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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A couple swap pendants on: June 21, 2014 12:49:20 PM
Just a couple cute pendants I made last year for the IYP swap (for partners adrienne_bowers and Calabaza). This isn't a style I'd generally go for, but they'd both pinned similar things (the pumpkin one was inspired by one in particular Calabaza had on her boards), so it was a fun experiment that turned out better than I expected.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink Flower Purse on: June 21, 2014 12:42:50 PM
I made this cute purse for adrienne_bowers for the IYP 23 swap (yeah, I'm a bit late in posting it). One of the things she wanted was a purse or bag of some kind, and when I came across this pattern, it seemed perfect for her. Cheesy It doesn't have a lining since the pattern didn't call for one (said it was designed to not need one), and I remember it seemed pretty sturdy without one. (pattern here)

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Disney Princess bag on: June 21, 2014 05:52:37 AM
I'm finally trying to catch up with some of my craft photos, so yes, this was made a year and a half ago for the Craft Detective Swap. My partner was Whistley, and a couple things mentioned on her questionnaire was a need for a big project bag and a love of Disney, so I tried to meet both of those with this Disney princess bag. I used McCall's pattern 5722 for this, and while I didn't mean to go so purple with it, the best Disney fabric I was finding went with that color, so I tried to keep it colorful by adding some contrast to the straps.

This was kinda sorta a bit above my level with all the buckram and interfacing going on, and I did wind up getting a bit of help making the handles themselves (had them halfway done and I was feeling stuck, so my mom pretty much stepped in while I was gone and finished them  Embarrassed ), but otherwise I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished on this bag... and I think it'll be a while before I attempt something this complicated again. Tongue

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / The Mad Hatter on: June 21, 2014 05:37:21 AM
I made this guy last year for the poppet vs. amigurumi swap. I was paired with jkaywiz, and one of her favorite things was Alice in Wonderland, so I made her the Mad Hatter. She liked the Disney portrayal with more jewel tones, and go figure there was a perfect pattern for that. Gotta say he probably has the most personality of any of my ami so far. (pattern here)

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Stitch from Lilo and Stitch :D on: June 21, 2014 05:30:53 AM
I'm way behind on posting my crafts, so poor Stitch was actually made for the 2012 Secret Santa swap. I was paired with Calabaza, and he was one of her favorite characters (and a Stitch ami was one of her requested items if I remember right), so I tracked down a pattern on Ravelry and had at it. I probably should have rethought the stitching method on the ears, but otherwise I was pretty happy with how he turned out. (pattern here)

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Stitch Amigurumi on: May 08, 2013 06:38:05 PM
This was a Stitch amigurumi I made for Calabaza in the 2012 Secret Santa swap. I used this pattern on ravelry, and used Simply soft yarn that I happily had waiting in my stash. He took a good deal longer to make than I anticipated because of all the tiny pieces involved, but my partner loved him so it was all worth it in the end. Cheesy

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7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ideas on what to do with this square? on: March 17, 2013 12:19:00 AM
I've been stuck on this project for a long time now (think several years), so I'm thinking it's about time I tried for some outside help. Several years ago, I came up with the idea of crocheting a pretty pillow cover for a friend. She's a semi-big knitter but not so much into crochet, plus at the time she had a practical use for a travel-sized pillow and I knew she was the sort to appreciate something handcrafted like this. The only problem is, I finished up the front and only got part of the back done before putting it on a long hiatus for some reason. Now I can't remember what stitches or hook size I was using for the back, plus I'm not sure a pillow would be the best thing now anyway. I'd still really like to find a way to use the front square in some sort of gift for her, but I'm finding myself pretty clueless on decent ideas.

There's a picture of the square I've got (ravelry link to it here.) It's about 14" square, done with acrylic yarn, and is admittedly a bit wavy at the edges which may or may not affect what I can do with it.

Quick info about my friend to help. She married since I started this project, and has a boy who's almost 1 by now. She loves working with kids, and also enjoys several hand crafts (I know of knitting, tatting and sewing, though I'm not sure how much crafting she does now with the baby), and her personal taste does tend to run a bit country (in the Little House sense). Both her and her husband's families live outside the country also in case that helps generate a couple ideas.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift ideas for dad? on: November 25, 2012 03:13:39 PM
I'm trying to come up with gift ideas for my dad and I'm coming up pretty short this year. He tends to be pretty difficult to shop/craft for in general since he never really seems to have anything he wants, and isn't into most of the standard go-to ideas our there for dads. He'd technically appreciate anything I make, but obviously I'd still prefer it's something he'd actually like and have some vague use for.

He's not at all into sports or running the bbq (which I gather are the stereotypical dad hobbies Tongue), and he wears a very specific size of clothes so I'd rather stay away from that sort of thing. He occasionally listens to music, and generally prefers southern gospel and musicals (phantom of the opera and les miserables being a couple favorites, and he enjoys both the actual musicals and the movie adaptations of said musicals). He's in his upper 60s by now and is retired (though is still pretty physically active), so anything for the office/etc wouldn't be of much use. He adores our dog (looks like a beagle mix even though he totally isn't Tongue), and a lot of his free time is spent doing various volunteer/teaching work at our church and in helping some of the spanish-speaking members (he has very rusty spanish and there is an actual english teacher involved, but he's still finding plenty of ways to help and is actively working on relearning spanish). I'd thought of maybe coming up with something that could help him with learning spanish like a book or something, but so far I'm drawing a blank on that (he knows the basics of the language and gets a lot of immersion, so he'd have more use for something that helps polish existing language skills than a textbook sort of thing).

I got him some music last year which he appreciated, but he honestly doesn't have a need for any more of a library (though I guess if I stumbled across a spanish audiobook/drama he'd like I might make an exception). Overall, he's more likely to appreciate something that's more or less practical, though something to hang on the wall would also be good since there's still plenty of wall space running around, or something dog-related would probably also go over well.

I'm pretty comfortable doing intermediate knit/crochet stuff (not sure what, but there you go), papercrafting type stuff, or just any random crafty stuff that might theoretically fit his interests. I can sew too though I'm still a bit of a beginner there so I can't sew up anything too elaborate.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / WoW Hats - Alliance and Druids on: September 12, 2012 04:46:21 AM
Made these hats for my partner in the WoW swap. Both used variations on The Improv Hat pattern here. Her fiance is a big Alliance fan so his incorporated this Alliance chart, and my partner is about as much into Druids as I am so I came up with a druid symbol pattern for hers. This was my first venture into the world of intarsia knitting, and after resolving a few newbie mistakes, they turned out a lot better than I was expecting. Probably my biggest mistake though had nothing to do with learning intarsia, and everything to do with not bothering to knit up a gauge swatch. Let's just say I'm not making that mistake again, and I'm very lucky to have found a way to fix that "minor" problem. Overall they managed to turn out pretty well I thought, and they were very soft and thick which will hopefully be good for northern winters.

The Alliance Hat:

The Druid Hat:
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Druid Cat Form! on: September 12, 2012 04:32:58 AM
Meet the cute druid cat I made for Crymson in the WoW Swap. She was made from the Tommy Tiger pattern by Lion Brand, used Vanna's Choice yarn for the main purple and random scraps I had laying around for the details. I picked the colors based on Crymson's druid's cat form, and happened to have some beads the right color for the necklace. I couldn't get any reference pics for size, but she's about 6-8 inches and managed to convince both my dog and my partner's that she's actually a chew toy. Tongue

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