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71  Vintage Huck Weaving Pattern - on tea towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: October 01, 2008 10:35:24 AM
 So I decided to try my hand at Huck Weaving. I had ordered some huck towels to embroider, for a tea towel swap. I wasn't impressed with the towel quality for embroidery. The weave was too loose, but they were still good towels and I hate to waste...

I pulled out my stack of vintage 'Workbasket' magazines and chose a pattern for huck weaving. Oh my gosh - this is so addictive, so quick (for those of us who like instant gratification, so inexpensive (for us frugal types), and soooo pretty when it's finished.

The only thing I can't decide is whether or not I should cut the towel in half and crochet a towel topper on, to hang it from the fridge handle by? Or leave it long... Your thoughts on this would be appreciated!

Close up of the stitches...

Action shot on my stove...

Another random shot...

Oh! Almost forgot...

I used 6 strands DMC embroidery floss in colors 907, 906, and 905. The pattern was from the Workbasket issue May 1954.

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72  Re: White Walls a Problem? Theme everything accordingly! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: September 29, 2008 08:31:47 PM
Beautiful job. Love the thriftiness!

How about accenting with an amber/orange color, instead of red? Slightly different twist on that, and it would allow you to bring in some warm yellows, too - vases or bowls?

You could paint the edge of the table top in an amber/orange color to match, but leave the top white and black, to tie it in. Add a glass bead fringe to a lampshade? Curtain tie backs in the same color?

Just a thought.
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73  What to do when a table needs refinishing? Crochet a runner! in Crochet: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: September 25, 2008 06:52:41 PM
I am a sucker for anything vintage, and I fell in love with this pattern the moment I laid eyes on it. I bought the book, Hiawatha Household Crochet Book No. 14 (c)1945, on ebay, specifically for another pattern that I had found free online. I also liked this one, from the same book, so I figured that if I liked two, I might like the rest! I was right - out of the entire book, there is only one pattern that I didn't care about one way or the other.

But this is the one that just had to be made!

So I finally made it... 11" x 24", 53 individual motifs.

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74  Re: Jim Henson Swap 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: September 22, 2008 06:19:05 PM
I ended up getting to do for the lovely Linda P, who has awesome taste in all things Henson. She received, but had no batteries for her camera, so I'll post a few pics here.

I didn't get pictures of the Oscar the Grouch Domino Pendant Necklace that I made for her, so I can't post that. I was rushing to pack it all up to send, and forgot. I also sent a copy of Labyrinth on DVD, since she wore out her VHS copy, but I didn't bother taking a pic of that since I didn't make it.

So, first thing I made was a crochet and shrinky dinks bookmark, since she loves to read.

Then, I made a Cookie Monster Recipe Clip, to hold the recipe she is using (and included 5 of our favorite cookie/bar recipes)

And since she'll be making cookies, we needed a potholder!

Next came the coffee sleeve, in case she stopped for a hot drink while out (because cookies need coffee or chai or cocoa...)

And last but not least is worm, from labyrinth. His face isn't quite right, so I was disappointed in that, but all in all, he at least resembles worm. (I know - no prizes for mad sculpey skills, here...)  Tongue

Thanks, Linda P, for being awesome to do for!
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75  Re: Chocoholics Unanimous Round 3! finished! send outs were Oct 23, 2008! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by 85%confusion on: September 16, 2008 06:59:24 AM
I like my chocolate as dark as I can get it, and I like espresso based drinks better than regular coffee. However, I'll NEVER turn down coffee, unless it's decaf. Decaf, it's like... what's the point?

And because I like molecules...


Chocolate Molecule       Caffeine Molecule

See how very similar they are? =) No wonder Mocha Lattes are my favorite...

Ok - enough weirdness from me for now. Update - Item 1 is crafted to completion.
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76  Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: September 15, 2008 03:00:28 PM
So my step-daughter turns 13 tomorrow, and I wanted to make her something for the cool weather in Maine, where she lives. I ended up making this hat.

