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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Orange Ami Dragon on: January 31, 2009 09:32:34 PM
Another Ami Dragon, this one is for a friend who's favorite color is orange, you might remember the scarf I made her for Christmas.



I used a different pattern for the wings this time, I'm not sure which I like better. This one I think looks better, but the other one works up a lot faster and doesn't look that bad.



Also, if anyone has any ideas on what I can use a lot of orange yarn on, I would really appreciate it. I bought one of those huge skeins with 1144 yards and it seriously hasn't shrunk at all. It's taking up too much room in my yarn storage area!
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Baby Dragon! - First Amigurumi on: January 27, 2009 10:06:48 AM
This is my first Amigurumi. I had this awesome yarn (Bernat Worsted) and wanted to do something reptilian with it, since it is different shades of green, and I found this really cute pattern for a dragon. I wanted wings instead of the spikes though, so I just Googled wing patterns and came up with this really simple one:

Leaving a long tail, ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch. Turn (9sc)
Ch 1, sc in next 7. Turn (7sc)
Ch 1, sc across. Turn (7sc)
Ch 1, sc in next 5. Turn (5sc)
Ch 1, sc in next 3, ss next 2. Fasten off, weaving in the shorter tail.

Anyway, here he is:



And wings:




13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I'm so happy... Cross-Stitch on: January 23, 2009 09:41:46 AM
My friends and I used to keep this little online website, where we would write down funny things we said, or other people said, so we could look at it later on and laugh at it more. Well, I was feeling pretty down last week and decided to go through all the hilarious and sometimes horrible quotes, when I stumbled upon this gem: "I'm so happy, I pee glitter." I thought that I should do something with it, and all of a sudden the perfect idea popped into my head, and this was born:



It's kind of hard to tell there, but of course I made the word 'glitter' using glittery floss!



I'm giving it to the person who said it. I'm sure he will love it.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster Book of Monsters on: January 23, 2009 09:36:21 AM
My friend and I are the only two in our group who enjoy reading the Harry Potter books, and I decided that for Christmas I would make her a Monster Book of Monsters, based on the one I saw here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280152.msg3201402#msg3201402

Supplies I used:
  • a little banded notebook from Shopper's
  • fur
  • google eyes
  • red and white felt
  • and of course, scissors and a glue gun Smiley

I glued the fur onto the notebook, and then put red felt inside to cover where it was ugly looking. I decided it needed some teeth too, so I cut those out of white felt and glued them on. Then a couple of google eyes, and this not-so-scary monster is aliiiive! This took me about 20 minutes to do altogether. And yes, I said it was for Christmas but I just did it last night.

Anyway, without further ado:



And the inside:

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help With Hamburger :) on: January 06, 2009 02:58:45 PM
I'm trying to make the hamburger from Elisabeth Doherty's Amigurumi book, and it's the first time I've ever crocheted in the round, and I'm a bit confused. I got the first two rounds, but then it says, for rounds 3-8, "Inc 6 sc evenly spaced" I don't know what that means! Am I supposed to increase every 6 sc? I hate being a newbie! grr
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Merry Christmas, from a baby?!? on: January 02, 2009 02:31:08 PM
Well I had a baby in August, and I have been saving all of his formula containers as he empties them, for "some reason". That reason came to me just in time for the holidays, handy gift-wrapping containers!

All I did was wrap the can (which I had previously cleaned out) with leftover wrapping paper and filled it with Christmas goodies. In this case, a crocheted scarf, a calendar, and chocolates. You can put pretty much anything in them, cookies, trinkets, etc. I was going to modpodge it with Christmassy images but I had enough leftover wrapping paper to go all the way around it, so I thought "why not?"

For this one I actually used a Parent's Choice brand container, and the Isomil cover, because the cover matched the wrapping paper Smiley



Here it is filled to the brim with gifts, big and small, all wrapped in red tissue paper:



And voila! It took me literally 2 minutes to piece all of this together, and fit the scarf perfectly. I made one to give my sister some movies, and my grandmother some books as well.

17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spongebob Crochet Pillow on: December 31, 2008 06:18:37 PM
So every year for Christmas my mom buys me something Spongebob related, because five years ago I liked to watch Spongebob. And despite the fact that I haven't watched an episode in probably five years, I am the proud owner of Spongebob playing cards, stickers, cups, plates, and now, a crochet pillow.

The pillow came in a kit, and I modified it ever so slightly. It came with terrible yarn and a horrible crochet hook, and an instruction book and a plastic needle. Here is completed Spongebob, with remaining yarn and accessories:



And here is Spongebob up close:



Here is Spongebob's backside:



And here is what he was supposed to look like:



18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gecko Bookmarks on: December 27, 2008 11:10:17 AM
So I am learning to crochet and my second project was much smaller than the first, but would require me to actually read a pattern. I picked something super easy, gecko bookmarks. I made 3, the first one turned out terrible, but by the third I was finally getting the hang of not making it look so piece-y.

So, here they are:


And this is one of those ones again, I forgot to take a picture of the third, but without the distracting crochet book background:


See how his tail looks all dislocated? I can make them without that happening now, I guess you'll have to take my word for it!

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80356AD.html <-Pattern

19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Baby Cards and Baby Formula containers on: December 26, 2008 04:40:10 PM
I have saved all the "congrats on your baby" cards that I received when I was pregnant and can't throw them away. What can I do with them! I'd like to keep them pretty intact so I know which one is from what people, but I am tired of moving them from one crafty box to another.

Also I've been saving the empty formula cans because I feel like I could use them for something, but can't figure out what. I did wrap a Christmas gift in one, lol, but that's ONE out of a LOT. Any ideas?
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Safety Orange Scarf - My first crochet! on: December 18, 2008 08:43:29 PM
So I have been teaching myself to crochet, and so far I have single and double stitches working pretty well... I would like to say I've finally completed a project but this was originally supposed to be a huge blanket for my friend. In case you were wondering about the color, it's her favorite. About 2 days in I realized I was never going to be finished by Christmas, and I'm a firm believer that Christmas presents should be presented at Christmas, not IOU presents. Or whatever I'm trying to say. It's very late.

Anyway, the scarf itself is about 6 feet long, tassels included. I used cheap TLC Sport yarn, thank you Zellers. The pattern is basically 4 rows of double crochet, and one row of single crochet, twice. I thought doing that would make a stripey appearance but it really doesn't look like anything other than all double crochets. I used a 6mm hook because I thought I would be able to finish faster and I think it is just fine.

So without further ado, modeled by my beautiful gray carpet:




And some stitch shots:



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