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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Squared Messenger Bag on: November 30, 2007 11:50:13 AM
Lately I've been fascinated with created crochet designs that involve crocheting into holes made in fabric or paper.  This project continues that trend.  The squares on the messenger bag are fabric squares that I sewed together.  I installed eyelets around the edges, and then crocheted into the holes created by the eyelets.  I then attached these fabric/crochet squares together and crocheted the rest of the bag, including the strap.  After this, I sewed a lining and lined the inside and the strap.  The result is a durable, unique messenger bag that combines crocheting and sewing beautifully.

Here's some of the raw details:
Yarns: (I used what I had available) KnitPicks Mainline in Butter Pecan, Elann.com Peruvian Highland Chunky, Lion Brand Wool-ease
Hook sizes: G hook and I hook
Pattern:  my own, which will soon be posted for free on my blog

And of course, here's the FO photos:


the back


it's roomy inside




2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / online retailer for hook and eye tape? on: November 12, 2007 12:28:24 PM
It seems that none of the fabric stores in my area carry hook and eye tape.  Does anyone know of a good online retailer to buy from?
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Chinese Lucky Cat-o-lantern on: October 30, 2007 06:19:28 AM
I knew that I needed something fun for my jack-o-lantern this year.  Looking around my studio for inspiration, I saw my ceramic Chinese lucky cat.  I got some paper, sketched out a pattern, made a photo copy, and carved away (well, that was over the course of a few days, but you get the idea).

So, here is my Cat-o-lantern:



And some pics of the carving:





The tail wasn't originally part of the design, but it just seemed to help balance out the composition.  I love my cat-o-lantern.  Why can't Halloween be more than once a year?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / stitch dictionaries -Barbara Walker or Vogue Stitchionary? on: October 28, 2007 06:16:59 AM
I'm trying to put together my Christmas wish list and I want to get some stitch dictionaries.  I know I want to get at least one of Barbara Walker's Treasuries, but I'm trying to figure out if I should also ask for Vogue Stitchionaries.  For those of you who have used either of these sources, how would you say they compare?  What are the advantages/ disadvantages of each book?

I have found that I like the clear color images of each stitch pattern in the Vogue books.  Barbara Walker's charts sometimes confuse me, but she has such a plethora of stitches in those books, and they're certainly considered classics and used by many designers.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet classics, essential reference books? on: October 20, 2007 01:19:47 PM
So, I'm trying to put together my Christmas wish list, with an emphasis on learning more about design.  I've found several great knitting reference books, such as those by Barbara Walker and Elizabeth Zimmerman, Nicky Epsteins Knitting On the Edge, Vogue Stitchionary, Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti, etc.

However, I haven't found very many classics or reference for crochet.  I've got Vogue Stitchionary Vol 4 on the list, I already have Stitch and Bitch Happy Hooker.
Do you know of any crochet classics or indispensable reference books that would help for designing with crochet?
Thanks.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Variation on Bricks on: October 16, 2007 09:04:50 AM
Im really proud of how this turned out, especially since it was my first quilt that was more complicated than just a bunch of 12? x 12? squares.  I started with a brick pattern from a quilting book, but then I improvised after that.  I really took my time to try to make it look nice  Smiley







7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gloves and Scarflette (Pidge knockoff) on: October 05, 2007 09:05:28 AM








It seems like scarflette is a relatively new term. To me, it is basically a mini scarf that is often buttoned.  The scarflette was inspired by this discussion :http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197489.0.

The gloves came from Erika Knights book Classic Knits.
I used US size 2 needles for the ribbing, and US size 3 for the rest. The yarn is KnitPicks Swish Superwash in Clematis Heather (1 ball) and Coast Gray (2 balls) . The only mod I made to the pattern was knitting the body in the round to avoid seams (going back, I would also knit the fingers in the round, but, I didnt on these). I also ended up picking up more stitches than called for when starting each new finger. I just decreased in the next row to get it back to the pattern.

