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361  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 02, 2011 09:30:16 AM
Here's #94! I think there's an extra ch 3 in the directions at the start of round 3 (it doesn't show 2 sets of ch 3 in the chart, so I only did 1). I also kept losing my place on round 5, so I had to write it out in list form  Tongue

And now, enough procrastination... on to the real work for the day!
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362  Dyeing to Experiment! in Dyeing: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: January 01, 2011 05:28:31 PM
I've wanted to try dyeing some yarn for several years, but never made the time to do it. I had the book One Skein that I bought ages ago for a gift and had planned to dye up some yarn to go with it. Problem was, I lost the book and didn't want to give the yarn without it, so I didn't rush to do it. I finally found the book and decided that it was time to jump in. I checked out a couple of posts (here and here) on dyeing with Kool-aid, and got the tip to use food coloring, too.

I didn't have a big enough microwave-safe dish, so I just used a pot on the stove. I added vinegar to the water and just let the yarn simmer for a while...

I split an 8 oz. skein of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool into 3 smaller skeins (I used my kitchen scale to weigh out 2.6 oz). Since I had Kool-aid already on hand (purchased a while ago for the project), I started with that. I like how the yarn came out, but the colors were not what I was expecting.

On the left is orange (2 packets used, and it's a little more orange in real life), in the middle is cherry lemonade (2 packets of cherry and then I added 2 packets of lemonade because I thought that it would be too pink) and on the right is tropical punch (2 packets used). I did the tropical punch first and it wasn't as purple as I expected, so I skipped the grape I had been planning to use (I'll just drink it- grape is my favorite flavor!).

When I got an extra week for gift-making due to the weather, I picked up another skein of wool and some Wilton food coloring pastes. I started with the violet and found that I ended up with clumps of dye at the bottom of the pan (and on the yarn), so I pre-dissolved the other colors for the other batches. I also had no idea how much to use, and I used a bit more than I needed for the violet and blue (I had it figured out a bit better by the green). The water in the pot didn't turn clear for these, and I probably should have rinsed the yarn a bit better than I did, because I got a bit of purple on my fingers when I made the hanks. I did let my SIL know that she should probably rinse it before she uses it.

On the left is violet, in the center is delphinium blue (which came out much more purple in some spots and more blue in others) and on the right is moss green (which is my favorite).

I enjoyed it so much, that I picked up some more yarn (thank goodness for 50% off coupons) and 2 more dye colors (royal blue and teal/aqua {I forget what it's called}) so I can play around with some color mixing. I think I'll also try changing the amount of yarn that I dye each batch (I think I'll do 1 oz batches) to see if I can get more uniform color on the yarn. I plan on trying again in a couple of weeks when I have a bit of free time.
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363  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 01, 2011 05:05:05 PM
Here's my #76! Ends all woven in to look tidy for the camera, too Wink

I used some bits of Bernat Satin (from fantasticmio in one of the Little Odd Ball swaps- thanks, Becky!) and just had enough of the pink. I'm not super crazy about picots, for some reason, but they came out pretty good on this (except for 1 or 2 that look a bit squashed). This was nice and quick! Great for procrastination Wink

And now, I really do need to think about my journal for the Sketchbook Project... for a little while, at least Wink
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364  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 27, 2010 07:14:53 AM
 Here's my hexagon! I love this pattern (great choice, fantasticmio!) and I'd consider making a whole hexagon blanket of them. It has a great texture and it looks way cooler in person than it does in my picture Tongue

I couldn't get to most of my yarn without a ton of effort last night, and the browns within easy reach just weren't what I wanted. Fortunately, on Christmas day, my aunt had given me a bag of leftover yarn, and I was able to scrounge up some colors that went fairly well together (I like the color combo {light blue, grey and an army-ish green} and would use it on a guy blanket).

And, my new motivation for weaving in the ends of motifs... finding a more odious task that needs to be done (in this case, shoveling out the car in rather fierce winds) and procrastinating with end weaving instead. I wove in the ends on 3 motifs (I would have done more, but my elderly neighbor was out shoveling and I'm feeling guilty...).

Anyway, here's my hexagon!

