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21  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

22  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?
23  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:



24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Help Me! I'm trying to teach myself Cross Stitch! on: June 10, 2008 08:48:53 PM
So I recently undertook this huge cross stitch project... when I saw the picture on eBay it looked small, I bought the pattern and it turns out I get the pleasure of learning to cross stitch all on my own, and making two 8x18 pictures... anyway I have mastered the cross stitch, gave up on the french knot, and am about to finish the first picture, all I have left to do is the back stitching. I have a dumb question...

Do I double up the thread, like I've been doing for the cross stitches, or do I just use one strand since it's for the outline?  Huh

I've tried searching for the answer to my question everywhere; here, Youtube, Google, etc. But I am worried I will run out of floss before I even start the second one if I have to double up... the kit I bought came with the floss all cut and measured and whatnot... and I don't think it's DMC floss which is the only kind my craft store sells, so I don't want to run out!
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Origami Change Box on: June 05, 2008 08:00:08 AM
Okay so this is probably the least crafty thing on this entire website, but it looks like it will be awhile before I finish my giant cross stitch and I would like to post something!

My boyfriend has this thing where he doesn't spend change. He brings home piles of it every day, and we didn't really have anywhere to put it so he would just leave it on the counter, or on the dresser. So I broke out my scrapbooking paper and made a nifty little box! It took me about 2 minutes to make, and I used this tutorial: http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-box.html



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