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1  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My first project from a pattern: Cold Shoulders Shrug on: July 17, 2006 04:08:45 PM
I'm so glad I bought this book. Before I was actually crocheting wrong, and I also could not read patterns at all. I decided to go with something small to start with, so that's why I picked this shrug.

It's made with acrylic, [I know, I know], but that's because I wanted to do a test run if you will, before using "nice" yarn. My mom had some Caron acrylic yarn in black in her stash.
Free is always good, so I went with that.

Honestly I love how it turned out. I washed it on gentle in the washer, and it made it a lot softer. It'll be perfect over some of my tank tops, and I just really think it's super cute.
The only thing that is off is I ended up with 14 whole shells and 2 half shells in rows 9 thru 12 instead of 17 whole shells and 2 half shells. The lucky part is somehow it all stayed semetrical, and they're all evenly spaced. My gauge must have gotten off even though I did a test swatch in the beginning and it was good. I also had to fudge a little bit on one side of the collar, because it was pointier than the other. So I added a couple extra stitches and now they match.

Thank you for making this pattern! it goes so fast I'll probably make some more.

Anyhow, here's a picture. I have more, but they're big, so I'll just put the links to them.




http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v106/JediEmpressMel/07-17-06_1508.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v106/JediEmpressMel/07-17-06_1507.jpg

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2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: cold shoulders shrug - happy hooker on: July 15, 2006 03:17:46 PM
Wow.
Thank you for posting this! I have some beautiful mohair yarn, but quite honestly, I'm terrified of making my first go at this pattern with the nice yarn.
Yours still looks super adorable. I think I may have to get a skein of the walmart yarn to make one with first.
That would make it a lot less scary. I love the fluffyness of the one in the book. But I think it looks just as cute when it's not as fluffy.
Now I think I have been reassured that I can do a test run with the 3 dollar yarn and still have it look good.
Good Job!
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: I broke my book!!!!!!! on: July 15, 2006 03:06:28 PM
I might have to get mine spiral bound. I wish that they came that way too. It would be a lot easier to read, since I actually need to look at the page as I'm crocheting.
Maybe if they make a new version, they can do spiral bound.
Or maybe Have a re-release of the books, but with new binding.
Probably wishful thinking. but still.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: pirate ipod case goes overboard :( on: July 15, 2006 02:47:48 PM
I really love the stenciled part. Maybe you could cut that off, and sew up the raw edge to match the others. Then get some black felt, and make a new case, with a black closing flap. Then put the pirate square on the outside of the black one, and possibly line the inside of the pouch with the same fabric?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: boho skirt by day, cocktail dress by night on: July 19, 2005 06:09:46 PM
I think that the problem is, your mom is probably afraid you'll take attention away from the bride. It's supposed to be all about the wedding, and the bride. Not about what the guests wear. Wearing a bra outside like that will undoubtedly draw attention to you. Which is fine, except that it's not your day. So I'd personally wear something else.
Also, it would probably look better if you just pulled the skirt up over the bra, and tied the scarf around as a waistband instead of wearing a plain white bra on the outside. It looks like you forgot a shirt, and not really like you meant it to be on the outside like that.
Not to be rude, but I don't really get it. Did you just not have a shirt that you could wear with that skirt or something? I mean, I'm all for experimentation with clothing, but I don't think someone elses wedding is the best place for that.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 1 thrift store dress + a bag a fake leaves + loads of hot glue = ... on: December 24, 2004 08:47:20 PM
I love it. But I wouldn't have used hot glue...Unless they  have some special kind now. Hot glue melts so easily that it's sad. Plus, it's not very permanent or sturdy. I'd use fabric glue, or something else. Even sew them on, as horrible and time consuming as that would be.

If I could go back in time I wouldn't have used hot glue either Smiley It was all I had at the time and I couldn't afford to bo guy fabric glue or anything else. As it was this took me 4 hours to finish and I had to have it done that day (or so I thought, because I was led to believe that we were going to ren faire that afternoon). I can't even imagin how long it would take to hand sew all those leaves on. Although now that I have the time (or at least I will once xmas is overwith) I think I'm going ot go back and hand sew them because some are already falling off.

Aww! Well at least you got it captured on film. It's a lovely dress! I'm guessing that sewing them on by hand would take some time. Even with a machine it would take awhile.
That's sad that you didn't get to go to the ren faire...I bet people would have really to see it! It's awesome.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 1 thrift store dress + a bag a fake leaves + loads of hot glue = ... on: December 24, 2004 12:43:34 AM
I love it. But I wouldn't have used hot glue...Unless they  have some special kind now. Hot glue melts so easily that it's sad. Plus, it's not very permanent or sturdy. I'd use fabric glue, or something else. Even sew them on, as horrible and time consuming as that would be.

At any rate though, I really like how it looks! MUCH nicer than how the dress looked originally.
Very original.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fairy wings! on: December 24, 2004 12:41:41 AM
hehe. It's Emilie Autumns Tutorial...if you haven't checked out her music, you totally should. It's at her website. EmilieAutumn.com

She makes those wings and sells them, but was nice enough to share the tutorial on livejournal.

Anyhow...Yours turned out beautifully!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: some sexy tops on: August 14, 2004 10:35:41 PM
Wow...I love all those shirts. I thought they were store bought until I remembered that this site is for showing off what you made, and that You had made them! lol. They look really cute!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: skittles purse tutorial? on: August 14, 2004 10:21:35 PM
Hmm..that tutorial says to use clear duct tape... I think I'd use the clear iron on vinyl, personally, because it would be a lot easier to deal with.
Just a thought.
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