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1  My very own Purple FBB in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by MandaLynn on: September 01, 2008 09:30:31 PM
so i just bought the book and this is the first pattern i have tried out of it. it wasnt to bad, i added a snap and used a smaller hook for tighter stitches. the next one will have lining and i will try something different to attach the snap, it feels as if it is going to rip through the yarn right now. but all in all good first attempt





what do y'all think?!
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2  Zucchini Bread *pic heavy* in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MandaLynn on: September 01, 2008 09:17:10 PM
Zucchini Bread

I have been making this recipe since i was tall to stand in a chair at the counter. here in our area the soil is poor and i don't have much of a green thumb, but i have always been able to grow monster zucchini and tomatoes. my family and i deal with our excess of zucchini by making bread.
Preheat oven to 350, grease and flour 2 loaf pans
3 c grated zucchini                    3 eggs
2 c sugar                                 1 T vanilla
1 c veggie oil                            3 c flour
1/2 t baking powder                   1 t salt
1 T cinnamon                            1 t baking soda
2 c chopped pecans                   1 c raisins

beat eggs until fluffy, add sugar, vanilla, oil, beat well. stir in zucchini. sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. blend in the dry mix to the wet mix. stir in nuts and raisins. (if you fluff the raisins with a little flour they will not sink during baking- for flouring the pans and fluffing raisins i use wonder flour, i like it better) bake roughly an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
recipe will also make a mini loaf and one loaf


yuuummmmm!!


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3  I will NEVER crochet at work again!!! pic heavy **Pattern added** in Crochet: Completed Projects by MandaLynn on: August 26, 2008 08:20:58 PM
So i got promoted and they transfered me to a different branch to be the supervisor. this branch is in the supermarket so it is much smaller but just as busy as my old branch. it being smaller the breakroom is the office too. i was taking my lunch break, i was crocheting my purple ripple tote http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261983.msg2937363#msg2937363 and one of the girls that works with me saw it and brought all the other girls into see what i was doing. they all then in turn asked me to make them each one. they all had to be different. and this is what happened

cathy's bag is the same ripple tote but in lion brand jiffy yarn in black and gray


naz's bag clutch size in tlc purple haze
the color is funny the next 2 are closer to the real thing







flora's bag (it is knit cause she liked the yarn and i hated crocheting with it, for me it is easier to knit with novelty yarns than crochet)

the lining and button closure


comments welcome

***EDIT**ADD PATTERN**
Naz's bag is the one i have received PMs about so i thought i would add the pattern here for all too enjoy
(make 2) chain 42
hdc in the 3rd chain for the hook and across chain 2 and turn
continue rows if hdc until satisfied with the size of the bag
hdc 5 chain 40 skip 30 stitches hdc 5 chain 2 and turn
hdc 5, hdc in each chain, hdc 5, chain 2 and turn
hdc across chain 2 and turn
hdc 1, hdc 2together hdc across till the last 3 stitches hdc 2 together, hdc 1, chain 2 and turn
hdc 1, hdc 2 together hdc across till the last 3 stitches hdc 2 together hdc 1, chain 2 and turn
hdc 1, hdc 2 together hdc across till the last 3 stitches hdc 2 together hdc 1, chain 2 and turn
end off, with the right sides facing in (which ever sides look the best) whip stitch the sides together. flip right side out
Lining is simple, trace the shape of the bag on a double layer of fabric adding 1/4 of and inch around for seams, with right sides facing stitch seams, slip inside of bag, fold over the top raw edge and do a running stitch to attach the lining to the bag, finished
i am happy to help with any questions you may have!

cathy's bag is just a ripple, 2 valleys and 1 peak \/\/ folded in half and stitched together.

flora's bag is knit one purl one rib for body and strap
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4  Simple but Cute Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by MandaLynn on: August 07, 2008 08:06:57 PM
my honey and i are looking to buy a house so that means a lot of packing up the craft stuff, i have come to realize that i have a lot, i mean A LOT ALOT of yarn. so to use it up and get it out of the way i have decided to make blankets for Project Linus http://www.projectlinus.org/ they give handmade blankets to kids that are sick or have suffered trauma or just need a hug. this is the first of many to come. it is a basic granny square, ~30 inches.


when my mom taught me to crochet when i was 7, she taught me using the basic granny square pattern, so the granny square has a special place in my heart.
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5  Ripple Tote in Crochet: Completed Projects by MandaLynn on: August 07, 2008 07:56:44 PM
i saw something like this in a magazine and had to figure it out. it is made with vanna's choice by lion brand in dusty purple and dark purple. ~10 inches wide and 12 inches tall, strap is 1 1\2 inches wide, hangs like a messenger bag. super fun to make it took about 3 hours. i did it while i was watching a movie (Painted Veil, very emotional movie, btw) anyway on the the pics-well one pic my camera died after the first one.
 
