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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Past "My-Way Afghans" on: October 29, 2006 11:40:37 PM
Just so you guys don't think all my work turns out like something a first grader gives to their grandparent, here are pics of two of my past ghans:

For my ex's cousin's graduation (her fave color is pink).  It was my first time doing front and back post work.  After the two rows, it made me really pause and wonder if I *really* want to do a "basketweave" blanket.  That's a tedious stitch!



My fave was a blanket that I did for my friend that takes care of my horse in Colorado.  Her fave color, like mine, is dark purple.  I used worsted weight purple and white, then to add a difference in texture and contrast in color, I put in Simply Soft teal.  It was really neat how it turned out--the pictures, taken with a camera phone, don't do it justice.  I met up with my brother unexpectedly and showed him the blanket.  He and his girlfriend (now wife) fell in love with it, so I gave it to them and told myself I would make another one for the friend in Colorado.  I haven't gotten around to making another  Undecided  One of these days...

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Finally Done With "My-Way Afghan" on: October 29, 2006 11:25:09 PM
I call them "My-Way Afghans" because there is no pattern I use.  I just start and go with the flow.  This one isn't the best Sad  To me it resembles something a 1st grader would have put together.  Good thing the guy I made it for has known me since I was in 1st grade and most the time still treats me as though I were 6 years-old.  Another plus is that the blanket does fold into a neatly folded piece and hides the quirky parts...not that it will probably ever be folded with him, most likely it will end up wadded up and thrown in a corner unless he's using it to cover up with.  Either way, it works out well. 

It's all done in Simply soft.  I crocheted pretty loosely; it didn't help that I made the top piece and the two sides and then filled in the center.  <shrug>  As I said, he won't notice anyway.  When I give it to him, it will be like a child handing a drawing to their grandparent to put on the fridge--no matter what it is, it gets put on the fridge.  What's the saying?  "It's built for comfort"?  Personally, I think it's a great one to snuggle up with on the couch. 

Anyway...not very impressive, but it's huge and I *finally* finished it.  I was so sick of it by the end that I only did a single stitch in black for the border. 

P.S.  I won't tell him, but it's also like a piece of art in that it sorta has a meaning.  The colors were chosen because he told me his fave colors were teal and red because they were my fave colors.  I used that, along with the black, that is actually what he tried to say his fave color was until I told him that wasn't a color, it was all the colors put together.  The stripes signify his and my relationship and how it goes through thick and thin times.

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Original Patterns (graphs) -- Consign or Sell Outright to someone else? on: October 29, 2006 06:05:12 PM
I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on a new idea I had.  I love working with graphs, and make a lot of my own.  I sometimes use a graphing software, but I usually end up piecing the works together to complete something new. 

Anyway...
I was wondering if there is someone that I could consign the patterns to that would take a part of the proceeds for advertising and other costs involved with marketing; or would there be someone that I could just completely sell the patterns to for a lump sum and they would get all rights to the pattern?  Which would be the better option?  If I sell it outright, what would be a fair price--to both me and the buyer.

Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

Mali
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Costumes From the Past on: October 29, 2006 02:56:45 PM
Hiya!

I saw the 2006 Costume Contest and wanted to submit some pictures, but they are from the past, so I can't do that.  I most likely won't get to do Halloween this year, since I'll be on the truck with a load of cows somewhere.  

Halloween used to be a big deal when I was young.  My mom was *very* crafty...the woman made *everything* and that included the Halloween costumes.  Some of the costumes were "normal," like the year (1987 or 1988) she was pregnant with my little sister and made the Pumpkin outfit for me and then she wore it with no stuffing, riding on the back of the Harley down Main Street.  We had a strict rule (unspoken until later years) that costumes had to be created, they couldn't be bought...they just seemed more effective if we made them.

Here was my little sister in the costume a year or so after my mom and I wore it...


Anyway, I won a bunch of costume contests the year I went as a Coke Can.



I don't recall the year we were dogs (at least I was a dog, I think she was a dog, too), but I have pictures:



Then my sister was the butterfly and I was the light bulb (sorry the pictures are so dark, and it only shows the top of the lightbulb--the bottom was cardboard painted metallic silver and had black stripes for the thread).




A costume I put together when I was 16 was a Peter Pan.  Never got pictures, but it was a cool costume.

Also, my mom did costumes for my little sister (now 18 years-old).  When she was little-little, she got to be a scarecrow:


I thought she was adorable as the ladybug.  


How about the tiger?


I had a picture of her in her pink fairy/pink riding hood (Im not sure what it was supposed to be, it had a pink cape), but I cant find the picture.

I just recently got copies of the pictures, I hadn't had access to them for over 10 years, so I was all excited Smiley

When I was in 5th or 6th grade, and we lived in Maine, my mom's best friend went as Aunt Jemima (spelling)--the syrup lady.  Just for kicks, here's the pics!



I just wanted to share because I hadn't got to before Smiley


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