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301  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fantasticmio on: August 01, 2009 02:05:45 PM
Just a teaser pic.  These are the ends I cut off (after weaving in) of ONE motif I've made:

There's 30!!

Whose nutty idea was it to have a "made up of smaller motifs" motif???

 Wink Cheesy
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302  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fantasticmio on: July 25, 2009 06:33:17 PM
I received from Slingmomma, and she did such a fantastic job; she really outdid herself!

Here are the pics:

Sender's choice:

Animal, flower, front post dc:

In the round, heritage, flower, complimentary colours, and 2 tiny motifs

I'm simply blown away.  Her work is beautiful, and there's just so many!  I can't wait to get the blanket I'm making put together, I think it will be stunning!

Thanks Slingmomma!
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303  Diet Coke bottle cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by fantasticmio on: July 07, 2009 07:30:29 AM
I bring yarn and hooks with me almost everywhere.  You never know when you might have to wait or you might get struck with inspiration!  The other day, when I got to work and was pulling my lunch out of my bag I noticed that my yarn was wet.  Not a huge deal, as it was acrylic and it dried quickly, but still rather annoying.

The culprit? My Diet Coke.  Normally I drink pop in cans, but at my work we are not allowed to have open containers of liquid near our workspace (I work with really old books and expensive computer equipment) and bottled drinks need to live on the floor.  (I work in a very dark environment too... this will be important later!)

Well, I'm home today due to my bum knee acting up again, and am kind of stuck in my chair.  I felt like crocheting something and the closest yarn to me was the Bernat Handicrafter Cotton I was using yesterday to make dishcloths.  I had lots of odds and ends, especially of bright colours, and so my Diet Coke cozy was born:

With those crazy colours there's no way my drink will get lost on the dark floor in the dim room!

The back:

The top:

At the top of the cozy I did a round of mesh, basically *dc, ch1 (skip a stitch)* repeat, to make holes to weave in a bit of a drawstring.  The drawstring itself is mostly just 1 sc in each base chain, except on the ends I did 2 sc in each base chain, to add a bit of a twist.

The bottom:

The bottom is actually a circle (the shape of the bottom of the bottle makes it look a bit like a wonky-pentagon). 12 dc, followed by 24 dc, then a round of sc in the pattern of *sc, sc, 2sc* repeat

I tried to get a close up of the stitch pattern in this pic:

After a round of 1 dc per stitch in the base, I started a pattern of *dc sc* repeat, and in the following row *sc dc* repeat, so that sc goes into a dc and dc goes into a sc.

I made the mistake of measuring this as I went with a bottle of Diet Coke I was actually drinking, which means that the sides of the bottle were sweating, and it made the yarn wet every time.  Crocheting with wet yarn kind of sucks! (Which, if you'll recall, was one of the major motivators for making this project...).  I finally got wise after a few rounds and found an empty bottle nearby (What? We're in the middle of a garbage strike here.  Of *course* there was an empty drink bottle next to my chair. lol)

Here it is empty:

I'm going to have to make another one of these, as I usually have two bottles with me.  I'm thinking of doing some sort of spiral pattern...
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304  3 colour tunisian blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by fantasticmio on: June 17, 2009 07:17:25 AM
Mr.fantastic's sister found this tutorial for using three colours of yarn while doing Tunisian crochet.

I tried it using some plain scraps of Bernat Satin I had kicking around and found the technique wonderfully addictive!

In my rush out the door to work one day, I grabbed three balls of Bernat Boucle Stripes and a 9mm tunisian hook, and hoped for the best.

Here's the best over-all pic I could get:

This picture gives a better idea of the colours (front view) :

And the back:

I can't wait to make another one of these!
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305  Re: I need help making a pattern in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by fantasticmio on: June 15, 2009 08:19:07 AM
Here's how I made hexagons:

ch 3
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join with a slst to the top of the ch3
Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc into base of that ch, 2dc in each st, join. (24 stitches)
Rnd 3: ch 2 (counts as a dc), 2 dc into base of that ch, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *3dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat until you get all the way around, join (36 stitches, 6 3dc groups evenly spaced).

