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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tears to rainbows on: December 09, 2013 04:01:12 AM
Love this!
Such beautiful colors! Very cheery.
Nice job!
Grin
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Turkey Hat! on: November 12, 2013 03:42:59 PM
This hat is adorable!
Super job!
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Blanket!! Lots of pics on: November 02, 2013 06:11:11 AM
This is so amazing! What a fabulous job!!!!!
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
34  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Halloween Wiggly Trivets on: October 30, 2013 08:02:17 AM
My Mom passed away a week ago yesterday.

On the way up to Illinois, through five days of waiting by her bedside at the nursing home, and including the trip home I made these Halloween trivets.



The pumpkin trivet is from a pattern by Susan Lowman in her "Hot Stuff for the Holidays" booklet. (Although I did add a nose and changed the colors a bit).

The Franken-wiggly and Dracula-wiggly as well as the love-them-or-hate-them-Candy-Corn-wiggly are all my designs.

My sister embroidered a turkey penny rug for me and I made her a Franken-wiggly to take home too.

Mom was an avid crafter herself and my sister and I were calmly keeping her passion alive even in this saddest of times for us.
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Skele-wiggly trivet and others on: October 12, 2013 08:38:03 AM


I finished this last month but waited until it got closer to Halloween to post it.

It's a trivet made from size 10 crochet thread in black and white.
I designed it myself using the same techniques as Susan Lowman and her fabulous crocheted trivets.


I also made a few more trivets.



I had already made this Mondrian colored Peace trivet for myself last year, (left), but when my dog Peace died last month I decided to make another one for my sister using some groovy thread she gave me. So this right one will be hers. I like how the colors look on that one!



I had made this Smiley wiggly already too but after Peace died I was so sad I made this Frowny trivet. It turned out smaller than the Smiley and I don't know why because they are actually the same grid square lengths. Maybe the thread was thicker? Or maybe my stitches were tighter? Or maybe I used a different sized hook? Anyway, it was nice to have something to work on during my grief.



And finally, I made this Green Bay Packers G trivet for my sister too. It was hard to try and make it like their G logo because it has to be in a grid form and, so, not as curvy. I hope she like's it!!!!
36  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Magnificent Butterfly Afghan on: August 13, 2013 09:00:43 AM
This afghan is made from a free pattern published in Crochet! Magazine as a Web Bonus from April 2012.
It was designed by Susan Lowman, (who many of you may know from her fabulous Wiggly Crochet patterns - that's where I 'discovered' her anyway.) Here's her Ravelry page with the pattern info.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/majestic-butterfly-afghan

It's tunisian crocheted with a Susan Bates Size J Silvalume extended crochet hook.
It's made mostly with I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.
There's also Red Heart Frost Green for the leaves.
Coats and Clark Wiggles yarn in purple on the butterfly and pink on the flower. (This gives some really nice textures to the afghan).
Finally, for the border there's Decadence Yarn Bee yarn in the color Peridot Twist, (also from Hobby Lobby.) I wanted the border to look like grass with bit's of flowers speckled into it and looking like you were high above it like the butterfly and huge flowers in the design.

When I started this, I wanted a project to take my mind off things going on in my family. My Mom had just been brought to the hospital and diagnosed with a faulty heart valve. She is now in a nursing home and in the process of "actively dying". It's so painful to see her this way and I know I can't do anything to help her now but visit her and give her comfort and support; and so I crochet.

Last week, my Mother-in-law has been put in a nursing home. Her mind is failing and she can no longer take care of herself. My husband came home over the weekend after seeing her and it kills me to see his pain and anguish. I can't do anything about it but give him comfort and support; and so I crochet.

And now, as if this was not enough, our dog of 12 years died yesterday in a vet hospital we drove to that was open, (thank God!), at three in the morning!!!!!! My children grew up with this dog. She'd been a part of our family for so long. We're just now going through the "she's not there" moments as this day unfolds and it's so hard.

I know you all have a million things going on in your lives as well. This is all part of life. When these things start to happen all at once it can be very overwhelming. This is what's happening to us. But i know we aren't alone. I'm sorry to be such a bummer. (I think I need a new project to crochet.)

Thank goodness there is the internet - and Craftster - and places to talk about our projects and our lives. I know crocheting can be a very lonely introverted hobby. I know I myself shut people out to concentrate on projects - especially difficult ones. But at least there is this community out there - and others like it - that, when we do feel like sharing and communicating, getting inspiration and advice, and just some simple praise from others who share the same passion and interests and can appreciate what we've made, it makes it all worth it.



This is the front.



This is the back.
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / It's A Jungle Out There! - Animals Afghan on: May 24, 2013 08:51:50 AM
I bought a kit to make this afghan from Mary Maxim's.

The pattern is in Leisure Arts booklet called A Year of Baby Afghans and this was the afghan for August. The yarn is Mary Maxim's Starlet in medium blue.

The afghan was so hard for me to do. You really need to know your crochet abbreviations and pattern-reading skills! Plus, lots and lots of counting stitches. This is a 'no-distractions; I'm crocheting!' type of project for sure. LOL!

The stitches used mainly Front Post Double Crochet and Single Crochet stitches, (in the back loop only).

This was actually fun to make, (despite it being so difficult for me).
I like how it never tells you what animals you were working on. You only had the photo in the pattern book to go by and so you just hoped that you were doing it right. The animals slowly begin to emerge from your stitches and it's pretty neat!

One animal I thought was a baby elephant, I decided must really be a bear. No long trunk. That one in the bottom and top center.

The afghan is bigger than I expected too.

Mary Maxim had put a note into the kit in which they suggested that you begin the project with a smaller H hook and gradually use an I hook and then finally a J hook so I did that. It's to prevent what they called "tenting" in the middle. I guess that's like bunching up like puffy tents. So anyway, beware if you tackle this afghan too. You might want to do the same with switching out the hook sizes gradually.
38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hiddleson Baby Animals Filet Crochet Afghan on: March 29, 2013 01:24:20 PM
I started it March 12, 2013 and finished it today. So around two weeks. (I just got over the flu, (which was horrible), but now I can say it was worth the time in bed!) YAY!
39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hiddleson Baby Animals Filet Crochet Afghan on: March 29, 2013 10:55:21 AM
YAY! I finished at last!



This is a filet crocheted afghan using an Elizabeth Hiddleson pattern.



Here's the back. You can see the seems where I joined the squares and the center panel pieces.
The hardest part was making those two middle panels. In order to have the crochet stitches go the same way as the squares, it had to be worked up width-wise instead of the longer length, (which would have been SO MUCH easier!) In fact, for the sides of the afghan, I just went ahead and did those along the length of the afghan to save my sanity!) LOL


I altered a couple of the animals that I thought looked a little weird on the graphs. The rabbit's head I made come to a pointed nose. (The graph was so icky! It kinda had a double cheek thingy going on.) I also made the cat's nose come to a point. (The graph looked like one of those flat-faced cats, (like Crookshanks!),  which didn't seem to look right in profile like this.) And also the elephant was too small for it's square. So I added a mound and some clouds to fill in the square.

I liked these squares because each one was finished with only one ball of Cebelia thread. Not having to buy two. YAY!!

The border is done with Coats and Clark Old Fashioned thread in ecru. Both threads are size 10. The crochet hook I used was a 7 (1.65 mm) steel Boye.

Happy Easter everyone!
40  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: The Monkees! (Well two of them anyway) on: March 25, 2013 01:47:26 PM
Yay! They look great!
I recognized them right away.
Great job!!!!
(You just gotta make a Peter/Micky pillow now!!!! They can't ever be split apart!)
 Grin Grin Grin Grin
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