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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cranium (from Crochet Me) on: April 21, 2007 10:09:21 PM
I posted this on my blog a while back, but I though I'd post this here too. I made the cap Cranium from crochet me , but I used a random acrylic worsted weight yarn instead of the ribbon yarn recommended. I thought I had the right gauge (measured it many times), but this thing turned out WAY too small. And I have a teeny head! I wish I had gone up at least a hook size...

I had to add like 6 extra rows, or else I would have looked like Meg from Family Guy. If you are going to make this hat, I recommend either being SUPER careful with gauge or making the big headed version...

It still turned out cute, but the yarn I used was just icky, so I'll never wear it:(
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lined Earflap hat on: February 14, 2007 10:07:56 PM
The winter has been bitter here, but I can't wear any nice wool hats because I am severely allergic to it. So, to keep my ears from freezing off, I made an earflap hat using this pattern. I went down a hook size but it was still too large for my tiny head, so I lined it with some leftover sweatshirt material. It's not as warm as I hoped (too holey), so next time I'll use a thicker yarn and smaller hook.

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Natural Wooden Rings on: February 13, 2007 06:13:14 PM
I never really considered myself a jewelry maker, but in my ultimate quest to make something out of unexpected materials, I guess I ended up as one!

My brother and I both attend the same college, and we both have always had many creative projects separately. He was making fountains out of found/unusual items, and I was attempting to make rings out of shrinky dink plastic. We sparked up a discussion about making jewelry out of non-typical material. I dug around my craft supplies, and pulled out some leftover wood veneer.

We started experimenting, and it took us four months to develop the process of making these rings. it has been extremely fun trying out different woods, layering techniques, etc. We next want to try using a varnish instead of beeswax to finish them. They are so fun to make, and the result is (in my opinion) so very beautiful!

Here are some of my favorites (I hope the pictures aren't too big!):




All Three:

I hope you guys like these!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Fastest Scarf Pattern in the west? on: November 29, 2006 12:50:26 AM
Hey all!
I need to make a buncha scarves this weekend. Like 10. What is the fastest, easiest scarf pattern you know of? I need to be able to whip these babies out!

15  Washington / Washington: Southeast / Any Ellensburg-ians? on: May 12, 2006 11:37:51 AM
I would think, having a college in Ellensburg would mean there would at least be one craftster (besides me). I really want to go to the Stitch n Bitch, but the local one is not um, conducive to me going... Wrong time, and at a complete strangers house (not a neutral place). But if I could meet someone before heading there, I think I'd feel a lot better!

So, anyone from E-Burg?  Grin
16  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Number of yards used for one skien scarf? on: March 22, 2006 11:37:47 PM
I have some beeeeautiful yarn that I think would look stunning as the one skien scarf. Problem is, I only have 75 yards. I don't know how much that would actually make when crocheting. Could it make even a decently sized scarf? How can people figure out how much is needed in a pattern? I'm always buying too much or coming up way short...
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bunny in a basket on: March 07, 2006 09:07:23 AM

I didnt get a good picture of this before I gave it away, but it is basically an egg shaped bunny using the last of my angel hair yarn. I forgot to stuff it with beans, so I decided to make something for it to sit in. Since Easter is coming up, I thought a basket would be cute, and I freehanded one. It turned out rather well for me just making it up on the fly.

I thought I was being oh-so-clever when I made the basket, but later I realized I had seen something similar by roxycraft. So I went from feeling like I had made something fantastic, to feeling like I made a cheap knock-off. It seems like no matter what I make, someone else has made something just like it before me! It makes me feel very un-creative and unoriginal.

Does anyone else have this problem of feeling like they lack creativity? I never used to have problems coming up with ideas on my own. Now, it feels like I'm just a lame copycat at times.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Momma birdie and baby bunny on: February 25, 2006 02:36:24 PM
I made these two instead of homework. It was so much fun! I'm still struggling on making the faces as captivating as the ones I see in the japanses books...

Here is Momma Birdie. She likes worms a bit too much...

This is baby bunny:

Being the matriarch that she is, Momma Birdie tried to feed baby bunny, but I don't think baby was in the mood for worm...

19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pokey the Lucky Poker Bear on: February 22, 2006 10:07:11 PM
A family friend just had a baby, and I thought it would be cute to make a toy for the baby, and I worked hard on making it baby safe (no plastic eyes, extra secure stitching). When I finished, I tossed it to my boyfriend for him to look at. When I asked for it back, he gave me the saddest puppy dog look and said, You mean, you didnt make it for me? He thought I made it for him, and it was his lucky poker bear. I didnt have the heart to tell him otherwise, so I guess Ill be making two!

I stuffed him with poly-fill, and I put some rice in a plastic baggy, tied it off, and placed it in the bottom so he can sit up.

He fits in my hand!

I think I see him smiling at me!
20  California / California: Central / Pet friendly and craft friendly(space to craft!) apartments in SF or Berkely? on: February 01, 2006 01:51:21 PM
In exactly 6 months my boyfriend is moving to San Francisco for a great job. He doesn't know where he will live but his office is in the heart of San Francisco's south financial district. I will be moving there 4 months later.

I have the opportunity to adopt a dog soon, BUT i is contingent on us being able to find affordable pet friendly apartments. It is a small dog, but most places only allow cats, if that at all.

Any recommendations for apartments that allow dogs? I am a responsible pet owner, and being in a place where I can walk my dog or am close to a park is also important. If it will be too difficult to find such an apartment, I will not take the dog because I will not be able to give him up! My pets are my family and it would kill me to.

Also, I have lived in a super cramped apartment for far too long, and I would really like a two bedroom apartment, so one room could be my craft room. Is this doable on 40k/year in SF?

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