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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bad habit swap on: May 22, 2006 12:01:25 AM
I was looking at the swap gallery for the smokers swap, and had an idea. When I quit smoking (almost 4 years ago! Wahey!), I had to find new things to do for when the urge struck. I still get urges to smoke now and again, and so:

What about a swap focused around a bad habit we have or had?

We could create and send things that comfort or take our minds off whatever bad habit it is we are prone to indulge. For instance, I would like something that either takes my mind off smoking, or something that reminds me to get off the computer so I will eat or have a shower or be nice to the boyfriend (who is the one who puts down food by the side of my laptop and says EAT!!!).
22  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bliss the Powerpuff Hoodoo doll on: May 09, 2006 08:08:28 AM
I made this for teddybearbones in the Voodoo/Hoodoo/Creepy Cute Doll swap, and she's received, so I feel safe posting this.


Flickr

teddybearbones likes the Powerpuff Girls, and so do I. So I made her her own Hoodoo PPG. For an idea of scale, you can look at this other photo of her next to my mobile.

As with all my other crochet/amigurumi, Bliss (oh that's her name, by the way) was made with no pattern (but I will try to remember if anyone wants to know it), I just winged it as I went along. I'm proudest of her eyes, really.

Questions, comments?


ETA: quote of post with pattern! -fantasticmio

Okay, this is going to be lameass.

Do you know how to crochet a ball? I did that (increasing till the round where I do 2 sc in one sc, then 1 sc in next 4 scs), then 1 sc in each sc for 5 rounds, then started decreasing (sc 2 sts tog) until I completed to the round where I sc 2 sts tog then 2 scs in each sc. Then I did 2 sc in one sc for 1 round, then rounds of 1 sc in each sc until I thought the body was just long enough, then a round of sc 2 sts tog, 1 sc in each sc, then a round of sc 2 sts tog until it closed.

Legs and arms are simple, just start crocheting your circle (ch 2, 4 scs in 2nd ch from hook, then 1 round of 2 scs in each sc) then 1 sc in each sc until you think it's long enough, then finish off.

The dress I did in a square (rectangle?) then stitched it together.

The eyes were the tough part. Here's what I wrote down:

Round 1: with white, ch 2. 6 dcs in 2nd ch from hook. join to first dc (and change colour to black)
Round 2: with black (make sure you do 2 stitches in each stitch), 4 sc, 1 hdc, 6dc, 1 hdc
Round 3: (2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st) x 2. 2 hdc in next st. (1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) x 3. 1 hdc, sl st to FO.
Round 4: in 12th st, pull up a loop. In next st, 1 sc and 1 hdc. 1 dc each in next 2 sts. In next st, 1 dc and 1 hdc. 1 hdc each in next 2 sts. 2 sc in next st. Sl st to FO.

(Reverse the order in round 3 then round 4 to get the other eye.)

Er, hope that helps.

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The all-powerful reversible tote on: May 07, 2006 09:19:10 PM
This is my second bag ever!


Larger image on Flickr

Like the first one, this bag is completely handsewn. I am still sewing machine-less (although Mum says my sister's old sewing machine from Home Economics, purchased back in 1987, is still at home, I might try to get that serviced and want to learn to use it again). The weird colourful bit is the stitching I've used to strengthen the strap fastening.

(I have no clue as to proper jargon for sewing things and stitches, so use your imagination.)

I decided to make it reversible because I liked the stripey fabric and denim equally. No pockets or zippers or anything, mainly because I couldn't be bothered. I think my later bags will have them. The bag is big enough to hold magazines.

I hope you all like it and give me some constructive comments, because I love my new bag.
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I ride giants on: April 20, 2006 10:32:26 PM
Further to my questions and experiments in this thread, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86412.0, I gave one of my crayon stencil experiments away to a friend for his 40th birthday:


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It's not really up to the standards of the stencils I've seen here (it's more faded than I'd have liked after washing it twice, and God knows what will happen if he washes it a 3rd time), but I'm reasonably pleased with it. My friend likes kitesurfing and windsurfing, and is obsessed with the Stacy Peralta documentary, Riding Giants. So I made him an I ride giants tee.

He says he's going to wear it at his birthday party/BBQ/bonfire tomorrow... I hope he does.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Making a strong recycled plastic bag bag on: April 03, 2006 02:24:55 AM
I have a question regarding the strength of crocheting a recycled plastic bag bag. I just don't know how strong the plastic is going to be. One of my friends just had a baby, and instead of just getting (i.e. making) a present for baby Max, I thought I could make the parents something that both would be able to use - hence my idea for a plastic bag nappy bag (or bag that holds all of baby's things).

