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1  Re: Small-scale art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by BertaBerta on: December 19, 2016 12:16:26 AM
Hey!  I came back to this thread because birdcage lady hangs proudly over my bed, and my son wanted to know when I got her.  I had to go digging back through Craftster to find out.  Now he wants us to get a bunny tea party as well.  You still have these kicking around 7 years later, right? Smiley

Kiddo even made a Lego homage to birdcage lady.  Can you see it?

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2  Mini Rings of Change in Crochet: Completed Projects by BertaBerta on: July 22, 2015 03:30:38 PM
I saw a picture of the full Rings of Change afghan somewhere recently, and was impressed.  I love the idea of constantly changing stitches, because monotony is always the thing that holds me up on big projects.  I found the Mini Rings of Change pattern for free on Ravelry, and decided to make on up on a whim, out of acrylic scrap yarn.  My son has stolen it for the moment, but I'm not sure where its final home will be.

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3  My first ever knitted thing - Wild Berries by Tweedysheep in Knitting: Completed Projects by BertaBerta on: March 01, 2015 10:17:37 PM
My cousin taught me to knit when I was 12 or so, by which I mean she taught me to make long rectangles with no particular use, which I gave up fairly quickly. I took up crochet in my 20s, and thats been my fiber art of choice ever since. I do get covetous of some of the lovely sweater patterns that knitting lends itself to, though, and when I saw someone else's Wild Berries on another forum, I decided that I needed one too.

My knitting friend fishie talked me through some of the more confusing parts of the pattern via email, and there was kind of a long break over the summer and on into the holiday crafting season where it saw no progress, but tonight, almost exactly a year after I started it, I sewed on the buttons and finished it off.

Not exactly a glamour shot, but not bad, huh?

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4  Fierce Little Dragon in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by BertaBerta on: December 05, 2014 03:52:09 PM
From this pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fierce-little-dragon, a present for my dragon-obsessed niece.





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5  Happypotamus! in Crochet: Completed Projects by BertaBerta on: March 10, 2014 07:57:45 PM
It was love at first sight when I saw this pattern.  A friend gifted me her whole drawer of mismatched scrap yarn, which got me off to a great start.  The original was made of sock yarn, but since mine is all worsted, he's HUGE, about 2.5' from nose to rump.







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6  Paneer Masala Pizza in Recipes and Cooking Tips by BertaBerta on: January 05, 2014 08:28:13 PM
This is an idea that's been kicking around in my head for a while.  Today was my birthday, and I decided that for my birthday dinner, I would finally make the dream reality.



I used this crust recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bread-machine-pizza-dough/ though I'm anxious to try it again with the recipe here: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001199.html.  Today, I didn't have the 12+ hours available to let the dough rest in the fridge.

The sauce is a paneer masala type sauce, made with onion, ginger, garlic, lots of Indian spices, tomato paste, and cream (lots of cream).  I simmered the paneer in the sauce, then strained it back out to use as a topping, along with some diced red onion and green peas (and a blanket of mozzarella, of course).

I baked it all at 400 for 25 minutes, and... it was awesome.  My only quibble is that next time, I'd rather have a thinner crust with a lighter flavor.  I used a dark beer in the crust recipe, and while it would have been awesome under, say, a sausage and tomato pizza, it was a leetle too much for the creamy/spicy sauce.  Still, an excellent proof of concept.  I'll definitely be making this again.
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7  Amigurumi Goldfish and Amish Puzzle Ball in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by BertaBerta on: December 19, 2013 09:36:02 PM
I've been slamming out the gifts over the past week or so.  On a whim, I made this goldfish for a friend, and the puzzle ball for my 18 month old.  I'm really happy with both of them.  I think a whole school of fish would be fun, all in different colors and patterns.





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8  Colorful Star Baby Sweater in Crochet: Completed Projects by BertaBerta on: December 13, 2013 03:19:22 PM
I loved this pattern when I found it on Ravelry, and thought it would be a great way to use up the odds and ends of different colord of Simply Soft I had lying around: http://knits4kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Star.pdf.  As a result, my color scheme isn't quite as cohesive as the examples shown, but I still think it's cute and funky.  Hopefully the manflesh's sister will think so too, since I'm gifting it to her new baby girl, due in February!



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9  Crocodile Stitch Booties for a Grownup in Crochet: Completed Projects by BertaBerta on: December 05, 2013 03:59:13 PM
I made a pair of Bonita Patterns' crocodile stitch baby booties for my little niece, and ever since then, her grandma has been making comments about how she would wear a pair in grownup size.  So... christmas present, obviously!

This was a little weird, because I'm left handed and the pattern is written from the right handed perspective, which usually doesn't matter, but does get confusing when you're working in the round with FPDC and BPDC.  Fortunately, I was able to work it out by looking at the pictures.

They're kind of awesome and kind of ridiculous, so I hope she loves them.



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10  Soft Mint Baby Sweater in Crochet: Completed Projects by BertaBerta on: November 25, 2013 12:27:16 PM


A baby sweater made from this vintage pattern, found through Ravelry: http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/baby-patterns/doreen92/crochet-baby-set-pattern206

The pattern didn't give a gauge or finished size, but I made it as a gift for a 6 month old and I think/hope it will be a good fit.  Fortunately it's stretchy and the shape gives it a pretty forgiving fit.

The yarn is vintage as well, I think.  I got it from a spring cleaning giveaway a friend held a few years ago.  The brand is Snow Ball Yarns, and the style is "Baby Pompa-Ray."  I tried Googling it, but it doesn't seem like anyone's every heard of the stuff, so I guess this sweater is truly one of a kind.
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