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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Show and Tell- Crochet Hall of Shame on: March 12, 2010 11:38:26 AM
Hello y'all! I don't know how many of you are on Ravelry, but they have a section called "Ugh's!"- it's basically the place to put all your big crochet/knit boo boos (and some doo doos). One of the thing I love about Craftster is the beautiful eye candy. However, what about the not so beautiful eye-sores that we all have created? (Yes- ALL- admit it and be proud!)

I did a blog post on this on my blog (http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2010/03/trip-down-crochet-memory-lane.html) that showcases some of my very early crochet horrors work, but thought I'd kick it off with the second hat that I tried making.

It's supposed to be a beautiful, girly cloche. Instead, I call it my Head Eating Blood Clot.



It's HUUUUGE! Here it is eating my Watermelon Hat:



I think my thought process went like this:

Hmmmm..homespun yarn would make a GREAT feminine cloche. Just follow this pattern with the wrong yarn and the wrong hook.guage, what? Cant be bothered.

This was the second hat I ever attempted. It was the last time I tried homespun. It would be frogged, if some NASA scientist can figure out how to frog homespun. My sister says it reminds her of the metal helmets like John Smith wears in Disney's Pocahontas. What was I thinking??


How about you? Lets see those projects suited for the Crochet Hall of Shame!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / UPDATED: 3/2010: Felted watermelon bag on: May 19, 2009 03:36:16 PM
UPDATED 3/2010:

So, I kinda like watermelons.  A lot.  After making a hat and scarf set (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277834.msg3143187#msg3143187), I decided I needed a purse to go with it.  But, also considering my love for felted bags, I decided to combine both my loves into one.  This is the result.



I actually started this last fall. However, when there is something wrong with one of my WIPs, I put it away until I can figure out what the heck it is. It could be because of a color combination that just isn't right or, for a purse, it could be that I haven't quite figured out how to finish it- wrong handles or lining or....something.  That's what happened with this little guy....I wanted to finish it soooo bad, but....I just couldn't figure out what to do about the flap!  Should I put a silver embellishment? Do I line it so the magnetic clasp doesn't show? WHAT DO I DO??  So, there it sat....for months.  Until I had the utterly brilliant idea (or at least something I could live with!) of using a big black button- a ginormous watermelon seed, if you will.  Ahhhh.  Once I figured it out, I could bring it out of hiding at long last. Smiley

I'll be making another one soon- a lady at church saw it and bought it- woo!  But, a few of my friends want it, too, so, off I go- hopefully I'll actually write up the pattern for it, too.....


http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2009/05/marilyns-birthday-greetings.html





3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Happy Birthday from Marilyn on: May 18, 2009 12:40:19 PM
My sister's birthday was last month and I had a glorious idea for her birthday present. She has a love for all things 1950's- particularly I Love Lucy, Elvis, and Marilyn. So, I went to the planning board, checked out my wool stash, and voila! This is what I came up with:



Isn't that gorgeous?!? That's not all, my friends- you can't have just one Warhol-esque Marilyn- you need at least two! Here's the other side:



I didn't want to give it to her, quite honestly. I LOVE IT AND I WANT IT! She absolutely adores it and has proudly worn it everywhere- she's a great billboard. Smiley

I got the inspiration from Becky from beck's blog- you've probably seen her Marilyn afghan- absolutely freaking gorgeous!

This was the first time I felted Tunisian crochet- worked really well! It was also the first time I put a zipper in a purse:




SQUEE! I had to figure out how to do it all by my lonesome, but I did it. I don't know if it's done the "correct" way, but it does work and actually came out decently. The lining is absolutely beautiful. It has a shiny silver backing to it that makes it shimmer. It also makes it a bear to hand sew!! Seriously- sewing those handles and the lining into the bag was probably the hardest thing I've done- I went through 2 needles! But, it was worth it- so gorgeous. Smiley

Here is a pre-felting pic so you can see just how big this sucker was:



Yeah- freakin' huge!

Now....to decide whether or not to make one for me....hmmm..... Smiley

http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2009/05/marilyns-birthday-greetings.html
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Holy Julie Newmar Batman! on: April 19, 2009 08:42:43 PM
Hey y'all!

