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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earrings & Stitch Markers Oh My! on: May 21, 2012 02:28:52 PM
Whilst in my bookmark frenzy, [and subsequent bead buying frenzy] I also wanted to make earrings for various friends, and stitch markers for me. There are more of these lying around also, I just need to take pics.

 
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bookmarks!!! on: May 21, 2012 02:20:35 PM
Cruising the Internet, I came across this wonderful elastic bookmark tutorial: http://www.titus2homemaker.com/2011/10/elastic-bookmark-tutorial/
Being a voracious reader, I was intrigued. Here is a bookmark that wouldn't fall out, and wouldn't be as fiddly as a thong-type [uggggg] bookmark.

Now of course, I can't leave well enough alone, so I had to fancy it up. I tried the rubber/plastic necklace cords you find at stores such as Joann's, as well as elastic hairbands from various stores. And one great find of several batches in the dollar bin! The necklace cords are good for paperbacks or smaller books. Hairbands are of various widths and stretchiness, but when I had one that was too big for a particular book, I just tied a temporary knot in the elastic to shorten it.

I dug out my beads, bought more Embarrassed Embarrassed, and proceeded to make more bookmarks than anyone should be allowed to have. Using large and/or glass beads gives the bookmarks a nice weight. And if the elastic dies, just replace it with a new one!


   

And this is only the first batch!
3  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!


Closeup


4  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.


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








Foundation Stitch Necklace

Materials:
#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!




6  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. ;-)


7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Got Resistors? Updated - New Pics! Page 2 on: June 28, 2009 04:32:04 PM

See my latest post on Page 2 for new pics.




I've started making earrings with resistors and just can't stop! Most of these have blue resistors, there's a couple with tan ones. Some of them also have retaining rings as findings, and a pair with a barrel swivel. I'm just having a grand time with these. The last pic is a closeup of the resistors and beads. Enjoy!







 



8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mixed Bags on: June 28, 2009 02:53:58 PM
Greetings fellow craftsters!

I've been crocheting these little mixed bags, mostly to carry my knitting & crochet projects around. I also use them for general stash-busting. I have lots of thin yarns, frufru, and general leftover yarns. I started winding them into balls, mixing colors and textures, making pretty much of a mess. Anyway, here's some pics, the last one's a closeup.










For reference the bags are 6-8" tall and roughly 6" in diameter. They're worked from the bottom up sometimes using single crochet, sometimes Elmore double crochet.

Enjoy!

(And if you can't tell, I'm just learning to use a digital camera.)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dartmoor Scarf - Now With Grid on Page 2 on: May 05, 2009 07:31:19 PM
Made this a while ago and never got around to posting it. (Where does the time go?)This scarf came out of a contest to pick a literary figure and what they would knit. I picked Sherlock Holmes and thus was born the Dartmoor Scarf using (what else?) a hounds-tooth pattern. The scarf is 5" wide and roughly 60" long.

This is double knitted so both sides are done at the same time. The idea of double knitting was easy to understand, it was harder wrapping my head around the execution of said double knitting. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or anyone who wants instant gratification. The scarf is wonderfully warm, because the double knitting creates pockets that hold air and the yarn is an absolutely yummy alpaca/silk blend.



Link to post with chart here.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Potholders you can use! Now with link! on: May 05, 2009 06:47:57 PM
Been making potholders using Helena's Potholder Stitch. This stitch works up in half-rows and so the resulting fabric is very thick. My family won't use any other potholders now. These are machine washable & dryable since they're crocheted using Sugar 'n Cream/Peaches 'n Cream yarns. Sadly, the website for Helena's Potholder Stitch is defunct, and virus infected the last time I did manage to find it. Anyways, enjoy!

EDIT: I was able to find a working link with pictures for how do do Helena's Potholder Stitch.
http://web.archive.org/web/20010424061938/www.spotfans.com/unplugged/spotfans/archives/980113/Cheryl/potholder.html

I use a size 6/G hook and chain 24 stitches to start, leaving a long yarn tail. Later use a smaller hook to make the loop for the potholder from the yarn tail. The finished potholder is roughly the size of a sandwich baggie. (Before washing) I can write up some more explicit instructions, if that would help. ^_^


By using 2 different yarns and the 3 color theory, you can get a different number of stripes on each side of the potholder.


I usually go with 3 on one side and 2 stripes on the other, although I did experiment with 4 and 2 stripes.


Here's a closeup of the hanging loop. Not that I really use them, they're just not potholders without 'em.


Here's a closeup of the stitches. They look like the Pi symbol, or little men.




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