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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sunrise Sunset Baby Blanket on: August 20, 2012 04:16:02 AM
I made this for a friend who had a baby girl.  It's made up of motifs from Coats and Clark's Sunrise Sunset afghan pattern.  It's approximately 3' by 4'.  The yarns used were Caron Simply Soft in White, Soft Pink, and Orchid. 

I added a white border of dc with corners of 3 ch to make each of the squares larger and to keep the finished product light-looking.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined.  The border is made up of sc rows of the three colors with 3 sc in the corners. 

After weaving the tails, I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

Thanks for looking.

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32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Circles to Square-Type Afghan on: August 20, 2012 02:39:39 AM
I made this for a friend's wedding.  It's a king size version of Lion Brand's Circles to Square afghan, using Caron Simply Soft in White, Bone, and Dark Sage.  I chose those colors because green is in my friend and her husband's decor.  The approximate dimensions are about 110" by 100".

The original pattern has three motifs--small, medium, and large.  I made a bunch of only the small and medium motifs and pieced them together in the alternating pattern below.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined.  The border is made up of sc rows of the three colors with 3 sc in the corners. 

After weaving the tails, I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

Here's a funny anecdote about the gift.  I was meeting my friend for dinner and was planning on giving it to her then.  I underestimated how heavy it would be and as I was walking to the subway, the gift bag in which I was carrying the blanket broke under its weight.  I had to rush back to my place to get another container in order to make it to dinner on time.  The only thing suitable that I had was the kind of cardboard box used to store reams of copy paper.  Hence, her wedding gift was given to her unwrapped in and in an Office Depot box.  Classy!  Thankfully, she liked the blanket and overlooked the packaging.

Thanks for looking.

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33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Waldo's Puzzle Baby Blanket on: August 20, 2012 01:57:28 AM
I made this for a friend's son.  It's 12 squares of Waldo's Puzzle made with Caron Simply Soft in White (or equivalent mill ends) and some rainbow pastel yarn I had in my stash from so long ago, I don't know what type it is.  The total dimensions are approximately 3' by 4'.

The middle interlocking rings are made of the pastel yarn and the remainder of the squares are white.  The squares are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined.  I added a three-row border: 1) sc all around with 3 sc in the corners, 2) sc, ch 1, sc, with 3 sc in the corners, and 3) repeat row 1.  I wove a long chain of the pastel thread through the gaps of the second row.  I originally wanted to add a full sc row of the pastel, but I didn't have enough and I really wanted to use up all the pastel yarn (gotta bust that stash!).  It ended up working--the weaving had a really nice effect.

After weaving the tails, I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric to secure the ends.

Thanks for looking.

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34  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: choosing the right size hook for tarn (t-shirt yarn) - Is there a tarn guide? on: August 20, 2012 12:49:30 AM
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Shirts come in different thickness and will affect the outcome.

For this reason, I doubt you'll find standard answers.  I haven't done T-shirt yarn myself, but based on my reading, I think a J hook might work.  Good luck.
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you work from the skein or a ball? on: August 18, 2012 01:23:57 AM
So, if you wind it into a ball, do you pull from the center or outside? Do you still get the yucky collapsible yarn mess if you pull from the middle of the ball?

I pull from the outside.
36  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you work from the skein or a ball? on: August 11, 2012 06:49:10 PM
I start from the skein, but as the skein starts to shrink, sometimes it collapses on itself and gets tangled.  At that point, I'll take a few minutes to unwind and ball the remaining yarn.
37  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: washington dc for dummies on: August 11, 2012 03:43:38 AM
You may want to consider Crafty Bastards, an annual craft fair held by the local alternative weekly paper, the Washington City Paper.  Additionally, this Etsy team focuses on events held in DC, VA, and MD.
38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gifts to have on hand? on: August 10, 2012 06:34:43 PM
Homemade soap and homemade canned foods (jams, jellies, etc.) could work, too.
39  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: July 26, 2012 10:03:13 PM
More crochet as art.  The Smithsonian Institution's Renwick gallery is putting on an exhibition called 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, which showcases important young artists.  One of these is Olek (nee Agata Oleksiak), a 32-year-old Polish crocheter.  Her work "Knitting is for Pus****" is featured; a picture of it is 47th out of the 61 slides in the show. 

KIFP is an installation work in which all surfaces of a studio apartment have been crocheted over.  More pics of this work and her other works are at Olek's Web site.  A couple of works are adult in nature (most aren't).  A portion of her artist statement, taken from her site, is as follows:

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A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable. The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the films I select. I crochet everything that enters my space. Sometimes it's a text message, a medical report, found objects. There is the unraveling, the ephemeral part of my work that never lets me forget about the limited life of the art object and art concept. What do I intend to reveal? You have to pull the end of the yarn and unravel the story behind the crochet.
40  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gifts to have on hand? on: July 25, 2012 11:02:16 PM
Great idea for a thread!  Wine charms and potholders/kitchen cloths (crochet, knit, or quilted) are easy ideas.  I like the coaster idea as well. 
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