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6  I LOVE stars in Crochet: Completed Projects by MandaLynn on: July 26, 2008 06:16:08 PM
i love crocheting in the round. everything is even, you can make the same pattern to any size that you want. i figured out how to do a star!!

it is done with a I hook, 10 skeins of homespun yarn, 8 of the dark blue and 2 of the light blue. the color pattern is 4 rows of dark blue and 1 row of light. the color of the dark blue looks rather variegated because i bought a few skeins for one project i never finished, when i decided to do the star i needed more dark blue. when i got more home i realized the colors were slightly different, so i took advantage of it. i like the way it looks. my dog, riley, seems to like it too; because as soon as i laid it on the floor to take the pics, he was on it all curled up.





    Star Afghan
           Ch 3 counts as dc
           Shell = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc
Round 1: Ch 7, dc in first ch, *ch 3, dc in the same ch. Repeat from * 2 times. Ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch to join, (5 spaces)
Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, *shell in next ch 2 space. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 3rd ch of beginning chain to join. (30 dc)
Round 3: Sl st in next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, shell, *dc in next 2 dc, sk 2 dc, 2 dc, shell. Repeat from * to 5th point. 2 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch to join. (50 dc)
Round 4: Sl st in next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 3 dc, shell, *4 dc, sk 2 dc, 4 dc, shell. Repeat from * to 5th point. 4 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch to join. (70 dc)
Round 5: Sl st in next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 5 dc, shell, *6 dc, sk 2, 6 dc, shell. Repeat from * to 5th point. 6 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch. (90 dc)
Round 6: Sl st in next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 7 dc, shell, *8 dc, sk 2, 8 dc, shell. Repeat from * to 5th point. 8 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning chain. (110 dc)
Round 7: Sl st in next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 9 dc, shell, *10 dc, sk 2, 10 dc, shell. Repeat from * to 5th point. 10 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch. (130 dc)
Round 8: Sl st in next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 11 dc, shell, *12 dc, sk 2, 12 dc, shell. Repeat from * to 5th point. 12 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch. (150 dc/5 ch 2 spaces)
This blanket can be made to any size. Each row will increase by 20 stitches.

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7  Angie with a Head of Curls in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MandaLynn on: June 24, 2008 03:55:56 PM
I made the doll for a girl at work. she has crazy curls. i improvised the pattern for body, i am working on getting it written down.

the hair was easy. ch 45-50. *2 sc in chain, 3 sc in chain* repeat

i love her mary janes


when i get the pattern together i will post it.
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8  Cupcakes!! pattern for all in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MandaLynn on: June 24, 2008 03:19:45 PM
My niece Christina is almost 3, she loves to play tea party. she has the basic tea set, but she doesn't have the treats to go with it. she has been improvising with small stuffed animals. "Here tia manda, kitty cookie!" she says. so i figured out a simple pattern for cupcakes.

 
MC- yellow, FC-pink, CC-brown
Abbreviations
sc — single crochet
st — stitch
sl st — slip stitch
ch — chain
sc2tog — single crochet 2 together
Base
Rnd 1 — With MC work 7 sc into magic ring
Rnd 2 — Work 2 sc in each st around (14 sts)
Rnd 3 — [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] repeat around (21 sts)
Rnd 4 — [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] repeat around (28 sts)
Rnd 5 — [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] repeat around (35 sts)
Rnd 6 --- sc BLO in each st (35 sts)
Rnd 7-13 — sc in each st around (35 sts)                                         
Rnd 14—change to CC sc in each st around end off
Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing, sl st, pull tail through loop.
Frosting
Rnd 1 — With FC work 7 sc into magic ring
Rnd 2 — Work 2 sc in each st around (14 sts)
Rnd 3 — [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] repeat around (21 sts)
Rnd 4 — [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] repeat around (28 sts)
Rnd 5 — sc in each st around (28 sts)
Rnd 6 — [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] repeat around (35 sts)
Rnd 7-9 — sc in each st around (35 sts)
Rnd 10 — [(1 hdc, 1 ch, 1 hdc) in next st, 1 sc st in next st] repeat around to last st.
Sl st, cut yarn and pull tail through loop. Weave tail into wrong side of the piece.
Assembly
Sew frosting to base, leaving a 1″ opening for stuffing. Stuff cupcake and finish sewing frosting to base.

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9  Green and Yellow in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by MandaLynn on: June 21, 2008 04:55:33 PM
i figured out that i dont use a lot of green or yellow in my work, i only realize this because i was cleaning up my workspace and putting away paper by color. my green and yellow files are huge!! where the blue, pink and purple files are almost empty. anyway these are variations of the same basic unit fold by the origami queen her self tomoko fuse
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10  Black and Blue Star in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by MandaLynn on: June 21, 2008 04:50:07 PM
this took a little time to figure out how to get the paper to twist. next time i will use better quality paper.


diagram by tomoko fuse
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