I spent most of the month trying to figure out what to make. I wanted to make something useful and pretty... then I remembered where I'd be shopping!
I ended up buying *exactly* $10 USD in materials (the exchange that day came to $10.1794 CAD... my receipt shows my purchase, including tax, to be $10.17. Woo!) In the end, though, I only used about $5.65 CAD worth.
Because I want the finished product to appear on the front page, I'll post it first:
It's a garbage can that clashes terribly with my home decor, so I'm going to take it to work and use it there. I think it'll liven the place up!
Here's what I started with:
That's a wire mesh basket (quite flimsy!), and a bunch of crazy-ugly plastic place mats. (Though, they don't look that bad in the pics....)
Close-up of the place mats:
Cutting the place mats:
Close-up of the weave:
View of the inside. I cut two circles of the yellow, ran them through my Xyron machine to make them sticky (only because I couldn't find my Tacky glue) and pasted one on the inside of the basket, and one on the outside of the bottom.: (you are getting sleeeeeeeepy.....)
I really like how it all turned out. It's quite bright and cheerful-looking. *Much* nicer than I'd expected when I first saw the place mats. (I almost didn't even buy them!)
I just love making these. They're easy to do, and look really neat!
You need a Styrofoam ball (the fuzzy-looking ones, not the smooth ones), a bunch of fabric, and a butter knife. Cut pieces of fabric, no bigger than 2 inches across, I'd say, then lay the piece of fabric on the Styrofoam ball and use the knife to push the edges down into the ball (I usually push down on the fabric about 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch from the edge. As you go, cut more fabric pieces in different shapes, just eye-balling what you need to fill the remaining spaces.
I added the ribbon to hang them by using a straight pin. I pushed the pin through the two ends of the ribbon, added some Tacky glue on the pin, then pushed it into one of the valleys between fabric pieces. They hold pretty well.
They don't make good toys for little kids - it'd be really easy for a kid to pull the yarn out - but I find that older kids like them, as do adults (I know *I* do!). I've made lots of these over the years, but didn't think to take pictures of them all!
Here's the one I made for myself:
Bird's eye view:
(Yes, that is a crescent moon on her forehead. Hello, my name is Becky, and I'm a Sailormoon-aholic.)
The book isn't too bad as far as pattern books go. There's a pattern for some little yarn birds that are pretty cute, and I still want to try making that basket on the front. Other patterns inside might appeal to lots of folks on Craftster, though there are some in there that made me scratch my head. At any rate, it was well worth the money for me for the cat pattern alone.
I love rainbows, and I thought this one looked pretty neat in the picture. It turns out that it was even cooler than I thought. This is the pattern that go me into using the Bernat Baby Co-ordinates yarn, and using it two-stranded, and "blending" colours that way. (It occurs to me... I use an awful lot of Bernat yarn... I should get some stock in them, or something. lol)
Since the blanket was for me, naturally the original pattern wasn't big enough, so I just kept going until it was big enough. If I were to do it again, I think I'd make the coloured stripes wider towards the outside, but oh well. ^_^
Here it is on my old twin-sized bed:
ETA: here's a close up of the stitches. I've pointed out where the colour changes are: P= purple, B=blue, G=green
I made an afghan for my mom for Christmas two years ago. I thought I should post more pictures of things I made, so here it is, sorta. I only have a picture of one octagon from the afghan. I'm planning on making one for myself, but with purple flowers instead. The original pattern has pink ones.
It uses Bernat Satin yarn, which I absolutely love working with. It's so soft, and easy to use. Yay!
Here's the pic:
(sorry about how dark it is... not sure why I didn't use the flash...)
ETA: I e-mailed my parents and asked for a pic of the finished blanket. Here it is!:
P.S. if you are going to try this pattern my best advice is to count your petals before you continue on. If you look carefully at that pic, you'll see that one of the "octagons" in the bottom row only has 7 sides. (That made piecing it together an adventure, let me tell you! It wasn't until after I had it all together and had given it to mom when we noticed that it only had 7 petals. Oops! At least she has an original, right? lol
A friend of mine turned me on to how to make these. There's no pattern, really. You just take a non-straight yarn (I used Bernat Boucle); do a couple of chains, join them together, then use dc's, increasing from the toe, then continuing in a tube until you reach where your foot meets your leg on the top, after that, just crochet in a kind of U shape until you reach your heel. Tie off, then use the tail from that to sew up the back. I just keep putting it on as I go to see how many more rows I need.
I did find with the Boucle yarn (or maybe it's just the pattern, or the nature of crochet) that it stretches a lot, so when I was "measuring" it I tried to pull it on my foot as tightly as I could. Doing that seems to make them last a bit longer.
Here are some pics!
(yes, I have gigantic amazon feet... size 11 women's, woo!)
I found a package of five plastic party leis at the dollar store when I was shopping for the Dollar Store challenge. I bought a pack thinking I might use them for my challenge entry, but it turns out I didn't need them.
In true Craftster style, I wanted to know how they were made, hoping that it was one long piece of plastic scrunched up, so I cut the string on one to find out. It turns out, this is exactly the case! So, I'm crocheting with it. Here's a preliminary pic:
Once I've used up the entire orange lei I'll post another pic to give an idea of how much plastic is in one of these.
It seems to me to be an excellent (and cheap!) way to add colour to a crocheted (or knitted, or other) projects made out of plastic bags. The plastic is 2 inches wide.
What if we had a challenge where you had a certain budget, but had to send a non-crafty person (who hasn't been prepped on what crafty things you can do) to the craft store to get you the supplies. The challenge is to see what you can make out of those items.
(I think I'd agree with the original post, though... this might be *too* challenging)
To make a long story short: I fell on the ice on Feb. 11th while walking to work and managed to sustain a rotator cuff injury in my right shoulder. Boy, has my life been boring since! No crafting, no music making, barely any typing. You know there's something wrong with the world when the most exciting thing in my life is my *job*.
Well, I'm slowly getting back into crafting (though, my shoulder reminds me when it thinks I'm over-doing it).
I finished off a baby blanket that I started ages ago at my parents' house, and when I was spreading it out to take a picture I learned a valuable lesson: never do drugs and crochet. When I started up with the blanket again I was on my first weekend on the Tramacet. The pattern that apparently started out as "four rows of each colour" turned into "three rows of each colour" (this is after *counting* them). And at the time I remember wondering why I had to add two more colours to make it long enough. Hmm...
So, here's a picture. This is the first baby blanket of many that is going to Neighbour To Neighbour's layette program in Hamilton, Ontario. They're giving layette sets to poor new mothers. I just love this yarn! It's Bernat Baby Co-ordinates, used with two strands.