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1  Re: Been busy! in Crochet: Completed Projects by xyphir on: August 15, 2014 02:56:05 PM

Okay, so the next thing was for my other friend announced she was pregnant, and everyone knows that a baby is just an excuse to make stuff. So I started on a shawl...


I thought I would make it circular, but...


By the time I got to this point, I had already used up one ball of wool. I realised it would use up too much wool, so reconsidered what I was doing...


... and started on this one, instead. This is one ball of wool in this pattern. Same 3.5mm needle. Much more economical... maybe...


Two balls...
Three balls... and I ran out with about 50 of the 'peaks' to go! Oh no! And stupid Spotlight wasn't getting any more wool for at least six weeks, and my friend was getting bigger and bigger... so I had to use similar but different stuff to finish - not that you can really tell unless you are looking and doing a CSI style investigation.


Finished shawl


I gave this for the baby shower



My friend started to worry that her baby would be very small because it was going to be born a bit early, so I made a little hat... only it was too small! Lol


And she needed a blanket, too. So I made another drop in the pond blanket, but in light yellow, light green and white.


So, you totally need a matching layette...


And another one. I like this pattern and made the stripes by going through the back loop and then, once finished, going across the 'stripe' by doing a row of SC into the front loops


This was my prototype which I also gave her


And any little angel needs an 'angel top'... which currently covers her from neck to toes! So cute!


Mum also made some stuff, so we gave together also for this little one.


And wrapped it up in a big smiley box

My friend was really happy and her baby looks ADORABLE.
Now to take a break and do some housework before starting on the next things. Have a few other projects to finish, so looking forwards to that Smiley
I hope you enjoyed the story
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2  Been busy! in Crochet: Completed Projects by xyphir on: August 15, 2014 02:50:17 PM
Hi Everyone,
I haven't been on here for a while, but I've been busy! I hope you enjoy my latest creations.
My best friend has been busy growing a baby and I was busy creating a full layette for bubs.
And my other bestie's grandaughter had a baby, so was busy making things for her great grandson!


This is everything that we put in the package - minus the creepy baby doll we use to play with sizing.
Mum did the knitted stuff and I did the crochet stuff




The creepy baby doll lying on the mat


This is a replica of a layette I made earlier in the year for another friend. I like the 'brick' pattern. This works up really fast and easy.


And in blue 'coz he is a boy and there is nothing like starting 'em early with stereotypical gender norms! Lol


This is what Mum added


And this.
Mum does the best knitting. I love her stuff


And this is the first drop in the pond blanket I did. Didn't have a pattern so made it up by looking at LOTS AND LOTS of photos online.

These all went to Baby Boy who was born in March.
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3  Droolworthy! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: May 02, 2014 05:16:29 PM
I got a little bit of wool!
Can't wait to start whatever I am making next!

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4  Re: What am I making? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: February 14, 2014 03:27:12 PM
YAY! I finished!
Now to do the border Smiley

Based it on the same pattern, here: http://web.archive.org/web/20100921154756/http://happyyellowhouse.com/htm/chainsanddiamonds.html





Hmm.. Don't know why the second photo was constrained to image size when posting...
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5  What am I making? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: February 08, 2014 11:04:33 AM
Here are a couple of teaser photos from my next project.
What do you think I am making? Hint: It's a blanket...



They mystery deepens...



Oh, and there's purple and green!





What could it beeeeeeeeeeeee?
Actually, I'm joining the four corner pieces to the big piece in the middle, so hopefully the wait wont be too long...
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6  Re: 2014 Wool-Eater-Along (pattern & tutorials links provided) in Crochetalongs by xyphir on: January 26, 2014 11:07:47 AM
Ok, so the blanket I'm making, I ended up running out of the purple wool - I thought I had bought extra wool, but mustn't have - or I've already used it... but don't think so... who knows. Mysterious.
BUT... it did mean that I can start of this CAL!
Here is what I first attempted, but realised it was going to end up too big for a crib-blanket, so undid it and redid it with only four yoyos in the middle. Had some fun playing around first.
Haven't taken a photo of the new one, but this is my original one. Colors are out of whack because it was raining and I forgot to turn on the light etc blah blah.



