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21  Another granny square blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by jennye on: June 26, 2005 10:39:30 AM
This is a pretty basic blanket that I just finished up; I've been working on it on and off for a couple months.  It's made of standard granny squares, each about 5 inches.  I trimmed each square with a round of sc, then edged the blanket with a round of hdc.  The blanket is about 55" square.  The reason I wanted to show it off is the yarn - the cream yarn is Lion Brand Fisherman Wool (nothing special), but the colored yarn was bought from knitpixie.com (I would recommend them - they have a nice selection, and my yarn arrived promptly Smiley).  It's the Bartlett Fisherman yarn.  I got a skein of each of my 5 colors, and I have to say: it smells awesome.  Each time I'd finish a square, I'd smell it, then put it in the pile.  I got weird looks from my family, but now that it's done, everyone likes it.  Especially the cat.  I wish I had arranged the squares more randomly, but oh well, next time.

The blanket:


Callie loving the blanket:


Thanks for looking!
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22  Finally, the Inspired tote bag! Edited 5/21 to add pics in Crochet: Completed Projects by jennye on: May 19, 2005 08:00:48 PM
The pattern is ready to be released into the wild!  Inspired by a bag from Anthro (read about it here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34698.0), I came up with a pattern for this bag.  I only have crapola cellphone pics as of right now, but I promise I'll post better ones tomorrow.

Here's the pattern, on a website (my first!) specifically set up for this purpose: http://home.comcast.net/~jenna831/wsb/html/index.html

Enjoy!

Dark shot of the front of the bag


Action shot!


It's big


Edited, again, on 5/21 to fix the link
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23  Need a couple of pattern testers in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by jennye on: May 08, 2005 09:56:44 AM
Mom: "I was at Anthropologie today, and I saw this cute crocheted bag, and I thought, Jen could make that."
Me: "Ok."

A week later, and a mom who no longer wants it ("First of all, it's too big, and I think it's too young for me"), I have a floppy, unlined bag and a matching pattern.  If a couple of crafty craftsters would like to test the crocheted part of the pattern before I set it free, please let me know via PM.  Once I have it lined and those instructions are written, either today or tomorrow, I'll let you know.  Thanks in advance!

A craptastic cell phone pic cause my parents went away for the weekend and took my digital with them:

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24  Spring bag! Lots o' pics in Crochet: Completed Projects by jennye on: May 02, 2005 03:54:12 PM
A bag for a friend - in it's third incarnation!  I first tried to follow a pattern, which I didn't really like to begin with, then attempted making it with a rectangular bottom in the round, which looked awful, then finally did what I should have done in the first place, start with a bottom and make 4 sides, then sew the sides up.  I used this pattern - http://www.joann.com/content/projects/projectsDisplay.jhtml?articlePath=/content/projects/static/new/little_textured_tote.jhtml&CATID=25293 - with 2 strands of Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton and an H hook.  I adjusted the pattern to a starting chain of 45, and added plastic handles, attached by doing 2 rows of triple crochet, folded over the handle and slip stitched it to the bag.  I have no sewing skills, so my mom did the lining - used a fat quarter of remnant fabric, ironed on fusible interfacing, and used a paper template to cut and sew the sides together.  She then machine-sewed to the bag, around the top edge.  I used old buttons to secure the sides and top - I put them on the sides because they were kind of floppy, and it just looked better all pulled in.

Anyway..... on to the pictures!  I have more detailed ones, of the handle joins and the interior fabric/sewing, if anyone wants to see them.

