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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hexagon motif blanket on: December 05, 2010 09:09:00 AM
i started this blanket months ago during one of the granny-a-long months and finished it soon after. i didn't have a decent camera at the time it was finally finished so i couldn't post the final blanket once it was finished. :/
after buying a camera recently and trying to take a picture of the entire blanket, i soon realized even the new camera isn't really working out the way i had planned. the blanket is big enough to cover a full size bed with ample blanket left over hanging off all the edges and includes pretty much any color imaginable. i think because of this, my camera, when i take a picture of the entire blanket, has issues... all the colors blur together and everything's so blurry that it's just bleh.

so with that said, i only have a small portion of the blanket pictured:

i feel awful having completing this ginormous project, definitely my largest project ever... and it being too colorful for my camera to take a picture of. :/ if anyone has any tips i'd greatly appreciate it so that i can post more stuffs.

here's the free pattern of the hexagons: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/blue-ribbon-afghans-kaleidoscope
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / yarn winders on: November 20, 2010 03:11:06 PM
i'm going to be buying a yarn winder soon, probably from amazon or michael's. i'm not really sure in what to be looking for in buying one though, so anyone have any pointers? michael's only had one selection, and all i really know about it is that it's electric.

i was looking into one on amazon, looking for the cheapest, but the reviews for the cheapest one i found said that it doesn't really wind bigger quantities of yarn... and i will need some massive amounts of yarn wound, from like the one pound skeins.

thanks in advance for any feedback~
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / beginner here wanting to knit socks on: November 09, 2010 05:06:25 PM
so... i've really gotten to the point where i'm going to start learning how to knit and nothing's going to stand in my way.

the main reason i've wanted to learn how to knit is to make socks, but there are other things i want to knit as well. with that said, i ordered a boye circular needle kit thing, with sizes 2-15, and different length cables, so you can make the cables as long or short as you want, different sized needles on both ends... all that crazy jazz i know will come in handy someday. (this thing in case anyone still doesn't know what i'm on about: http://www.simplicity.com/p-1361-needlemaster-interchangeable-knitting-set.aspx)

then i bought this book: http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Circles-around-Socks-Circular/dp/1564777391. the book teaches how to knit 2 socks at once using circular needles.

so i get my boye kit and my book and i sit down, all excited to begin...

but then... issues. and that's where my question lies. am i going to need 2 circular needles the same size to be able to do this? meaning pretty much i'm going to have to buy more circular needles? :/

so disappointed and sad... but i'm trying to be hopeful and thinking maybe i don't understand something. please help!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wannabe basketweave hat on: August 03, 2009 07:46:09 PM
i've recently started trying to make my own hats so today i decided i would try to make a type of hat i've always wanted to make... a basketweave one. but i've never really been able to find a pattern i like. this is what came out of my attempt, and it's nothing what i was really going for... but i still like it, lol.

view from the top:

close up of the stitches on the side:

while it was still being made (these were actually "memory" pictures because i found a mistake i had made and was about to rip it all apart... thankfully after ripping out a few rows i found the mistake!) :

here's the whole thing, but the sun has since gone down, so the colors from the crappy camera are all messed up :/ amazing what sunlight can do... :

close up of the edging:

that's about it <3 hope you guys like the mistake hat, lol.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Melissa bunny (lots of pictures) on: July 29, 2009 05:23:28 PM
my sister surprised me one day with some purple yarn and since i had been on a bunny making spree (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314729.0), with her loving those, i just ran with it... but i tried something a little new with this bunny: a dress!

i put some little buttons in her ears to decorate her... i also put pipe cleaners in this bunny's ears so they're able to be posed, although in these pictures i didn't really show that off much... she's too much of a lady!

her dress took me sooo long... it was my first attempt at trying to do the crochet-on-top thing

close up of the front:

close up of the back:

and under one of the arms:

i used the pattern from rheatheylia.com (love her patterns) - http://www.rheatheylia.com/index.php?page=patterns&id=3

the only change i did was on round 17, i worked in the back loops only and crocheted down using the pattern as written until i had about a hole 2 to 3 inches wide and safety pinned that off temporarily. i joined back on the unworked loops of round 17 (the front loops are the unworked loops i'm referring to) and did single crochet until i got the dress as long as i wanted it. i did a round of reverse single crochet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_DPQw2Dykg) to finish off the bottom of the dress (first time doing that stitch too - was pretty interesting...). when i had the dress totally finished i began doing the top crochet or whatever it's called (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z7EyjLOtCw).

when i got finished i had SO MANY ends inside the dress that i wasn't able to weave in properly... if i could have changed anything i would have left the hole wider at the bottom so i could kind of turn the dress inside out to weave them in right. i thought to myself that it wouldn't be an issue since you're not going to ever be seeing the inside of the bunny... but it really interfered with stuffing the bunny, and she feels kind of bumpy because of all the ends. if you don't care about how your bunny feels, it's not that big of a deal... ahh, the curse of being a perfectionist...

anyway, hope you guys like my bunny. i tried to explain everything, but if anyone has any questions i'll be happy to answer. <3
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crazy bunny! (lots of pictures) on: July 27, 2009 12:09:03 PM
well, this is my first post showing some of my work... finally got up past 10 posts, go me! i really love the amigurumi posted here, and the day i found out about this site until now, i've been checking every day just to see the new ideas, lol. it's like of like crack to me... anyway, on with my bunny.

i had this weird, weird yarn that had 4 strands of blue, orange, green, black and whatever else... i looked at it for weeks just shaking my head. so with that crazy yarn, i made a crazy bunny. here he is:

an up close look of his crazy face:

i put pipe cleaners in his ears so that i can pose his crazy ears in crazy ways...

he has a crazy feminine side...

and one more crazy one just because...

now that i've finished him, i've found YET ANOTHER skein of this hideous yarn and i have no idea what to do with it. maybe make him a crazy mate or something...

i got this pattern from the wonderful rheatheylia, and i've made a few other bunnies from this pattern as well. since i've put so many crazy pictures here though, i'll leave them for another day, lol.

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