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1  My first corner-to-corner blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by FreakieGeekie on: February 05, 2017 09:20:13 PM
Quite a few people in one of the FB crochet/knitting groups in which I'm a member were posting "C2C" blankets. I did a bit of research and decided that I really, really liked the look.
After working a few rows, I decided I liked the feel too, and set about working on a blanket for my hubs. Hubs said I needed to make a blanket for our son because he has a blanket (actually, he has an afghan which was made for and given to me YEARS ago that he swears is his).
I put aside his blanket and made this for our 10 month old using some mystery yarn hubs bought for me at Michael's. It was in bags which say "Fashion Plus" on them; none of the yarns had labels so I don't know the weight/color/brand or anything about them. I had 15 skeins to work with but ran out with only 14 rows to go! (This isn't a "baby" sized blanket but for when he's older.)
So I had hubs take me to Michael's, hoping they'd have something really close to its color in stock. Nope! No such luck! Tongue
Hubs suggested Hobby Lobby. I was skeptical but since HL is five minutes from Michael's, I agreed.
I hurried to the yarn section and, lo and behold, they had a purple yarn that was really, really close in color: Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Hot Springs. (Today I learned that my yarn was probably Heartland Thick and Quick in Hot Springs).
I pulled from the center and the end, doubling up the yarn and finished it off.
It's quite obvious in this photo because of the lighting (intentional) but otherwise, it's hard to see the difference.

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2  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: February 05, 2017 09:06:21 PM
Research Project Name: Magic-al Bouquet + Boutonniere
Team: Fandom
Project Link: Coming Soon
Long time overdue but here's my bouquet and my hubby's boutonniere (which I forgot to include as part of the original proposal; oops!). The bouquet is made of 22 flowers, each of which was made using the mana symbols from one of each of the five mana colors in Magic: The Gathering (this means I cut up 110 mana cards, not counting the ones I had cut that hubby accidentally tossed out). The centers of the flowers are made from the card art of the cut up flowers. Each flower took me about an hour (sometimes longer) from cutting to prep (rolling the petals on a crochet hook so they'd curve) to assembly. Then I arranged them, securing them with floral tape as I went to make sure they stayed put. Hubs's boutonniere was so much easier. And the center of his flower is the mana circle from the back of a Magic: The Gathering carh, which I painstakingly made sure lined up with the corresponding petal colors. It's hot glued onto an alligator clip and clipped into the buttonhole of his lapel because I couldn't find my brooch pin backs! Tongue





Research Project Name: Garruk and Chandra (I didn't see this on the front page?)
Team: Fandom
Project Link: Coming Soon (I have to get good shots from the front)
Garruk is my hubs's favorite Planeswalker, as well as MY favorite Planeswalker and he's big/tall like my hubs so I decided Garruk would be great to have as a table decoration for the groom. Chandra is a redhead and feisty, like myself, so I decided she would be great as the bride. Originally, we were just going to buy Funko Pop! Vinyls of them but Garruk was really expensive at the time we were looking. So I took it upon myself to crochet dolls that were like the figures. It worked. Sort of: I hit the deadline before I got them 100% complete and became so frustrated that I couldn't make them perfect copies that I am not adding to them. But they're cute as they are and are recognizable as Chandra and Garruk (friends were excitedly asking "Is that Chandra and Garruk?!" as I put them on the table) so I'm happy with them. Maybe some day I'll make small, Funko-sized versions that are more detailed.




These photos are courtesy of my wedding photographer, Al Quartermont, who is also a local TV news anchor Smiley I'll be getting more shots of Chandra and Garruk soon. And possibly the bouquet, if I can find where I put it up! Huh
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3  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: January 10, 2017 09:39:13 PM
Prompt: December - Hip Hop
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Link's Hats
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451319.0
These hats were inspired by smileyyogini, who crocheted a Link hat for me a few years ago in a swap. I LOVE my Link hat and had a few friends request Link hats as gifts. Well, I didn't have the pattern on hand so I crocheted these by just looking at my hat. If I had half a brain, I would have actually just counted the stitches/rows to make it easier for myself Roll Eyes


Prompt: January - Zelda
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Link's Other Hat
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451319.0
This hat was started after the others were finished (end of December) but I put off finishing it to make other things (which I need to photograph). So it sat in my crochet basket with just three rows worked on it until earlier this evening when I finally decided to finish it. This hat is to go with the other Link hats but it wasn't a gift request: I crocheted it just so that I could say I had made a hat in each of the colors from the Four Swords Adventure.
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4  Link's hats in Crochet: Completed Projects by FreakieGeekie on: January 10, 2017 09:38:50 PM
I had a few friends request Link hats as gifts after they saw the one that the amazing smileyyogini crocheted for me a few years ago in a swap.
Instead of being smart and counting the stitches/rows, I just stared at the hat then started working. My hubs pointed out my silly mistake after I had the third hat half complete. Roll Eyes
The first three are gifts, the fourth is just to complete the set.


