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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fingerless Gloves on: February 13, 2013 01:46:07 PM

My hands get so cold, but I need my fingertips to text, crochet, etc. So I got these $1 knit gloves, and clipped the finger tips off.  Instant fuzz! To stop it from fraying and unraveling, I took some very thin blue cotton thread and used a 1.8 mm hook to crochet some edging. 
What do you think?
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jute Basket on: February 05, 2013 01:40:56 PM

Jute comes in colors other than brown or green!! I didn't realize this until I came across it on a florist site. The drawback: a spool of 100 yards is twice the price of the regular jute found at the hardware store, and that excludes the shipping.  Well, after I splurged on a spool of navy blue, I crocheted a small basket to showcase this beautiful agavoides and some sedum. I didn't put any soil in there.  The succulents will last a very long time.

I worked in a spiral with single crochet stitches and an F-hook.  I wrapped the last round of half-double crochet stitches around a wire ring that I made from 19 gauge wire. The hanger is also made from the same gauge wire. The hook is an ornament hook.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Anger Management on: January 11, 2013 10:02:47 AM
You know when you get mad, and say shoot, or sheets-and-blankets, or son-of-a, or frick, or... well, you get my drift?  I needed a similar substitute for the finger.  Slip it on your ring finger and it prevents the middle one from staying up by itself.

No one can ever accuse you of giving them the frickin' finger again.

...and, true story: I just got back from the craft store, where, as I stood in line, a mother yelled out to her no-more-than 5 year-old daughter: "Shut the f**k up!"

I wish I had this to stick in her mouth:

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Towel Topper on: January 09, 2013 01:04:51 PM

A quick solution to those wandering hand towels that tend to clutter the counters.
The main color is Red Heart Spring Green.

To start with, you'll need a hook small enough to pierce through the towel, but big enough to work with the thickness of the yarn.  In this case, I used a 1.75 mm steel hook.

I cut a towel in half and worked a row of SC around each corner and across the rough edge.
Once the first row is done, I switched to a 3.75 mm hook.
2nd row is backloop HDC
3rd row is DC and then I join this row with a SL st

The strap is 6 DC stitches wide: 2 DC, and the ridge is made with 2 BPDC or 2FPDC, then 2DC.  Here is the back slit showing the slip stitch join and ridged strap:

To make the "button" hole, CH2, DC, TRC, CH3, SL st in the back ridge of the 2nd chain from hook, CH, TRC in next st of strap, DC, HDC.

You can use a one inch button or a flower for the front.  The flower I used is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381407.msg4512699#msg4512699

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Spotlight Turned Planter on: December 18, 2012 12:57:28 PM
I made this last summer, but never got around to posting it.  This is a spotlight I got at a garage sale.  I chose a plant called "firesticks" to put in it.  Because the plant needs ample drainage, and I didn't want to drill holes through the fixture, I placed the firesticks in potting soil in a 4" plastic pot, then placed the whole thing in the fixture.

It looks lit up because I flashed a flashlight on it while I took the picture.

If you use this plant, just be really careful because the sap is really toxic and can burn you. More info here: http://firestickplant.com/

16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cozy Bunnies on: December 18, 2012 11:16:45 AM
Last year, I thought to make soap pump cozies so that a duck would look like it was puking soap or lotion.  My aunt loves bunnies, so she asked if I could make a bunny pump cozy.  Here's how it turned out:

Kinda quirky.  Then it turned out, these bunnies make for great finger puppets:

They also look funny just sitting around, waiting for someone to talk to Cheesy

These little guys are all worked in the round from the top down (including the feet).  The tails, arms and ears were sewn on. A majority of the stitches is HDC.  They look kinda chunky, like they ate too many carrots, but I had to make them fat so they could fit around soap pumps.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Whisky Business on: December 14, 2012 04:48:54 PM
I found some old whisks at the thrift shop. My sister's a pastry chef, so I thought of her. I know she already has a ton of tools and she probably doesn't need more whisks, so I stuffed these with sphagnum moss, and used florist wire to attach some succulent cuttings. Whisky!

18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / 3 French Hens on: December 07, 2012 09:45:38 AM
I made the French Hens and they're invading the turtle doves' house!  One of the hens is so snooty... I'm sure you can guess which one she is.

I wonder when Partridge will arrive...

19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Two 'Turtle Doves' on: December 06, 2012 10:06:52 AM
If turtles could fly....

They would carry nickels:

Actually, I just couldn't figure out a good way to close the turtle up.

Here's the pattern if you'd like to make some to inhabit a mini holiday tree in lieu of mini gift ornaments that don't really have anything in them.

F/3.75mm Hook
Acrylic Medium Worsted Weight in green, beige and white
Brown Floss for the eyes

Begin with green color
Round1: Magic Circle 4 SC (4)
Round2: 2SC in each st (8 )
Round3: (1SC in next st, 2SC in next st) 4 times (12)
Round4: SC Even (12)

With new color (beige)
Round5: HDC Even (12)
SL st, cast off and weave ends in

With beige color
Round1: Magic Circle 4 SC (4)
Round2: (1SC in next st, 2SC in next st) 2 times (6)
Round3: SC Even (6)
Cast off with enough yarn to use to sew the head onto the shell

Use dark brown floss to stitch on some upside down V's for the eyes

Sew the head on.

WING (make 2) --
With white yarn
CH4, SL st in 3rd, 2nd and 1st chain
Cast off and  sew the wings on.
Insert nickel.

....Now to make some French Hens... Roll Eyes
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Birdhouse Ornament on: December 01, 2012 10:07:02 PM
Went to the wood section in the craft store and found some little  one-dollar birdhouses to make into ornaments.  Here's a finished one:

Here's how to make it....

First drill two holes about 1/4" apart in the roof:

Paint with patio paint or outdoor paint.  So I can actually hang this outside after the holidays, I chose a non-seasonal color, and the patio paint already has a sealer in it.

Glue some preserved moss (found mine at the dollar store) at the base of the birdhouse and around the drilled holes.  I used modge podge, but in hindsight I should have used the hot glue gun--- what was I thinking?!

Thread florist wire through the holes.

Insert a succulent cutting through one of the holes and twist the wire around the stem to secure it.  Trim off any excess wire.

That's it.  I hope you get to try it.
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