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1  My Version of the Soda Can Mirror! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by alexandraf on: May 04, 2008 02:53:16 PM
As soon as I saw colarific's post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149702.0) I knew I absolutely HAD to make one of my own!

And now, months after I started the darned thing (school has really been dampening my creative output these days!), here it is!



And here's a close-up of the tiling:



I am so glad that I've finally finished this... now I won't feel guilty while I'm working on other crafts! Cheesy It was sort of a pain to make, but I really like the finished result. Cutting the cans was easy once I got into a rhythm, and after the frame was assembled and painted it was really a matter of finding the time to nail them all on! I have to say, thank goodness for nail guns!
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2  Pop Tab Purse - Tutorial Added! in Crochet: Completed Projects by alexandraf on: March 22, 2008 11:00:07 PM
Someone on this board posted a link to Novica.com, and after wandering over there I saw this purse http://handbags.novica.com/soda-pop-top/soda-pop-top-shoulder-bag-baby-pink-mandala/106957/. Of course, in true craftster fashion, I said, "Hey! I can totally make this!"

So, after months of collecting tabs and numerous trial-and-error attempts to design the shapes, here is my bag!

Shot of me wearing it, to show scale:


And lying flat:


Aaaaand a shot of the lovely lining!


I absolutely love it.... it's big enough (and sturdy enough!) to carry all of my usual stuff around, and it's quirky. I like quirky.


Butterfly mercerized cotton, size F hook, a bunch of pop tabs, lined with batik.
This is definitely inspired by the Novica bag, but I made the pattern up from scratch Cheesy Enjoy!



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And now, finally, a tutorial!

Now, I tried to make this tutorial as clear as possible. This is really only a guideline, as the actual number of stitches per tab and per round will depend on the yarn you use, and the type of tab. Also, I only use tabs in the round, just because I like the versatility of motifs. But, you can also use tabs while crocheting in rows using the same basic method!

For using tabs oriented horizontally, first make your center motif. I would recommend ending with at least one row of sc around before starting a tab row, as opposed to an openwork stitch, because it makes it easier to work the tabs on. Then, you'll want to insert your hook into one of the tab holes, YO (1), and draw the yarn through the tab and the loop on the hook(1b).

1.

1.b.

Then, sl st in the next sc (2). Depending on how close together you want your tabs to be, you may want to sl st in the next two sc... this spreads them apart a bit more.

2.

Then, you will want to repeat 1 and 1b... insert the hook through the next tab hole, YO (3), and draw through loop on hook. Sl st in the next sc, and then insert the hook into the first hole of the next tab. YO (3.b) and draw through loop on hook.

3.

3.b.

Sl st in the next sc (or, next two sc), insert hook in next tab hole, YO, and draw through loop on hook (4).

4.

If you continue in this fashion all the way around, you will have a row of tabs that slightly overlap at the ends. Alternatively, you could do a few tall stitches in between tabs (dc, possibly tr). Ch 3 (or more) to reach the height of the tabs (5), and begin to sc in the tab holes around (5.b.) and join (5.c.).

5.

5.b.

5.c.

You'll definitely want to experiment with your yarn and tabs to see how many stitches per tab can fit them comfortably. For my bag in particular I knew I wanted hexagon shapes, so once I had the basic circle with two rows of tabs figured out I came up with a number of stitches that I could divide by six, and then shaped the corners over three (maybe four?) rows of sc. Anyway, hope this is useful to someone! Cheesy
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3  Pineapple Earrings *Edited to Include Pattern* in Crochet: Completed Projects by alexandraf on: February 13, 2008 09:11:47 AM
I absolutely love fussy projects like doilies and the like that take a zillion years to finish. But, I'm also the kind of person that wouldn't have doilies on every surface in my home. So I was trying to concoct a way to use them in a contemporary sense (and I definitely bought Amazing Lace, but it hasn't arrived yet!) so I went to Michael's to look through their doily pattern books.

