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191  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mrs. Norris Afghan on: June 21, 2007 06:42:55 PM
Aelita asked,
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where can I find a circular double ended crochet hook?

I bought mine at JoAnn Fabrics. They only carried it in size H at the store, but online they have sizes from size G thru K here...

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2873&PRODID=prd27714

I see they are also on sale. Reg. $8.99 now $6.29.

I have no idea how to use the circular hooks properly, (meaning for their original intended purpose - as I don't believe they were meant for tunisian afghan stitching originally); but they work great and the 40 inch cable is super for creating larger afghans.

Just put a rubberband or hairband on the end of the second hook and you're ready to do the tunisian stitch!

For me; cabled hooks are the way to go when doing tunisian crochet stitch.

The long hooks have more surface area for your stitches to drag across thus making them more difficult to work with. Stitches just slide across so nice and easy on a cable.

Long hooks are not flexible like the cable. They hurt my hands too.

The Silvalume aluminum hooks are fabulous to use too. Nice and smooth!

Anyway, that's just my opinion through my own experiences.

Thanks for all the nice comments on Mrs. Norris too!  Grin
192  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mrs. Norris Afghan Filch's Cat from Harry Potter on: June 17, 2007 06:34:59 AM


This is Mrs. Norris, Filch's cat from the Harry Potter books.
(Or at least an image I thought personified her, anyway.)

I found the image at a stencil site so if anyone knows who created the image in the first place, (or even who the cat really is), just speak up and I'll make a note of it!

It's crocheted in tunisian afghan stitch using a circular doubled-ended hook in size H.
(I put an elastic hair band on the end of one hook so the stitches don't come off.)

 

Here's two close-up shots.

The yarns I used were light fuscia in Red Heart, light raspberry in Red Heart, and Dark Purple in Caron one Pounder.

In the books, Mrs Norris is described as having "lamp-like yellow eyes."
So,the eyes are a combination of a baby fingering yarn called Red Heart BABY Econo, in Pale yellow which has a "silverish" thread running through it too PLUS I used that glow-in-the-dark yarn Nightlights, (which I had to buy on e-bay).

I tried to take a photo of it in the dark for you to see the eyes glow, but my flash goes off.
And when I keep my hand over the flash to stop it from popping up, the camera is confused without anything to focus upon so it doesn't work.

 

Here's another view from the side and a Zombie Cat back-of-the-afghan shot.

There's a few more new afghans I've finished which are now in my blog including a Yellow Submarine and a Frank Sinatra mini-afghan so stop in and have a peek if you like. (Link to blog is at the bottom of this post).

ANYWAY, I hope you like Mrs. Norris and think she looks like what you imagined her to be.

~Becky~
193   / CROCHET / Re: Crochet Blogs list on: June 12, 2007 09:23:00 AM
Well, here's my blog  http://peskypixie.blogspot.com/

Crochet and Harry Potter. What could be better?
(OK, there's some other crocheted things in between too.)

Be sure to check out the gallery link where I tried to provide links to most of the projects for easy viewable access.
194  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dobby Afghan on: June 01, 2007 04:52:06 AM
Hi msfitts,

Yes, I always leave the loose ends and then go back after I'm all through with a yarn needle and weave in all the loose ends.

I think, in my gallery link at the bottom of this post, if you follow the John Lennon afghan link, I took a picture of the back before I wove in the ends so you could see how it looks before-hand.
It's not a pretty sight.  Tongue But I find it kind of relaxing to do.
After the hard part of the graph being done, it's just a relief to do something that you don't even have to think hard about. LOL! Weaving threads.

I'm glad you-all like the afghan.  Cheesy

195  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Snape Potter Puppet Car Seat Cover on: May 21, 2007 12:24:22 PM
Thanks guys!

Marcia, now I'm afraid if I leave him in my car in the parking lot, LordVoldy will run away with him! LOL!!

 
196  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Snape Potter Puppet Car Seat Cover on: May 17, 2007 10:45:26 AM
I used Red Heart yarn in Periwinkle, white black and TLC Heathers yarn in Blue Moon for the middle part between where his robes are open and outline the arms.

The beauty of the seat cover is that it's only for the back. You don't sit on it, (which is good because I have that heated seat feature and that wouldn't be good to block up. plus sitting on it would probably drag or pull it down.

I suppose encasing it in a plastic would probably have been better for durability. But no one will be climbing all over it or anything.

Someone asked about a pattern. All I did was take this icon



and upload it to micro revolt's graphmaker here...

http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/

and then crocheted it in tunisian stitch with a size J cabled crochet hook.

Someone named Tab suggested in my blog that I go to a drive-thru at an ice cream place and order something for Snape......"Um, Snape says he's like a Peanut Buster Parfait with a cherry on top. No lid! And don't forget the spork!" LOL!!!!

197  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Snape Potter Puppet Car Seat Cover (Harry Potter) on: May 16, 2007 04:27:44 PM
This is my tribute to the very witty and talented Neil Cicierega creator of the Potter Puppet Pals spoofs
(as seen here at his site ------>) http://www.potterpuppetpals.com/

I've crocheted a Puppet Snape ready to take the driver's seat ...



(Images are clickable for enlargement).

Or, if you prefer, Snape riding shotgun...



barking out directions and giving other drivers rude glances as you pass them by.

(He's not pleased to be in a flower-power-stickered VW bug, but at least it's green!)



The back of the seat cover has three black elastic bands sewn on so you just pull the whole thing gently over the seat.
Then, I crocheted two strings at the top so you can tie it around the head rest preventing it from slipping.

I haven't been brave enough to drive around with this on yet. I am too chicken. If I do, I'll let you-all know!










198  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: The Milky Way Nap Sack on: May 07, 2007 10:01:48 PM
Since this is done in tunisian, (or afghan), crochet stitch, the front is always facing you so you don't have to keep flipping the project over after each row and reading the graph backwards every other row.

So the color changes are always on the back. All the loose hanging threads stay to the back and have to be woven in with a yarn needle after you're done. (I actually like doing that. It's fun and relaxing really). (I think it's relief that the difficult graphed part is over with). LOL! I'm glad you like it.

199  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: (In celebration of long pork) Remember! Every Tuesday is... on: May 05, 2007 05:53:33 PM
"Soylent Green is people! They're eating people!!!!!"

I love this! Whenever my hubby and I are in a goofy mood we start to say quotes from certain stars. For Charlton Heston it always starts with. "Let my people go." , (from The Ten Commandments), to "Get your hands off me you damn, dirty ape."), (Planet of the Apes), to,  eventually, soylent Green's quote above.

Great job in crocheting it to life.  Cheesy

200  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Red Lobster on: May 05, 2007 05:40:42 PM
Awww he's so sweet! I always feel sorry for lobsters.
Dumped into tanks at grocery stores and then boiled alive.  Undecided
You did a great job on him.  
You should start a lobster rescue/adoption society. I'd "save" one for sure!
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