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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / "crochet" facebook follow button on: December 15, 2011 09:40:41 PM
This isn't crochet, but it's crochet related & I wanted to share it.

I couldn't find a facebook button for my crochet/crafting blog I liked, so I decided to make one.  I couldn't find a crochet font, so I cheated with a knit font I found.  http://www.fontspace.com/honey-and-death/knitfont  The font I used is free for personal, non-commercial use so please consider that if you want to use this for your own blog/whatever.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Making paper with fibers that will go through an inkjet printer on: November 30, 2011 05:58:17 PM
So I had an idea tonight for making my own paper for tags for my items for sale.  I started out using recycled paper pages from an earthy magazine & sharpies, but moved to printing nicer tags out on regular paper.  Now I want to combine the two to still use recycled paper, but with the printed images & information on them.

So I thought I could use newspaper & whatnot old papers to make my own paper to print on, & since most of my stuff is crochet I would like to add the bits of cut yarn I collect during projects to the mix.

So (why break a perfectly good pattern?) any advice for making paper that will work in an inkjet paper?  I guess it needs to be light colored for the printing to show up.  What things should I keep in mind?  for color?  texture?  printability?  feedability?  material ideas?  I have a standard home printer.

Thanks!  I have never made paper before, but I have seen many diy shows on it & have considered the idea for years.  Just never had a good enough reason to go through all that trouble:)  I'm pretty lazy for the most part.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Freakishly uncomfortable chair - how do I fix it? on: November 21, 2011 02:27:09 AM
So I found this lovely bamboo chair someone was throwing out.  It was structurally sounds & otherwise in good condition, but the seat was ugly & had some water damage.  I took apart the old seat, gave it a new foam pad, two layers of batting, & some lovely fabric.  I also painted the frame.  I love the way it looks now, but I have discovered it is painful to sit in for more than 5mins.  It was intended to be my desk chair, which I am very much in need of. Sad

I have considered replacing the plywood bottom with webbing, but there isn't anywhere around here that sells it.  Plus, I really don't have any more money to spend on it now.  I have read of people using duct tape to fix those strappy lawn chairs.  Anyone have any experience with that?  Think it might be a good idea?  I have white duct tape, so it wouldn't be too hideous if it showed.

Here's the chair as it is now.  The seat pad is held in by L-brackets.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / small ruffly purse *now with pattern added* on: August 18, 2009 01:57:05 PM
i made this purse out of some leftover yarns i had, pink & a variegated pastel.  it was pretty simple, but the ruffle was tedious.




c&c welcome. Smiley  if anyone is interested i wrote up what i did & would be glad to share it.

per request:

Little Ruffled Girly-Girl Purse

Supplies: 1sk worsted MC (for body of purse), 1sk worsted AC (for ruffle), 1 button about 5/8 (or the size to fit between your stitch), H hook

Gauge: we dont need no stinkin gauge!  (just make sure you work even enough for your front & back to match.)

Front
Ch 19 in MC
R1.  HD in 3rd chain from hook, 17 more HD across.  18 HD completed.
R2.  Ch 2, turn, HD, 2HD in 3rd st, HD in next 6 st, 2HD, HD in next 5 st, 2HD, HD in last 2 st.  21 HD completed.
R3.  Ch 2, turn, HD, 2HD in 3rd st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 8th st, HD in next 5 st, 2HD in 14th st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 19th st, HD in last 2 st.  25 HD completed.
R4.  Ch 2, turn, HD, 2HD in 3rd st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 8th st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 13th st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 18th st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 23 st, HD in last 2 st.  30 HD completed.
R5.  Ch 2, turn, HD across even.  30 HD completed.
R6.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 9th & 10th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 15th & 16th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 21st & 22nd st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 27th & 28th st, HD in last 2 st.  25 HD completed.
R7.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 9th & 10th st, HD in next 5 st, HD Dec in 16th & 17th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 22nd & 23rd st, HD in last 2 st.  21 HD completed.
R8.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 6 st, HD Dec in 11th & 12th st, HD in next 5 st, HD Dec in 18th & 19th st, HD in last 2 st.  18 HD completed.
R9.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 10 st, HD Dec in 15th & 16th st, HD in last 2 st.  16 HD completed.


Back
Ch 19 in MC
R1.  HD in 3rd chain from hook, 17 more HD across.  18 HD completed.
R2.  Ch 2, turn, HD, 2HD in 3rd st, HD in next 6 st, 2HD, HD in next 5 st, 2HD, HD in last 2 st.  21 HD completed.
R3.  Ch 2, turn, HD, 2HD in 3rd st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 8th st, HD in next 5 st, 2HD in 14th st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 19th st, HD in last 2 st.  25 HD completed.
R4.  Ch 2, turn, HD, 2HD in 3rd st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 8th st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 13th st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 18th st, HD in next 4 st, 2HD in 23 st, HD in last 2 st.  30 HD completed.
R5.  Ch 2, turn, HD across even.  30 HD completed.
R6.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 9th & 10th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 15th & 16th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 21st & 22nd st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 27th & 28th st, HD in last 2 st.  25 HD completed.
R7.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 9th & 10th st, HD in next 5 st, HD Dec in 16th & 17th st, HD in next 4 st, HD Dec in 22nd & 23rd st, HD in last 2 st.  21 HD completed.
R8.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 6 st, HD Dec in 11th & 12th st, HD in next 5 st, HD Dec in 18th & 19th st, HD in last 2 st.  18 HD completed.
R9.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 10 st, HD Dec in 15th & 16th st, HD in last 2 st.  16 HD completed.
R10-11.  Ch 2, turn, HD across even.  16 HD completed.
R12.  Ch 2, turn, HD, HD Dec in 3rd & 4th st, HD in next 8 st, HD Dec in 13th & 14th st, HD in last 2 st.  14 HD completed.
R13.  Ch 2, turn, HD in next 6 st, HD Dec in 7th & 8th st, HD in last 6 st.  13 HD completed.
R14.  Ch 2, turn, HD in next 5 st, HD Dec in 7th & 8th st, HD in last 5 st.  12 HD completed.
R15.  Turn & Sl St in 1st st (This is your first stitch for this row.  Do not chain.), HD Dec in next 2 st, HD in next 6 st, HD Dec in next 2 st, Sl St in final stitch & turn.  8 HD completed.
R16.  Turn & Sl St in 1st st (This is your first stitch for this row.  Do not chain.), HD Dec in next 2 st, HD in next 2 st, HD Dec in next 2 st, Sl St in final stitch & turn.  4 HD completed.

