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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Big Fat Moogle on: July 14, 2010 07:22:29 PM
He looks awesome!  Cheesy You did a fantastic job. I'd love to see pictures of him and Cait Sith together.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting with unconventional materials on: July 09, 2010 04:53:45 PM
Clingfilm -- That sounds like what we know as plastic wrap (or saran wrap, a brand name) here in the US. It was actually one of the first materials I considered, but I turned to the clear plastic bag instead because I thought it would be easier to cut and work with -- you know, because it doesn't stick to itself. Wink I'm wondering if it would have the same problem as the bag, with losing transparency when it bunches up as it's stitched... I might just have to give in to my curiosity and try it anyway.

I'm going to have to look up your newspaper tree, Scribble.. I can imagine that crocheting with paper was a challenge, but I really like the idea of sort-of recycling the newspaper back to where it came from -- at least in spirit.  Smiley

Using the little colored wires is a very cool idea too! I might have to try that sometime. I'm really enjoying this thread so far (no pun intended  Grin).
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: July 09, 2010 04:25:22 PM
Don't forget The Golden Girls! Sophia was often shown crocheting. And if I remember correctly, I don't think she was pretending.  Smiley

You know, I always found it funny that in one episode she claims she doesn't know how to crochet, when in previous episodes and the ones after, she's always got something to work on! xD

I don't remember that episode, but that's pretty funny though! Of course, that show was full of inconsistencies -- as were many sitcoms from that era -- and yet it still managed to be fabulous.  Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Halp! Pattern question + how would I make this? on: July 09, 2010 02:46:21 AM
For the slippers: I'm pretty sure that when it says to "divide the piece" that it's just telling you to start working back and forth on the bottom of the slipper instead of in rounds at that point. This is where you're forming the opening for your foot to go in. Not sure why it says "divide"...  Roll Eyes

For the mittens: First, those are extremely cute.. Second, I don't know how comfortable you are with "winging it" or modifying patterns... If it were me, I'd first try test-crocheting the chart just as a flat rectangle to get an idea of how big it will turn out as a crocheted piece. Then you can see if it'll be the right size for the mitten, or if you'll have to try thicker/thinner yarn or different hook sizes, or if you'll have to trim or add rows or columns to the chart. It could be a little trial-and-error. Finally, I'd probably find a similar looking mitten pattern for crochet.. Look for something with the same yarn weight and hook size as you picked for the chart; also something worked back-and-forth with a seam on one side or in two separate pieces would be better for a project like this, since working in rounds would cause the picture to slant to one side. I hope that made sense.  Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting with unconventional materials on: July 09, 2010 02:12:25 AM
I think I will try another kind of fishing line -- I know nothing about fishing, and may have inadvertently picked an especially stiff kind.  Tongue

If that doesn't work, and I can't come up with anything else that is relatively inexpensive, I think I'll just go for the jelly yarn because it looks perfect! Thanks for the link, Meowyinn.  Wink

And if/when I figure this out, I will definitely share the result.

You say you've crocheted with licorice, Kiewiet? That's definitely something I've never heard of before!  Cheesy Now I'm really curious: what did you make with it, if you don't mind my asking?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: July 08, 2010 07:26:12 PM
Don't forget The Golden Girls! Sophia was often shown crocheting. And if I remember correctly, I don't think she was pretending.  Smiley
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting with unconventional materials on: July 08, 2010 06:45:11 PM
Hi! I have two questions that I thought might make for interesting discussion:

1. I want to crochet a translucent ball for an amigurumi project, and I'm having trouble figuring out a good material to use. I tried fishing line and it was way too difficult to work with. I also tried cutting a clear plastic produce bags into strips -- it was much easier to work with, but it loses its transparency when squished up and stitched. Has anyone here ever crocheted with clear elastic-y jewelry/beading cord? Or something like this?

I would consider something that gives a feeling of translucency, like a very sheer, shiny ribbon if you think that might work well. I'm also open to any other suggestions anyone has!

2. What's the weirdest, non-yarn material you've ever crocheted with? I've heard of "plarn" made from plastic grocery bags, or making jewelry by crocheting wire... but I'm curious to know about what other unconventional things are crochetable.  Grin

As I mentioned, I've tried fishing line and plastic bag strips... Also: wire, pipe cleaners, Xmas garlands, various kinds of cording and string, fabric strips, plant stems... Sometimes I'm trying to get a particular effect, and sometimes I just want to see if it can be done.  Wink
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: There's something fishy going on here on: July 08, 2010 05:23:09 AM
It's so cute!  Cheesy So much detail, too. Your swap partner is very lucky!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Scrubbing Bubble - w/ free pattern link! on: May 15, 2010 03:33:43 AM
Oh, he's cute! I love the Scrubbing Bubbles. Thanks for sharing the pattern!  Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: LOST inspired embroidery of Charlie's hand on: May 04, 2010 02:23:29 AM
That's pretty awesome. And the metal hoop is a great touch.  Wink I love clever little details like that.
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