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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Arachne's Tears Scarf from Interweave Crochet (Spring 2008) on: April 14, 2008 05:37:40 PM
This was a super fast, fun project. It can easily be knocked out in several hours/completed in a day.

The one in the magazine was done with blue yarn and beads, but I used what I had on hand.


12  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Donations Wanted: Baby, It's Cold Outside on: March 16, 2008 08:31:31 PM
I had a crafty/charitable brainstorm a couple of weeks ago and things have snowballed from there. It may be the perfect thing for all those people who always want to donate but never feel like the have enough, etc.

All the details can be found here. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, want more information, or would like to contribute:

http://babyitscoldoutside.typepad.com/blog/
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Box Full of Fairies -- Baby Gift on: February 20, 2008 11:44:50 AM
Friends are expecting a baby girl in April. The shower is coming up in a couple of weeks and this is what I made for her:







And here they are all folded and tucked into their little wooden box that I found at Marshall's:


14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Modern Squared Afghan - With Link to Free Pattern on: February 03, 2008 12:19:21 PM
My New Year's crocheting resolution was to make something larger than a scarf. I'm participating in the Block-a-Month CAL, but didn't want to wait 12 months to finish, so I tackled this lapghan/throw/baby blanket in the meantime.




Excuse the wonkiness and the cat. Overall, I'm extremely proud of it. It's super soft, I love the colors and it only took me 10 days to do. Now, I just need to work on joining squares. I did the single crochet through the back loops method, which works well up to a point. I don't like the gaps between the corners of the squares. If anyone has an alternative method they like, please share.

Here's the link to the free pattern.

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70201A.html

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flayed Sock Monkey/Neapolitan Ice Cream/Bacon Ripple Scarf on: December 30, 2007 03:16:57 PM
For Christmas, I bought the two Vogue Knitting On the Go Crochet Scarves books for myself. This is the first project I did out of them.




The name come sfrom the fact that when I got underway and saw the brown/cream/red it looked like a sock monkey (I changed all the colors in the book which were white, yellow, blue and green). Then when I added the pink it looked like Neapolitan ice cream. All together, it's very bacon-y. Luckily, in the end, I think it all balanced out.

The pattern was a little vague in places and the yarn amounts were completely off (I immediately knew that there was no way I needed 20 skeins of cream yarn), but if you use common sense you can easily figure out the correct way of doing things.
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mod Target Pillow on: December 30, 2007 03:11:34 PM
So, like many craftsters, I have a husband who constantly complains that I never make anything for him. Which is true. So, this weekend I decided to fix that.

He just changed jobs and his bosses at his old one gave him a Ben Sherman Union Jack chair as a going away present. Since my only rival for his affections is his Vespa, I decided it needed a Mod target pillow.




Extremely easy to do. I crocheted the circle yesterday afternoon and evening. The pillow form is a 20-inch square one from IKEA, as is the pillow insert. I handsewed the target to the pillowcase today and Voila!
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Interweave Mermaid Scarf with Link to Free Pattern on: November 29, 2007 11:40:09 PM
I whipped up the Interweave Mermaid Scarf (http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/crochet/Mermaid_Scarf_206-1.html) in about two days and loved the project so much that I put an Interweave Crochet subscription on my Christmas wish list. Which is exactly the kind of thing that I'm sure they love to hear and keeps those free patterns coming. Remember: the first taste is always free.  Wink

Anyway, it's a ruffle scarf in two layers. Unfortunately, none of my pictures do it justice, but it's really fantastic. While cleaning out my closet the other day I realized that I have 8 pink scarves, so this one is going to be given away as a gift. However, I will be making another in a different color (I'm thinking turquoise) for myself.




18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Adorn Magazine -- Russian Nesting Doll Christmas Stocking on: November 29, 2007 11:31:47 PM
My sister-in-law is coming out from New York to celebrate Christmas with us, so I decided it would be fun to make new Christmas stockings for her, my husband and myself.

I worked on her's last night and today, using a pattern from the Winter '07 Adorn magazine (http://www.adornmag.com/node/4). Here it is:



I love felt applique and it was a lot of fun to do. It does not look nearly as wonky in person as it does in the photo. I don't know what is up with those strips at the top and one of her eyes. I made a couple of alterations -- using beads and sequins instead of embroidering everything, and changing the back color from off white to chocolate brown -- but it's very adaptable.

My husband's is next and is going to be more time-consuming since I'm just winging it. All I know is that it will be embroidered and have a Vespa motif, so I expect that will take me a couple of weeks to knock out.

All this to say, I probably won't get to redoin g mine this year. Which is fine. I still have the fantastic felt one from my childhood which is actually from before I was born. My mother made it in the '60s for the family cat (it has a felt black cat and Santa Claus on it) when they lived in Norway. The cat died, I was born and I inherited it.  Shocked It's true, second children only get hand me downs.  Tongue

It's an awesome stocking though. Once I uncover it when I put up the tree, I'll take a picture.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage-y Halloween Kitchen/Tea Towel on: October 22, 2007 10:45:01 AM
I'm not finished yet, but since I haven't decided what I'm going to stich next (and I wanted to post before Halloween was over and done with), here it is, my themed tea towel:



A Bewitched Witch (image from Dover Clip Art)



Along Came a Spider Kitty (vintage transfer)



Halloween Pumpkin Gal (image from Dover Clip Art)



Abracadabra Kitty and Magic Wand done with Metallic Thread and Beads (vintage transfer)



The whole thing so far, with red rick rack trim.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cashmere Breeze Scarf (w/Link to Free Pattern) on: October 12, 2007 01:12:00 PM
Last week, I made the Cashmere Breeze Scarf. It's primarily shells and bobbles. I used much cheaper yarn (it takes just over one skein of Caron Simply Soft) than it calls for, and I still think it came out great. The first picture is it folded in half, the other one is a detail shot.



The free pattern is available here:

http://www.tahkistacycharles.com/freepatterns_listing.php?k=78

It says it's an Intermediate pattern, but this is only the second thing I've ever made (I just taught myself to crochet last month). While it was time consuming, it wasn't difficult at all.
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