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11  Meta blanket - continuous join-as-you-go in Crochet: Completed Projects by fantasticmio on: May 20, 2014 08:29:44 AM
Recently I taught a class at my crochet guild on the continuous join-as-you-go technique I used for my Craftster Anniversary Challenge entry a while back.

During the class, we took four squares and joined them together.  This gave us, essentially, a bigger square.  I wanted to offer the class things they could do with their class samples.  I explained how they could continue on to make a bigger blanket, but I also suggested that you could take these bigger squares and use the technique again to join them all together.

I decided to try that last one, and this was the result.



Well, the middle part is the result.  I cut the yarn and wove the ends in after doing three rounds of edging, but after laying it out, I thought it might be too small.

I counted the groups of dc stitches around the outside and found there was 29 of them.  I don't know why I keep running into prime numbers... they're becoming a real pain in the butt. :-P

I decided that if I added one more round, I'd have 30, which meant I could do three-round squares around the edge.  Since I had that extra round to do anyway, and I wanted the project to portable, I did the three-round square ring separately, joining them as I went.  Then I joined that ring of squares to the main blanket while adding that extra round I needed.  Then I did four more rounds of edging.

I'm going to send this blanket off to Neighbour To Neighbour's layette program.



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12  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: May 12, 2014 10:05:44 AM
I just can't seem to get enough of this Spiral Hex pattern!



My mom is coming to visit on Wednesday and she'll take these when she leaves to donate to charity. :-)
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13  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: May 07, 2014 05:58:17 AM
A scrap-ghan!


IMG_20140506_183215 by fantasticmio, on Flickr
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14  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: April 11, 2014 08:29:01 AM
Hey look, a baby blanket!

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15  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: March 17, 2014 07:13:38 AM
It's laundry day!


IMG4584.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

It's already making this chore a bit more palatable! :-)
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16  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: March 16, 2014 08:46:20 AM
My parents came to visit on Friday and mom brought this pattern with her, asking if I could make a yellow rose with it for her (it's the symbol of her sorority and she wanted one to decorate a Secret Sister gift).

She was surprised (not sure why) when I whipped this up while they were here:


yellow rose by fantasticmio, on Flickr

If you try it, ch45 for the large rose.

Anyhow, it was fun and easy to make and seeing the flower made me feel a bit better, so I decided to whip up a bunch that I'll then leave down in the laundry room of our building with a note that says something
Iike "take one to tide you over until the real flowers get here!" or something.

Anyhow, this is what I made yesterday:

flowers! by fantasticmio, on Flickr
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17  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: March 11, 2014 08:58:48 AM
I've used up my Loops & Threads Charisma stash! Yay!  Well, ok, I still need to figure out what to do with the scraps, but still...

I've posted most of the hats made this way already, so here are the last five, which are new this month:

IMG4557.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

Which brings the total of these hats up to 52, so, here are 52 scarves to go with them!  (The scarves were also made this month!)

IMG4526.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

Here they are all paired up and ready to go:

IMG4558.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr
The scarves have been folded in thirds and put as neatly as possible inside the hats (which have had their brims un-folded). so as to fit as many as possible into boxes.

My parents are coming to visit on Friday and will be taking my finished hat/scarf sets home with them (they have waaaay more space to store these!), and will pass them along to the charity in the fall when they start collecting again.
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18  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: March 05, 2014 08:52:29 AM
I finished the scarves for all of those colourful hats!  *mio dances a jig*


IMG4521.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

Black scarves:

IMG4522.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

Wine scarves:

IMG4523.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

And everyone's favourite: miscellaneous!

IMG4524.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr


The hats were made on a round knitting loom, but these scarves were crocheted with a very large hook, using the Tunisian Knit Stitch to kind of match the twisted knit stitch I was getting from the loom (and since I crocheted them, they worked up so very much faster than if I had made them on the loom.  They say you can't make a crochet machine, but my parents would beg to differ. Tongue)
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19  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: March 02, 2014 05:45:35 PM
Hats! 

6 colours in the hat at the top, and 5 colours in the two below it:

IMG4511.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr


These each have 4 colours in them:

IMG4512.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

And these two pics show all of the ones with 3 colours in them:

IMG4513.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr


IMG4514.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

All for Little Hats That Grew!  Well, just as soon as I've made the matching scarves for them. ^_^
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20  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by fantasticmio on: February 26, 2014 05:50:04 PM
My dad gave me my first sewing lesson today!  We were using an older machine that hadn't been used in a while, so I learned how to take off all of the covers, where to oil, where to grease, and how to put it back together again.  Then how to wind a bobbin and put it in and how to thread the machine, and get it all set up.

He had a couple of old towels that he wanted to make smaller to use to clean the car, so we cut them in half and I tried different ways to hem them.  Keep in mind, we used only dressmaker shears (no rotary cutters, no rulers, no pins...) because we were just making rags, really.

Oh, and part way through, I learned how to clear up a tangle with the bobbin (though, I'm still not clear on what caused them...).  Basically, once I got going, dad left to go fix the neighbour's furnace and I made, basically, four of these:


IMG4497.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

(Terribly exciting, I know!)

Here's a close up of my hems, the first one is on the right, the second is to the left of that, with the last one on the far left:


IMG4499.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

So, I started with doing a zigzag stitch near the end (far right hem).  Then I tried folding it over and straight stitching (second from the right).  Then I tried folding over and using the zigzag (second from the left).  Then it occurred to me that I should stop yanking the fabric through so I tried the zigzag again (with slightly wider zigs, I think), and tried not to pull it and just let the machine to the work (left-most).

Not bad, if I do say so myself!

ETA: When dad got home from the neighbours, he then showed me how much better his sewing machine was than mine. What a braggart! Tongue
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