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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crochet hook charm... thingies. :) on: March 14, 2012 09:47:00 PM
I finally made some crochet charm thingies! This idea has been puttering around in my head a while, because I'm sick of taking the hook from one project for another project and then going back to the first project later and forgetting which hook I was using. They're not fancy or perfect, but they'll work and I think they look pretty. Cheesy I made two sets for the hooks I use most often, but I plan to make a few extras and probably one each for all the other odd hooks I have.

This is actually my second attempt at making these, the first one I just used cheap beads that I had, and it looked like crap. I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and while wandering around I ended up with a handful of beads and realized they'd be nice for this project. (That place is terrible for me, I go in for one thing and come out with everything.) So far I've just tested them on some spare yarn and they work well for my needs. The clips aren't the greatest, but I couldn't find the right size lobster clasps, but when I get some it will be easy to switch them out if I want to.

Anyway, sorry for all the words. Have a picture!


The colors are actually more pastel than they look here. The contrast messed with the colors. The beads are a mix of white, clear, greens, and blues. Smiley

I wasn't sure where to post this, crochet board? Trinkets? So here it is in misc.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Random finished objects! on: January 27, 2012 04:57:15 AM
I went through a crochet frenzy recently and actually finished a few things. Still have a lot of WIPs, but here's what I finished so far:


Teal hat with butterfly applique. I think the hook was too small for the yarn, because it kind of... puckers? I dunno. It looks fine on though.


I love this hat! It was supposed to be toddler size but I think I made it too big. Just means I have to make another one, but it's a quick project.


Actually finished this a while ago, just didn't add the button closure or weave in ends until the other day.


Frilly pink sweater dress for my Shih-Tzu. I don't have her yet so no modelling.


Another one for the pup. This is smaller so it should fit her right away, for a little while at least. After that... hopefully someone else can use it. Smiley

That's all for now, but I have more that I'll hopefully finish soon. If you want links to the patterns for any of these, let me know! The two dog outfits were made from the same pattern modified by me.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / A few new clothes for my Shih-Tzu! Plus a "closet" on: January 27, 2012 04:46:13 AM
Okay, I don't have her home yet, but I'm adopting a Shih-Tzu puppy in two weeks! So of course long before I get her, I had to start making outfits. I also repurposed an old metal shelf thing to store some of her stuff and her clothes.


"Closet." Please ignore my walls, I need to repaint one day.


I call this the Fancy TARDIS dress. The trim is white, not light blue like it looks.


My first sweater, just happened to be a dog sweater.


This is her fancy pink dress. Might add trim to it, not sure yet.

I can add the patterns if anyone is interested. The two crochet sweater/dresses were made from the same pattern that I altered a bit. Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with eatwarmer pattern. on: January 03, 2012 09:24:35 PM
I'm having trouble with a pattern, and was hoping I could get some help.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snow-trails-ear-warmers

This is the pattern I want to make.

I started, and got to the following part, and my brain kind of shut down. Could someone please explain this to me in super-simple terms? Or point me to a video or photo tutorial that would be good for a beginner?

On wrong side: sl1, p1, knit into the back and front of next stitch, m1f, *p1, k1*,
repeat between * until last two stitches, p2.

The bolded part is the one that's troubling me. I'm sure it's super simple but I just can't get my brain to understand. Or if someone knows a similar pattern for crochet, that would be great.

Thanks in advance!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making knitting and crocheting stitch markers? on: December 27, 2011 09:02:12 PM
I bought some beads and clasps a while back to make little markers to put on crochet projects I put aside, so I can remember what hook I use, but they didn't turn out the greatest. I want to make more, along with some stitch markers and... whatever you call these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/KNIT-PURL-MORE-CHARM-KNITTING-MARKERS-/360191218738?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53dd11d432

What do I need to make these correctly? I have no idea what the hardware I need is, and since I'll be buying online it would help to know what to search for. Basically I need something to put the beads on, clasps for crochet, and... jumprings? for the knitting. Is that right? I have a basic jewellery tool set from Walmart, and a few bits of hardware I've played with but I can't figure out how to make something nice. Any tips would be appreciated!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nook Book Cover :) on: December 27, 2011 10:09:15 AM
I spent a long time looking up fancy covers for my Nook but I couldn't decide what one I wanted, so I made a temporary one that... well, it's been in use 6 months or so. Smiley I'm hoping to make a TARDIS cover one day, but in the meantime this works well.


Front.


Inside, with flash.


No flash.


View of the bottom.

I made this using an old book from a library book sale. It was so hard to actually start breaking down the book. I hate destroying them, haha. But it had illustrations in it that I wanted to use for another project so I just said "Suck it up!" and went at it. The inside is a flannel fabric I got from the remnant bin at Walmart. I covered plastic canvas in the fabric with some glue, and then stitched all along the edges to give it a cuter (to me anyway) look. Then I glued the fabric wrapped pieces to the book, after adding elastic to one of them.

It's not perfect and probably not good for protecting it from bumps and stuff, but since it just sits on my nightstand or around the house, that's all I need. I'll probably make another one out of a thinner book once I find one, or maybe just go ahead and make the TARDIS case.

Thanks for looking!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Fabric sample books; cleaning? on: December 17, 2011 03:51:48 AM
So I bought a couple old upholstery sample books from Goodwill, and I want to use the fabric for crafty things of course. But this question isn't so much "what can I do with this" as it is "how can I make this useable"

The samples all have paper glued to the back of each one, and they're all dry clean only. I've never worked with samples before, so I dunno how to get the paper off. I was hoping I could peel it, but it still left a glue residue. How can I get it off without ruining the fabric? Most of it is typical heavy duty fabric, but some is lighter and more delicate.

Thanks in advance!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Where do I start? / Beginner skirt tutorial? on: May 16, 2011 01:52:30 PM
I'm a very novice sewer, most of what I do is experimental. I'd like to start making clothes, but I have no idea where to start. Should I purchase some plus size patterns? If so, any recommendations? Or should I try and come up with something on my own? I bought some nice fabric at Goodwill that I want to use for a skirt, that way if it gets messed up, at least I didn't spend a whole lot. Any suggestions on a simple skirt tutorial / pattern? I've never used a sewing pattern before so the simpler the better.

Also, what types of clothing would be easiest to start with? I figured simple skirts and shirts and then try more advanced styles until I know what I'm doing.

Thanks!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / To scrap, or not to scrap? Help me decide! on: March 12, 2011 01:20:44 AM
I started this afghan for my hubby-to-be, and as I was working on it, I was oblivious to the fact that the squares are HUGE. I thought they were looking a little off but figured it would come together in the end. Well, I'm 18 out of 30 squares in, and... I hate it. I absolutely hate it. I'll pick it up and do a few stitches, and have to put it down because it angers me. Sad I've done so much on it, I don't want to start over... but I don't think I'll ever finish. To motivate me to finish, I put together a row... and still hated it. If I do scrap it, I think I'm going to use the same yarn and just make a stripe or ripple afghan.

This is the pattern, for the curious. If you want to make it, for the love of all that is delicious in the world, read the comments like I did not do. Use a smaller hook. Or bulkier yarn.

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/20124AD.html

Thanks for any help or advice!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I forgot what hook I was using :( on: February 28, 2011 06:44:42 PM
Kind of a dumb question, but I started a rainbow ripple afghan two-ish years ago, and then I stopped to work on another project, and another, and another. I recently dug it up and want to finish it, but I don't know what hook I used. I didn't use a pattern so I can't look it up. Is there any tricks to figuring it out, or just trial and error?

To prevent this from happening again, I'm in the process of making some numbered and lettered clips to attach to my WIPs.
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