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111  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Wallace and Gromit: Shaun the Sheep on: December 14, 2004 01:47:59 PM
If anyone has ever seen A Close Shave with Wallace and Gromit, you know Shaun. I was wondering how you'd make a replica of him. Obviously you'd use plush for his wool, but what about the legs? Any ideas?
112  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I was raised by a cup of coffee... on: December 10, 2004 03:29:39 PM

I made Homsar for my brother for Christmas, he's felt and has feet full of beans so he stands up!
113  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift ideas for a tv addict on: December 09, 2004 09:25:57 AM
This is a toughie. My boyfriend is going crazy trying to think of something to give his dad for Christmas. The man pretty much comes home and sits at the kitchen table and watches tv from the time he comes home until bed. I don't think he even has favorite shows (although he does watch Lifetime movies a lot. Huh.) So what do you get the guy for christmas? The remote holder idea has already been rejected.
He plays golf in the summer, too, but their house is so full of stuff gathering dust that it would be awful to give him another useless golf gag gift....This is bad. Any ideas?
114  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / The Crochet Buddha Pattern! on: December 08, 2004 04:36:58 PM
Here he is! Rub his belly!

Here's the information for my crocheted Buddha. He stands 7" tall and is about 4 inches wide at the bottom. He is worked in rounds from the top.
Supplies needed:
1 Skein Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Gold (4-ply, 100% acrylic, 160 yards per skein)
F hook
Polyester fiberfill stuffing
One skein black embroidery floss
Yarn needle
Head and Body:
Rnd 1. Ch 2, 4 sc in second chain from hook.
Rnd 2. 2 sc in each of the 4 sc. Join, Ch1.
Rnd 3. *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around. Join, Ch 1.
Rnd 4. *2 sc in each sc* around. Join, Ch 1.
Rnd 5. *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* for 12 stitches. 1 sc in each of remaining sc.Join, ch 1.
Rnd 6. *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* for 15 stitches. 1 sc in each of remaining sc. Join, ch 1.
Rnd 7. *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* for 20 stitches. 1 sc in each of remaining sc. Join, ch 1.
Rnd 8. Sc decrease in next 29 sts. Ch 2, hdc in remainging sc. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 9. Hdc around. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 10. *hdc in next hdc, hdc decrease in next hdc* around. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 11. Hdc around. Join, ch 1.
Rnd 12. *1 sc in next hdc, sc decrease in next hdc* around. Join, ch 1.
Rnd 13. Now this is the tricky part. Insert hook in Rnd 11 and pull up a loop, sc in same stitch. Continue sc around in Rnd 11. Rnd 12 will be left inside. Join, ch 1.
Stuff the head firmly.
Rnd 14. *2 sc in each sc* around. Join, ch2.
Rnd 15. 2 hdc in each of next 3 sc, 1 hdc in each of next 10 sc, 2 hdc in each of next 3 sc, one hdc in each of next 8 sc, sc decrease, hdc in each of next 5 sc, sc decrease. Hdc in each of remaining sc. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 16. 1 hdc in each of next 6 hdc, hdc decrease.Hdc in next 8 hdc, hdc decrease.Hdc in next 6 hdc. Hdc decrease. Hdc in remaining hdc until last two, hdc decrease. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 17. Repeat Rnd 16.
Rnd 18. Hdc in next 6 hdc, decrease, 2 hdc in each of next 7 hdc. Decrease, 1 hdc in each of remaining hdc. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 19. 1 hdc in each of next 6 hdc, hdc decrease. 2 hdc in each of next 12 hdc, decrease. Hdc in remaining hdc, join, Ch 2.
Rnd 20. Hdc around, join, ch 2.
Rnd 21. Repeat Rnd 20.
Rnd 22. Repeat Rnd 20.
Rnd 23. * 1 hdc in each of next 6 hdc, hdc decrease in next hdc* around. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 24. *1 hdc in each of next 4 hdc, 1 hdc decrease in next hdc* around. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 25. Hdc around. Join, ch 2.
Rnd 26. Repeat Rnd 24.
Rnd 27. * 1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 hdc decrease in next hdc* around. Join, Ch 1.
Rnd 28. *1 sc in next hdc, 1 sc decrease in next hdc* around. Join, fasten off.
Stuff body, shaping as you go.
Rnd 1. Ch2, 4 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2. 2 sc in each sc.
Rnd 3. *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around. Join, ch 1.
Rnd 4. Repeat Rnd 3.
Rnd 5. Repeat Rnd 3.
Fasten off and sew to body over the hole at the bottom.
Ch2, 3 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Fasten off. Make 2. Sew to side of head.
Now, with the yarn and needle, sew through the body at the shoulder and down his arms to shape them. Pull yarn tight to make the arms stick out a little.
Features: Using embroidery floss, sew features in face using a simple backstitch. The eyes are done by sewing a straight line and pulling up the middle with a tiny stitch directly above the eye, catching the middle of the line.
115  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Will grocery bag paper run through a printer okay? on: December 08, 2004 07:38:42 AM
I like brown paper, and I was considering making Christmas cards by printing some words on grocery bag paper and decorating. Has anyone ever tried this, will it work or bleed or get stuck? I would stencil but I'm short on time and money for supplies. Any tips wold be appreciated!
116  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Saloon Girl Choker on: December 06, 2004 12:34:51 PM
This, to my shame, is a free rosette pattern I got off the net....somewhere....that I have completely forgotten the name of. I had the pattern in my binder, tried it, found it made a perfect rose and subsequently a choker attached to a black crochet chain, but I have no idea where I got it from. But isn't it gorgeous???

And these are necklaces I invented. The pink rose and the red rose are obviously from the mystery pattern, I made the red one into a barrette for even more Western Barfly charmingness. The necklace patterns are on my blog, and I'll try to find the mystery pattern's location so I can give credit where it's due.

117  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ms. PacMan and Friends - Now with patterns! on: December 04, 2004 11:33:20 AM
I woke up this morning thinking "Ms. PacMan change purses!"

The ways of inspiration are mysterious!

118  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Any tips on my display? on: December 04, 2004 10:36:44 AM
This is my very very first craft fair display, for an event coming up tomorrow! It will be on an eight-foot table, and I have lots more of everything, I just put up one of each so you could see my stuff. What do you think? Will people buy these? Are the prices right? Should I change anything? I'm quite nervous and I trust everyone on this forum.=)

119  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Converting knit to crochet on: November 19, 2004 07:14:26 AM
Can anyone help me? I found this sugar-sweet little baby hat in a knit pattern, and while I don't personally have a baby, I will give it to any random baby I see if I have to......but I don't knit and I'm not going to learn, either, so is there anyone out there who has ever done this in crochet, or knows how to convert knit stitches to crochet? The directions I've found online are about as clear as dark chocolate. Any help would be very appreciated! I also want to make it to fit a one-year-old, since I know a few of those.
The pattern is free and I found it here: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/baby_pixiehat.html
120  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I'm allergic to wool, what shall I do? on: November 18, 2004 06:24:02 PM
After many attempts to wear my beautiful crimson sweater I got at Salvation Army, I am forced to admit that I am allergic to wool. I break out in awful prickly hives where it touches my skin, even through another shirt.... I don't want to throw it away, so I've decided to recycle it for the yarn. But I don't know what to make with it! Does anyone have any ideas for non-skin-touching crochet projects for this beautiful 100% merino yarn? I really want this color to stay in my life.....
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