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181  Re: Christ-Centered Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: November 17, 2009 06:06:48 PM
Here's a teaser for MsMia!!!

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182  Painted Christmas Nativity Scene in Winter Holidays by kaz814 on: November 14, 2009 04:29:33 PM
So I had this idea a while back to paint a manger scene for my wall for Christmas.  I soon discovered, however, that my art skills do not extend to Wise Men or Camels ... or, for that matter, donkeys, shepherds, Mary or Joseph.  Regardless, I kept sketching and finally came up with something that I liked.  My conclusion:  I can do Baby Jesus in a manger and sheep (and by sheep, I mean clouds with legs.)  Yay!

So this is the final product ... I'm really quite pleased with it, actually!

And close-ups of each individual square:


CC welcome! Smiley
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183  Re: A Package for the Kids GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: November 09, 2009 06:41:57 PM
Since smittenheart's poor Ryan has had to wait so long, here's a teaser pic of the wrapped goodies which are being sent out tomorrow...

And yes, there may very well be very very general hints written on each package! Smiley
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184  Deep Sea bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: November 04, 2009 03:09:14 PM
I Angeled for the Sea Life swap and made the following tote bag for my lovely swapper!  

The white creature is an oarfish.  The red tentacles are from a Giant Squid.  Smiley

The other side with bioluminscent firefly squid embroidered on.

And the embroidery, close up:  (sorry for the crappy pics)

Inside is a Deep Sea Anglerfish ... it's so dark you can only see its eye, its teeth and the lure!

On the opposite side of the Anglerfish, there's a pocket.  Smiley

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185  Jellyfish in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: November 04, 2009 03:00:38 PM
So for a recent swap, I made my first real crochet project (I try not to think of the ragged dishcloth I made for my 'practice' project!)  My swapper even named her. Smiley

(The pattern was from a shop on etsy - jpolka.)

CC welcome!
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186  Re: H. Edge Hog, at your service in Knitting: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: November 01, 2009 02:05:06 PM
Now with glasses!

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187  H. Edge Hog, at your service - NOW WITH PATTERN in Knitting: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: November 01, 2009 10:57:47 AM
So, since a friend of mine loves hedgehogs, I decided to knit her one for Christmas/her birthday (whichever is closer when it finally gets to her!).  I used my own pattern (read: made it up as I went along) and this little guy is the result!  Not too shabby.  (Sorry for the crappy pictures!)

Mr. H. Edge Hog is pleased to make your acquaintance.  Even if he doesn't show it.

A side view - Mr. Hog has been eating a few too many biscuits at tea and so is a bit on the portly side. (H. Edge Hog is totally British in my head ...)

What do we think?  Does he need wee little gold spectacles?  I've got craft wire ...


This is my very first pattern, and I've tested it, but if you see any problems or know of any easier ways to accomplish what I've done, please tell me!


3.5 mm dp needles
embroidery thread (black)
jewelry wire (if you want yours to be spectacled)
dark brown yarn (I used Wool-Ease Chunky)
light brown yarn (I have no idea what the kind I used is called - it's a worsted weight yarn, though)
yarn needle
embroidery needle
stitch marker
2 buttons for eyes (if you want)


Working in the round, cast on 9 stitches with your dark brown yarn.  Put 3 stitches on each of the 3 needles.  

Round 1: Knit
Round 2: k1, kfb across (12 sts total, 4 on each)
Round 2: kfb across (24 sts total, 8 on each)
Round 3: K1, kfb across (36 total, 12 on each)
Round 4: k2, kfb across (48 total, 16 on each)
Round 5: knit until body length is about 4 inches, or a good 'hedgehog size' (it might help to do the legs first so you can see how he'd look with them/if they'd be too close, etc. ... really this part is flexible as I just knit until it looked right)

Once your body is a good length, flip your knitting inside out, so the purl stitch is on the outside (okay, I guess, if you wanted to, you could just purl the whole thing, but I started this while on a bus and supervising forty five screaming thirteen year olds, so I was only doing it with half a mind.)  Using the tail of the dark brown and a yarn needle, stitch closed the hind end (where you started) and weave in the tail.  Stuff as much as you'd like while still on the needles (about 3/4 is good).

Switch to your light brown yarn.  

Round 1: Knit
Round 2: k2, k2tog across (36 sts, 12 on each)
Round 3: knit
Round 4: k4, k2tog across (30 sts, 10 on each)
Round 5-6: knit
Round 7: k3, k2tog across (24 sts, 8 on each)

Stuff some more.  

Round 8: knit
Round 9: k2, k2tog across(18 sts)

Finish stuffing (if you can get it in!)

Round 10: knit
Round 11: k2tog across (9 sts)
Round 12-13: knit
Round 14: k1, k2tog across (6 sts)
Round 15-17: knit

Use a yarn needle and your light brown to stitch close the nose by running the needle through all 6 stitches and then pulling it so it closed.  Weave in the end.

LEGS: (Make 4)

Working in the round, cast on 12 stitches with your light brown.  Move 4 stitches to each of three needles.  

Round 1-6: Knit
Round 7: purl
Round 8: knit
Round 9: k2, k2tog across (9 sts)

Use a yarn needle to close the end by taking the yarn needle and weave it through each stitch on the dp needles.  Pull closed.  Then I tuck the tail ends of the yarn on the inside of the leg. Stuff!

Whipstitch the legs onto the body.

Using black embroidery thread, embroider on his (her?) little nose - I just did the tip.  You can also add button eyes, or embroider them on if you choose (I tried and failed at that, hence the buttons!)

If you want to add glasses, I just took a bit of gold jewelry wire and bent it until it looked glasses-shaped.

I'd love love love to see pictures of your hedgies!
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188  Coloring bag and matching crayon roll in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: October 31, 2009 02:36:34 PM
I made a little tote bag for my cousin's son, so when he visits our grandparents (his great-grandparents), he can bring his coloring book and crayons with him to color rather than destroying the living room!  (He's going to be two.)

And the crayon roll unrolled (pattern from Skip to My Lou)...

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189  Re: Tutorial: Sha Sha Ribbon Dream Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: October 31, 2009 02:33:32 PM
I haven't put the button on yet, but here's the one I just completed.  I like to think my bag-making skills are coming along!

And the lining ...

Thank you so much for the tutorial!  I'm really pleased with how this came out!
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190  Christmas Stocking in Winter Holidays by kaz814 on: October 27, 2009 10:40:43 AM
Since I took the day off to relax, of course, I'm spending it crafting!  (What?  Yelling at the sewing machine isn't relaxing?  Really?)

Anyhoodle, I have completed my very first stocking without using a pattern.  That might have saved me a little while, honestly, but I won't bore you with the numerous errors I made in the construction.  Regardless, I'm pleased with the end result (even if there's now a teeny dot of ... something on the back ... I have no idea how it got there, but oh well)!

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