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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Baby Blanket on: May 29, 2012 02:49:44 PM
I just had to share this baby blanket with any fellow fiber junkies out there. This is a baby blanket that I just finished crocheting for a friend and her son-to-be. (I reserve this level of time/effort/love for those closest to me that I know will appreciate the time/effort/love the project took) The pattern is from the Spring 2007 Family Circle Easy Crochet magazine. (I keep the best editions of my crochet magazines). It was designed by Michele Wilcox. She has tons of great patterns. I used Baby Bee Hushabye Solid in Naked that I purchased at my local Hobby Lobby. It is a 50/50 cotton/acrylic combination that is a dream to work with. I wish they made it in more "adult" colors because it is soft, but practical. I highly recommend it.


2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / COLLEGE Graduation Gifts on: November 07, 2009 05:41:32 PM
Okay, so I've searched around here and I see loads of ideas for people graduating high school, but that isn't helping me.  I am looking for ideas for people graduating from college. Here are some details for my particular situation.  I am graduating in May, but I want to leave myself plenty of time to get gifts together since I also have to keep up with classes. (list of ?s from sweetsforever's sticky)


    * What's the occasion?  College Graduation

    * Relationship to you - several school friends, many of whom I may not get to see very often after grad.  Most (not all) of these friends have lived in the dorms all through college and will be moving into their first apartment.  About half are getting jobs and half are going on for masters degrees or med school.

    * Gender - mostly girls, but I have a couple of guy friends that I would like to gift to as well

    * Age - 22-24, not all of them drink alcohol, but some do

    * Likes dislikes - our school colors are Crimson and Gold... Pittsburg State (the one and only Gorillas), most of my friends are science/pre-med, graphics, education, or business majors

    * Hobbies -this varies person to person (obviously), I'm really the only crafter of the bunch, others enjoy movies, kinball, photography, zumba, etc.

    * Previous gifts - for several of the girls I am monogramming fleece scarves for Christmas gifts.

    * Style - This is pretty lenient.  I think they would appreciate something crafted as long as it is "well done."  Nothing country style (even if we are from Kansas).

My abilities:  I primarily crochet and take pictures, but can do lots of other things.  One thing I cannot do is draw.

My ideas so far: a small photobook from snapfish or somewhere...I'm afraid this is too expensive to get everyone.  A favorite pic of us in a frame (maybe glass etched with name, mascot, and year)
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wedding Garter - My take on the McCall's pattern (5 pics) on: July 31, 2008 09:29:16 PM
Thanks to Onyxnox for the link to the pattern.  Her's is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=113794.0

This is for a friend of mine getting married in November 2009.  She doesn't know that I've made it for her and I really hope that she loves it.  Of course it's coming with a no obligation to wear it if you don't want to clause (it's her wedding and I want her to choose), but if she does her hubby isn't allowed to throw this one at the reception.

So without further ado...the pictures:

and close up..



I painted a little box for it to be kept in.  I also hand sewed the little cushion in the box.




Another huge thanks to Onyxnox and as always comments are welcome!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / {update May 8 2008} Ceramics 1 Pieces-Seriously Pic Heavy on: April 29, 2008 11:54:52 AM
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So I'm in Ceramics 1 this semester and this is the best of what has made it through the glaze kiln so far.  All of the glazes he has are kind of boring colors and no outside glazes are allowed, but underglaze is fine.  I have some underglazed pieces going into the kiln soon.  He fires our stuff at cone 9 to 10.  The spots are because there is bunches of iron leaching out of the clay.

Any advice when it comes to glazing would be greatly appreciated.
 


-this is the only one so far with a white clay body...I used akane jade glaze, but I think I got it too thin.


- These are going into the kiln soon-



Pics added May 8 2008
-I still have my final few pieces (the best ones) going through the glaze kilns

The black one from the before pic above


the glaze seperated on this one unfortunately



MY FAVORITE SO FAR!!!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challenge: Behind These Hazel Eyes on: April 25, 2008 07:45:51 AM
Everyone needs an "eye shot" right?  So here's mine.  My eyes are "hazel." (Not quite blue and a little bit brown.  Sometimes they even look green)  I must admit that I did use photoshop to clone out a really bad catchlight.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hedgie and Happy Rain Notepad Covers (several pics) on: December 06, 2007 11:06:33 PM
 Cheesy I just love how these turned out.  I carry a 5" x 8" notepad around in my book bag and I have one on my desk to jot things down on so that I don't forget.  The problem was that when the pads get put in my bags the pages get all bent up.  These covers are my solution. 

I kept the crochet fairly basic to leave the emphasis on the embroidered felt.  The crochet design is my own pattern and I sketched the felt additions out freehand before stitching them and sewing them onto the covers.  The covers close with a simple button and loop closure.












I'd love to hear you comments!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gold and Blue Colorway on: November 13, 2007 09:39:59 PM
Last weekend I was digging through my beads trying to find something to make a cell phone charm out of when I found a couple of containers of mixed beads, which inspired this necklace.




What do you think?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Kawaii Site? on: November 02, 2007 09:53:51 AM
Anyone know of any good sites with typical kawaii images?

Here's what I've found:
http://www.kawaiinot.com/?p=130
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tiny Turtle Amigurumi [edit] on: October 26, 2007 10:25:57 AM
This is my version of the pattern by KristieMN from the Crochetville forums.  This one is made from left over wool and lightly felted. 

..and finally pictures.  Here she is finished with eyes and a smile!  (color most acurate here)


Pre-felting


Post-felting


As always comments are welcome.  Also...

[edit] Thanks for all of the suggestions on crocheting faster.  I don't really think the crocheting is what is time consuming with these litte guys now that I've made another one.  It adds quite a bit of time to stuff and sew them all up just right.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / cabled wristwarmers on: October 15, 2007 11:25:31 AM
These are my version of the cable wristwarmers posted by vanillaxlight.  Thank you so much for the pattern by the way.  I used some plain acrylic for mine so they will match a scarf I made last year. 

I have small hands and short arms so I used a size K hook and left out rows 12-15 (I think).  That makes them 1 twist shorter than hers.  I goofed up the thumb holes too since I didn't skip over a double crochet.  They still work just fine; They're just harder to find.






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