The front/top of the bag:


Side view:


The inside - the fabric is lavender with little white flowers with green stems:


In action (loaded with some stuff, to check for stretchiness):


I'm really proud of it - hope you guys like it too!
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25  Re: Crochet me's Fleuri bag *now with bonus zipper mini-tutorial* in Crochet: Completed Projects by jennye on: March 07, 2005 06:52:29 PM
Sorry, it all made sense in my head (and I have a head cold, so what does that tell you).  This is what I mean:
1.  Start with the zipper closed.  Turn the bag inside out, and line up the head of the zipper with the wrist strap (or whichever side you want the bag to open from). 
2.  Line up the zipper with the edge of the crocheted opening.  Pin down (I neglected to do this, and probably should have).
3.  Starting at the head end, sew into place.  I used a double-thickness of matching red thread.  Using the stitches as a guide, sew in and out (around the crochet stitches) straight across the length of the zipper.
4.  The zipper will have little tabs at the end, where the zipper ends but the fabric continues.  Sew these ends down, overlapping them a bit.
5.  With the zipper closed, position the other side of it with the edge of the crochet.  Pin down.  It may be helpful to turn the work right-side out, so you can see where the zipper is going.
6.  Once everything is pinned into place, unzip it and sew up the other side, starting where you left off at the tail of the zipper, going back up to the head.  Sew down the front tabs, overlapping them.
7.  Zip it closed to make sure it lines up, and you should be ok.

Extreme closeup 1: Head of the zipper, inside view - the fabric tabs are overlapped.  Also offers a visual explanation of the highly scientific term "sew in and out."


Extreme closeup 2: Tail of the zipper, inside view - the zipper pull is all the way back, so the bag is open.


Outside of the tail end:


Outside of the head end:


Hope this makes more sense.  Let me know if it doesn't.
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26  Crochet me's Fleuri bag in Crochet: Completed Projects by jennye on: February 27, 2005 04:58:26 PM
A very fashionable friend asked me to make her something, as crocheted items are supposedly "big" this spring.  Out of a bunch of patterns I emailed her, she liked the Fleuri bag, and since I was bored this weekend, I made one.  I used about 2 oz of hand-me-down, so-old-it's-no-longer-made Bernat Carmen yarn, a thin worsted weight cotton yarn in a screaming red color, and a G hook.  I left off the plastic handles, and added a wrist strap; otherwise, I followed the pattern.  It came out 5 in. wide, with a 5 in. strap.  It definitely needs a zipper, and I'm debating on lining it.  My question is: for those of you who have made crocheted bags, do you line them?  If so, how do you make it look nice?


the front of the bag - the color is waaaay brighter in person


top view, waiting for a zipper to be put in
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27  Re: Do any of you actually look GOOD in a hat? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by jennye on: February 18, 2005 12:50:36 PM
I agree with GeekMagnet, it does depend on the length of your hair: my mom has really short hair and a narrow face, and close-fitting hats just don't look good on her.  I have a round face and long hair, and as long as my bangs are pushed aside, hats look fine on me.  I think it also depends on hair style.  I have curly/wavy/frizztastic hair that I straighten in the winter and wear curly in the summer.  When it's curly and I need a hat, I go with bucket hats.

Midnightsky, love the fedora.  That's the only style that doesn't look good on me, and I wish it did cause I'd love to wear one.

Here's me in my black hat that everyone loves (it's got a bow on the side, hard to tell in the pic):




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28  variation on the gorgeous wrap - with pics in Crochet: Completed Projects by jennye on: February 05, 2005 08:27:04 AM
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21280.0

This thread was originally posted under Discussions and Questions.  I had mentioned that I would like to crochet something like this with mohair yarn that I had received for Xmas.  Turns out that I couldn't find a ribbon yarn that I liked/could afford, and I decided that I wanted a wrap that was more lacy and open.  So, I made this:

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/18455100_0927_WinCE_.JPG

Here it is worn as a scarf:



Close-up of the stitch:



I used the Lacewing Network pattern, from the book The Harmony Guide's 300 Crochet Stitches.  It's a pattern based on the Solomon's Knot stitch.  The wrap is about 6.5 ft. long and 1.5 ft. wide.  Please excuse the pajama pants/unmade bed (sheets are in the wash).  The little black thing on the bed is the camera's lens cap.

Hope you like it!
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