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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who lawn gnome on: May 10, 2014 12:47:27 PM
Love this! ***Rocks!*** Going to add him to Greek Crafts today. Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Superhero Bra on: May 03, 2014 07:22:04 PM
I  love this!!!! I am so putting this on Geek Crafts right now for my Saturday entry! Smiley

23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Oregon Trail & Back to the Future Hoops on: April 01, 2014 06:51:40 PM
OMG those are so great! ***Rocks!***

BTW, I always loved Oregon Trail....I'm so glad you did it in green thread on black cloth. Smiley
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Button Hoopla on: March 22, 2014 03:55:55 PM
That is such a cool idea for a hoop! Very original!! Smiley

***Rocks***
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Alaska themed earrings on: January 29, 2014 12:53:57 PM
The fireweed flowers are gorgeous!
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Refinished My First Piece of Furniture on: January 29, 2014 12:51:50 PM
I had this bench for about four months before I started working on it. I've been messing around with it, off and on, since April 2013, and now because of the glory that is a snow day, the bench has been completed....finally. Besides, I need to do something besides shop online...eBay and Amazon can be a dangerous combination! Smiley

As a refresher, here is the before picture. Excuse my shadow. It was late in the day when I took this picture and my back was to the west.



I wore out my husband's electric sander. I think this has about 4-5 coats of stain and 2 coats of polyurethane on it.

This is the after picture. I used curtain tiebacks to secure the cushions to the arm supports. I also bought four more to take apart and use as trim to hide the staples in the back cushions (the back of the bench is actually completely open through the wood, so it basically looks the same on the backside).



My friends lovingly this "the toilet," because I actually turned it into a bench with shallow storage space under the cushions. There's a hinged lid in the center of the bench. Originally, there were just batting, springs and horse hair under the original fabric.

There's a handful of things I would have liked to have done differently/better, but this is the first piece of furniture I've ever redone so I'm still pretty proud of it.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nightmare Before Christmas Mayor lamp on: January 29, 2014 12:13:22 PM
He is absolutely stunning! The next time I head out to the thrift store, I have to look for a round lamp now. I need to steal your idea and maybe make a Jack Skellington one instead Smiley

***ROCKS***

I found a cute little round lamp at a thrift store a few years ago. With the help of my husband we finally came up with a good idea to put it to use.  Grin

The lamp shade is painted one both sides so you can change his face. The hat is built out of cardboard and covered in fabric. I left it hollow so heat can escape from the top.

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28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Supersize Shrug Me! on: January 26, 2014 05:40:36 PM
It really surprised me. Lion Brand is better than that. Maybe the creator (and later the proofer/poster of that pattern) just didn't catch any mistakes in it.

Thank you for going thru all the trouble of fixing the pattern for us.  It's so disappointing when a pattern is written incorrectly.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: PIN UP LINGERIE SET on: January 26, 2014 08:04:10 AM
That is such a pretty set!
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Supersize Shrug Me! on: January 26, 2014 08:01:20 AM
Recently, I completed a shrug. It's not my usual piece of clothing, but I came across the crochet pattern for the Lion Brand Heartland Sunset Shrug (Pattern Number: L32035). You normally need a user name and password for the Lion Brand patterns, but since I'm going to break this pattern down, you'll see my thoughts and changes here.

This pattern is not something of Lion Brand's caliber, in my opinion. While the pattern itself is super simple, I think Lion Brand dropped the ball on it quite a bit. It's not as high a quality that their patterns usually tend to be. I don't know if it's because of the skill level or if it's just written poorly.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy + (Level 3)--This is actually correct. There are no complicated stitches to learn. It is just a big ole circle, so as long as you an count, ANY crocheter, at ANY level, should be able to make this with ease.



SIZE: One Size--WRONG. If I had followed the directions from Lion Brand, I would have looked like a sausage wearing a too small casing. You will need to complete almost all of the pattern to figure out how much more, if any, rows you should add on.

Personally, I can wear size large shirts, but I prefer extra larges. There's no way the original pattern size would have fit me, so I'm guessing their model was extremely petite.

About 38 in. (96.5 cm) diameter, before folding and seaming--This is the original size. I didn't think to measure my circle before seaming.

I used an H sized hook, which is the recommended size. Lion Brand used 5 yarns, and I used 4. You can use any number of yarns you want, you'll just need to figure out the pattern. I was changing colors every six rows. This is what I used:

--Caron Simply Soft in neon yellow (#9773)-1 skein
--Caron Simply Soft in neon orange (#9774)-1 skein
--Caron Simply Soft in neon coral (#9772)-1 1/2 skeins
--Caron Simply Soft in neon pink (#9775)-1 skein

I actually had all of these before choosing this pattern. I saw them at the arts and crafts store I work at, and I knew I had to have them for a sweater for myself! Smiley

STITCH EXPLANATION:
beg-Cl (beg cluster) Ch 2, yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook); yarn over, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Cl (cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook), *yarn over, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * once more, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.

NOTES:
1. Shrug is worked in joined rnds beg at center. Do not turn at the end of rnds.
2. Color is changed by fastening off old color and joining new color.
3. Piece is folded and 2 side seams sewn to create armholes.--This was difficult to understand, even with the directions that came at the end of the pattern. This was the most difficult thing about the pattern.


