
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