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1  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB in Crochetalongs by Celtic_Frog on: February 19, 2008 11:44:47 AM
Here's my ugly-bottom Feb square.  I'm not sure I'll do any more.  I just don't like how it turned out.  Maybe I'll give it one more try using the changes posted somewhere in the last several pages and see how it goes.

And I just decided to change the 9 square baby blanket I'm going to work on - instead of doing 9 dreamcatchers, I think I'll do 5 dreamcatchers and 4 supernovas.  I'll let you know how it turns out!

See?  Really ugly.  And not the colors - I like the colors.  They're my version of a two color black square, since I'm doing one of each month in black.  Corners are wonky, hearts are uneven, the whole thing's just UGLY.

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2  Another li'l Monkey in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by Celtic_Frog on: February 18, 2008 05:57:33 PM
I finally finished this set last night for my sister, who's having twins March 4th (unless she goes into labor before the scheduled c-section...)

I'm in love with it and hate to send it, but it's so perfect for her considering she just spent almost $100 on a diaper bag with sock monkeys on it.  Before you choke to death on the price, know that it was custom made, very sturdy, and big enough to carry enough stuff for twins and a spoiled rotten toddler without looking so big it's frumpy.  Anyhow, back to the point - she'll get it when my mom goes down to help out for four months on Wednesday.

Hope you like!


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3  What is this yarn?!?!?!? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Celtic_Frog on: January 02, 2008 09:27:06 PM
I took it to my LYS and she doesn't know, so I'm begging you - WHAT IS THIS?

It's incredibly soft, and though it's fuzzy the stitch definition is ridiculously awesomely amazing and nifty.  We were thinking it might be some kind of alpaca/acrylic (weird, huh?) blend, but really have no clue.

This is the best picture of the yarn, with a preemie hat I whipped up with it:

And here's another picture that's a little fuzzy but shows the thickness pretty well:

Can you help me?

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4  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ JAN in Crochetalongs by Celtic_Frog on: January 02, 2008 09:20:54 PM
Woo!  The laptop's card reader is working!!!

I'm so excited about my square being 12" exactly that I took all the pictures with a ruler.  Granted, the last row is hdc instead of dc but I like it better that way instead.

As soon as I've posted this (and one other thing in discussion that I finally uploaded the picture for as well) I'm off to make the black one, then bedtime.... (yeah, right!)


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5  It's Unwrapped! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Celtic_Frog on: December 25, 2007 10:34:35 PM
The following is the blanket I taught myself how to crochet with.  I gave it to my youngest son for Christmas, so now it's unwrapped, photographed, and awesome.  I snuggled under it today - very warm.

The blanket:

Closeup of stitching...

The whole blanket (I only stretched the top, like an idiot - it's not uneven AT ALL, which amazes me.  'Course, I did frog it once after I learned what I was doing wrong)

And my husband, on the phone bragging to his brother about his presents, but making a very good example of size...

Hooray for first projects turning out!

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6  TaeKwonDo scarves in Crochet: Completed Projects by Celtic_Frog on: December 22, 2007 06:29:09 PM
I made these scarves for my son's TKD instructors for Christmas.  I kind of winged the whole thing, but in the end I really liked how they turned out... except I got myself rushed like an idiot and screwed up some of the fringing and ends. 

The stripes are the belt colors in order for that particular school (I know pretty much every school is different) and so far the only instructor we've been able to give it to has LOVED it.  The other two will get theirs next Thursday at practice.

So, with no further adieu:

One of the scarves was done with each colored stripe being two rows of hdc... the other was made with each colored stripe being one row of dc.  Black stripes in the middle are one row of sc, on the edge is one row of sc and one row of hdc.  I still haven't decided which I like better, although the dc ones do have an interesting effect of being reversible to see more or less black.

So... the pictures aren't perfect, but what do you think?  I know it wasn't all that difficult a "pattern" to wing, but I was kinda impressed with myself...

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7  Christmas Projects (image big-boned) in Crochet: Completed Projects by Celtic_Frog on: December 12, 2007 11:06:11 AM
Heh... I found my camera.  On my desk.  I need a new desk with room to organize!!!

Okay, so here's some pictures of the latest creations.

This here is a hooded scarf I made for my next door neighbor.  She loved the others I made for my nieces and so I decided she deserved one.  It's a Lion Brand pattern, 3 strands held together and the Speed Hook - I used Wool-Ease instead of Microspun but it turned out better than when I used Microspun!!!  And it's essentially just a really wide scarf folded in half and stitched down in the back for however many inches.

Pardon my cello case, it was the only thing even mildly head-shaped to hang it on besides my lumpy one, and I don't make a good model.

Another picture with more of it:

I also made a scarflet and scarf set for my husband's grandmother and her new husband.  I was told she really likes gold, so I found some Homespun in Fawn, bordered it in black, and created.  The button is small enough to fit through any of the stitches, so it's way customizable:

Here's the matching scarf I've dubbed "Black and Tan":

(Yeah, it looks a little uneven.  It's not, I swear!)

I hope you like, they were all pretty quick projects but left me pretty happy with the results.

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8  Design Software Question in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Celtic_Frog on: December 10, 2007 02:04:00 PM
I did a search and haven't found anything quite like what I want on this here forum.

I have a picture that I'd REALLY like to make into a quilt/wall hanging, actually two or three of them as I want one for myself, one for my sister, and one for the artist that drew it.

I'm cutting off the words at the bottom, got permission to use it from the artist, and essentially making a square around the circle.  I've got blacks, greys, and whites to do the front with, and an awesome backing to work with as well.  The issue I'm having is how in the heck do I design this thing with seam allowances and whatnot?  Everything I've ever done has been designed by someone else, so it's had seam allowances on it already (or it's been a square that is easy enough to add seam allowances to)

I've been doing a lot of crocheting lately, but I also do a lot of sewing and have been quasi-quilting (my mommy helps) for almost two decades.  I'm not completely hopeless, but this is the first time I've ever attempted something like this.  It's just... so darn cool... I can't stop thinking about it!


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9  Re: can you guess what this is? in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Celtic_Frog on: December 03, 2007 10:03:12 PM
I say it's Jacques Von Hamsterviel!  (I have way too many Disney sequels...)  Can you give him a red cape? 

I so love Hamsterviel.

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10  Harry Potter Scarf - First *Successful* Project!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Celtic_Frog on: December 03, 2007 08:39:56 PM
I really should have said first successful project from a pattern, but that's close enough.  The only other one I've done without any unintended increases or decreases that I didn't just say gorrammit and leave in was a blanket I have to wait until Christmas to take a picture of since it's already wrapped.

This is my very first Harry Potter Scarf, too... it's for my husband's birthday next Monday the 10th and these pictures were taken about two minutes before he walked in the door from work.  I hope they're not too blurry.  Pattern is the Lion Brand one, and I used a darker grey than the pattern called for but I like it better.  Also added an extra repetition to make it longer.

Pictures (I'm really trying to get the code right, I promise!):

And finally, some detail since I'm so proud of the relatively straight edges:

How'd I do?

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