And behold, there was this pattern for teensy pineapple earrings staring me in the face! I thought, hey! I can totally do this. But I didn't want to spend $20 on the book for just the one pattern, so I just bought a set of teeny hooks and came home to experiment.

I went through an embroidery phase a few years back that didn't go so well, so I have oodles of floss lurking in my house. I grabbed the pink just to experiment with, and spent hours trying to emulate the earrings I had seen. I think I did a pretty decent job!



The work is a little untidy, but I think with some practice I will be able to make some neater stitches!

An action shot:


Annnnnd a shot to show the relative size:


Crocheted with 1 strand of embroidery floss (unwound to just use 1 ply) and a size 10 crochet hook.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy

****Pattern****

This is the first time I've ever written down a pattern, so bear with me on this one! If anybody makes this and notices some errors, let me know  Grin

Materials:

size 10 steel crochet hook
embroidery floss *it usually comes in 6ply strands... I unwound mine down to use just 1 ply, but you can experiment and see what you come up with! this hook is far too small to handle more than 1 or 2, so if you want to use the whole 6ply you should try a larger hook*

Abbreviations (pretty standard, but figured I might as well include them:
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc- double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sp - space
sk- skip

Foundation: Ch 6, sl st in first ch to join.

Row 1: (Ch 3 [counts as first dc], dc 3, ch 2, dc 4) in ring. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 [counts as first dc], (dc 1, ch 2, dc 2) in first dc, ch3, sk next 3 dc and (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, ch 3, sk next 3 dc and (2 dc, ch 2, dc 2) in last dc. Turn.

Row 3: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-2 sp, ch 3, (sk next 2 dc, ch 3 sp, & 2 dc), dc 8 in center ch-2 sp, ch 3 (sk next 2 dc, ch 3 sp, and 2 dc), (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 4: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next st, sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next st, sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next st, sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next st, sc in last dc. Ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 5: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-2 sp, ch2, sk next 2 dc, sc in last ch of ch-2 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 loop) 4 times, ch 3, sc in first ch of ch-2 sp, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp & 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 6:  Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-2 sp, ch 3, sk next 2 dc & ch-2 sp, sc in first ch-3 loop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 loop) 4 times, ch 3, sk next ch 2 sp & 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 7: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-2 sp, ch 4, sk next 2 dc & ch-3 sp, sc in first ch-3 loop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 loop) 3 times, ch 4, sk next ch 3 sp & 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 8: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-2 sp, ch 4, sk next 2 dc & ch-4 sp, sc in first ch-3 loop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 loop) twice, ch 4, sk next ch 4 sp & 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 9: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-2 sp, ch 4, sk next 2 dc & ch-4 sp, sc in first ch-3 loop, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 4, sk next ch 4 sp & 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 10: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sk next 2 dc & ch-4 sp, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-3 loop, ch 2, sk next ch-4 cp & 2 dc, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 11: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2) in ch-2 sp, ch 2, (sk next 2dc, ch-2 sp, & 2 dc), sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, (sk next 2 dc, ch-2 sp, & 2 dc), (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in lasts ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 12: Sl st in first 2 dc, sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sk next (2 dc ch-2 sp, sc, ch-2 sp, & 2dc), sl st in last ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 13: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc, sc) in final ch-2 sp. Fasten off.

Repeat for second earring! Lightly starch, attach to earring hooks, And voila! Dangly pineapples.

If anyone makes these, I'd love to see them Cheesy
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4  The long overdue boyfriend hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by alexandraf on: January 20, 2008 07:46:09 PM
Finally, after two years of nagging me to do this, I made a hat for my boyfriend! He wanted a really earthy-toned hat, nothing too flashy but something to keep his ears warm.

Here it is lying flat on my bed:


And here I am, modeling it on my too-small head:


The pattern was pretty much made up as I went along, made with Lion Brand Jiffy on size 8 needles. It's also lined with polar fleece so it will be extra comfy.