So, I love cats- I've always had at least one throughout my entire life.  I've been wanting to make a cat-eared hat for the longest time; however, I never found a pattern that really called out to me. This all changed just a few days ago when I was looking at and petting my yarn stash (Oh, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!) The preciousness that caught my attention was the glow-in-the dark yarn that I've had for a while but didn't have a clue what I should create with it. Inspiration came a-knockin' my friends.

Most patterns I've seen seem to be a simple rectangle that is folded over and sewn together; however, the ears never seemed to be cat-like enough for my taste. There are also some that are plain hats with crocheted ears sewn on at the end. I hate sewing things together and avoid it whenever I can. So, I got tinkering with some yarn and with an increase here and a decrease there, I was able to get a cat-eared hat that really worked for me.



YAY!  See! The points actually look like cat ears! WOOO ME!  The best part is that it FREAKING GLOWS IN THE DARK!

My sister's cat wanted in on my photo shoot, yet surprisingly didn't really enjoy being a model. Shame- he was such a natural.



I even wrote up the pattern for this hat- double wooo me!

It's available (for free)here: http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2009/04/holy-julie-newmar-batman.html.  It's not been tested, so if you do make it, please let me know if there are any mistakes in it.  Thanks!!


5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / FINALLY! Super Mario Obsession on: March 28, 2009 02:30:37 PM
I haven't posted in a while due to this humongous project. But, I have finally finished crocheting each and every panel of my Mario Blanket. They are all crocheted together. All that is left is crocheting a border around it. However, I have been working my buns off on this thing and I don't know when I'll finish the border. I'm so freaking excited to have it "done" that I'm going to be unveiling it.........NOW!

Here it is, in all of its technicolor glory:



It's so huge, I had to lay it out in my foyer and go upstairs to get a photo. Here's a pic of my birthday boy stretched out on it for a size perspective. My honey is 6'2".



Ok- I ain't even going to lie....this is my hands-down all-time favorite of all the panels. I dreamed about making this panel since the very beginning. It came out just as I imagined! I am so incredibly proud of it! It's HUGE! It's 3 panels wide and 2 tall- roughly about 4' x 3'. It can be a wall hanging- something I've been debating about doing. I wanted to keep this one all by itself b/c it's so awesome. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!!!!




This blanket/bed spread has been a real obsession of mine for a very long time. I had just taught myself how to crochet and decided to make a Mario granny square blanket for my brother- this was over a year and a half ago. My husband saw it and wanted one of his own. However, I could not let my husband have the same blanket I made my brother....oh no, my friends. His had to be so much....MORE. I woke up in the middle of the night and had the beginnings of the blanket in my head. I scribbled out a rough draft of a map and was so giddy, I had a hard time falling asleep. I had never used Tunisian crochet before, so I had to practice.

Long story short, a little a year and a half later, but with crocheting in earnest for 2 months, I've finally completed my SMB obsession.  I LOVE it and am soooo proud of it!

Thanks for looking!

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ETA:  I responded this in #84.

Thank you guys soooo much for the amazing positive feedback on my work!!!!

To answer a few questions:

There is no pattern that I followed. I searched the internet for screen shots of SMB and then used them for the map I had in my head. There is no "master graph" for any of the panels, much less for the entire project. I have absolutely no intention of creating a graph of my entire work; however, there may be a time when I decide to make a graph of a panel or two.....dunno when/if that will happen, though..... I seriously need a break from this.  Smiley

The reason the images came out so crisp and accurate is because I used Tunisian crochet- the stitches are more or less square and there is no turning of the work so there is only the "right side" when you are working.

The back is not even close to being finished.... Smiley  I'm definitely NOT weaving in all the ends....I'm going to tie them into square knots and trim them and then sew a king sized sheet (if it's large enough...) as a backing.  My hubby has offered to help me with all the tying....he knows how lucky he is!!!!  Especially after reading some of your hilarious responses!!  Men seem to really appreciate this work.  Wow- a crochet blanket a man actually wants made for him!  I think that's one of the things I'm most proud of- to show so many people that crochet isn't some old timer's way of passing time for just making doilies.  It can be, and is indeed, ART.