I used Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends in Sky. Personally, I think it came out pretty well, and my 11 year old (modeling) loves it... but I'm hoping our 13 year old does!
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77  Look What the Cat Dragged In (a.k.a. Cat Scratch Fever) in CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES by 85%confusion on: September 05, 2008 06:42:28 PM
So, My entry for the ironic cozy challenge is rather mundane compared to a few I have seen entered, thus far, but mine should get points for cutesy! =)

My poor optical mouse is so old, the finish is worn off where my hands rest, and it was looking cold. After all, 6 years is a long time for a mouse to be alive.
So, we have a mouse cozy that looks like a... Mouse!

Of course, my pencil jar didn't take too kindly to being left out in the cold, all the attention lavished on a rodent! I was able to whip up a pencil jar cozy in a matter of minutes...

Now they have made peace on my desk. Here they are together:

Both are crocheted, then embellished.
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78  Snowflake Hat - with instructions in Crochet: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: September 03, 2008 09:52:53 PM
I made this a while ago, but never got around to posting. It's the first thing I ever crocheted, sans pattern, and I think it came out pretty well. I don't have any good pics of it on one of my kiddos, but it fits my 9 year old nicely.

It's a simple enough pattern, but my challenge was to transition from the snowflake shape to the spiral, without weird bunches on top of the head!

Ok, so this is what I used and did - hopefully I transcribed the process accurately/clearly enough. It really is very simple to do - I've actually made about 6 of them now, and given them out to the little girls in my life.

Snowflake hat


1 ball Peaches & Crme worsted weight cotton (2.5 oz) white
1 ball Peaches & Crme worsted weight cotton (2.5 oz) light blue
1 crochet hook, size G 4.00mm


1.   With white: ch 6, join with sl st to make ring.
2.   ch 6, dc in ring, ch 6, sl st in 3rd chain from hook {makes picot}, (ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook{makes picot}) twice, ch 1, skip next ch of previous ch 6, sl in next ch, ch 1, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in ring, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook) twice, ch 1, skip next ch of previous ch 6, sl in next ch, ch 1: Repeat from * 4 more times (you will have a 6 point snowflake), join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 6, finish off.
3.   With blue: Join blue with a sl st to the top point of the snowflake, by going through the picot, ch 1, sc in same space, *ch 2, sc in next picot, ch 1, tc in ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next picot, ch 2, sc in next picot, Repeat from * 4 times, ch 2, sc in next picot, ch 1, tc in ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next picot, ch 2, sl st in beginning sc. (60 stitches).
4.    Sc, ch 2, * skip next 2 stitches and sc in 3rd stitch, ch 2, Repeat from * 19 times, sl st in beginning sc, sl st in ch 2 space. Place stitch marker in this space.
5.   *Ch 3, sc in ch 2 space, Repeat from * for one round. Place stitch marker.
6.   *Ch 3, sc in ch 3 space, Repeat from * for 2 rounds. Place stitch marker.
7.   *Ch 4, sc in ch 3 space, Repeat from * for one round. Place stitch marker.
8.   *Ch 4, sc in ch 4 space, Repeat from * for 8 rounds. Ch 4: join white and drop blue on 4th chain, but do not cut off/finish off blue.
9.   *sc in ch 4 space, ch 4, repeat from * for 2 rounds. On last ch 4 drop white and pick up/join blue, 4 sc in *ch 4 space, ch 1, repeat from * for one round, sl st in beginning sc. Finish off. Weave all ends in.
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79  POW! Domino Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: September 03, 2008 09:42:22 PM
So I've never been that good at making jewelry, but after seeing smittenheart's domino pendants and falling in Looooove with them, I decided to give them a try. They looked pretty easy. No complicated beading and bending of wire and such.

I used a collage of images from a powerboat ad in a magazine, of all things (yeah, I know... not very boaty!). This was my result:

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80  Merels Board in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: September 03, 2008 09:29:39 PM
I was recently researching ancient games for an article I was writing, and discovered the game of Merels, also called Nine Mans Morris, or a myriad of other names! So, I decided to make a board game for it. I used the good wood from the drawers of a destroyed antique dresser that was on the side of the road (ok, I admit to scavenging... ). My husband cut the square for me (I'm afraid of power tools, with exception to drills and sanders), about 7" x 7", and after sanding, I wood burned the design. A quick coat of varnish and we were done!

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