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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty Blanket, Scarf, and Mitten (img heavy) on: November 05, 2006 09:38:07 AM
These are going to be Christmas gifts for my youngest sister. I'm making a whole set, and hopefully I will be able to make mittens that fit and also a hat out of the same yarn. The yarn in all of these is Red Heart Soft Baby in New Mint (the solid) and New Mint Twinkle (with other colors mixed in).

The blanket ...


The blanket's shell border ...


For the blanket, I striped the solid color and the "twinkle" color. I used an N hook and it's all double crochet. It used about one skein of the solid and two skeins of the twinkle.

The scarf ...


This was very simple; I finished it in just a few hours. It's all double crochet, and I used a K hook. It's not as long as a scarf I would make for myself, but considering my sister is only 6, she probably could use a shorter scarf. I am thinking about adding fringe to the ends, but I haven't decided yet.

The mitten ...


This is my first ever non-square/non-rectangle crochet project!! Unfortunately ... I think it will be too small for my sister. It measures about 6 inches long, from cuff to tip. I used the free Lion Brand "Family of Mittens" pattern. I'm really proud of myself. I used an H hook and an I hook for it (the pattern requires you to use two different sized hooks).

Thanks for looking!!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Awesome yarn storage from my husband! on: November 05, 2006 09:24:20 AM
So my husband and I are both college students and also work on campus, so we have the opportunity to bid on old supplies/furniture that the university is going to get rid of. Ryan always goes to these auctions and finds stuff for really cheap. Well, the other day he came home with a surprise for me - a place to store my yarn!


I don't know what it was originally used for, but it'll really be handy. It has clasps on both sides so that you can open up the clear plastic part in front. It measures about 2 1/2 feet wide, 1 1/2 feet tall, and 1 1/2 feet deep - it'll be great sitting on a table or something.
23  COOKING / Dessert / Stargate Cake (3 pictures) on: October 11, 2006 06:38:09 AM
So in making this cake, I found that it is quite difficult to replicate computer-generated effects with Saran Wrap. But it's still cool! This cake was for my husband's 22nd birthday. It was just a basic spice cake with cream cheese frosting. To make the stargate, I cut a circle out of cardboard and covered it with aluminum foil. I drew the symbols and everything on it with Sharpies. For the middle blue part (not the part shooting out, the flat part behind that), I made a watery looking image in Photoshop and glued that onto the circle. I covered the whole thing with clear Saran Wrap so that the Sharpie wouldn't get into the cake and kill us or anything. Then I took blue Saran Wrap and kind of formed it to the shape that I wanted and taped it onto the circle, then stuck the whole thing down into the cake. I used toothpicks behind it to hold up the Stargate. It's nothing super fancy, but my husband liked it!

24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitch for my Mom and Sister (5 images) on: October 11, 2006 06:28:56 AM
This first cross stitch was I think the first one I had done since trying a kit and failing miserably with that. I was very pleased with how this one turned out. I found the chart in a book of medieval-style cross stitch designs. I still need to wash and frame it - I've had a hard time finding a nice square frame for it. It's for my mom for Christmas, I think.

This one I made for my sister's 6th birthday. She loves horses, so it was fitting. The horse is a free chart called "September Horse" (you can find it on multiple websites) and includes the horse and the barrel of apples. Then the name I got from Celtic Cross Stitch Phrase Generator. It's cool - just type in the phrase you want, and it will create a chart for you. The apples above the name and in the top corners, I just made up to match the apples in the barrel - it needed a little bit more to dress it up. I'm EXTREMELY happy with it, and this one I did wash and frame. It was really scary dipping it into the water!

Oh - and both of these were a mix of regular cross stitch and backstitch. Pretty easy, but fun! Thanks for looking!
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Ivy Wedding Crafts (image heavy) on: August 03, 2006 06:39:47 AM
Ok, so I don't have any pics of any current crafts that I am working on, so I figured I would post some pictures of things I did for my wedding (almost 2 years ago already!). First picture - I made these centerpieces from the oil lamp kits you can find at Walmart and some fake ivy, with some white mesh stuff and green and clear gems. After the wedding, we sent them home with our parents, grandparents, and others who had helped (photographer, friends who handed out programs).


These were our invitations. I hand-wrote all of them (about 100-120), and it's hard to see, but I stamped a line of ivy leaves in the upper left and lower right, in a very light green color. The sheet under the invitation in the second pic is our "program" that I designed and printed - we didn't have bridesmaids/groomsmen, and there was really no one to give names or anything in the program, and the wedding took 20 minutes, so we just printed up our names, the dates, relatives to remember who had recently passed away, and a nice excerpt about what ivy symbolizes.


My headpiece was ready made, silver with the white flowy thing already - my husband had gotten it for me off of ebay! It had a cross on the front of it when I got it, but I took that off and added a green bead to the front. Then on the back, I added ivy to where the white ribbon stuff started.


26  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [SOLVED] More specific child board names on: August 01, 2006 07:53:47 AM
I saw an older post for this, and when I went to reply, it warned me, so I just figured I'd add a new topic about it.

I like to look at the "unread posts since last visit." When I scroll through them, the board listed is often "Discussion and Questions," or something like that, and there is no indication of the parent board (crocheting, paper crafts, etc.). If the child boards could be edited somehow to include what craft is being discussed, that would be great. Even if it was just an abbreviation or something so the titles don't get too long (C for crocheting, K for knitting, blah blah blah).

Anyway, is anyone else interested in this? The old topic that I saw didn't have many replies, but I thought maybe more people would be interested now. Thanks!!
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