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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Racing Driver on: March 09, 2014 09:15:24 AM
Aaaaaah, that helmet is the cutest thing! Cheesy
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Castiel and Dean Winchester minis! (Supernatural) on: February 20, 2014 07:57:26 AM
Squeee!! These are so adorable! Hah, and I just noticed that you even made Cas just a teeny bit shorter than Dean  Cheesy

Thank you! <3

Haha, yep! I gave Dean an extra row to make him taller, I couldn't resist. :3
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Castiel and Dean Winchester minis! (Supernatural) on: February 19, 2014 10:56:30 PM
They are great! What did you use for the hair? Your friend will surely love them! 

Thank you! I'm pretty happy with them, and she liked them when she saw the pictures!

For the hair I crocheted wig caps and then brushed them like mad with a pet slicker until they were all fluffy. I think I used Bernat Super Value yarn, I've found that it brushes up very nicely and you can get some reasonably long fibers to work with.

Then I just gave them haircuts with scissors until I got it how I wanted it. :3
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Castiel and Dean Winchester minis! (Supernatural) on: February 19, 2014 10:51:34 PM
These are fantastic!!!  Love all the details & hair.

~*Congrats!  You have been pinned to Craftster's Crochet & Amigurumi Pinterest Board.*~ Grin

Thank you so much! And thanks for the pin. Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tunisian crochet - intarsia pattern on: February 19, 2014 03:28:22 PM

No problem! Smiley

Yes, those are the ones. She doesn't really start the demo until late in the first one, but it's worth watching from the start if you're having problems. Your pillows look awesome (I LOVE the Apple one, I can't have nice pillows because I have cats with claws), and it really does look like the problems are only around the edges of the pattern, where the colors change.

I hope that it all works out for you! Anchoring the yarn is really just a matter of dropping it on the other side of your new color from the one you're approaching from. It also puts you in a good position to carry the color if you've only got a couple stitches to go before a transition back to your original color (in which case you just repeat the locking process).

Good luck, and show us how it turns out! Everything else is looking great. Grin


Ok, it's an actual MIRACLE! I just knew I was doing something not quite right at that colour change moment, but couldn't for the life of me figure out what that was. I'm now just cross I didn't ask sooner on in the cushion series, to sort out the issues before I got so farhey ho. The rest will be spot on (hopefully)!
Thanks again for the steer - am delighted. Will definitely post up progress pics. The ears on the horse's head I'm nearly finished will be perfect!  Cheesy

Yay, I'm so glad that everything worked out! Sometimes it's really just a simple thing that trips you up, and a lot of tutorials do tell you to just drop the yarn rather than lock it. They must have magic crocheting powers or something, because I have no clue how they manage to prevent those holes.

Let me know if you have any other questions at any point along the way, and I look forward to seeing the progress shots! I love Tunisian crochet, it has such a beautiful stitch and texture to it. Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tunisian crochet - intarsia pattern on: February 19, 2014 03:01:02 AM

Thank you so much - I've had a look, and I think these are the videos you mean?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbupvlYzq_U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muoovamC5Es
I'll watch them in full later on with the work in front of me and see if this solves the issue. I think your diagnosis sounds completely spot on though, as I've definitely not been anchoring the colour change in the way you suggest here. I can't wait to try this out to see if it solves it! I'm enormously grateful, and excited!  Cheesy


No problem! Smiley

Yes, those are the ones. She doesn't really start the demo until late in the first one, but it's worth watching from the start if you're having problems. Your pillows look awesome (I LOVE the Apple one, I can't have nice pillows because I have cats with claws), and it really does look like the problems are only around the edges of the pattern, where the colors change.

I hope that it all works out for you! Anchoring the yarn is really just a matter of dropping it on the other side of your new color from the one you're approaching from. It also puts you in a good position to carry the color if you've only got a couple stitches to go before a transition back to your original color (in which case you just repeat the locking process).

Good luck, and show us how it turns out! Everything else is looking great. Grin
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Chainless foundation question on: February 18, 2014 11:10:33 PM
I know this is an old question, but in case someone else needs it...

The only thing I can really recommend for the FSC is practice. I'm still bad at it, sometimes I'll keep my tension just right, and other times I'll botch it completely.

For most things I like to use Forward Loop Chains. They're kind of a combination of casting on and sc. They create a non-binding edge that is SO much quicker and easier than FSC! (You'll still want to use FSC for things like hats or gloves, though. FLC doesn't recover like FSC does, which you need for things you'll be stretching repeatedly.)

There is a most excellent tutorial for it here: http://mrsmicawber.blogspot.com/2013/10/forward-loop-chain-alternative-to.html

For library purposes, on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/forward-loop-chains-and-limpets

Seriously, learning this technique changed my life. It doesn't warp, it doesn't curl up at the edges, and it is incredibly easy to work into once you've got your foundation row done. Love it, love it, love it!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tunisian crochet - intarsia pattern on: February 18, 2014 10:57:11 PM
Hey there! :3

It sounds like you may not be locking your previous color down, at color changes. You shouldn't just be dropping the old yarn and letting it dangle. Instead, cross the old color over the top of the new color before letting it go.

Then, when you work your first stitch of the new color, the old one will be anchored in place, which prevents it from warping and making holes.

And of course, tension always counts when it comes to puckering and distortion. But from here it looks like a locking problem. GegeCrochet on YouTube has an excellent tutorial about Tunisian color changes, that you can find if you search. She shows some examples of what happens when you don't anchor your colors, as well as how to anchor them to prevent those problems. (YouTube is being a butt for me right now so I can't get the links, but you should be able to find the tutorial if you search for something like "crochet mario blanket.")

Hope this helps!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octo-puss on: February 18, 2014 07:44:20 PM
This is so cute! I love the colors you picked.

I think this may be what my cats turn into at night. It would explain how their legs manage to be everywhere at once.
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Castiel and Dean Winchester minis! (Supernatural) on: February 18, 2014 04:56:13 PM
I did these as a trade for a friend, since she's being super nice and sending me some kitchen stuff. I hope she likes them! :3 They're my first shot at characters from Supernatural.

Castiel:


Dean:


Destiel~
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