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7  "holes" in the blanket? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: January 25, 2014 06:18:34 PM
Hi all,
I'm interested in others thoughts about 'holes' in the blankets. Playing around with wool ready to start on the wooleater blanket and decided to join as a yo-yo test-swatch first 'coz I've always wanted to do one, but I feel that the 'holes' between the yoyos are too big. If I were to put it on the bed, or on the ground for a little one to roll around on, then the underblanket would show through.
I'm just fussy, but I'm curious what others think about big 'holes' in blankets between motifs. Been putting off doing some flower blankets becuase of the 'holes' between the petals.
Cheers
Xyphir

PS: Here's some photos to illustrate what I mean.


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8  The end of the rainbow in Crochet: Completed Projects by xyphir on: January 02, 2014 08:31:52 PM
The end of the rainbow and my pot of gold was seeing my friend open her gift and the excitement that came with it. I even found a big red "santa sack" aka pillowcase to wrap it up in. So awesome to give it to her. She immedaitely put it on her bed where it FITS PERFECTLY and looks AWESOME!
YAY.
For more of the trials and tribulations in creating this check out this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428607.0#axzz2pIzmpzeF (hope I did that right!)

Here are some photos:


Figuring out which pattern to choose... then...









Border I made up with some brides and a join. Came out looking like a pinkingedge which i was going for.
So happy with the whole project. It looks so cool
Photos were taken in a bed store. All the stores round where I live have got used to me coming in with random blankets to put on their beds. Lol

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9  Re: Poll - which pattern do you like the best? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: January 02, 2014 08:17:42 PM
Hi Everyone
Sorry it took so long to reply, but it took FOREVER to finish. The border ended up being  about 75g per round! But I am sure you will agree it looks gorgeous. My friend is so happy with it. And it looks FANTASTIC in her room.
I went with layout 6 in the end because I liked the effectof the "S" pattern gradually changing color. But because the blanket is square, you could also have it so that there were rows of color.
Joined it in strips. Did row 1, 3, 5 and joined with the evens rows. Then did the border.
Photos were taken in a bed store. All the stores round where I live have got used to me coming in with random blankets to put on their beds. Lol









Border I made up with some brides and a join. Came out looking like a pinkingedge which i was going for.
So happy with the whole project. It looks so cool
Thank you all for your help and opinions in choosing the layout.
XX
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10  Re: Poll - which pattern do you like the best? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: October 27, 2013 07:47:09 PM
Aaaw, Thanks, guys! I loved making it. Even if I got a bit annoyed because I can't count when it came to making the flowers in the middle! Lol.

I started off by making a 3D flower, completely made it up. I'll try to draw the pattern (I use visual crochet) But it was something similar to the babushka rose pattern, only I did an extra 'petal base' round (can't think of how else to describe it) and ended up with that as my base for the black around the flower.
This blanket is for my friend, so she wanted black. I found the black a bit overwhelming, I liked it on white better.
I made the flowers on size 5 hook, and then the first round (of black) went all the way around with a size 4 hook.

I wanted a rainbow, but wanted to change the colors a little bit because I was sick of making 'uniform' blankets and have always wanted to make a 'random color' blanket, but I"m too much of a planner! Lol.
I started withe the purple for the first square and went around only two sides. You start with a bride/shell and end with the bride/shell. Then you chain three and go into the next space and work 'backwards' having turned the work. At the last space, do the bride/shell and then one more triple/double into the last stitch. Then you change colors.
HIGHLY RECCOMEND doing the tails as you go! Lol. It only takes a second or two on each row, and then you go over the tops of them anyway, but I now am about to join and have no tails to sew in or anything.

I did this one factory style, I made the 36 flowers, then went round all 36 in the black. My blanket is 6x6 and each rainbow has 6 colors. I first did the purple - but only on 6 motifs. Then I did the blue - on the 6 motifs, and on the purple ones. Then I did the green - on the 6 motifs, and the 12 blue ones. All the way to the end of the rainbow. You'll end up with squares of differing numbers of rounds, so then you work back down through the rainbow. That's the fun bit because it goes really fast.

I'm going to join the squares with black (as per friends' request) and am trying to figure out what to do for the border. I could do another round of rainbow, or I could do a few rounds of the verigated wool I used for the flowers. I'll figure that bit out once everything is joined. Watch this space! Lol

Here is the rose I based the flower pattern on:



Here is the same square, but with a white border.


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