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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flower Pot to Mini Tophat (Photo fat!) on: June 05, 2010 10:40:28 AM
Every time I go out to an "alternative/goth" night I see beautifully dressed women with these GORGEOUS mini tophat's.  I've searched the internet and found many a cute one that I've lusted after (hats not women Wink ) but been unable to afford.  
So, being a Craftster I decided to make my own.  I had a satin and lace bolero I was never going to wear again so I had the material, but what could I use to make the hat base from; cereal box?; plastic bottle?; tin can?!
Then I looked over at the window sill and got my inspiration.  A small plastic flower pot and it's base, just like this one:

So I covered it in the satin, then the lace, added a train and red trim (had this also) and added some beads to attach it to my head (it ties under my chin).  

And voila!! I had a cute mini tophat to wear that cost me nothing as everything was from things I already had Cheesy

This one looks more like a flower bud in real life, I tried to make it look as neat as I could Smiley

You can see the beads dangling from the tie under my chin

Noone guessed it was even home-made until I told them Cheesy

P.s. excuse the photos, they were taken before I went to the club, so I was trying to show my makeup too  Embarrassed

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first ever knitting project - Teddy Bear on: May 28, 2010 04:15:10 PM

I mainly crochet, but a few months ago i decided i wanted to learn to knit too.  A short time later bf's sister announced she was pregnant.  This ofc made me very excited thinking of all the things i could craft (Still excited Tongue).  Didn't know the sex at the time, and didn't want to make a brown bear, so i went for a variegated colour wool (that the bf picked) that could be unisex Smiley It's made from this pattern: http://www.allaboutyou.com/craft/teddy-bear-knitting-pattern/v1

From toe to ear he's 14 inches tall Smiley  I didn't want to sew solid teddy eyes on in an attempt to make it more baby friendly.

So without any more waffling -  Here's the pics Smiley
(p.s. ignore the sofa, the joys of rented student accommodation...) (The colours are a little washed out on the pics too)

His head is a little wonky, but over all i'm pleased Smiley

Do you think it's good enough as a gift?

13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Brain Slugs on: April 19, 2010 03:10:37 PM
I forgot the garlic shampoo so now the bf and I are infested with brain slugs! 
I know there's a million and one brain slugs about the forums/internet, but i just couldn't resist making one.  But she looked a little lonely so i made her a partner Smiley <3
We're going to wear them to the next "alternative/goth" club night Tongue

Thanks for looking Smiley
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stuck on a knitted teddy bear pattern on: April 06, 2010 06:43:43 PM
Hey Smiley

So i'm pretty new to knitting and gave up on DPN's (for now) as i asked about in my other topic, and decided to try knitting a teddy bear.

However, i'm a little stuck on the pattern ... http://www.allaboutyou.com/craft/teddy-bear-knitting-pattern/v1  (you can view the pattern in the pdf)

I'm starting on the body, and unsure what it means.
"With 3mm needles,
cast on 22 sts. K 10 rows. Cont
in garter st and inc 1 st at each
end of next row and 6 foll 6th
rows. 36 sts. K 7 rows."

After i've knitted the first 10 rows do i then increase at the beginning and end of the next 7 rows so that i end up with 36 stitches and then knit 7 more rows of 36 stitches?  Or just keep knitting and do the increase at every 6th row?

Sorry if this is a simpleton question, i'm a crocheter and used to patterns that say "row 1, row 2" etc, although usually i wing things, so i'm not a pattern expert!

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Lottes <3
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Before they were famous Cthulhu (My first crochet project!) V Photo Fat! on: March 09, 2010 01:58:01 PM
Cthulhu grew up an ordinary trans-dimensional being, hanging out in graveyards and the like

"Loitering in the graveyard"

Until at the tender age of 6 billion years he went off to University where he majored in the Mad Sciences and minored in Robot American Studies.

"Loitering in the lab"

"I'm a serious scientist Cthulhu!"

"Pondering all that Mad Science (or perhaps deciding what's for lunch)"

In his spare time he enjoyed terrorising the other students and plotting world domination.

