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1  Nifty Skullcap in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by muskratbyte on: February 13, 2008 09:11:02 AM
Crocheted skullcap for my husband - to keep his head warm!  I used the pattern from the Stitch and Bitch - Happy Hooker, and added alternating front and back post double crochet to add the ribbing.

And now, the goofy action shot: (this is closer to the actual colors)

I used the most drab yarn I had in scratchy wool - otherwise, it would be deemed 'not manly' and would violate some kind of man-law.  ;O)

I was amazed it fit him, but it does and he really likes it!

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2  Temari and Gaara in Halloween Costumes by muskratbyte on: November 01, 2007 10:33:23 AM

and Action shot

My husband and I made Gaara's gourd, my husband made Temari's fan, and I did the rest of their costume.
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3  Happines Bunny is complete!!!!! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by muskratbyte on: October 13, 2007 08:22:41 PM
I call this little guy the 'Happiness Bunny' after the little bunny of the same name from 'Shen-chan'. 

It took me several months to finish him - he's my first attempt at amigurimi, and I needed to make him fairly large because he's for my 9 mos old nephew.

Initially he was very sad, because he didn't have 1 arm or his ears sewn on, so, we gave him a very depressing personality.

"I like when you talk to me, it's almost like having friends...."

(I should have taken a picture before I added his ears... but he's looking very sad remembering....)

But as you can see he's much happier now.
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4  Springy skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by muskratbyte on: August 28, 2007 09:27:49 PM
Made by my stepdaughter...  I thought she did a great job, and wanted to share!

Looking very cute and proud!

And a closeup
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5  Another Garden Scarf - YAY! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by muskratbyte on: April 17, 2007 07:41:08 AM
It took me about a week to finish this, mostly because I got tired of making the motifs.  ;O)  It works up very quickly!

As has been mentioned before, there seems to be a mistake in the instructions for joining the 3rd motif to the 2nd. . .I just looked back at the first set of instructions.

and the actioin shot:

This was for a co-workers' birthday.  I've worked with her for the past 3 years, and she's a great person, so I wanted to make her something special.
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6  Springy creativeness in Crochet: Completed Projects by muskratbyte on: April 05, 2007 05:40:31 PM
I've been keeping myself busy:

Scarf for a co-worker

Action shot

Shawl for cold days in the office

Action shot

Scarf for the co-workers mom - she painted a picture for me

I just got the Happy Hookers book yesterday, so I can't wait to start on projects from this book.  YIPPEE!
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7  Spring Flower scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by muskratbyte on: March 22, 2007 11:32:21 AM
I made this scarf as a last minute present for my husband's grandmother.

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8  While I was waiting..... in Crochet: Completed Projects by muskratbyte on: January 23, 2007 03:57:20 PM
My husband's been in San Jose - we're going to paint the inside of
our house, and while he's been gone, I've been moving stuff, taking
things down from the walls, etc., but I can't move all the big
furniture by myself, so I'm waiting for him to get home and help.

So.... I made something for my new nephew Aidan, who's going on three weeks old.


I'm proud of the two little mitts. I haven't decided about the hat
yet. It was coming out funny, I started to pull it out, then
decided it was starting to look like a little rasta hat. Now I
think it looks like a mushroom. So, I think I'm going to do another
one up from him in mushroom colors.

For the white one, I'm trying to decide if I should just pull it out
and start over, or not... opinions?
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9  2 am baby blanket in Quilting: Completed Projects by muskratbyte on: November 15, 2006 11:01:36 AM
One of my managers is having a baby, and because she's leaving at the end of the month, we're having to do her baby shower about a month early... 

So, I pieced the top over the weekend, bought and preshrunk the backing on Monday (I intended to do more, but my husband decided to take a nap in the middle of the living room floor, and wouldn't move), and worked until 2 am last night finishing this for the baby shower today.

I tried to quilt it, stitch in the ditch, 3 TIMES, and everything kept shifting, despite safety pins, Sulky spray and my best efforts.  So, I finally finished picking it out the last time close to midnight, and decided to just tie it, and sew on the binding.  I finished at exactly 1:45 a.m.

The finished result

The back

Another view


If you notice, the stitching is pretty poor at this point.  The binding was the very last thing I did, and my legs were literally shaking as I was ironing it - that's how tired I was.  It also would have looked better with a mitered corner, but I didn't really trust myself to do a mitered corner (which I've done once before).

But, it's done - and the lady I made it for doesn't sew, so she's not likely to really pay much attention to the stitchwork the way I would.  ;o)

I'm thinking that the fact that I was using high-loft batting might have been why I had so much trouble trying to quilt it.  I was just using my sewing machine, with a walking foot attachment.  Everytime I had the fabric top looking good, the backing was 'baggy' between the quilting (no folds at least), the one time I had the backing looking good, the top looked terrible.

Any feedback, positive or negative appreciated.
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10  Crocheted Flower in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by muskratbyte on: March 17, 2006 07:30:34 AM
I'm posting this here because I'm not done yet. I'm making this into a choker for my sis, and the flower was the hardest part.  This is the first thing I've made from a pattern, and honestly the hardest part was trying to understand what the heck the pattern was saying....

Here's the directions:

I didn't do something quite right. . .and though I *love* this, I'm kinda curious if any of the more experienced can point out what I did wrong. 


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