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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pingu, Pingu! on: May 04, 2013 11:56:59 AM
My son is obsessed with this British show from the 90s called Pingu. It's the cutest thing, and thanks to the miracle of Netflix we can enjoy it now.

Since the show was older and not based in America there are no available toys here. I found a cute pattern on Ravelry for a penguin so I made it to look like Pingu.

I think I made the chest piece a little too big, but he loves it anyway Smiley

Here's the real Pingu:
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Feet Treats! on: April 10, 2013 05:51:50 PM
I made these crochet foot goodies for pottermouth in the OAHPT swap.

First, a pair of owl slipper socks:

Ravenclaw Common Room Slippers:

Dumbledore's Favorite Wool Socks:

Thanks for looking!
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Dumbledore's Erised on: April 07, 2013 11:25:21 AM
"I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks." Harry stared. "One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books."/i]

I made this magnet for pottermouth in the OAHPT swap.  It's based on the above quote from Prof. Dumbledore in the Sorceror's Stone.

14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / First spin - have some questions. on: January 19, 2013 09:14:08 AM
Ok I got my first drop spindle yesterday and watched several YouTube videos while doing this. I know it's far from perfect, but I have a couple of questions. Firstly whenever I would first start spinning again after winding some yarn onto the spindle, some of the yarn I just would would pop back up into the hook. It's like I didn't have it anchored right or something. There's no notch in my whorl to hold the yarn so maybe that was it. I also had a lot of trouble keeping the thickness consistent. It's just different all over. I'm hoping that's something that will get better with practice. Ok, so here is a picture of my finished sample fiber that I got:

Is it supposed to be that fuzzy? Sometimes, no matter how much I spun it, there would still be fuzziness around some parts of the yarn. I tried to smooth it by hand without much change.

Does this look right? Also, how long am I supposed to keep it on the spindle before it's safe to take it off? Does it need to sit for a while to let the twist set in permanently?
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Infinity scarf and glove set on: December 31, 2012 05:56:40 PM
I made this set for myself. I never get to crochet something for me, so this was a fun project! I did a ripple pattern that I got from Attic24.

Scarf in action. It's about 5 feet long.

Fingerless gloves with bobble edging.

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Toddler Socks on: December 31, 2012 08:00:33 AM
We were hit by a huge ice and snow storm on Christmas day and were without power from Tuesday - Sunday evening. We packed up and went to the in-laws who had wood stoves, but still no power there. Of course I took a big bag of yarn and hooks. I've never made socks before and was getting a little weary of the scarf I was working on so the thought to make socks was very spontaneous. Luckily I had brought a new yarn that was perfect for the job. I got on my phone and found a pattern on Ravelry. These worked up very fast. About 1.5-2 hours for each sock from chain to fastening off. They are for my two year old son.

Action shots:

The lighting is crummy. We were on wood stove lighting by then  Cheesy

They were awfully snug, so we won't get much wear out of them, but I'm proud as they are my first socks. It was hugely satisfying and I can't wait to make more!
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Potter Book Ornaments on: December 21, 2012 08:06:30 AM
I found a couple of used Harry Potter books at Goodwill last month. I have always loved the chapter art and I wanted to use that to create something. I found these great blank paper mache  ornaments at Hobby Lobby and that's when I got the idea for the ornaments. Three of these were for swap partneres in the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, two are for friends, and two are for me!  Cheesy

I found the chapter art I wanted to use then took a relevant part of the book to paste it on. Then I found the passage I wanted highlighted and glued it on there as well.

The Boy Who Lived:

Yer a wizard:

Mirror of Erised:

Owl Post:

Marauder's Map:

Expecto Patronum:

Welcome to Hogwarts:

I put glitter on the sides of them in different colors:

I'm definitely going to continue making them and try some different techniques in the future. Hope you like them!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ravenclaw House Wreath on: October 21, 2012 12:50:02 PM
I made this Ravenclaw (Harry Potter) themed yarn wreath for my partner in the Back to Hogwarts swap. Bronze and Blue are the house colors, and the bronze eagle is the house sigil. The Sorting Hat is made from felt and I painted his Ravenclaw rhyme on small wooden plaque. 

Photo taken by my partner, hgddm.
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Owl Pillow on: October 21, 2012 12:41:07 PM
I crocheted this pillow for my partner in the Back to Hogwarts Swap.  It's an owl messenger from the Harry Potter movies, and he has a letter for Harry! He's crocheted in two pieces and sewn together.

Photos were taken by my partner, hgddm.
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Stamp Carving - Inking question on: September 16, 2012 05:12:44 PM
So I made my first stamp this week and have a question about the ink. Is there any way to clean the ink off the stamp or is it just going to be black forever? Will that affect what colors I can use in the future or will I just have to use black on this stamp in the future?

This is after I tried to clean the ink off...?

ETA: I know it's not great by any means. I had my wisdom teeth pulled this day and I was under the influence of pain killers at the time :p
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