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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Squid launcher-- OH YEAH! on: October 29, 2011 10:00:42 PM
"You ever seen one of these? No you haven't. I invented it."

My 2yo is always doing Vector's little "oh yeah" and the dance, so I decided to make him a Vector costume for Halloween.

Believe it or not, the pants and jacket each used to be a pair of youth 2XL swim trunks Smiley The launcher is a toy ball shooter painted white, inside a Method antibacterial wipes container and I made the squid too! I was all over town looking for a squid toy and finally just made it myself and I'm super happy with how it turned out.







2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hippos and her diaper logo for my friend on: July 05, 2011 06:59:09 PM
My friend loves hippos. I googled hippo clip art, cute hippo, hippopotamus clip art, etc and these were my three favorites. I couldn't decide which to do so I did them all. I was sooooo mad at that diagonal line in the top one. I haven't carved in ages and I think the carving block was sitting at an angle on top of something else in my supply drawer and it dented it. I didn't notice until I tried to do my first print with it. I hope she likes it anyway. (PS I did go back and clean those extraneous lines up a little more after this pic was taken)

She makes cloth diapers and this is her logo. It stands for Fluffy Butt Club.

I do a lot of crafty stuff but I think carving is my absolute favorite right now.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Anyone ACTUALLY stencil with lemon juice? on: July 02, 2011 02:45:38 PM
I've seen it suggested to be used as an earth-friendly alternative to bleach, but can't find any actual results. I have a 100% cotton shirt out in the hot Colorado sun right now that is not showing ANY change after about 90 minutes and several re-sprays. Just wondering if this is going to pay off or not. I am SO impatient.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Is this a stitch? Does it have a name? on: December 22, 2010 09:11:31 AM
I've been making a lot of "cozies" for Christmas gifts and I use hdc. I just do it in the round instead of joining rounds & chaining because I can't make that look good for some reason. So when I finish, a regular FO would look weird because a hdc is so tall. What I do to even it out is sort of like a half-double crochet but instead of finishing the stitch I finish up like a slip stitch. Does that make sense? So YO, insert hook, YO, pull through all loops. And then I do a regular slip stitch and the clean fasten-off (got that from the "Creepy Cute Crochet" book) so it steps down and it looks pretty even.
So if I want to write my patterns down, does that hdc/ss have a name???
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little candy w/pattern (my first!) on: October 02, 2010 07:23:55 PM

Click that pic ^ to go to the full post
So I got it in my head that I needed to make an apple with a razorblade in it for a Halloween decoration. Then it grew from there, and this little guy was born.

He's pretty simple, and would be cute in a candy dish in pastel colors with white twisty paper things for salt-water taffy
(and without the needle, obviously)
I used an F hook and sport-weight yarn because that's what I had on hand. I would've gone down a hook size or used thicker yarn if I could have. Let me know if I haven't done this right, it's my first pattern.
Twisty papers (make 2)
R1: Magic circle 6 sc (6) (leave a long tail on your mc for sewing on)
R2: *sc inc, sc 2* twice (Cool
R3: *sc inc, sc 3* twice (10)
R4: *sc inc, sc* around (15)
R5: *sc inc, sc 2* around (20)
FO, weave end in, set aside.
Main part
R1: Magic circle 6 sc (6)
R2: *sc inc* around (12)
R3: *sc inc, sc* around (18)
R4: *sc inc, sc 2* around (24)
R5: In back loops only, sc around (24)
R6-10: sc 24
R11: In back loops only, *sc2tog, sc2* around (18)
Embroider/attach face, sew on twisty papers (seriously, what ARE those called?), stuff almost to top.
R12: *sc2tog, sc* around (12)
Finish stuffing.
R13: *sc2tog* around
FO, weave in end, scrunch twisties to look natural.
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Tricky Treats! on: October 02, 2010 05:59:39 PM
This, my friends, is why we inspect our treats before we eat them.

Simple apple, from Amigurumi World, Sculpey III razorblade, Superglue.

One of those peanut butter taffy candies that nobody really likes, Sculpey needle.

Um, excuse me!

Little prop thief

The pb taffy was my first self-designed pattern & I'm pretty happy with it.

Notice there's almost no candy left...
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anyone else have a feline yarn tensioner? on: October 01, 2010 06:00:58 PM
Here's my kitty, Handsome Rob - or more commonly Rob the Blob, setting the tension for my yarn.

It's hard crocheting with a toddler using my arm for a headrest, he's so kind to offer to help me out. Unfortunately he adds a few of his own "fibers" to the yarn, and occasionally flosses as it passes by his face.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / "scrubby" material to crochet, NOT that mesh stuff? on: September 27, 2010 04:53:43 PM
I have a scrubby I got in one of those holiday gift baskets that you give someone you don't know what to get - you know, bottle of bath gel, bottle of lotion, pouf or scrubby, conveniently placed in a basket with filler and shrink-wrapped? It's got some sort of twine or something knitted on the front of it, and the back is terry cloth. I love it but it's falling apart now. I crochet soap saver sacks from cotton yarn and I'm thinking if I hold some twine stuff together with the yarn I can make them super exfoliatey, but I'm not sure what to use. Like would one of those balls of hemp or stuff you find in the jewelry-making aisle work? Would it fall apart? Start to rot? Anyone have experience with this kind of thing?
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Things that fly on: September 04, 2010 12:30:54 PM
I made this airplane for my 3yo. He's disappointed because the propeller doesn't actually turn  Undecided And he wanted red, but I didn't have any red yarn. The pattern is from Ana Paula Rimoli's "Amigurumi Two!" I'm sure it isn't quite right because he kept running off with it whenever I set it down and unraveling a bunch of stitches, lol

I totally staged that picture, BTW. Snuck in his room while he was napping and stuck it under his arm.





For some reason, I'm drawn to making birds. (here is the other one I posted today) I think this is the best bird pattern I've run across, although I made a few changes. It's the bluebird pattern from "Super-Super Cute Crochet" by Brigitte Read. Obviously, I made mine a robin because I miss the robins back home in IL. There aren't any here in CO! Plenty of sparrows, pigeons, and love doves, but no robins. I changed the head angle because I liked her sitting up more. The original would had the whole belly facing down with the head completely on the brown, and when I was playing around with arranging all the pieces, I just liked this better. I also reduced the number of stitches in the head because it would've been way ginormous. Interestingly, the way I made it looks like the picture in the book. The pattern also didn't show you how to make that little dip in the tail, it just had treble crochet all the way across, but the picture shows the dip. So I did hdc for the middle 2 stitches and it turned out alright.
OK, 'nuff gabbing. Pictures.



3yo takes her for a ride in the beach patrol truck.

Love the posable wings!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A bird for Grandma on: September 04, 2010 12:12:16 PM
I made this bird for my grandma, who taught me to crochet at the beginning of the year. I made it right before we moved across the country in June. She passed away of cancer on August 17th. I did make it back in time to say goodbye, but I had to get home and she died while I was traveling home, so I wasn't able to attend her funeral. But I asked my mom to get this bluebird from her house and hang it in the church so I was there in spirit.

I love that her head is bigger than her body.


Hanging out with my 3yo's bird collection before going to her new home


The pattern is from "Amigurumi Two!" by Ana Paula Rimoli. It's supposed to be part of a mobile, but I just made the big one
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