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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Swishy vest on: October 13, 2016 03:12:53 AM

I really love tinyowlknits ruffly vest on Ravelry, but I really do not have the patience for knitting, so I thought I'd try to make a crochet version. I set to designing and figuring it out, I ended up making enough tweaks that the only similarity to her vest is the fact that it's a vest and a certain feminine quality. Some of these tweaks were intended from the beginning, some were spur of the moment deciding what really suited me and the amount of yarn I had.

Vest pattern:
Sc blo 20 st, 157 rows with G hook

Work 155 Tunisian kn st into side of ribbing with J hook, 11 rows Tunisian seed kn st (not sure this is an official stitch, but easy enough to combine Tunisian seed st with Tunisian kn st)

Continue in sections of:
39(right front)+77(back)+39(left front)
16 rows each
Seam shoulder seams (I stitched together 18 st from each front section to the back section)

Work 155 sc (still j hook) into opposite side of ribbing, with right side facing, next row dc, continue increasing the height of these stitch with each row to desired length (the tops of the stitches will become quite loose and wide - this is desirable and gives the swishy peplum effect); I went up to 7 loops on hook, with the last row in my accent color (pull through 8x, octo-crochet?).

When desired length has been achieved, next row work 3 sc into the top of each stitch, working a picot on every 3rd stitch.

At neckline, work esc back and forth to desired collar height, working the last of the rows in accent color. very last row is just a with picot every 3rd stitch. Edge all exposed edges with sc (vest front opening and arm holes).

Afraid my guage got rather larger in the Tunisian section when my hook was loaded with loops, but still, not too bad! Thinking Ill add sleeves later, maybe. I quite like it as a vest, though.

Sorry I dont have a better picture yet I dont own any mirror large enough, so this was taken quickly in a restaurant.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / LOTR/Hobbit hat on: September 20, 2016 11:18:49 PM
Presenting: my LOTR/Hobbit themed tapestry crocheted slouchy hat.

It has three sections, each section is separated by a Tree of Gondor (they all come together at the top). It's a heavily modified version of a Tree of Gondor chart from Emma Schurman on Ravelry.

A section with the Doors of Durin. Modeled on the images of Andrea Kr-Andersv design on Ravelry.

A section with Mirkwood Forest (my own design).

And my favorite, the section with the Lonely Mountain (also my own design, modeled after the classic map).

The images aren't very visible when wearing, but it makes me happy anyway!  Grin
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mending+ Embroidery on: September 20, 2016 10:18:09 PM
I mended one if my favorite pairs of jeans, then decided to add a little something extra.  Grin
Perfect thing to work on during a night off night shifts.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help - I ran out of a discontinued yarn! on: July 26, 2016 04:10:18 PM
I'm in the midst of making a LOTR-themed hat of my own design. Using a couple Schachenmayr yarns I've had in my stash for a while. I thought for certain I had enough of both the black and cream colored yarns to make at least a whole hat. Alas, my estimations were incorrect: I have run out of my cream colored Schachenmayr SMC Cotton Bamboo yarn. When I turned to the internet to find myself another skein to finish my poor project, I discovered that it's discontinued. I searched ebay - while I could find this yarn, I could not find it in the correct color. Where else can I look?

I found some yarn-substitution site that suggests using King Cole DK Bamboo Cotton instead, though I'm a little hesitant to go this route without being able to compare the cream color to what I have of the other yarn.

Does anybody have any suggestions?
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Honey Walnut Cookies (Paleo AND Vegan!) on: July 07, 2016 02:25:57 PM
I have an autoimmune disease - don't know what specific disease it is, all the doctors and all the kings' men haven't been able to diagnose me. In the face of severe joint pain, I didn't know what to do. When the disease first came on 4 years ago, my husband did some online research, and found that people with arthritis generally had less joint pain when they eliminated wheat from their diet. So, I went gluten free... and I thought I was cured! The pain had pretty much gone. Fast forward to six months ago, my pain was coming back full force, maybe even worse than the first time. I was still gluten free, so it couldn't be that. In the face of the traditional doctor's uncertainty, I turned to functional medicine advice and books. They recommended not only eliminating wheat, but also corn, dairy, and soy. So I tried it. My pain is almost entirely gone again, but my diet is essentially a paleo diet (as I'm apparently sensitive to rice also). I was never much of a cook before this health mess, but I have been slowly metamorphizing into a cook out of flat-out necessity since there are so many things I can't eat - or rather, just a few things, but they are in EVERYTHING!