Just ordered the book on Amazon! So if -as a crochet beginner- I can make some things I'll probably join  Cheesy

And, welcome, IdlersDesign! Crocheting motifs is a good way to hone your crochet skills. They are big enough that you can practice your stitches, but nicely compact so that if you mess it up, it isn't a lot of time (or yarn) wasted. Her patterns are well-written, and you can learn how to read the symbol charts, too. Plus, we'll all be here to help!
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365  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 26, 2010 01:49:32 PM
So the just-beginning-blizzard means I have to stay in the house  Tongue but it also means that I can get some crocheting done (and what better to do when there's a snowstorm happening?!). I took stock of my motifs and I think I've identified all of the ones that I have. I have a couple on my original list that I made for swap partners and I'm not sure if I made one for myself, so I am not counting those for now (unless I find them somewhere). I still haven't tackled #54 (hexagon), but I did weave in the tails on at least a half dozen motifs so they would look pretty for the camera Wink (well, as pretty as my photography skills allow them to be).

#18 and #27

#15, #28 and #51

#51 (I think it's missing a round), #123 and #40

#60 and #83

These are all #89, but the yellow one has a different border.

#112, #104 and #92

#93, #88, #115 and #98

Now, I think I'll pick out some yarn to tackle that hexagon!
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366  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 26, 2010 01:31:42 PM
With a blizzard bearing down on my humble abode, and the travel restrictions it brings with it, I am forced to stay at home and get something done! So, I finally dug out my camera to photograph my December square, which has been done for weeks...

A bit blurry, but it's evidence that I finished it Wink

Thanks again, playswithneedles, for running this CAL!
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367  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- December in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: November 20, 2010 12:06:49 PM
I finished weaving in all of the ends on my 13 (12 Craftster + 1 Ravelry) 12" blocks!! And, in celebration, I'm posting the December square early in case anyone needs it to finish up their blankets for a holiday gift.

It's Winter Dream over on Dishcloth Diaries. I only found a minor correction and posted it on the first page.

Sorry for the blurry shot- I just couldn't get a good one that was in focus!

Now, here's hoping that I can get the blanket finished by Christmas so my mom can pack it down to FL and I can save room in my suitcase!
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368  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: November 11, 2010 10:23:48 AM
Here's my Fretwork square! The colors in real life are a little different, but it's close enough. I like this color combo and could see a whole blanket done this way. Not that it would match my house or anyone else's, but maybe someday!

It ripples a bit, and I'm not sure why... maybe I snuck in an extra stitch along the edges...
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369  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- November in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: October 31, 2010 01:52:03 PM
It's November already! Well, at least it is somewhere in the world Wink But, I needed to post this today because tomorrow (and the next 2 days) is a crazy full day.

This month's square is Smooth Fox's Mulberry Bush and it's very nice looking in a single color, but I think it looks nice in multiple colors too! There was a tiny correction, but I got in touch with Smooth Fox (AKA Donna, who is such a sweet person!) and she corrected and uploaded a new PDF. (Note: It's a free download, and when you get to the download site, you just need to click on the gray "Download Now" button, wait about 30 seconds and click the second "Download Now" link. You don't need to install anything or sign up for anything.)

It stitches up nice and fast and is pretty easy, too! My picture looks a bit wonky because it's on a bumpy comforter so it's not really crooked in real life Grin

I can't believe we only have one month to go! I've got December all tested and I've been working on weaving in the ends for all of my blocks (did you notice that November has its ends woven in already Wink )while watching TV at night. Since this blanket isn't a gift (it currently has no designated recipient), I thought I'd use it to learn the flat braid join before I tried it on the ones that are gifts. I don't know if I can do it, but I'd like to have it joined together by December 1st so I can show off a completed blanket (for once).
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370  Ralph Wiggum Pumpkin in Halloween Decor and Parties by craftADDchick on: October 24, 2010 12:35:32 PM
So, I work at a middle school and each team needed to carve a pumpkin to enter in the carving contest. This was our 6th grade team's entry:

Ralph Wiggum, of The Simpsons fame!

I taped the image (found via Stencilry) onto the pumpkin and went over it with a ball-point pen. Then, with the pen again, I went over the faint tracing lines on the pumpkin skin (I had to guess in a couple of spots because the original tracing didn't make an impression as deep as I had hoped). Then, I grabbed my Speedball linoleum carving tool, fitted with the U-gouge, and went to town! Later, the kids carved out our team designation on the back of the pumpkin.

And, even though I don't think our pumpkin won, it was a big hit with our students!
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