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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Burp cloths + tips for sewing minky on: March 25, 2016 01:32:43 AM
My son is due March 30th and since we only received six burp cloths at my baby shower, I decided I needed to make a few extras because they're so useful.
The ones my aunt made for me were a patchwork mixture of minky and soft flannel on one side with cotton on the other side. I really loved the feel of the minky and my fiance decided that's what I needed when I picked up a remnant of it at Hobby Lobby (I actually picked it up, petted it, then put it back but he decided that I *needed* it).

I made a pattern based on one I'd seen on Pinterest (no printer to print the one I found). The backing fabric is some Spider-Man flannel I'd had in my stash. They're 11" x 16".
These burp cloths were my first time working with minky and let me tell you, it is NOT fun to work with if you don't know what you're doing, like I didn't when I started. It slips and slides as you pin it and tries to slide around while you're sewing it, too.
To save yourself a headache, do what I did (I learned these through trial and error):
Have a lint roller handy because minky sheds like crazy when you cut it (and only when you cut it).
Use alligator clips (or those little nickel hair clips like you can find at Hobby Lobby) with your pins (clip it THEN add pins) to hold together the minky and whatever other fabric you're sewing with it (this works with minky on minky, too: I tried it with some scraps).
Place your clips about every two to three inches around the edges then put a pin or two between the clips about an inch apart. This helps prevent slippage better than the clips alone.
Make sure the minky is on the BOTTOM when you're putting the fabrics together and when you sew it on your machine.
After you've finished sewing with the minky, clean out your machine because you're probably going to have little bits of minky fluff all up inside it.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Harley the Chihuahua amigurumi on: March 25, 2016 01:06:10 AM
The pup in the foreground is *technically* my mom's Chihuahua, Harley. He's a very well-loved three year old dog who thinks he's a person and he adores my dad more than anyone (he was given to my mom so, technically, he's my mom's).

He doesn't mind being put in a sweater but if you put anything else on him, he flops over as if he's done with life. Since my mom wishes he'd let her dress him up in cute things for the holidays, I set out to find a crochet pattern for a Chihuahua. I found "Lucky the Chihuahua Dog Amigurumi" on Ravelry by user Doris Yu. I followed it except for the color pattern for the dog since Harley's color pattern is very different.

I should have embroidered his toe spots instead of crocheting them because they turned out too big but he's still cute.
Now all I have to do is make up some cute little holiday themed accessories for him (Christmas hat, Easter bunny ears, trick-or-treat bag, etc) and I'll be able to give him to my mom. She loved the pic so I know she'll love him even more when I give him to her along with the little dress up goodies. Smiley
I'll update this post when I get the little extras complete.
I'll also be making a dress-up ami of my sister's Chihuahua, Max, who is the other Chi in the photo.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES / Master Key keychain on: March 04, 2016 12:58:46 PM
My aunt is an avid fan of the Legend of Zelda series and has logged untold hours in Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past. She's also prone to losing her keys so I figured the best way for her to keep up with her keys would be if I made her a keychain that was hard to overlook.
With her love for LoZ in mind, I went to Pinterest and started searching for LoZ themed cross stitch patterns. I found an Etsy pattern-listing for the Master Key, which I thought would be fitting for a keychain.

The keychain is worked on 10 count plastic canvas and is double-sided: the other side is a mirror image of this side but I didn't take a picture of the other side. The key is 1.5" x 1.5" (at the widest point). I took a picture of it next to my hand because when I took a picture of it alone, it gave the impression that it was large.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Super Mario themed coasters on: March 01, 2016 10:47:29 AM

My fiance was saying we needed coasters so I pulled out the plastic canvas that alwaysinmyroom had sent me and some yarn and hit Pinterest for ideas.
I had saved a lot of Perler bead and cross stitch patterns with Mario as the theme and decided that I would use some of the iconic images for our coasters.
These are a little over 3"x3" (I accidentally cut them as 22 sqs x 22 sqs instead of 21x21) and were worked using the tent stitch and Red Heart yarns. They're backed with felt interfacing to keep them from sliding around.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty purses on: March 01, 2016 09:15:49 AM

My sister was saying she wanted a new purse and since she's bad about losing her purse (never when she's out anywhere, always at home), I made her one using Red Heart's Blacklight yarn so that it would be easier to spot; the strap is Red Heart Black. I crocheted it using two strands of yarn held together and a J-hook so that it would be sturdier and wouldn't need a lining sewn in; she prefers a purse without a closure so that it's easier for her to get to her inhaler if she needs it.
My friend loved the colors so much that she asked if I could make one for her birthday gift. However, she wanted a smaller one, one that was "just big enough for [her] cellphone, 3DS, and one of [her] Magic decks". Since I didn't have a button that I thought would look good with the Blacklight yarn, I crocheted a cover onto a button before sewing it on.
The tiny pink/brown purse is for my cousin's two year-old, who LOVES purses and is always trying to steal her aunts' or Mawmaw's purses. I made it using the yarn I had left over from making her aunt's purse because her favorite color is pink. The yarn is Loops & Threads Charisma in Chocolate Cupcake.
My sister's purse was made by making three rectangles: one for the front, a slightly larger one for the back, and a long narrow one for the strap. I sewed the ends of the strap together then pinned it to the sides and sewed them together. My friend's purse was made from two rectangles: one for the front and back, which I folded over, and one long narrow one for the strap. The pattern for the mini purse was made up as a I went along.