Joining & Ruffle
Line up front & back at the bottoms.
Starting at the top right corner of the front where the sides meet, begin SC around joining both sides using AC.
When you get to the top of the left front side, continue SC around the top of the back.  This will be the flap.
When you get back to where you start Skiing, join & Chain 1.
2SC in each st around to the flap, then 1 SC in each stitch around the flap.  Join & Ch 2.
3HD in each st around to the flap, then 2HD around to the start & join.
The changes on the flap make it less ruffled.

Button
Decide where on the Front you want your button & sew it on (or however your particular button attaches).  It will be fastened through the space between the stitches on your flap.

Voila!  Enjoy:~)


i would love to see what you come up with if you make this, & would especially love any feedback on my pattern writing skills.  I tried to make it clear without being overly complicated.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / paper flower hairpins on: August 17, 2009 10:27:48 PM
i made some hairpins from scrapbooking flowers & brads tonight.  i'm very pleased with how they turned out, just not so much the crappy pics. Undecided

pink & silver:


gold & orange:
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / craft displays on: August 17, 2009 05:14:01 PM
since i started selling at a local art market, i crochet with a side of random, i needed displays.  since i had no budget for such, i made some with things i found around the house.  luckily one of my roommates has an amazon.com habit, so plenty of cardboard & packing materials.




these 2 are made from cardboard, thin sheets of foam, brown paper, a cut up natural awakenings magazine, & sharpy.  i am no artist, but am pleased with my work. Wink  they had cardboard stands on the back, but today i replaced those with wood for added weight & stability.



the 'vases' are made from cans, brown paper, some heavy twine, & a little red curling ribbon.  the flowers are made from the front & back covers of the natural awakenings (for color), some wooden dowels painted green, buttons, & some denim scraps.  on the bottom are some wooden knobs to add height to the flowers.


& this is Lydia Mitzi Cardboard-Lady.  she is just 2 pieces of cardboard cut out & the head is glued together.  the body splits so she will stand up.  she also got a wood base today.  a small, unfolded strip of cardboard was added to the back side of the neck for stability since it was on a fold (she is cut from the opened sides of a box - heads = short sides, body = long).

i use t-pins to stick stuff on them, & hang earrings & hair pins from the cans.  i am very pleased with them.  they work very well.  i'd love to hear your thoughts. Smiley

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / solomon's knot stitch on: August 17, 2009 04:12:16 PM
i tried the solomon's knot with ok results.  i checked out several different tutorials online, but still don't think mine turned out just right.



two issues:
1. how do i get neater knots?  is it because of the ribbon style yarn i used?  overall it looked fine, but not only did the knots not look as neat as i'd like but the diamonds would snag & shift around.
2. my sides came out shorter than the middle.  how should i be doing my turns at the end of rows to get a nice rectangle?

if anyone has any input, or can point me to a good tutorial, online or in a book, i'd be grateful.  i really like the stitch & want to use it again.  i just want it to be neater.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / solomon stitch capelet on: August 16, 2009 11:30:16 PM
i finally tried my hand at the solomon stitch.  it turned out ok.  i used a ribbon style yarn, & the draw string is just a black chain.  i only have my web cam, so hard to get pics of this, but here is a pic of it on my cardboard display lady, Lydia, curtesy of someone's camera phone.



here's a close-up showing the stitch & the yarn:


i also crocheted the headband on her.  it is white acrylic with a flower made from the same ribbon yarn as the capelet.  the necklace was crocheted with bamboo thread & has large, flat shell beads worked into it.

hope you like it. Smiley wish i had better pics of it.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / fluffy uberlop:~) on: July 27, 2009 11:22:29 PM
my friend & i are both rabbit lovers, so for his b'day i made him a fluffy bunny with huge floppy ears.  he loved it! Grin  i tried to embroider him a little pink nose, but i apparently suck at that so he got a button nose instead. Roll Eyes  the yarn was some remnant yarn from my stash, so i'm not sure what it was.



thanks for looking! Wink
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / i made a cupcake hat! on: July 24, 2009 08:38:24 AM
it started out as an exercise in the puff stitch, but i ran out of the variegated yarn about halfway through, so it morphed into a cupcake with the yellow.  i added a heart on the side & a tassel "cherry" on top.  i also ribbed the yellow part to mimic the crenelations on a cupcake liner.  i noted a few changes i'd like to make next time i try it, but overall i'm very happy with it. Smiley


full shot (sorry i can't get better)


heart detail


cherry tassel detail

i'd love hear what you think about it:~)
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