Thanks for looking!
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5  Oodles of FOs from HH! (Image Heavy) in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by alexandraf on: October 01, 2007 12:47:07 AM
These are all of my FOs from The Happy Hooker... I figured I might as well lump them into one post!

Here's my Fat Bottom Bag, in Lion Brand Wool-Ease:


And my Short 'N' Sweet, in Alpandina brand alpaca:


Another in Caron Simply soft for my little sis (I love how it looks on her!):


Two Granny's No Square bags, both in Lion Brand Suede and Caron Simply Soft:




And last, but not least, my Cupcake blouse (which I just finished today!) in Lion Brand Microspun:


I have to say, I had the most fun making the Granny's No Square bags. I have yet to make one for myself (as both of those were gifted away...) but I will someday soon! When the holidays are over, and I have time to craft for myself again! Cheesy
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6  Adventures in Felting - Summer Tote! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alexandraf on: August 21, 2007 12:17:21 AM
I finished this quite a while ago, but just got around to posting it!


link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9482337@N03/1190535479/

This was my first felted endeavor, and though it turned out cute in the end it was quite a hassle. It all started when I decided I wanted the perfect carry-all. Of course, it had to be huge, bright, and sturdy. I suppose I could have just sewn one, but felting one sounded more fun. So I knit a bag large enough to fit my fridge in, then tossed it in the sink. After hours of swishing it around, wringing it, rubbing it together, and essentially beating the thing up, it had hardly felted at all. I got frustrated, dried it out, and threw it in my closet where it remained for about a week. I finally caved and spent the $1.00 to throw it in the washing machine, and lo and behold, it came out perfectly felted. It was a hideous shape, but it was felted!

So I whipped up an i-cord, threaded it through there, and told everyone it was supposed to be like that in the first place. And now I have my carry-all.  Grin

Pattern was made up as I went, knit with Cascade 220 100% wool on size 15 circular needles.
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7  Lacy Scarf and Pins in Crochet: Completed Projects by alexandraf on: August 20, 2007 11:55:06 PM
I needed something cute but not too flashy or obnoxious for my work wardrobe, so I whipped this up over a couple of days:



link for a larger version: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1113/1191254458_e36b127ae9_o.jpg


This was made from the "Irish Lace Scarf and Floral Holders" pattern from the May 2007 issue of Crochet! magazine.
scarf, blue and pink flowers: Royale crochet thread
purple flower: unknown brand of cotton yarn
leaves: Lion Brand Microspun

Enjoy!  Grin
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8  Flower Garland Scarves in Crochet: Completed Projects by alexandraf on: August 02, 2007 10:22:08 PM
These scarves were immensely fun to make, and they are a nice reminder of springtime during the dead of winter!

I just finished this scarf for a swap:

It was made with Sugar 'N' Cream cotton on a size G hook. Purple is definitely not my favorite color, but my swap partner likes it... hopefully she likes the scarf, it's going to its new home in a few days!

This one was completed almost a year ago, but I figured I might as well share it as well: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1324/993713118_5cc0e5c030_o.jpg
This version was made with Caron Simply Soft acrylic on a size D hook. I used this scarf so often last winter that some of the flowers are curling at the edges from being stretched. After making the cotton one, I think that's a better choice- it's a little more stiff than the acrylic, so I think it will hold up better. Especially if she wears hers as much as I wore mine!

The pattern is from Gayle Bunn's Total Crochet Fashions. Enjoy!  Cheesy
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9  LaceyShrug! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alexandraf on: July 26, 2007 06:10:08 PM
I've been lurking around crafster for quite a while, but it's just now that I've got something post-worthy!

I finished this bad boy about a month ago:


I wasn't in love with the original pattern (found here:http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTlacey.html thanks to knitty.com!), so I made a handful of alterations. I wanted it to be slightly less airy and much less baggy... it took me several gauge swatches to get to what I wanted, but it was well worth the effort!

I used Alpandina alpaca/acrylic blend yarn on size 8 and 11 needles.
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