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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Arm Cozies! on: May 21, 2012 01:52:29 PM
My coworker kept getting bruises on her arms from bumping into stuff. (Age makes your skin thinner and some people bruise easily). These cozies are made from sock yarn so they are lightweight and washable. Pink is one of her favorite colors so I used that. Her ancestors are Scandinavian so I picked a Swedish cable pattern from Viking Knits by Elsebeth Lavold.

The first pic is closest to the actual color.

Action Shot!


12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuffie/Amigurumi makers - which way do you crochet? on: April 13, 2011 01:20:18 PM
Definitely outside. Especially with small diameter appendages, I can stick my finger in the work and crochet against that. Although as chpetunia points out, inside is the only way to deal with fluffy-fied yarns. (If you're brave enough to deal with them at all.) Cheesy

And I don't have hook envy because I've got a whole set of the bamboo handled ones. They are some of my favorites to work with, but I've also got some Clover Takumi Soft Touch, Chiao Goo, and Tulip Etimo ones that I enjoy. I get these guys online since there are limited choices where I live. Definitely check out inline vs non-inline hooks first though, so you know what you're getting.

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Necklace Prototypes on: April 12, 2011 03:52:21 PM
Thanks for your encouraging comments! (I'll have to remember the lemon-to-lemon lesson.) Cheesy

These are just beautiful, and very well crafted!  Impressive Grin Grin Grin

How did you attach the beads? Are they worked in to the the crochet as you go, or did you attach them after the fact?

The beads are strung on thread first. I'm not fond of string beads and first tried inserting the beads as I worked. This wasn't hard and had an interesting effect, but turned out to be a serious flow-interruption. The flower beads I made with wrapped loops and the lemon beads are plastic with large holes. (I wanted the beads to move some.) Instructions are on the Crochet Challenge board. You can easily adjust them to whatever you have on hand. Cheesy

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Necklace Prototypes on: April 11, 2011 04:37:08 PM
While I was working on a Crochet Challenge project, I made a couple of prototypes.


They're crocheted with Perle Cotton and wrapped-loop beads (top) or plastic lemon beads.

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Challenge - Yet Another Necklace on: April 11, 2011 04:19:14 PM
Yet another necklace entry:

Foundation Stitch Necklace

#5 Perle Cotton
2.25mm crochet hook
23 sets of beads on eye hooks
28 #6 seed beads
lobster clasp
2 5mm jump rings

Gauge is 5.6 foundation stitches per 1. Finished necklace is approximately 20 long.

Foundation stitches incorporate the beginning chain stitch with the first row of the work at one time. This necklace uses single crochet foundation stitch for the base.

Slide beads on thread, three seed beads, (one eye pin set, one seed bead) repeat until you are out of eye pin sets. Add two more seed beads at the end for a total of 3.

Chain 20, do not turn. Pull up loop in 2nd chain from hook. Yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops.

Insert hook into base chain just completed, pull up loop, Yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops. This is the first single crochet foundation stitch.

Make 1 more foundation stitch, slide seed bead up to hook, complete another foundation stitch. Repeat for first 3 beads. After third seed bead, work 2 foundation stitches, then slide an eye pin set of beads up to hook, work 2 foundation stitches. Slide a seed bead up to hook, work 2 foundation stitches.

Repeat the sequence of eye pin set, 2 foundation stitches, seed bead, 2 foundation stitches until you are out of eye pin beads. Work the last 3 seed beads 1 foundation stitch apart. Work 2 additional foundation stitches, then chain 18. Insert hook into 8th chain from hook, pull up a loop. Being careful not to twist work, slip stitch in the remaining chains. Slip stitch in first foundation stitch.

Keeping the beads still on the back of the work, single crochet in all stitches up to the last foundation stitch. Slip stitch in this stitch and in the next 10 chain stitches. Put the original first chain stitch (nearest the yarn tail) on the hook and slip stitch through both chains. Tie off and cut thread. You now have two yarn tails, tie them together in a square knot and pull the tails through the chain stitches with a hook. Cut yarn ends.

Insert one jump ring into the lobster clasp and one of the thread loops at the end of the necklace. Insert jump ring into other thread loop.  Wear your necklace!

16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Carrot Tail Leopard Gecko!! *Pic heavy* on: April 06, 2011 06:01:08 AM
*squeals* Adorable!!

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Nautiloid on: April 05, 2011 01:54:44 PM
Nice customizing job on the Nauti!!

OHHHH I want this, I wish I could knit using DPNS, i wish  there was a crochet version of this, he is adorable and you did a great job, the colors are perfect
1. you can learn to knit with DPNs
2. it shouldn't be too hard to do a crochet version *she says with an idiotic smile*
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The cycloptic smiley clover of despair!! [Cake Wrecks] on: August 03, 2010 08:04:29 PM
When I saw The cycloptic smiley clover of despair!! whilst browsing the hysterically funny Cake Wrecks site, I decided in a fit of temporary insanity there had to be a crocheted homage.

Here's a picture of The cycloptic smiley clover of despair!! (original) and the link to Cake Wrecks:  http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/05/to-pain.html

I used what yarns I had so the colors don't match exactly. And this piece went through several sessions of teeth-gnashing and shrieking
revisions before it remotely resembled the CSCoD was acceptable.

I was actually going to leave out the ladybug, or use a sticker, until I realized it too was cycloptic!! Anyways, enjoy. ;-)

19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amoeba Amigurumi on: July 22, 2010 10:23:41 AM
Very nicely done! They make a great pair! Smiley

(For some reason I feel compelled to use an inordinate amount of exclamation points on Craftster.)
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Black lace split wing jacket on: July 20, 2010 08:01:42 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! Impressive that you did the design yourself! I especially like that it has weight to it, that's a nice plus. Don't wait for the holidays to wear it, and don't be silly, you're a kazillion times svelter than me. Wink
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