SHRUG
Center Motif--I especially like how this looks.
With A, ch 5.
Rnd 1 (RS): Dc in 5th ch from hook (beg ch counts as dc, ch 1), (ch 1, dc in same ch) 6 times, ch 1; join with sl st in 4th ch of beg ch - 8 dc and 8 ch-1 sps at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1 in this rnd and in all following rnds), dc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, ch 1; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch - 16 dc and 16 ch-1 sps at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 3: Beg-Cl in same st as joining, *ch 2, sk next ch-1 sp, Cl in next dc; rep from * around, ch 2, sk last ch-1 sp; join with sl st in beg-Cl - 16 Cl and 16 ch-2 sps at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc in this rnd and in all following rnds), 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, *dc next Cl, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 64 dc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 5: Ch 3, (tr, dc, hdc) in same st as joining, sk next st, sc in next st, *sk next st, (hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc) in next st, sk next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around to last st, sk last st, (hdc, dc) in same st as joining; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 16 (hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc) groups and 16 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 6: (Sl st, ch 1, sc) in first tr, *ch 5, sk next 5 sts, sc in next tr; repeat from * around to last 5 sts, ch 5, sk last 5 sts; join with sl st in first sc - 16 sc and 16 ch-5 sps. Fasten off.
Body of Shrug--Again, there is NO WAY this is "one size fits all."
Rnd 7: From RS, draw up a loop of B in any ch-5 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc in this rnd and in all following rnds), 6 dc in same ch-5 sp, 7 dc in each ch-5 sp around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 112 dc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 8: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining (increase made), dc in next 6 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 128 sts.
Rnd 9: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 7 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 144 sts.
Rnd 10: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 8 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 160 sts.
Rnd 11: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 9 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 176 sts.
Rnd 12: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 192 sts.
Rnd 13: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 208 sts. Fasten off.
Rnd 14: From RS, draw up a loop of C in same st as joining, ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 224 sts.
Rnd 15: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 13 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 240 sts.
Rnd 16: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 14 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 14 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 256 sts.
Rnd 17: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 15 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 15 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 272 sts.
Rnd 18: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 16 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 16 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 288 sts.
Rnd 19: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 17 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 17 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 304 sts.
Rnd 20: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 18 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 18 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 320 sts. Fasten off.
Rnd 21: From RS, draw up a loop of D in same st as joining, ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 19 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 19 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 336 sts.
Rnd 22: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 20 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 20 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 352 sts.
Rnd 23:Ch 3, dc in each dc around; join with sl st in top of beg ch.--I don't know if this is a mistake or intentional. It looks odd when you do this row like this. I'm thinking the this should read: Ch 3, working in the back loops only, dc in each dc around; join with sl st in top of beg ch. This would continue the pattern.

At this point, throw the circle over your back to get an idea of how big you need to make your shrug. Flip down the back a bit from your neck to figure out where your collar will be, as well. If you need to do additional rows, work them in increasing rows, such as 21, 22, 23, etc. I made my shrug up to 24 dc around, but I really should have stopped at 21 or 22. As the shrug hangs (both from creating it and from wearing it), you'll see it stretches, so you don't need it to be huge because it could become huge on it's own. That's okay.
Border
Rnd 24 (RS): With D, ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in next st, *sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts; repeat from * around to last 2 sts, sk last 2 sts; join with sl st in top of beg ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 25: From RS, draw up a loop of E in sp between sts of any 2-dc group, ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in sp between sts of each 2-dc group around; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 26-29: Sl st in sp between sts of first 2-dc group, ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in sp between sts of each 2-dc group around; join with sl st in top of beg ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 30: With B, rep Rnd 25. Fasten off.
FINISHING
Fold piece in half. With fold at top, measure 8 in. (20.5 cm) down from fold on each side and place marker for armholes. Measure 6 in. (15 cm) along edge below each marker and place another marker. Baste or pin edges together between markers and try Shrug on to check fit. Adjust marker position if desired, then sew edges together between markers on both sides. Weave in ends.

Ignore all this. This is what I came up with. Throw the shrug back over your shoulders and flip the collar back. For mine, I made the edge of the collar touch  the edge of the center motif, but remember, my shrug's bigger than I thought it would be. If you can see where your joining stitches are for each row, make that run up your back. You'll be able to disguise that later on, if you need to do so.

It would help if you had another person for this part, but if you don't, you can do this facing a large mirror. You'll need stitch markers and a tape measure. Raise one of your arms to a 45 degree angle. With your free hand, pinch where you want the width of the sleeve to be. Mark the spot with the stitch marker. Measure the width of the sleeve and repeat it on the other side.

I thought this looked a little unfinished after row 30, for a Lion Brand pattern, so I went back and did one more row of sc in each stitch around, and then I finished it off. This row of sc was also used to secure the sleeves, first around the body of the shrug, and then back around the sleeves separately.

I also went back and used a yarn needle and a length of yarn and secured the back collar with a few stitches. This will keep it from flopping around, and you'll always know which end is the top.
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