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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: October 01, 2014 08:54:52 PM
I don't sew much but I finished this blouse/shirt over the weekend for myself.

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: September 23, 2014 07:39:44 AM
yoopidou - cheese making isn't hard; it's just time-consuming as you have to slooowly raise or lower the temperature.  We've had fun trying different kinds.  We just recently sampled the colby but the cheddar we made earlier this month has to sit until November or later.  Mozzarella is simple and you can eat that instantly.  My absolute favorite is one that's a surprise to me - ricotta.  You make it using the leftover whey from the other cheeses.  I was never a fan of ricotta but we discovered if you mix it with a little onion powder and a few herbs it makes a delicious cracker spread (I'm getting hungry thinking about it!)

Kookaloo_Starr - I love your baby blanket (the one with the pastel flecks)!  I've never seen that pattern before, would you be willing to share where you found it?

kbrison - your bag is awesome! Is that a shell stitch crocheted side-to-side?!  I love the blue and white stripes contrasted with the red bottom.

I finished just one project this last week - a preemie mock cable hat (my design).  Used up some of my stash which is a bonus.
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: September 17, 2014 08:15:20 AM
I finished a small shopping bag this past weekend.  I started off thinking I would make a hat, but the stitches really wanted to be a bag.  This is my own design and I was able to use up most of the cotton-blend yarn I purchased and made my daughter a dress with earlier this summer.  It's only about 10" high, but I think it will be the perfect farmer's market bag (as long as I don't go overboard!)

We had a party on Saturday and decided it was time to cut the cheese  Grin.  We had really only aged this colby about 5 weeks ... but it was delicious!

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: September 02, 2014 09:26:36 AM
I finished another dress for my daughter just last week.  Hopefully she'll be able to wear it a few times before she outgrows it (not likely)

I always forget that food projects count as "crafts" here.  My husband got the bug in August to try making cheese.  So far we've made colby and cheddar (will have to wait until October+ before sampling)

as well as a couple batches of mozzarella and ricotta from the leftover whey.

I was never a fan of store-bought ricotta, but we discovered that if you add a little onion powder and a few fresh herbs it makes a wonderful cracker spread/dip!
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5  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: July 30, 2014 02:32:19 PM
I only found this DeStash-along at the end of last month and I don't think I've posted in here before.  I accidentally matched up a couple of the challenges this month.
Color: Turquoise and Challenge 1 (scrappy projects)

Dolphin dishcloth

and a couple of Freeze Pop holders

A scrappy project and one for Challenge 2 (at least I think it will be a gift) - a Christmas stocking.
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6  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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7  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.

41 / 52 as of September 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)

32. Dolphin dishcloth (knit)
33. Freeze Pop Holders (crochet) June/July "summer" challenge
34. Winter Waves Christmas stocking (crochet)

35. Simple Summer Hat (crochet)
36. Snowdrop dress (knit)
37. Homemade cheese - mozzarella, colby and cheddar.

38. Bobble shopping bag (crochet)
39. Baby (preemie) mock cable hat (knit)

40. Northmoor Watchcap (knit)
41. Charlotte shirt (sew)
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8  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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9  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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10  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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