So... I figure I'll have to add a lining to help keep the bag strong, but are there recommendations with regards to the type of lining needed, or any other ways of making it durable?

My limitation is that I am in China and most crafting materials (like interfacing or plastic canvas or anything like that, I can get normal fabrics) are not for sale here. I can get plenty of black garbage bags and supermarket plastic bags, though. Also, I hand stitch, so sewing a nappy bag would mean Max would be going to high school by the time I'm finished.

You know you're getting old when almost all of your friends start planning to have or are having babies.  Undecided
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencilling with wax crayons? on: March 24, 2006 04:03:31 AM
Hi, I found this old topic on Craftster: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12583.0

I was wondering if it works... after a wash. One person on that topic said it was fine, but I was hoping for more... comments.

I have these old Sakura GIANT crayons, which are wax. I was thinking of stencilling with them, following the directions on the Family Fun site (except I don't have a dryer). I was wondering if anyone knew if the resulting stain on the fabric would stain other clothing if they got washed together in a cool wash, or should I handwash separately forever?

I would go find acrylic paint or ink, but I live in China and trying to work out what is the right Chinese phrase for textile medium would probably kill me. Also, I would like to use what I've got on hand as far as possible.

If no one has an answer for me, I guess I'll just have to experiment, and I'll post my results here.

EDITED to add: I found this article (http://www.oldandsold.com/articles06/hc-2.shtml) that seems to indicate that the crayon's colours will be set when ironed.  Huh
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hand stitching - safer than a machine on: March 21, 2006 09:08:55 AM
Hi there. I've said in my first swap (still ongoing) that I am terrible at sewing and am deathly afraid of sewing machines (I can hurt myself walking along a straight, even, LEVEL road; I can hurt myself when I'm lying in bed, asleep - can you imagine what would happen if my fingers were near a fast-moving needle?). However, I was determined, nay obsessed with trying the amazing Jordy bag:


Take a closer look at the stitching

So here it is. I have not attempted to sew anything except the odd sock doll, and my last Home Economics projects were the ones I gave my mum to complete.

This bag is completely hand stitched. I used something similar to upholstery thread, so it should be pretty strong. It's big enough to hold my wallet, digital camera, notebook, pen, keys, and mobile phone. I didn't want to go nuts and sew zippers or any inner (or outer) pockets in case I fucked the whole thing up by accident. But in my next project I'll probably add something.

Let me know what you think, and if you think I have a shot at attempting (and handsewing) other (simple) patterns.

(By the way, I am so sending the Flickr link to my mum, so she can see that I've actually sewn something that isn't all crooked. But then that means I won't be able to pass her my clothes that need mending any more... hmmm, this may be the flaw in my cunning plan.)
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Hans the cheeky monkey (now updated with his friend Elton) on: March 16, 2006 11:19:29 PM

Other 'action' shots:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreasee/113595191/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreasee/113595243/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreasee/113595258/

This is a toy I've made for my boyfriend's sister, who is coming to visit us in China in a fortnight. His name is Hans, named for Hans Fenger (who was the original School or Rock - yeah!). He asked me, when I was starting one of my crochet projects, if it was going to be a willy warmer. For that, he gets named after a cheeky monkey.

I had no idea how to make a monkey. I didn't even know I was going to make a monkey. It just seemed right when I got going. I really suck at doing faces, as you can see here. His bum, arms and legs are weighed down slightly with aquarium pebbles (I've not spotted a single bag of pellets in Xiamen, but maybe the art store might carry some).

Hans is really wee.



What do you lot think of Hans?

EDIT: Here is his friend Elton, a custom order for SunshynDzyn:



Another look.

I've even got an Art Recipe (check out the Flickr group, it's pretty cool).
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Any way to salvage a weirdly shrunken and matted scarf? on: February 24, 2006 03:19:11 AM
Hey there, I crochet a scarf a week ago, and when I washed it in cold water, it was fine. I washed it a second time, this time in warm water, and it went all weird. The stitches matted together and the colour went strange. It didn't run, it just looks kind of... washed out.

The yarn, as far as I have been able to gather, is wool and mohair.

Is there any way to salvage it? It's my first scarf and I quite like it.
30  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / E's Ebeneezer Goode! on: February 20, 2006 09:06:53 PM
I wanted to make another skull, to improve on what I've done so far, but this is what I ended up with:


Flickr

Meet Ebeneezer, he's the main geezer. He ate too many marijuana leaves, got the munchies, and chowed down on some magic mushrooms... hence, he views the world through a psychotropic lens.

Hehe. Made of wool yarn, bead eyes, felt for the nose, and embroidery floss. Stuffed with polyfill.
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