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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Star Afghan on: May 22, 2012 01:02:26 PM
Thank you!

I really prefer written patterns, but the video was really easy to follow (and without being too slow or having a long introduction to sit through).

Bernat has a version of it (Baby Coordinates Star Blanket), but it looks like the beginning and the rounds are done differently.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Star Afghan on: May 20, 2012 04:45:53 PM
This is a baby gift that was delivered this weekend.  Finally, I am one of the chosen people who makes star afghans.





I don't have a written pattern; I used Mikey's Crochet World tutorial video.  Which is great...until you forget how to do a color change and have to find the right spot in the video again.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Pikachu Blanket Buddy on: April 18, 2012 12:53:39 PM
The base head and body are from a Lion Brand pattern (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/81030AD.html?noImages=) worked with only one strand of yarn.  I tried an earlier bunny with two strands held together, and it was just a complete pain.  It'll be small, but you can add rows in the middle (which means you'll be adding rows once you start decreasing).  They're also pretty quick to make. 

I didn't sew the head together until the face/cheeks were done.  The face is a bit of black yarn, and two French knots for the eyes.

For the cheeks I used a smaller hook (either a G or an F).  They don't take long to make, so it might be good to make one and see if it looks right.

Round 1: ch 2, work 6 sc in the second ch from the hook
Round 2: sc in the first stitch, two sc in the next stitch until you get 12

For the ears:

Ch 2, 6 sc in the second ch from the hook

I meant to keep track, but ended up just doing 6 sc around until it looked right (yeah, that's how most of my patterns end up).  Based on some pictures, Pikachu's ears get a bit wider, but it didn't look right on the doll. 

Hope that helps!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pikachu Blanket Buddy on: April 11, 2012 02:31:09 PM
While procrastinating on making a second Bunny Blanket Buddy and rationalizing avoiding my thesis revisions (can't work without committee feedback!), I realized that Pikachu is just a bunny with different ears.  And electric powers.



My (27 year old) sister is now demanding a Pikachu Blanket Buddy of her own.  Or demanding this one since I took the picture on her bed.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: February 01, 2012 11:21:28 AM
Thanks for the comments, everyone!

I'm probably going to be a failure monkey on challenges this month.  I absolutely should not be encouraged to take up anything new.  I already basically live in the Michaels-themed episode of Hoarders.  Well, unless it's something new that uses up all the crap I already have.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project Craftalong on: February 01, 2012 09:15:32 AM
It takes less yarn than you would think!  Working with a new thing of Soft Navy and leftover Cherry Red, I've still got yarn left.

You Tube really helped me figure out loom knitting.  AllFreeKnitting has a tutorial for making a Special Olympics scarf, but if you just want to see how to cast on and do the stitches, it takes awhile to get started.  mikeyssmail is really great if you've just started and are starting to think that loom knitting is not going to be a faster and easier way to make things.

For casting off some tutorials may say that you can use a crochet hook or the loom knitting tool.  What they actually mean is use a crochet hook.  They may think it's a suggestion, but it's not.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project Craftalong on: February 01, 2012 08:27:52 AM
Hi, guys, I have been lurking over here (and looking for state's needs/deadlines as I look at my scarf instead of actually mailing it). 



This is both colors held together using the basic loom knitting stitch.  At least I assume it's basic since that's been the easier one to find.  I used the red Knifty Knitter long loom.  It's slightly longer than 6", but the actual scarf ends up being a bit tighter than that as it comes off the loom.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: January 31, 2012 08:03:28 PM
I traded my friend Julia a shawl for competent photography, so now I have projects and awesome photos.

I loom knit a Special Olympics scarf.  And I've started another one since, hey, I've already managed to miss two state deadlines.  I should be able to make a third, right?



And I made some Sailor Moon Valentines (Outer Senshi this time):



9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: January 14, 2012 03:52:21 PM
The Scrabble 2 letter words is a great idea!  Well, except if I gave it to my Scrabble loving grandparents, the rest of my crazy family might demand it get taken down during games.  Except the crazy family members who'd try to say nothing and hope it stayed up.  Like when you took a geography test and hoped the teacher forgot about the map.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: January 14, 2012 01:26:28 PM
Thanks, everyone!  I think the yarn color is Sugar'n Cream Spring Swirl (the label is long gone as the yarn started off as another project that never got finished).
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