Anyway, long story short, my mother-in-law bought me almond flour, and I had to figure out what I could do with it. Tried paleo bread recipes (not that great, but a story for another time). But... on the back of the almond flour bag was a recipe for a vegan cookie. Don't remember the original recipe, but I modified it to what I had on hand and my tastes, and it came out BEAUTIFULLY! I swear, this is the first time any type of baked good has come out well for me (likely due to my penchant for modifying recipes). It is very unfortunate that I didn't take pictures, because not only did they taste good, but they were literally beautiful. (And, added bonus, they're super simple to make). (And also, I know this is both gluten-free and vegan, but it seems to fit under too many categories for me to decide where to actually post it.)

Without further ado, I give you my recipe for Paleo (and coincidentally vegan) Honey Walnut Cookies:
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • tsp salt
  • tsp baking soda
  • cup oil (I used avocado oil, but I bet coconut oil would be amazing!)
  • cup honey (it works really well to use the same cup used previously for the oil, that way you get all the honey out of the cup - best for both cookie and cleaning purposes)
  • 1 cup walnut pieces (or half or whole walnuts smashed into smithereens)
  • Mix it all together, dry stuff first, then add the wet stuff.
  • Roll into balls (1in diameter balls will probably come out best)
  • Bake all them balls at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fabric map on: June 28, 2016 12:25:46 PM
I actually made this a few years ago, right after hubby and I finished hiking the Colorado Trail. I wanted something to commemorate the amazing 6 week long backpacking trip. You can get a big poster map from the Colorado Trail Foundation, but I didn't really want to pay for that. To try to get you to buy said poster, they send a smaller, regular paper version. I happened to have some muslin hanging around from my last attempt quilting, so I took a piece of it, cut it to the size I wanted, and started tracing with fabric markers. I love, love, love it, though I haven't quite figured out how I want to display it yet, still. But I thought I'd share.  Grin
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered ring on: June 28, 2016 11:08:27 AM
I'm not entirely sure where to put this, but I figured this is good enough.
So I've been browsing and oohing and saying over other's projects, especially those spoon rings. Alas, I haven't been able to find silver spoons for a price I'm willing to pay, and I'm not skilled at doing that sort of thing anyway. so I figured I'd make myself a ring with things I knew I could do.
 I knitted a little ring for my finger with bamboo thread and elastic thread held together. Then embroidered it with some newly-learned stitches to make a vine and flower. I was aiming for something like a rose, but I think it looks more like a poinsettia, which is fine, especially considering my newbie embroidery skills.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Can embroidery be reversible? on: June 27, 2016 01:32:34 PM
So, question: Can embroidery be reversible? I see lots of amazingly beautiful embroidery on here. I've done very little of it myself, but I would very much like to embroider a sweater I crocheted with vines and flowers. The trouble is, the sweater is a shawl/cowl neck that has lots of folds, meaning that both inside and outside of the sweater are showing. Is this possible? Maybe something to be attempted when I am more experienced?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / cuffs that nobody will wear on: October 24, 2012 07:21:17 AM
ThSo, I'm making these beautiful cuffs based off something I saw in cloth, paper, scissors. (I'll add pics when I get past the newbie stage on craftster). The thing is I don't have enough guts to wear them myself, nor can I think of anyone of my acquaintance who would wear anything this different. Now, what? I don't want to deconstruct something I've made that's this pretty, and I would like them to be used and appreciated by someone. Maybe once I add pics someone here might like them...? Any ideas what to do?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Question about crochet and beads on: September 21, 2012 09:23:24 AM
So, I have been using beads in my crochet projects a lot lately. I've also been learning about beading stuff, and I've come across things about cords made from. So I have a question: What's the difference between bead crochet and crocheting with beads?
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