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11  Bridesmaid Bling in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by JenGoPop on: September 05, 2009 01:50:22 PM
I've gotta be in a wedding at the end of the month, and as anybody who's ever been a bridesmaid can tell you, that ain't cheap.  Fortunately, the bride picked out a really beautiful cranberry/claret dress, and to save a few bucks, I made my own earring and necklace set to wear with it.

Most of the beads and sterling silver parts were on sale.  I ended up spending less than $20!  Cheesy
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12  Crochet Driving Gloves in Crochet: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: September 05, 2009 01:41:37 PM
I found this pattern on Lion Brand's website (www.LionBrand.com) and just had to make these:

The pattern is called "Crochet Driving Gloves" and I made them in Caron Simply Soft (not a Lion Brand product, whoopsy  Wink).  Kind of an odd thing for someone with a persistent driving phobia to make, but I thought maybe they'd lend me courage.

They're a bit tight around the fingers, but I've seen people make them in a totally fingerless style too.
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13  Butterflies! in Crochet: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: August 29, 2009 10:08:29 AM

I made these from the free patterns at mypicot.com.  They're based on butterfly2, although if you're going to make these, be sure to read butterfly1 first, because 2 is all in symbol crochet and 1 has the instructions!

I'm going to send these butterflies (and maybe a few more) to the Holocaust Museum Houston's Butterfly Project.  They're collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies to represent the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust.  If you're interested, the info is here:  http://www.hmh.org/minisite/butterfly/index.html

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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14  Yesh! It's Crabby from Mutts! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: August 05, 2009 10:54:07 AM
Any Mutts fans in the house?  Grin

I improvised this Crabby ami over a period of a couple months, with a lot of trial and error.  Except for a too-big jaw and a little crookedness around the bum, I think he came out pretty well. 

Reading his own comics on the fridge:

Look out!  He won't be belly-up for long:

Progress shot:

Have a !@#$% nice day!
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15  The "Laura Ingalls Wilder Doily" in Crochet: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: July 18, 2009 01:05:14 PM
I love the look of filet crochet, but man, does it take patience!  I summoned just enough to make this piece, with size 30 thread and a size 12 steel hook:

The pattern is from Piecework Magazine, May/June 2008.  It was designed by Belinda Carter after a piece made by Laura Ingalls Wilder (on display at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home/museum in Mansfield, Missouri).  Now, Wilder got the pattern from a 1936 book by Mary Card, in which the piece is entitled "Java Sparrows with Narcissus in a Table Mat."  Whew!  Got all that?  Around the internet, everybody just seems to call it the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Doily," so I'm going with that.

This was sometimes frustrating, sometimes fun . . . made a few mistakes, but I'm happy.  Now I think I'm going to go back to amigurumi-making for a while.  Wink
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16  My First Short and Sweet (Edited to Add Second Version!) in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by JenGoPop on: June 25, 2009 01:05:38 PM
8/8/08:  Okay, just finished making this again, but longer, with 3/4 sleeves, and some dc cluster edging along the front edges so I could put a lacing in there.  I think this one's more successful:

It's certainly less lumpy and has more shape.

When you said you would use "Caron Simply Soft" if you did it again, may I ask why?  Coz I am still thinking what kind of yarns should I use?

NameThatCandy:  why? Because I've got a lot of it lying around.  Grin  Seriously, though, it's less stretchy than the I Love This Yarn I used in the first one and it seems to hang better.  I wonder though if it wouldn't be best to stick with a cotton yarn like the pattern recommends.  It's definitely all trial and error.  Smiley

Oh yeah, and it took about 2 1/4 skeins to make.  But if you made it short like in the pattern, it would be less than 2.

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I say it's my first because I'm going to do it again in another yarn (Caron Simply Soft) with long sleeves and longer body length.  For this first attempt, I used Hobby Lobby's I Love this Yarn in dark navy and made it in medium with no alterations to the pattern.

I had to make a sweater fastener thingy for the front (two shank buttons, some E beads, and 'Stretch Magic' cord) because without it, the sweater hangs shapelessly.  There's just a bit too much bulk with this yarn and all the front and back post crochet going on . . . but I think I'll do better next time.

Oh yeah, and somebody on Ravelry once said the pattern looks like a bunch of alien heads.  No kidding!  Grin

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17  Re: Make for a Charity Unswap 2 Through May 30 in Craftalongs by JenGoPop on: May 26, 2009 01:37:00 PM
All right, finally got my stuff done and in the mail today.  Doesn't it feel good to make a deadline?   Grin

I came up with a few things.

One, a tapestry crochet red bag:

Here's a closeup of the flower . . . I've been into beads and sequins lately  Wink:

I also made this little guy:

And this snow bunny, by kind permission of Tricia L. Stavedahl of Darncat Crochet, who has a free pattern at http://darncatcrochet.blogspot.com/2008/11/baby-snow-bunny.html:

I hope they do well at the auction!  Grin
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18  Repurposed CTA Tokens and Other Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by JenGoPop on: May 23, 2009 08:53:51 AM
Hi!  I'm usually over at the crochet forum, but I wanted to drop by and post some earrings I've made.  Hope you like them . . . thanks for looking!

