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1  Illinois / Illinois: North / Found Knitting Bag at Chicagoland Craft Collective Meeting in Schaumburg on: August 21, 2008 03:53:59 PM
I apologize if you've seen this at Ravelry. I want to find the Owner!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/roostercf/sets/72157606878686463/

That link will take you to pictures of the items.

The only clue in the bag was a product label that has the zip code 60107 and the possible name "JM Wilson".

If you recognize the items, or have an idea of who the Owner might be, please message me on Ravelry (cfbandit), or here on Craftster (cfbandit) or post a comment on the Flickr photos.

Here's a couple of the items:





Thanks!

CFBandit
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A silly bowtie (pattern included) on: November 30, 2007 08:34:03 AM
On the topic of silly patterns, I was designing a bow tie for a frog and got annoyed at how much sewing was involved (when I want to do something fast, sewing is so NOT my way to go), and this is what I came up with:



It comes out pretty darn close to a real bow tie (which of course would be folded fabric or folded and sewn yarn)!



Starting with the right side of the bow, chain 8 and then make 6 treble crochets into chain #4. Slip stitch and secure into chain #1. Slip stitch up the outside of the shape to chain #4.

Then, chain 3 and single crochet into each chain on one side, and then stick your hook and loop through the other side and single crochet into each chain on the other side.

To make the left bow, its a bit different. Chain 4, and do 3 treble crochets into chain #1. Then, make 3 treble crochets into the last single crochet instead of the chain.

Next, you're going to create the strap and its security. Single crochet in a box shape around the "ball" in the middle of the tie. After completing the sc box (you should be on the bottom of it), chain 20 (or the appropriate neck size for the animal). Single crochet back to the bow tie. Make sure to single crochet into the bottom depending on where you started. Anchor a single crochet into the top of the box and slip stitch into each single crochet until the end of the strap.

Secure the strap to the bow by single crocheting into the top corner of the box, and then single crochet into the bottom corner. Fasten off and you've got a cute bow tie!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Aliya the Elephant and her Earmuffs (earmuff pattern included) on: November 30, 2007 06:56:52 AM
Okay, so this is a totally goofy crochet project, but hey? What's life without a few goofy things!

First off, I made romansock's Pocket Elephant. I made the trunk a little big, but I think its rather endearing:



I named her Aliya (Sri Lankan for elephant and yes, I scarily did know that off the top of my head) -

and then realized - she's going in a swap to Michigan! Elephants don't live in snow and cold! What to do?

I imagined that an elephant would get very cold indeed with exposed ears. So I made her some earmuffs!



Fun, huh? They were super easy and a cute addition to the swap package full of little creatures.

Here's the way I made the earmuffs, in case you're wondering. And there's a full post on my blog about them:

http://craftingyoohooville.blogspot.com/2007/11/elephant-earmuffs.html

Start with the left side and chain 7. Do 9 treble crochets into chain #4. Slip stitch from the last treble crochet into chain #1.

Then, create the middle of the left side - single crochet back to chain #7 on the half moon side.

Then you're going to chain 7 and repeat. The only difference is you are going to anchor each treble crochet onto the single crochet stitches in the middle with a slip stitch.

So in effect, the instructions look like this: Chain 7, create treble crochet in chain #4, slip stitch into single crochet row, create treble crochet from the top (where you just slip stitched) and anchor into chain #4 with a slip stitch, and repeat until you have 9 total. When you're finished with the last treble crochet, anchor it with a slip stitch to the end of the single crochets.

Then you're going to create the brace at the top of the earmuffs. This one's easy - chain 10, single crochet 10 stitches, and chain 10 into the single crochets so you reach the end of the line.

Now this is where it gets a bit tricky. You're going to repeat the same steps you did to make the first muff but you need to make sure that you face the bottom/foundation chain to the middle! If you don't, you're going to end up with a twisted muff on the right side. And don't feel bad if you have to try it a couple times - even I had to and I designed the pattern!

(In case you forgot or prefer the shorthand, here's how to make the muff: ch 7, 9 tc in ch 4, sl st ch 1. ch 7, *tc in ch4, sl st to sc #1, tc in sc #1, sl st to ch 4* Rep * until 9 tc, sl st ch 1. (make sure to face bottom chain to the inside!).)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie "Shorter Days" Hoodie on: November 16, 2007 01:57:12 PM
Hi guys!