The scarflette is my own pattern (if you can call it a pattern), worked on US size 8 needles, and using the two colors from the gloves held together.  Its all seed st (moss st). The buttonholes were made using yo yo, followed by p2sso (any double decrease would work). It used up all three balls of yarn to make the gloves and scarflette.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES / Yarn + Hole Puncher + Uno cards = Crochet Uno dress!! on: October 01, 2007 10:56:13 AM
I'm very proud of this one.  After seeing the theme of this challenge announced, the gears in my head started turning.  A trip to the thrift store lead to a 1981 Uno set, and this dress was born.

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-17.jpg

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-18.jpg

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-20.jpg

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-24.jpg



And, it's even reversible!!!!


http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-22.jpg

I also made a matching purse to go with it.

I started with this:

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-16.jpg

And after decoupage and some paint (my first time decoupage-ing!) I had this:

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-32.jpg

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-29.jpg

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-28.jpg

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-31.jpg


I especially like the part about ordering Uno t-shirts, hats, and belt buckles!

I'll try to explain how I made the dress, although I did not write up a pattern.  The yarn is Caron Simply Soft (which I really don't like, but, it was cheap) and the hook size was H.
First, I hole punched the Uno cards (invest in a good hole puncher for this, or your hands will hurt).  Then I made half double crochets around the edges, making 3 in each corner, then joining and making another row of hdc's. (This idea came from this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181257.0)
http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-20-at-09-45-07.jpg


Then I made the bodice, which I didn't have a pattern for.  However, you could easily use a pattern for any crocheted top, such as the designer wannabe top in Stitch N Bitch, Happy Hooker.  I then attached the Uno cards onto the bodice with single crochet.  I've seen similar techniques used to attach blanket squares.  I've got some photos on here to show what it looks like.

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-1.jpg

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-2.jpg

[img width=500 height=332]http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-8.jpg

http://kittyscreations.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2007-09-28-at-13-14-37-15.jpg


I did two rows of hdc at the bottom.  I also made the tulle skirt that I'm wearing underneath it, using a basic circle skirt pattern.

The purse is all decoupage and paint, with handles crocheted on (that yarn is Lion Brand Wool ease, which I also don't like, but it was already in my stash, so I thought I might as well use it)

And that's it!  I think this has been one of my most creative projects yet!  I plan on wearing it for Halloween  Cheesy although I will say, the dress is quite warm, so I'm hoping it cools off a bit by then (I'm in Florida, so it's in the 80's right now)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Smallest julsey723 capelet ever on: September 21, 2007 08:10:10 AM
Well, it seems like everyone has made julsey723's Anthropolgie Capelet in every possible way, so I thought I would add mine, which may just be the smallest one yet.

I had some leftover Knitpicks sock yarn and a stuffed bunny that needed some clothing, so this is what I made, following julsey's pattern and using size 3 needles.



For size reference, the capelet is about 2 inches long.
Pattern is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Toe - up Little Parachute Lace Socks on: September 21, 2007 08:06:18 AM
I actually finished these a few weeks ago, but I didn't take pics til today.
I won the yarn for these in the knitting challenge a few months back.  It's handspun superwash wool from Star217, who has an http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=103341 etsy.  They're knit on size 2 (3.00mm) circular needles, using two circs at once.  I used the Universal Toe-up Formula from http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTuniversalsock.html Knitty.  The lace motif is Little Parachute Lace from Barbara Walker's Third Treasury.







These were really fun to knit, and though they're a little snug they're quite comfy and the first pair of socks I've knitted that I'll definitely wear in public.
Since Sir Rumpert won the knitting challenge for me, I thought it would be nice to knit him a pair of matching socks too.  More about Sir Rumpert is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177450.msg1836851#msg1836851  There was no pattern for Sir Rumpert's Socks- I just made them up as I went.

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