I haven't been on craftster in quite some time, but for this to be one of the first projects I see when I return- WOW. it is stunning, and beautiful and all of the many things that others before me have said. If burning the remaining cranes brings you closure, then you should act on it by all means. I would like to point out how many people have come together to compliment you and express their sorrow for your loss, and to me it brings out some sort of karmic force, that so many of us commiserate with you... I guess what I'm trying to say in not quite as many words is that I think it would be lovely if you took the remaining cranes and gave them to others who are in/ have family in an intensive care unit, to share your wish with them that their loved ones get better. Take every bit of love you put into making each crane and continue to celebrate your Simon by passing along your tribute to others.
The first pic makes it look really flat and like it won't hold anything... so when I looked at the second pic with the timey-wimey fabric... i immediately thought... "oh, it looks bigger on the inside...." and then I realized that I had thought that... Soo, excellent job.
You guys are really nice about it all. Every time someone asks me what I'm knitting I'll tell them I don't know how to knit. There are a lot of people who knit at my university, so it's a pretty common question when I'm around them, from people who do neither. But if I'm on the way to class on the bus, people tend to ask what i'm making rather than knitting/crocheting. That said, I felt extremely awkward when of the kids who knits and knows I crochet complemented me for a hat I didn't make... I said thanks because I thought he was referring merely to the awesomeness of the hat and therefore the awesomeness of me for wearing the hat, and not to the fact that I was responsible for making the awesomeness of the hat... until it was too late to take it back...
the weather in georgia switched from mid-august to effing january in two days. there was no middle ground, thus i became a very cold college student. unacceptable. so i got to work... and this resulted:
what we have here is an ordinary striped hat yes?
consider that, on one side of the hat, the last row is dark purple...
and on the other side of the hat, the last row is... light purple?
i think my hat might be slightly mad!
oh, no, wait. i think it's just me that's slightly mad. it's a spiral hat! and it was soooo frustrating. maybe there's an easier way to make it? I don't know, but I definitely liked my method because i got to show off by working with two different colors at the same time. I'd crochet almost a full circle in one color, then switch over to the other color to go around again. all double crochet until the ends. the ends for each color are 7 hdc, 7 sc, then... a stitch i don't know the name of, all the way to the point where the opposite color changed from a dc to hdc, which gave the hat a nice sturdy brim.
i've never been able to complete a hat before now, because counting out each side to make them all even drove me crazy, but since this was more freeform... I FINISHED IT! whahahahaha! so last but not least, an action shot in my frigid dorm room...
soo, i have this thing about burt's bees... i use it a few times, and then it mysteriously goes missing, disappears into thin air... brand new tubes, every single time. On one particular occasion, I discovered the location of my most recently displaced tube, and that location was the pocket of a hoodie that had gone through the washer and dryer, subsequently leaving dark patches of melted beeswax all over my clothes, including my new favorite shirt. Tragedy.
However, it was salvaged this weekend! I found a construction paper helicopter stencil taped in the back of an old sketchbook, so it was used on the back of the shirt... I wanted it to look uneven and messy, so i used the stencil repeatedly, letting sections of paper rip, and allowing paint to smear underneath... then i did layers on a few... Behold!
In my 2-D Composition class last semester, we made alphabet books. I'm no sort of overachiever, but once I get an idea in my head, it's not going anywhere. We were supposed to find the letters in our surroundings, but i decided to make them instead, so i dumped out my basket of yarn and bag of scarves in my dorm room (to my roommate's dismay) and started forming the letters with them (on the floor, in the middle of the room). Then came the joyous photoshopping process that made me want to shoot myself in the foot, with the cropping, and the formatting and the layering and the UGH. Finally I got all my pages printed, folded, and glued into place. I could have been done there, but no. I painted the book covers purple, and wrapped white yarn all the way around them, and crocheted a case for the book. (I even made two books, for extra credit, and let my prof keep one.) they would be identical, but i only had one button, so the other has a chain of white woven through the middle of the case, tying together on the outside. didn't get pictures of it but i still have mine
fancy portfolio pics!
scarves for the pictures were made by me and my sister and my mom... one of them is knitted. bahaha. i felt sneaky doing that.
i'm sorry your partner flaked, but i'm glad you got an angel! i'm also glad that i got my package todayyyyy! oh yeah! (i got weird looks ripping it open walking back to my dorm from the campus post office. )
the other side of the bag
a box for my secrets
a wicked hat that my hippo stole... jerk... it looks better on him than me, though... *sigh*
thanks soooo much for being my angel, missmuffcakes!
i'm already thinking about making christmas stuff and i'm going to make scarves (and matching hats, if they're lucky) for all the R.A.s in my dorm (ten of them!). Usually when i make something, i make it to suit whoever is going to get it. but if I were to surprise them (and be unable to ask "so, how do you like to wear your scarves?") what would be a good standard length for a scarf? five feet? six? 63 and one-half inches, exactly?