For all following rounds: 3dc in the middle st of the 3dc group of the previous round, 1 dc in all other stitches. Each round the stitch count increases by 12.

For the coloured lines, I'd probably crochet those separately and then sew them on.

Here's a blanket I made using that pattern:

I did a round of sc as a border on each of them, but mostly only because the game the blanket is based on has a thin border around each of the hexes.
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306  Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by fantasticmio on: June 11, 2009 02:02:28 PM
I received today from fochaux!  (Aren't I lucky? That's 2 swap packages in as many days!)

Unfortunately it's quite grey out there right now and it looks like the sky is going to open up and drown us any minute now, so we're going to have to stick with just an indoor pic today:

Thank you fochaux!

The lovely neutral colours gave me the most *amazing* idea for what to do with these!  I think I mentioned before that I was planning on using the GD's as fillers between the larger motifs I got in the Amazing Motif Swap... and I know I mentioned in my last post that mr.fantastic doesn't like a lot of colour, but I do.  Here's the idea: I'm going to make a blanket using the motifs and GDs but put all of the colourful ones on one side and the neutral ones on the other.  Then it can go on our bed!

I can't wait to get started!! (But boy, am I ever going to need more motifs!)

Anyhow, if we ever have a nice day again here in Toronto, I'll try to get an outside shot that shows the colour better, though, this pic isn't that far off, really. ^_^

Thanks again!

I'm just 11 shy of my goal, so I'll be finished tonight and mailing out tomorrow after work.  Smiley
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307  Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by fantasticmio on: June 10, 2009 02:18:08 PM
I received from Disco Queen Highness today!

Here is the crappy indoor pic:

And a pretty outdoor shot of each colour:

I'm having a hard time picking a favourite.  I just love the bright colours! (Those light green ones are quite neon!), but the more muted white/blue/pink ones are really pretty, too.

One thing is certain, I'm going to LOVE the blanket I make with these, and mr.fantastic is going to hate it. (I swear, I'll get that man loving colours eventually!)

Thank you so much!
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308  Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by fantasticmio on: June 09, 2009 04:21:16 PM
I have a definitive answer on the "to chain or not to chain" question as it applies to Granny's Daughter squares:

Or to put it in words: I dunno.

The one on the left uses a turning chain, the one on the right uses the no-turning-chain technique.  Each is located in the top cluster, the right-most stitch.

In person you can tell the difference, but you have to look for it.  I think it would be more prominent in a lighter coloured yarn, but I don't have any within reach of my chair right now. ^_-

In more swap-related news: I have two more GD's done! ^_-

ETA: apparently I don't know my right from left!
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309  how do I sew on details and should I add a border? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by fantasticmio on: June 02, 2009 12:14:13 PM
Ok, I made another Settlers of Catan blanket:

Two questions:

First, I want to add numbers to those cream-coloured circles in the middle of the hexes.  I tried sewing a 3 on one of them and didn't like how it turned out at *all*.  I used two strands of the yarn and when I came up with the needle I went in between the strands and it made a kind of chain-like stitch.  It was fine until I finished making the number and found that there was no where to weave in the end... help!

Second, do you think this needs a border?  To stay true to the game, no border is needed, but as far as blankets go, well, I like borders. lol  I'm waffling between leaving it (I don't like that option), adding a backwards-sc border (I think that will make it look finished without adding too much to the size), or adding a dc border or something similar (the blanket is currently about 5' - 5'6" wide, depending on where you measure it).  Thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
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310  Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) in Discussion and Questions by fantasticmio on: May 19, 2009 03:57:39 PM
My sister-in-law bought a Cricut machine.  Therefore, my brother is now doing this:

That's going to house the Cricut machine.  I'm so jealous!
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