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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / four year olds can be so demanding... on: April 26, 2008 03:52:38 PM
my baby sis has been begging me to make her a teddy bear for months, and i just now got around to it... i'm such a slacker big sister ^_^

she needed a tail too...

she also needed a dress and mary-janes...

my boyfriend named her mabel... i like it!

thanks for looking ^_^
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / want to see something disgustingly cute? on: March 31, 2008 08:59:20 AM
my boyfriend and i knit semi matching fakeisle hats

it's so cute... he's so proud of it!

i'm proud of him too... he learned to knit on dpns and fairisle knitting for this project. <3

thanks for looking ^_^
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / bath pouf tutorial on: February 21, 2008 08:09:23 AM
i made a bath pouf for the make a friend swap (you can see it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225521.msg2485902#msg2485902) and ma rut requested that i write up a tutorial for it, so here it is! i bet this has been done before, but i looked and couldn't find the thread about it, so here is the way that i do it.

yarn: 1 ball sugar n cream or any sort of washcloth cotton
hook: i use an F, because it is my favorite, but anything that gets you a gauge you are comfortable with is fine. you don't want it too loose though.

ch 40
join with sl st to form a ring. this will be the hanging loop.

ch 4, wrap the chain around the base of the hanging loop as best you can and join with a sl st to form a small ring. this doesn't have to be perfect, since it will be in the center anyway.

8 sc in ch 4 ring

for the rest of it, it's just hyperbolic crochet - 2 sc in each st. you can mark the rounds if you want, i guess... but there's no need to. i made mine for 7 rounds - after that i got too bored of it ^_^ - but they aren't as full as i would like. i think next time i make one i will just keep on crocheting until i use up the whole ball of cotton.

i like these so much better than the store bought nylon mesh ones because i can toss them in the washer and not worry about them falling apart! they don't dry out like the nylon ones do, but at least i am washing and reusing instead of just throwing them away and buying a new one.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitty french market bag <3<3<3 on: January 24, 2008 07:20:36 PM
this was my first felting project and i was terrifed but i am in love with this bag. it's still drying, hence the walmart bags stuffed in it. i used joann's sensations kashmira wool, which takes a lot to felt it seems. two and a half runs through the washer. i didn't mod the pattern much except to add 1 row stripes every 10 rows and knit the bag long enough to have 5 pinstripes.


thanks for looking! ^_^
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / hello kitty nursery on: January 16, 2008 07:31:44 AM
i painted these wall murals as a gift for my mom/baby sister. my parents went totally insane and had another kid about 4 years ago.... right after their other two daughters were grown up and moved out! crazy. it's been almost 5 years since i actually did this, but i forgot about posting pictures here until just now!




it took me a week plus another weekend, painting most of the day, with a couple people helping to fill in solid areas before i shaded them. i'm so happy with the results though... even i didn't think they would turn out this good!

thanks for looking!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / square pattern testers, please! on: January 03, 2008 08:22:56 AM
hello friends,

i'm working on a pattern that incorporates a 5" square motif and i wanted it to be completely original, so i made my own square pattern. trouble is it makes sense to me, but i'm not sure if it would make sense to anyone else. so would anyone be willing to test my pattern for me? check for errors, things that don't make sense, suggest ways to improve it... i've only written out simple patterns before.

it is a small square, only 8 rounds, it takes me about 20 minutes to work one up. the finished dimensions are only 5 inches on each side, but that's because i used paton's grace mercerized cotton and an E hook. i just need to know if the pattern is written clearly, so you can use any kind of yarn and hook to test it out. i guess it is a kind of advanced pattern because it uses trc and dtrc. it turns out a little wonky, but it blocks to a square shape no problem.

i'd really appreciate it if a few people would volunteer to test it for me! pm me with your email address if you're interested and i'll send you the pattern.

thanks!

here's a picture of what the finished, blocked square should look like:
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / ragamuffin hat on: December 07, 2007 07:49:55 PM



just another oversized brimmed hat. i was going to call it my street urchin hat, but my boyfriend dubbed it the ragamuffin hat. much better.

boring details - almost 2 skeins of noro silk garden color 245, G hook for the hat, E hook for the brim, took a bit less than 2 hours to work up.

thanks for looking ^_^
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / gingerbread men christmas ornaments on: November 22, 2007 12:37:22 PM

my (non-crafting) boyfriend and i made these ornaments from felt yesterday. ^_^ i can't believe i got him to sit and sew with me for over 3 hours! we named them - left to right, top to bottom - sir reginald III, leslie, horace, mildred, clancy, and jasper.

thanks for looking ^_^
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fibonacci slouchy hat and christmas ornaments! yay! on: November 14, 2007 09:37:45 PM


i didn't use a pattern for this, i just casted on what i thought would be good, did an inch of ribbing, some evenly spaced YOs to make it slouchier, then started in a fibonacci pattern. it's rows of knit with 2 rows of purl in between to make the fibonacci sequence, 1-1-2-3-5-8-13. i really like how this fits! it's made using the leftover dream in color smooshy sock yarn from my last slouchy hat knitting. ^_^

and ornaments!

this was my first stab at colorwork. they are not perfect, but they will look nice on our tree. i plan to make a few more.

thanks for looking ^_^
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / slouchy mesh hat - **added link to pattern! on: November 05, 2007 06:10:24 AM
in case you couldn't guess, driving 2500 miles from michigan to california is really dull. here's what i made along the way.

dream in color smooshy sock yarn, colorway cloud jungle.

progress after stopping for the first night.

finished! overlooking the emigrant gap in western california!

yaaaaaaay. i like this hat a lot, but the band is a little large. i'm bad and didn't swatch ^_^ it fits well enough and it won't fall off or anything, it's just loose. i think i'm going to make another one with the leftover yarn without all the YOs. i have another long drive to arizona coming up this wednesday...

edit:
here's the link to the pattern
http://iloblog.knittedbutterfly.co.uk/blog?Home&post=6

i followed it exactly and it turned out great. thanks for all the compliments! i am a pretty new knitter so it's nice to know that the things i make look good to more people than just me ^_^
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