As for the yarn I used- it's mainly RHSS....some Vanna's Choice and the skin is a peach Caron Simply Soft....but mainly RHSS.  They had the best colors!!! And, considering the amount of yarn that went into this baby, it was the most economically prudent yarn to use. Smiley

I have the entire story, including individual shots of each and every panel and the story behind them, on my blog:

Part one: http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2009/03/mario-party-part-1.html
Part two: http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2009/03/mario-party-part-2-my-quest.html
Part three: http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2009/03/mario-party-part-3-my-quest-ends.html
FAQ: http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2009/04/mario-follow-up.html

I am so amazed at the response this has gotten- it was just an obsession of mine...I seriously felt like Isaac from "Heroes" (or any other "future painters") when he got an artistic impulse....my eyes glazed over and I worked and worked on it until it was done. There was no "patience" involved- just a lot of impatience until I finally finished it!!

Thank you all again!!!!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / scarf-a-palooza on: January 24, 2009 03:36:28 PM
Hey y'all!  I went kinda scarf crazy last month and went on a crochet binge.  It all started innocently enough...I had some leftover pink and black size 3 thread from a shawl I had made, so I decided to make a skinny scarf...but it is also a headband AND belt!  I call it my 3-in-1 accessory extraordinaire!  I've worn it a few times and always get many complements and then the inevitable, "What?!?  You made that?"  Hee!  My sister loves pink and black and wants one of her own, which I'll probably do in the near future.







From there, I went on to make alllll of these scarves.  I had a lot of fun and am probably not done quite yet. Smiley  If you can't tell...I really like this stitch. Smiley



Thanks!


7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fabulous Brown, green and turquoise felted bag on: November 21, 2008 05:24:57 PM
Hello all!

I.LOVE.THIS.BAG.  I first made this bag for my mother for her birthday.  We have both received so much good feedback on it that I decided to recreate it.  My mom's bag was completed before I decided to line the bags...this one is lined. Smiley





Methinks I'll have to make at least one more of these babies in the future....teehee!!

Got some more pics-n-stuff here:  http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2008/11/hilda-bag-redeux.html
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nintendo felted Koopa Coin Purse on: November 19, 2008 11:06:57 AM
I am soooo totally in love with this purse.  I did a happy dance when it came out of the washer.  It is fully lined and I LOVE IT!  As you can see, it is a Question Block from Classic NES SMB.  What extremely helpful, cool, and/or awesomeness does it contain for our dear friend Mario??  Koopa Coins, of course!  The strap has 5 whole and 2 half coins emerging from the purse itself.  The reverse side is an empty block.  HA!!!  My sister- who is always claiming my crochet works, is so disappointed that I finally told her NO- it is not for her. Wink





I will eventually have a video tutorial on how to line felted bags that I recorded with this particular bag, so stay tuned! http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2008/11/to-be-totally-awesome-or-not-to-be.html
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Queen of Hearts Felted Tote Bag on: November 12, 2008 04:35:36 AM
Here is the newest addition to my current felting (and stripey) obsession. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my supreme honor to present to you Her Royal Highness, The Queen of Hearts. 



I must admit, I LOVE this bag. This is another one where I vow I'll make myself the same one just to have for myself.  It is fully lined with a large pocket.  I'm a little bummed with the lining...  I had found the most awesome fabric online at Joanns on clearance.  It was black with red and white hearts all over it.  It was labeled as polyester, so of course I was picturing, you know, the material jump suits are made out of.  Nope....I was irked to find it was fuzzy, felt-like material.  Aw bummer.  However, I think that the lining still ended up very nice.



http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2008/11/queen-of-hearts.html

Thanks!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / UPDATED 2/2010: FREE PATTERN LINK: Watermelon hat and scarf set on: November 09, 2008 01:46:46 PM
UPDATED 2/23/2010: yeah....it's been a year....BUT, the hat pattern is now available!!!

http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2010/02/home-alone-with-watermelons-and-pixels.html


Let me know if there are any questions!!
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UPDATED 1/21/09: I have added a free pattern for the scarf, as well as a video tutorial on my blog: http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2009...deux-free.html

I'm still working on the hat pattern, but it should be up soon.

Enjoy!
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Hello all!

Here are my latest accessories....a watermelon hat and scarf set. I love, love, love them! I made them for my sister, but I'm going to have to make myself a set, as well. A couple of my sister's co-workers want me to make them a set, as well...though they weren't so keen on actually paying for it....sheesh...

More info and pictures on my blog http://gegecrochet.blogspot.com/2008/11/winter-watermelons-are-best.html!

Made with acrylic yarn (RHSS and something else...). Pattern, my own.

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