"Three stooges impression"

Upon graduation and promotion to the position of Elder-God he now relaxes (after a hard day of soul-consuming - it's hard work you know!) how many Elder-Gods choose to spend their time:


The occasional drink, Xbox, oh, and possessing humans!

[On a more accurate note Wink The other half goes skiing every year and they have a day of fancy dress ski activities.  After much debating what he would go as this year, and a bit of web browsing, he decided upon Cthulhu after I happened upon a crochet ski mask of said Elder-God.  Being the lovely girlfriend I am (Wink) and being able to crochet (I say being able to crochet all Id made before this was a couple of granny squares and a few things that just ended up as round dishcloths!) I offered to make him a Cthulhu ski mask of his own!  I didnt follow a pattern I just winged the ski mask part and then make some tentacles to sew on.  I guess I could have made them like tubes, but that would have been to easy! If anyone wants to know how Ill explain!  Also made the eye holes a bit bigger than I would if it had just been a costume so hed be able to see whilst skiing!

Hope the story and pictures amuse you as much as they amused us taking them! They were taken around the uni and in our labs Smiley)

Comments welcome! (Please be kind, this is the first proper thing I have crocheted and I know its not perfect!)

Lottes <3
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mini cupcake topping hat/hair accessory thing! on: March 09, 2010 01:18:58 PM
So Ive been quite into crocheting at the moment and after making a cute crochet heart to put in my hair I wondered what I could do next!
Then it came to me! Combine my love of cupcakes with silly hair accessories! 
So I googled and found this uber looking crochet cupcake pattern! http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2009/02/crochet-cupcake-with-cherry-sprinkles.html  I didn't follow it exactly, I did a few more increases etc to make it slightly flatter and I sort of winged the cherry and sprinkles. 

So this is what I created:

Slightly closer up views:


I just love it and am wearing it to work tomorrow   

Comments welcome 

Lottes <3

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted lobster pattern help (flat or in the round?) on: March 07, 2010 12:48:13 PM
I have leart to knit, well in the past week, i've practised knit and purl and decrease/increase etc, because i want to make this

I just adore lobsters! We do the pub quiz and our team name is the Lobster Appreciation Society (I could never eat one though! I'm fully determined to have one as a pet when i live somewhere when that will allow it!)

So i've started this pattern and i just have plain old straight needles.  So far the body looks ok but i noticed the pattern calls for DPN's and i don't have any.  Do i need to knit the lobster in the round? Or can i knit it flat on straight needles and then sew him together?

I can crochet quite well, but i just struggle with knitting! But i'm determined to learn.  So far the stitches look neat etc, i was just wondering if i should carry on with the pattern or is it just not going to work knitted flat?

Many thanks
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Vertically Challenged Crochet on: March 02, 2010 03:54:50 AM
Ok well, size challenged crochet!

(I;ve done a search but couldn't find any topics that answer my question, so sorry if i've missed one!)

I'm not expert by any means, but I can crochet, do the stitches etc, follow a pattern, have the right number of stitches etc.  However my crochet always ends up much smaller than the patterm.  If i follow a pattern for a ski mask (i am currently making one for my bf and am winging it as i go along since the pattern is of no use), by the time the pattern writer has got the, say, row 6 they are down near the eyebrows or something and i've made something the size of a  jewish cap (you know that the men wear on their heads - also no offence, this just perfectly describes the size!).

I know i am doing the right stitches (ie double crochet) and the right number of them.  I was wondering if i am pulling my crochet too tight?  I have no problems inserting my hook into the stitches etc so it's not riduculously tight in that sense.  Also the size of hook (which i used the one stated in the pattern) makes no difference.  Even using a bigger hook doesn't make my crochet any bigger.

I wonder am i tightening the stitches when i shouldn't.  When i finish a DC stitch i pull the yarn through the hoop and then i pull the wool so the stitch tightens.  Should i do this or continue on and assume that the tension i have in the wool will tighten it enough anyway?  Also my crochet ends up a bit stiff.

It stops me from following patterns (and i want to make so many things) since i know mine will end up completely the wrong size! Sad

Sorry for the long rambling post!  I hope it makes sense.  If it doesn't i'll try and find a video of what i mean!

Lottes <3
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