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5  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: December 27, 2016 01:51:57 PM
I am waaaay behind on commenting on all the lovely things here! I just want everyone to know that y'all are amazing and to keep on being awesome! Kiss

I do have some projects to post, too:
An elf for my friend Booboo (EVERYONE calls her that)

Ranger cookies I made a few weeks ago for our Game Night (I used walnuts instead of pecans)

My little froggy's first stocking

A couple of dice bags for some friends


I crocheted a hat for my cousin's little girl but I don't think I got a picture of it before I wrapped it up! Tongue
I also need to take pictures of my wedding veil (it was super quick to make), my wedding bouquet, and the two table centerpieces I crocheted (they're amis). I also have a few more dice bags that need pics.
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6  Baby's first Christmas stocking in Winter Holidays by FreakieGeekie on: December 22, 2016 08:23:29 PM
This year is my son's first Christmas and this is his first stocking, handmade with love.
He's already given it his seal of approval: he drooled on it and tried to eat it. Roll Eyes

I made it using this free pattern from Ravelry. I messed up on the toe: I made it a bit too long. But at least my little guy has a stocking now! Cheesy
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7  Dice bags in Crochet: Completed Projects by FreakieGeekie on: December 22, 2016 08:17:19 PM
I crocheted the two of these up last weekend for a couple of friends who were new the monthly Magic: The Gathering night hubby and I host once a month at our house. They saw the dice bag I had crocheted for my hubby and asked if I could make them dice bags.
One friend requested "any shade of purple" so I used Caron Deep Violet for his bag. The other friend requested "the brightest yarn you've got" so I used Red Heart Neon Stripes for his bag.

These are very simple to make and work up very quickly.
Here's a pattern for them:
12 DC in magic ring
2 DC in each DC around; 24 sts
*DC, 2 DC in next st*, repeat around; 36 sts
*DC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in next st*, repeat around; 48 sts
DC around evenly until bag is the desired depth.
For the last row:
*DC in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st*, repeat around; 48 sts (including the ch 1s)
For the drawstring, just chain until you reach the desired length then tie it off and make a knot at either end. It shouldn't come untied but I always burn the ends with a lighter, just to be sure. Keep in mind that I used acrylic yarn for these. I don't think you'd want to burn the ends on wool!
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8  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: December 22, 2016 08:02:22 PM
Prompt: December - EDM
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Christmas Elf for Booboo
Project Link: Here
This was a Christmas gift for a good friend. I made it as an improved version of the elf I made a few years ago for a coworker's sister-in-law. This one is taller and, in my opinion, much cuter than her counterpart. She was made with a different sized hook and given plastic eyes instead of embroidered eyes. She was going to have a mouth like the other one but I forgot. Roll Eyes

For reference, this was the original elf:
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9  Christmas Elf in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by FreakieGeekie on: December 22, 2016 07:49:47 PM
This cute little elf was made for a good friend who mentioned she wanted an elf decoration for her home but thinks that the Elf on the Shelf is creepy.
As someone who shares that sentiment, I decided to crochet her an elf that is more on the cute side.

This is the only picture I got because I had forgotten to take pictures of her and didn't realize it until my hubby and I were almost there.
If anyone is curious, to make her hat have a slight point, I started with eight DC in a magic ring and it stands up because I pulled the stitches really tight.
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10  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: December 18, 2016 01:59:58 PM
Prompt: December- Jazz
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Ranger Cookies for Game Night
At least once a month my hubby and I host a game night at our house. It's never a lot of people, just five or six people and that's including the two of us. We play Magic: The Gathering and sometimes Cards Against Humanity (I love that game). We usually have some sort of chips for a snack but I decided since it's the holiday season I would bake some cookies for tonight. The improvisation was using walnuts instead of pecans, which I had never done with this recipe before. I think I actually prefer the walnuts over pecans for these cookies.

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