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141  My First Baby Granny Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: July 29, 2011 01:13:00 PM
When i found out my friend was pregnant with a girl a couple months ago, i knew what i was going to do with all that pink yarn i'd somehow acquired.

Despite using several different types of yarn (i'll never mix Caron Simply Soft with Red Heart Super Saver again... at least not for a project like this), i'm so happy with how this turned out.
Before joining them all together, i was a little worried. But now that i've finished, i can't stop looking at it, and folding it. Yeah, folding it...

Ignore the loose ends floating behind it. I cut them all off last night.

The colors are a little off here. It's really a bit brighter in real life.

I kind of love the way the back looks here.


In this picture, they're all joined horizontally, but i'd yet to join them vertically.




I wasn't sure what sort of border to do, the only one i could think of was scalloped. I just didn't feel like that was right for this blanket. So, i googled afghan borders, and when i saw the ruffled border, i knew it was perfect.

Isn't it adorable? Just right for a baby girl, right?

I was actually sort of afraid when i was making the squares that it would turn out too small. But it actually seemed to get almost bigger when i joined them.
Here it is modeled by my 3.5-year-old niece:

Pleeenty big for a baby. And it should grow with her for a few years, at least.
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142  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: July 29, 2011 12:25:04 PM
ysmeine, that's exactly the sort of artwork i'd like to have in my house someday. Great colors, love the texture.
Also, i was curious about Ron's blanket, so i googled it... and a picture of some of your squares came up. Cheesy

qazicat, your dolls are awesome!!

Kittymom, i haven't watched Project Runway for a few seasons... but i recorded it last night, so as soon as i'm done here, i'm heading upstairs to watch! And craft, of course.

Maybe you all remember i was working on a baby granny afghan? Well... I'VE FINISHED!!!

Pretend you don't see all those loose ends in the back. I left all of the end-cutting for the very end because i like things to pile up, and then clean it all in one fell swoop. But i think i might take care of them as i go for my next one.
I couldn't decide on a border, but then i googled afghan borders, and i saw a ruffled border... perfect for a baby girl's blanket, am i right? I think it's adorable! (Just tell me it looks good. I don't want to change it. Smiley)
The colors aren't right in this photo, but i'll work on getting a better one sometime... It's far from perfect, but i can't stop folding it. I'm just in love with it. I'm definitely planning on making one for myself.

Also made this market bag for my best friend (she's the reason i haven't gotten a ton done lately... i was just in Ohio for her wedding). These bags are seriously awesome. They stretch to fit soooo much!

I gave it to her at her bachelorette party, and she put all of her stuff in it. Might not look it here, but i bet she could have fit nearly twice as much.


I made several coffee cozies on my trip, but i don't have photos of them.

My friend's family kept joking that if they needed/wanted something, i should just knit/crochet them one. Sorry. I can't crochet you a bow (yes, as in bow and arrow). Her brother asked me for a beer bottle cozy, so i used this pattern as a guide. But i changed the cable, and i put a little lip around the bottom, and the top seems quite a bit stretched out. So, it needs some work.


Now for my favorite gift EVER. My mom and my friend's dad are cryers. So, whenever they see each other, or us kids see each other... they give each other rolls of toilet paper. My mom forgot to give me one this time, but i had some white cotton yarn with me... so i knit him one. So, of course their family and i were the only ones laughing when we gave it to him at the wedding rehearsal... but oh boy were we laughing.
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143  Re: Hippy Swap 5 - Gallery of Hippy Happiness! in The Swap Gallery by bananaleg on: July 26, 2011 12:23:05 PM
That hat looks very comfy! Is there a pattern available? Smiley
Great package!


I'm home! Well, i was home yesterday, but i didn't get on the computer.
Here's what i got from Lollipop67:
Wildflower seed bombs:
Before i saw "wildflower seed bombs", i was like, "Oh... Truffles??" Haha. Nope! Cheesy

TWO record bowls featuring Fleetwood Mac!:
I'm so excited about these!!

A handmade journal, also featuring Fleetwood Mac:


And the piece i was most hoping for... a dress! In my favorite color combo.
I didn't realize my camera phone was on a strange setting, so the colors came out weird on the full-dress shots...

This is more like it:

Group shot:

The weather right now isn't sunny, but i can't wait for the sun to come out and play so i can show off my new dress!
I love everything! Thank you so much, Keri!
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144  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by bananaleg on: July 05, 2011 08:45:50 PM
When i was assigned Opaka, i knew i was in for a great package. And i was so right!

Edibles first. Butterbeer Chips! It was her first time making candy, and it is so good!

I mentioned how much i love cinnamon (by far my favorite of all spices), so she made me some "Cinnamon Squash" cookies! (Also delicious!)



I commented on a painting earlier in the gallery, and she was inspired to paint me this tiny deathly hallows painting.

I actually have a tiny easel that is the perfect size for this! I just need to remember where i put it... I adore the deathly hallows symbol, and the colors are great!

I've had this necklace on my etsy favorites for a looong time now. And then wisted. And now pinned. I can finally take it off!

Her first time making wire jewelry. Can't even tell. It turned out so well! I have been wearing it since i opened my package 4 or 5 hours ago.

I've been wanting some handspun yarn ever since i started knitting (only 6 months, but it feels like forever). Her mom spun this, and the colors were inspired by the Common Welsh Green. I love it and can't wait to use it!


And just wait until you see my wand! Holy crap!

The vines! Are you seeing this? She said it's the first time she'd carved anything like the vines. And it turned out so awesome!!


