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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NeedlePoint + Comedy! on: April 19, 2012 09:09:34 AM


Hi friends!

My siblings and I incorporated some of my needlepoint work into some comedy sketches!
Do you ever see crafts or needlepoint in comedy?! I think it's rare

Preview clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExecYEXTOPI&feature=relmfu

Full episode:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwkV21FsNpE&feature=relmfu
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What should I do with a BUNCH of WHITE YARN?! on: May 07, 2011 12:52:16 PM
Hiiiii!!

I was given a bag full of yarn yesterday by my office secretary. Oh my gosh, you guys know the feeling of being given a garbage bag full of yarn...it's pretty much sheer bliss as your blood temperature rises, while you're imagining all the possibilities.

There is a lot of great stuff in it...some fun vintage rug yarn which I always find projects for, and some other nice colors and textures. But!!! There are six balls of just plain old cotton worsted weight white yarn. These balls are BIG too. I'd say there's as much yarn in one as those big 1 pound skeins you can get for like 8 bucks.

So what should I do with it?? it's not nice enough feeling really to make any clothes, I know that...but can this kind of yarn make good scarves or gloves??

I was thinking maybe even this blanket i've been wanting to make on lion brand, but again, the texture, will it be cozy??

http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/patternView.fcgi?itemKey=1922244224

maybe this cool rug?


http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/patternView.fcgi?itemKey=1922244712

but who wants a WHITE rug??


When I've asked people "what should I do wtih all this white yarn" they often respond "make snowmen!" How many snowmen can one woman make?!?!! haha

Any ideas?!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My Amigurumi Do Housework!! This one vaccuums! on: May 05, 2011 10:10:42 AM





Hey all!! I have a Nissan Cube, and it has this quirky little patch of carpet on the dashboard! I like to think of clever ways of showcasing it, and this time, I decided it needed a good cleaning.

I bought the pattern for the little boy from Owlishly on Etsy. She has FANTASTIC patterns!! I changed changed the colors. I free handed the vaccuum. I did get some inspiration from this fantastic knitter:
http://mochimochiland.com/category/knitted-things/page/21/

She is the only person who's been able to inspire me to knit...alas, that ambition may need to hold off until I get sick of crocheting.

Thought I'd share!! thanks for looking!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fun Alphabet Letters From 1972 on: February 19, 2011 06:07:49 PM





Hey Everyone!

I was looking for a break from crocheting, and found this book full of different letters with different techniques from 1972! I got it from this lady I found on craigslist. she gave me bags and bags of old whool yarn for like 30 bucks, not to mentioni a dozen yarn and needlework books. she also gave my sister tons of cross stitching stuff.  It was a heck of a find, let me tell ya.

But anyway!! these letters are so fun!! the book is really conduscive to ad-libbing. It gives you the shape of each letter with instructions for each type of stitch, so if you want a certain letter, but don't like all the stitches on it, you can easily substitute a stitch from another letter.

For example, the orange leafy part of the B is the only place the pattern called for...all the other patterns are from different letters. Same with the J - the top portion is the same, but not the bottom.

If anyone is interested in some of these patterns, I'm sure I could scan some? I wonder about the legality of that? I'm sure the book is no longer available.

 
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Snow-Woman! on: January 28, 2011 04:02:08 PM


Hey all!!

My sister saw a little snowman I made for a winter scene, and instantly wanted on. She is probably the girliest girl you will ever meet, so I thought it only appropriate to make the snowman- a snow-woman! Plus, this is a rare thing I think. There are snowmen everywhere, but what about the snow-ladies??

Anyway, the hardest part about this was deciding what to do with the hat. my roommate who also crochets suggested this berret, and at first I was iffy. I tried to make a mini like normal snow-cap with a poof ball on top, but it just didn't look right. so berret it is! and I think it turned out nicely Smiley

Question! When you guys make amigurumi with multiple parts, do you try to make it so you don't have to make the parts seperately? ie, with this one, rather than making two seperate balls, I just reduced down to 6 stitches, then started increasing again to avoid sewing them together. that is the most time-consuming part of amigurumi! Sometimes for small accents like stems and leaves I'll just start them right on the piece, so I only have to tuck in the ends.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Charlie Horse- with link to pattern! on: January 08, 2011 01:11:14 PM



Hey all!

I used this great pattern from Crochetville:

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28932

I gave this cute little horse to a co-worker for his 50th birthday. He's got a bit of a sense of humor, so he appropriately named him Charlier Smiley

I love how he turned out. As with most of the amigurumi I make, this guy ended up being much smaller than the pattern indicates. I used a D hook and a pretty thin whool yarn. I just love the little amigurumi!!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Slippers with Pattern link! on: January 01, 2011 10:29:00 PM


I made these green slippers for my sister's boyfriend. fun, simple pattern, with a satisfactory outcome!!

Here's the pattern:

http://www.p2designs.com/images/patterns/SlippersButtonCuff.html

I really want to try making it with different colors than I used. I've found a lot of slipper patterns are more difficult than they need to be, and this one is straight forward and fun! easy to adjust sizing too Smiley
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Winter Themed Scene-gurumi! on: January 01, 2011 10:10:00 PM






Ever since I got my Nissan Cube a year ago, I've been wanting to make a "scene" for the spot on the dashboard that normally hold a record-size piece of carpet for added style. I originally wanted to make a little boy vacuuming, but I found it hard to find a pattern for a little boy. I made one free-hand but I wasn't happy with how he turned out. plus, the vacuum itself was a bit daunting. I'm still going to tackle it, just not yet.

Then I got this idea in my head!! The santa and reindeer patterns are from lionbrand (though I altered the reindeer a bit to achieve the correct size.) everything else is free hand.

So fun!! It definitely adds a breath of fresh air to my daily commute (my man likes it too Smiley)

Now I'm brainstorming a "Spring Scene!" If you have any ideas, send 'em my way Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first unsatisfactory project, Plus - a Lesson! on: December 30, 2010 09:03:58 PM



I was so excited to make this dress- and it was rather fun to do so! It's the second or third pattern I've ever bought. It's a vintage pattern, and I should have experimented more with the yarn because it just turned out too bulky. The sleeves are a little short too. and the puff of the sleeves, just too much. I'm certainly one to don dramatic fashion, but this, not so much.

I'm wondering though, had I gone through and tested a couple different yarns, I still don't think I would have had an idea of how it would look all finished.

There is good news though! I'm going to remove the sleeves, and I think it will look nice as a sort of sweater vest dress. There's more good news too! I now know thicker yarns (I used a Vanna yarn) are not ideal for clothing. I make a lot of amigurumi, so I'm still pretty new to making clothes. Anything I can learn will only make my future projects more successful! Oh, also, I learned how to increase with shell stitches, and a different way to form sleeves and a collar!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Annette the Invincible Ant! on: December 30, 2010 08:56:37 PM



This is an Ant I made for my mother who just went through a breakup. I got the idea because she's a little lady, but she's so strong,. I thought a small and feminine, yet strong and independent Ant would help encourage her, and allow her to find strength in herself.

I don't think you can see in the pictures, but the antennae have little jewels at the tips. The legs and arms were made with paper clips with yarn contoured around them.

This was just such an inspirational project in general. The image of her came into my head and I was able to sketch it and create what I saw! I've never considered myself an "artist" type, but I imagine this must be something similar to what happens to painters and sculptors? A great lesson, to be sure, and I'm so excited for what's next!
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