This isnt a terribly original idea; whenever I visit my hometown of Chicago and hit the museum circuit, I often find gift shop items made of old Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) tokens.   But, I happened to recently find a couple of the ol brass thingies thrown in my sewing machine accessory box, and decided to give it a go myself.  One is unfortunately more worn-down than the other, but both shined up nice with a bit of Bar Keepers Friend scouring powder.  Theyre surprisingly pretty in person.

I bought this next pair back in the 80s. They were a shiny, electric teal at the time.  Then adolescence  hit and I painted them black.  (Sigh.)  About a month ago, I rescued them from my junk jar, soaked em in nail polish remover (which took off everything) and repainted them with gold Testors paint.  Probably not a paint job for the ages, but itll do until the next incarnation.

About a year ago, I found a variety bag of cheap, pressed-glass leaf charms at a local craft store.  Most of them are so poorly made, I might just save them for a quirky garden ornament or something.  I did think these pink ones were good enough to make a pretty set of earrings, though.

They also had some Blue Moon beads on sale . . . you know, the ones in the little plastic drawers you can root around in?  I love these purple fishies.

And while were at it, here are some miscellaneous glass bead earrings I made over the past year or so.  Hope I'm not being too self indulgent . . .  Grin

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19  !El Dia de los Crochetos! in Crochet: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: May 18, 2009 05:15:49 PM
?Que es esto?

!Es el Dia de los Crochetos!

I KNEW there was a reason I never threw out that Val-U-Pak of sequins I got when I was ten!

Is that a gold flower bling tooth?  Why, yes.  Yes it is.

I've been seeing so many cool sugar skulls around Craftster lately, especially in the embroidery forum, that I wanted to see what I could do in my favorite medium, crochet.  I'm still experimenting, but I did come up with two pretty quick and easy patterns that were a lot of fun to decorate.

Have fun, and please let me know if there's anything weird in the patterns.  I really need to work on my own handwriting. Smiley

(As usual, make 'em, sell 'em, whatever 'em, but don't go selling the patterns.)

3-D Skull

(stitch loosely and it'll come out like the red-lined one; a bit tighter, and it'll be like the blue)

With white worsted weight yarn and a size G hook:

Ch 3, sl st to join.

Round 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 9 dc in ring, join (10 st)

Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in next 9 dc, dc in last, sl st to join (20 st)

Now we switch to a few short rows to make the lower part of the face:

Rows 1, 2 and 3:     Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each of next 4 st, turn (5 st)

Ch 1, sc evenly all around, but put an hdc in each of the cheekbones (where round 2 meets row 1).  Depending on how loosely/tightly you crochet, you may want to add a few extra sc's around the top and sides of the head here and there.  Sl st to join, finish off.

Switch to a colored yarn.  Sl st all around.  The tighter you stitch, the more your skull will bulge out, so adjust as you go to get it the way you like it!  Finish off, and weave in ends.

Big Flat Sugary Skull

With white worsted weight yarn, and a size G hook:

Ch 3, sl st to join.

Round 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 13 dc in ring, join (14 st)

Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in each dc, put 1 extra dc in the last one (30 st)

Now for the lower part of the face (again, rows, not rounds):

Row 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, dc in same place.  2 dc in each of next 4 (10 st)

Row 2:  Ch 3, turn, skip first dc, dc in each of next 9 st (10 st)

Ch 1, sc evenly all around.  Put one hdc in each of the cheekbones (where round 2 meets row 1).  Add extra sc wherever necessary to keep the skull flat. 

Now . . . put on some mariachi music, and decorate with embroidery, beads, sequins . . . it's all good!

Optional Big Daisy Eyes:

With black worsted weight yarn and a size G hook, form magic ring.  Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull tight.

Switch to pink (or other color), *Ch 3, sc in sc, repeat from * all around. (8 petals)
Sl st to starting place, finish off.

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20  A triumvirate of Happy Hooker Hats! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by JenGoPop on: April 30, 2009 11:18:20 AM
I just finished a decidely non-anarchic, non-ironic, good old fashioned pom-pom balled hat with the Anarchy Irony pattern.  I must say, this is my favorite hat pattern from the book so far, although I did need to go down a hook size, and I only did about 38 rounds.  The yarn is Red Heart . . . bleah, but the Monet multicolor is really pretty, and my mom got it cheap at the thrift store, so hey:

Last year I made the PDQ and Boy Beanie but never got around to posting, so here they are as well:

I used some old, soft gray yarn for the PDQ.  It just doesn't look right with a floopy yarn, especially with the ear flaps. They either stick out like Spock ears when up, or hang there when down. If you make this, use something stiff!

Boy Beanie is a pretty good basic pattern, and really easy to do.

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