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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Beauregard the Crochet Sharpei on: June 05, 2012 08:34:35 AM
Thanks again everyone! Tomorrow's the last day of voting--so excited!!!  Grin
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Beauregard the Crochet Sharpei on: May 24, 2012 03:54:00 PM
Thanks so much for your kind compliments and support everyone! Cheesy
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Beauregard the Crochet Sharpei on: May 23, 2012 05:17:21 PM
Spread some wrinkly puppy love!  Cheesy

I designed this guy for Lion Brand's national "Vanna's Choice" 2012 contest using 4 skeins of Vanna's Choice Taupe yarn. It took me about two weeks to complete using a 3.25 mm hook, and I'm oh so excited to show him off--especially since I just found out he's been named one of 12 finalists in the contest! Beau's currently on a vacay in New Jersey at the Lion Brand headquarters while awaiting the results of the public vote on the Vanna's Choice contest site (which ends June 23rd). You can check out all the finalists here http://www.lionbrand.com/vote.html and cast your vote for your favorite project.



I did a lot of experimenting before I finally got a system down for crocheting seamless wrinkles. I ended up working the wrinkles in a series of rows off the body as I went and then folded my work over, slip stitched the back together like a sandwich, and then moved on to the next wrinkle.

 

Some strategic increasing and decreasing was necessary to make the wrinkles different shapes and thicknesses, but the whole head and body was made in one piece and then I attached the ears, legs, and tail separately. I was aiming for a realistic wrinkle appearance, so I nixed trying to make everything symmetrical and gave up on patterning pretty quickly.




Beau is 18 inches tall, and I think the next sharpei friend I make for him is going to be smaller and more "patternable." Some of you may remember my crochet peacock that I posted on here a few years ago. It's taken me 2 summers, but I'm FINALLY on the verge of finishing that pattern (yay!) LoL, so maybe in another few years I'll manage to eke this pattern out too  Grin

Thanks so much for taking a peek!

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: IT CROWD - Moss with my kitty! on: January 31, 2011 01:23:12 PM
So great! My husband and I are watching that show on Netflix right now Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Twigs, Tweets & Wildflowers Wreath on: January 31, 2011 08:08:28 AM


Ingredients for this wreath: lots of sticks, lots of patience, a pile of yarn, 168 hrs, a spare bath tub, and some hair plugs (because assembling this thing just about made me pull all my hair out  Shocked)

This is my entry for the 2011 Vanna's Choice yarn contest and I'm SO glad it's finally finished!

I assembled this wreath from yarn-wrapped oak, ash, mulberry, and forsynthia branches from my backyard. The branches were sorted, cut, and soaked for three days to make them pilable and then individually wrapped in yarn. After carefully bending and securing them into a rustic wreath shape, I wove in some crochet pussy willows, bachelor buttons, black-eyed susans, and gerbera daisies. The blue bachelor buttons were created by slipknotting short bits of frayed yarn onto a tiny crocheted flower base.



I knew I wanted to add two little bluebirds to the wreath, but the tabby cat was an after thought. I figured adding a little irony couldn't hurt  Grin) The kitty cat has embroidered eyes and ears and the whiskers are unraveled yarn plies with a bit of no-fray on the ends to keep them stiff.



The birds were probabaly my favorite part of the weath to make. I gave them little wire feet, and one of them is holding a teenty tiny crochet twig flower. The bird with the flower has wired wings (just along the upper edges of the wing). This has become one of my favorite new ways to use wire in my crochet projects. If you insert a piece of wire through the bird's body, bend in an upward arc, then start crocheting in a loop of the body next to the wire and then continue up the wire, the wire is totally concealed and wont slide around. Then you crochet down, creating chains off the horizonal row you've created to make staggered feathers.

 

In all, there are 14 different colors of yarn utilized in this project, and the wreath is roughly 16 inches in diameter. I definitely won't be making another one of these for a LOOOOOOOONG time. . .but if you're feeling ambitious enough to make your own, I'm happy to give you some pointers  Cheesy) Really, the most important part is soaking the branches REALLY well by weighting them down so they're fully submerged and wrapping and shaping them while they're still wet. Wrapping each branch took about 5-10 minutes + another 5-10 minutes to lash it onto the wreath. The longest you want to go between wrapping and lashing is 45 minutes. (I learned this the hard when I started wrapping my first bunch of branches in batches and then tried lashing them to the wreath in small bundles--NOT a good idea. . .



Thanks for taking a peek and enjoy!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: my crochet peacock on: June 02, 2010 06:18:24 PM
Thanks SO much everyone!!!!! I got the official call today at work that the peacock won 2nd place Smiley There WILL be a pattern available in July (once I can figure out how to write the pattern down properly and have it tested Smiley

Thanks again for your votes and kind words of encouragement--you all ROCK!!!!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My Dwight Army of Champions (Dwight Schrute) on: June 01, 2010 06:18:29 AM
ha--this totally made my day!!!! LOVE the little radish--this is fabulous!  Cheesy
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: my crochet peacock on: June 01, 2010 06:14:29 AM
You have my vote! I facebooked it too! I hope you win the contest!

Wow--thanks SO much for the facebook shout-out!!!!

Ands thanks to everyone for your kind compliments and votes!!! Today's the last day to vote--I really appreciate all your support and encouragement!!!! Cheesy
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: my crochet peacock on: June 01, 2010 06:10:04 AM
that is such a awesome peacock you have the most wonderful talent to make it I wish I could do that but of course it takes alot of patince and work to make it . I'm glad I seen it and it is wonderful ! did you have pattern for peacock or did you make it on your own ??

thanks so much! this peacock is totally patternless, but due to popular demand, I am teaching myself how to pattern this summer, so I hope to have a pattern made up for it by July Smiley
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: my crochet peacock on: May 22, 2010 05:30:13 PM
I facebooked this - your peacock is SO much better than that globe mobile.  I hope my online buds will vote (and spread the word).

Same, i put it on my Facebook because i think the peacock is A MILLION times better than the mobile and i felt affronted that the mobile was winning!  Roll Eyes

wow--thanks a million for the facebook shout outs guys!!!! every little bit helps--i really appreciate your support!!  Cheesy
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