I have unfortunately gotten subscribed to the Anthropologie mailing list. Why unfortunately? They've got such darn cute stuff!

Anyway, my eyes, my knitting skills and I thought the "Shorter days Hoodie" was such a cute design, we'd like to try and knit it on our own.

I own a ton of these cropped hoodies and I'd love to finally make one now that my skills are up to par. So, my long-winded question is - help me figure this out!

Here it is: http://tinyurl.com/yofv5d

And here's what I know:
-its quite obviously a cable, rib and eyelet pattern. But I'm not sure which cable it is. Here's a detail shot:



-maybe k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, cable?
-next row k7, cable?

-the arms look like a slightly modified cable pattern with thicker ribs
-the ends of the arms are a simple crochet chain
-the hood is two pieces sewn together, and the pattern is something openwork

Ack! I've got to go to a work function now, but any help you guys can give me would be great!

Thanks,

CFBandit
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Okay, so I'm down to 3... on: October 22, 2007 11:37:48 AM
So I'm doing well this year. I had 5, but after searching the "brain blockage" board here, I'm down to 3. Can you guys help me out a bit here?

Dad - owns his own tanning salon and works for the TSA. And that's all he does now, so I'm kind of stuck. I'm thinking some kind of organizer or case for files, maybe?

BFF - she works in a yarn store and loves to knit (in fact, she taught me). she's also hugely into pop punk and emo music.

Sister-in-law - is a nanny, 3 years younger than I am, loves 24 and Kiefer Sutherland, and...that's all I know about her.

(The two I eliminated are the brother - who's totally getting beer cozies ha ha - he'll love that and the grandpa - who I've got to look into more but is getting some kind of gardening gift.)

Thanks for any ideas, guys!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Berroco Softwist vs. Knitpicks Wool of the Andes on: September 07, 2007 12:48:15 PM
Hi guys!

I love Berroco's latest pattern, Luanna, but can't afford $105 for yarn for a sweater right now.

I don't have a whole lot of experience in yarn substitution and want to know if this would be an acceptable match.

And if I like the pattern, I may do it in Softwist down the road, but for right now, Knitpicks Wool of the Andes is less than 50% of the cost.

Thanks!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ACEOs/ATCs - Frame and Display? on: August 29, 2007 12:00:34 PM
Hi guys!

I bought some ACEOs for an exchange and they arrived in beautiful shape. However, I'm wondering how I could frame them to make them look finished.

What would you guys recommend for how to frame/display them? I'm totally new at this area of art.

Thanks!

CFBandit
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Model of the Month - Lana Grossa on: August 17, 2007 09:36:40 AM
Hi all!

Has anyone on here crocheted the new Lana Grossa sweater for August? It sounds like, from reading the directions that aside from the borders of the sweater, its almost all crochet.

Anyway, I'm wondering because it is so cute! I look great in those types of sweaters and wanted to get a read on how hard it was, since they don't rate the ease of construction.

Here's the link:

http://www.lanagrossa.com/service/mdm/08_2007/index.html

I usually check it once a month but most of them are knitted! This is the first one I've seen in forever that's mostly crocheted.

CFBandit
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Creating your own graph - some help needed! on: August 09, 2007 08:53:41 AM
Hi guys!

I cross stitch occasionally in my spare time - I mostly knit and loom now.

Anyway, I'm in an exchange and I thought it would be totally cute to make a cross stitch bracelet for my partner.

My problem? Everytime I take what appears to be a clear, good looking image and import it into PCStitch Pro, it ends up all blurry and the colors varigated.

I don't do this kind of thing too often - I usually make up my own patterns, but I was trying to get this one dead on since its a Disney creature (Mushu the dragon).

If anyone has any tips to help me figure out how to do it better, I would be super, super appreciative!

CFBandit  Undecided
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Socks - I've gotta ask - Why? on: July 27, 2007 07:42:03 AM
I love knitting, I really do! Looming and needling.

But I see all of these people doing socks and struggling with them, and I just want to know...why?

They're very beautiful, but I just can't see myself ever making them.
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