These purses were made as an experiment in which I attempted to make my own simple yet elegant purse pattern. They turned out much better than I expected. Both purses are worked in the round. When I reached the desired depth, I worked a row 'til I reached the desired length. I then cut the yarn and started at the edge of the flap and worked it across, skipping a few stitches at the center of the flap for the button hole. Once I reached the end, I turned and worked back across the row.
I made some notes for both of these purses but I'm not too sure that they'll be much use as I can't quite decipher them myself! Tongue But I will be attempting another purse from it and hope to make more coherent notes so that I can share the pattern!
The pink/brown purse is Loops & Threads Charisma in Chocolate Cupcake and the blue multicolor is Loops & Threads Charisma in Northern Lights.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nerdy Hats on: March 01, 2016 08:44:28 AM
This set of R2-D2 hats were made for my fiance's nephews. These were 99% finished in December: the hats just needed the little details sewn on.

These were made using this Star Wars Droid Beanies pattern I found on Ravelry.

I made the Deadpool hat for myself to wear on Valentine's Day when my fiance and I went to see the Deadpool movie. But the weather was warmer than previously predicted so the hat stayed home. It's simply my basic beanie pattern with an applique of Deadpool's logo sewn on it.
The red Mario hat I made for my cousin's son, who adores the Mario games. It was made using a pattern for a lady's newsboy cap. I noticed that many who had made the hat using the same weight yarn, same hook, and matched the gauge had said it was much too small, even for a woman with a smaller head so I knew it would be the perfect size for him Smiley
The Pokeball hat was made using my own pattern with color changes and a sewn on release button applique.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Snuggly baby things on: January 17, 2016 07:14:43 PM
I'm pregnant with my first sprog and since he's due at the end of March, which is sometimes still chilly, I crocheted up a cocoon, booties, and beanie for him Smiley

The cocoon was made using this pattern from Red Heart, the booties are from this pattern from Crochet Hooks You, and the hat was made from my own pattern, which involved some trial and error.
I know it looks a bit weird that there's no white on the hat or booties but the cocoon was supposed to have a fuzzy trim on it and I didn't have fuzzy yarn (I hate that stuff).

Yarns used:
Loops and Threads Charisma in Aqua (the label says it's Aqua but it doesn't look the slightest bit green; the blanket pictured on the label called for Aqua and it looks more green)
Red Heart Super Saver in White
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / So many hats on: December 30, 2015 08:19:39 PM
Most of these hats were made while my fiance and I were visiting his grandparents in Arizona for the week of Christmas. The only ones that weren't are the purple one and the reddish orange one. The purple one is mine, the grey one is my fiance's, the reddish orange one is my dad's and the others were just made for the heck of it Tongue

Yarns used (from l to r starting with the first photo):
Red Heart Super Saver in Red Hot
Red Heart Super Saver in Claret
Red Heart Super Saver in Skipper Blue
Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red
Caron Pound of Yarn in Deep Purple
Red Heart Super Saver in Skipper Blue
Lion Brand Heartland in Great Smoky Mountain

Expect more hats from me throughout the next year: I'm going to attempt to set up a table at a street fair in my hometown and hats are pretty popular.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Holly barrettes and brooches on: December 11, 2015 07:55:52 PM
A week ago, I made myself a holly cluster because I decided I needed something Christmas-y in the house as we don't have any decorations. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it though because we don't have the space to put up our tree (my boyfriend has a 6ft tree but his ex-wife took all the decorations when she left).
I finally decided that I should make myself a barrette out of the holly. I posted a photo of it to FB and my sister asked if I would make one for her. Then my aunt asked if I could make her a brooch pin with holly and I figured my mom would like one. I also knew that if I made one for my aunt that her two daughters would want ones of their own.

The leaves were made using this pattern that I found via Pinterest. I made the pattern for the berries myself.
The barrettes are hair bow clips like you can find in Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and other craft stores. The brooches were made with brooch pin backs that I bought at Walmart a few years ago but I haven't found any of them this year.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hats and stockings on: December 11, 2015 01:29:01 AM
I've been busily hooking away this holiday season.
Actually, more accurately, with the exception of the Jack Skellington stocking, I've been hooking like a mad woman the past week in order to get things done two weeks before Christmas since my boyfriend and I are leaving for Arizona the Saturday before and will be staying with his grandparents there 'til after Christmas. This isn't all I've made: I've also made four holly brooches and two holly barrettes which I need to take pictures of but I'm working on a blanket that I have to have finished before next Saturday Tongue

The black/white hat is for me. I wanted an elf hat but didn't have enough red/green yarn and am trying to de-stash so I used black/white because I knew I had enough of those colors to make the whole hat. I used this pattern but instead of using fun fur for the brim (I don't have any in stash and hate that stuff anyway) I made two rows of alternating fpdc and bpdc to give it a ribbed brim.

The purple/black hat is made from my own pattern. My boyfriend says he "might want it" but doesn't know yet. I think he's waiting to see if I hook up any more hats before he decides.

The hat that looks like it belongs to LoZ's Link was meant for my sister but I forgot that I had already made her one in green. Since I already have one in green myself, I've asked a friend if she'd like it for her husband who is LoZ obsessed. She has yet to get back to me on it though. The pattern for it was written by the amazing smileyyogini (she's the one who made my green hat, too) and can be found here on her blog.

The teal/bright purple stocking is for my mom (she wanted bright colors), the deep purple/gold stocking is for my dad (LSU's colors as they're his favorite college team), and the Jack Skellington stocking is for my younger sister (she quite literally grew up with TNBC because it came out the year she was born and I was obsessed with it so she came to love it, too). I made them using this pattern from Red Heart yarns.
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