Group shot:



Thank you so much, Opaka! As always, you were an amazing partner!
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145  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: June 26, 2011 08:24:52 PM
I just love everything there Rantyhippie.  Wink
What she said.

I've been working on swap things... but i can't just focus on those, so i've been making a couple side projects.

I have a bag to post pictures of, though. It was a bag i was working on a long time ago... it wasn't turning out how i wanted, so i left it alone for a few months... but i picked it up a few weeks ago, busted through that ball, and then picked up two more balls of it (Lily Sugar 'n Cream) to finish it off.


I don't have a great shot of it yet, but you can kind of see. It's a full super size ball, and two regular size balls... so it's pretty huge.

I've been making ice cream and coffee cozies. They're quick and fun.
My first ice cream cozy in "Psychedelic" (which i loooove):
My sister-in-law saw them last Sunday, and asked for one, so i whipped one up before they left. And here it is in action later that night:

"Emerald Isle" coffee cozy:
I also made one using the same "chocolate" yarn i made kittymom13's mug cozy out of, but i haven't taken a picture. A woman at church today saw it and liked it, though.

Also some sweat/wristbands. I think i'm going to start calling them sweatcuffs because people keep asking, "So... like a sweatband for your wrist?"


I love wearing them when i workout. I might just start wearing them during the summer because my face likes to sweat. :/


This counts, right? Destashing my watercolors? Smiley

My nieces got in on the action:
Some of these could seriously be showing in museums right now. Am i right?


Oh, and my friend finished her first marathon yesterday, so i crocheted her a medal. Way better than the real thing, right?
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146  Anybody participate in Knit in Public Day?? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by bananaleg on: June 11, 2011 05:37:52 PM
Today, the 11th of June, is Worldwide Knit in Public Day. Did anybody participate?? I looked for events in my area, but i couldn't find any... so my mom, brother, and i just went to a park and knit by ourselves.

I'd just run a race, so i was still gross. And the sun was pretty bright. (In fact, from sitting there for 40 minutes, i got a sunburn on my right shoulder...)

My brother and me:

My mom and me:

If you took part and have photos, please post them here!
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147  Just a fat, little yeti... in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: May 26, 2011 05:42:01 PM
Personally, i'm more of a Bigfoot girl. I wasn't too sure about yetis when they started getting popular... but i've seen some super cute ones lately. (Check out, SpookyPooky, if you haven't.)

Anyway, i wanted to make a Bigfoot, but i didn't have enough brown... So, a yeti, it was.
I completely made it up as i went. This is my first time doing legs like this, since i'm still pretty new to amigurumi.

So, here's my fat, little yeti.
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148  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by bananaleg on: May 23, 2011 03:43:22 PM
I recently swapped with kittymom13. You may remember she posted a photo of her yarn scraps a while ago. Well, she sent them to me. Smiley Along with some brownie recipes, an awesome scarf, and two great little mug rugs. Sadly, the weather has been gorgeous here lately, so it hasn't quite been mug weather. But i live in Washington, so the rain can't be far away. Cheesy
The rugs, which i'd asked for:
They've both got the same material on the back, but on the coffee one, it's inside out... WHICH I LOVE!
(I'd just been talking to a friend about how sometimes i like the back of the fabric more than the side you're supposed to see. So, when i opened up the box and saw that, it was so cool.)
The scarf is a really cool orange, with a variegated trim. The orange of the scarf exactly matches the orange in the trim. (Not that i'm ever concerned about clothes matching, but that's pretty awesome.)

And i always post a group shot:
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149  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: May 23, 2011 03:32:42 PM
I am incredibly behind on here!

I've fallen off the bandwagon a bit. I bought a couple cuts of fabric (but i've got plans for them!) and some yarn (also have plans)...

Okay, so... you all have been doing AWESOME stuff!
(I apologize in advance for not shouting out to everyone. There's just too much for me to catch up on.)

ysmeine, i love that wood grain material!

clm, cthulus gross me out (anything tentacle-y does), but yours is adorable.
Also, on the note of cthulus... I made one for a personal swap recently.

Also, clm, the scrappy monsters are so awesome!

ScrappySue, will you make me a quilt? Seriously. Yours are always amazing. Love the quillow idea!

All of the ninnis, are adorable. I've got my own monster that i like to make, but i haven't made any in a while.

Other things i've destashed...
kittymom and i did a personal swap recently. She showed one of the cozies i made her, and here's the other:

This jellyfish was for a swap:
I cleaned up the yarn bits after the photo was taken but didn't take another photo...

I made this little bear for my mom for Mother's Day:

With how long my hair is now, i've taken to crocheting headbands. (Because i'm very much sick of my hair.)
(I single crocheted around the outside of the knitted bow, so it came out rounded. Kind of love it that way.)
This is a blue/white swirl sort of thing. I need to remember to actually take good photos.


And i just made a pair of granny square slippers.
12 squares:
Top and bottom:
And on:

This might show the colors best... my camera is dead, and it's hard to get the colors to show right with my phone...
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150  Re: ACTIVE: granny a day MAY starts now! in Crochetalongs by bananaleg on: May 23, 2011 03:13:35 PM
Wow! 100 granny's daughters in a night? That's crazy.

I have 3 more squares for the babyghan since last time.


And i just made a pair of granny square slippers.
12 squares:
Top and bottom:
And on:

This might show the colors best... my camera is dead, and it's hard to get the colors to show right with my phone...
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