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1  My first crocheted thing (a hat) in Crochet: Completed Projects by blue engine on: January 25, 2008 10:50:24 AM
As a Christmas present to myself, I taught myself to crochet! I practiced all the basic stitches using the "Happy Hooker" book on the long car ride to and from my mum-in-law's. Then I wasn't sure what to do next, but when I saw the article on improvising your own hat in Craft:05 I thought, ok, I'll give it try...Even tho it looks, I think, like a first hat, I'm kinda thrilled with how it turned out----and my daughter likes it, so it's pretty cool to have a hat she'll wear with out fussing. I had no idea crochet would be so instantly gratifying---so the addiction sets in...

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2  Re: yo-yos! in Completed Projects by blue engine on: October 17, 2007 09:12:09 AM
Yea! I'm so happy to see that I'm not the only one getting obsessed with yoyos! And I love the pumpkin and tree ideas.  I had seen yoyo's before but my interest was (re)sparked by this:


plus some other cute things on her blog. She makes little flowers out of them, and garlands, and like bows for presents....

I sewed a bunch on a dress for my dd---sort of random, cause she told me where to put them, but it turned out cute.

Bit too much action in this pic, and then I had to wash out the grass and cake stains---but the yoyos held up pretty well actually...
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3  square skirt, and peasant top in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by blue engine on: September 18, 2007 12:45:36 PM
A new (to me anyway) type of twirly skirt, and the famous peasant top ala vegbee.

I loved following that tutorial! Honestly, I really couldn't tell from looking at it how it all came together into the top, but I just set my laptop next to my computer and did as told, and it worked. What a pleasant surprise. My dd is apparently now the same size more or less as Vegbee's was when the tute was done, which helped because I didn't have to mess with changing the measurements.

Here she is ready to twirl. Unfortunately I made the skirt a bit too short---fine with leggings, bit immodest without---and I don't have enough of the fabric for a do-over.

Here's how the skirt looks flat. I followed the directions in Denhartog and Camp's Sew What! Skirts, and it was, as you might guess from looking at it, very very easy. WAY quicker to do than the tiered twirly skirts, and still pretty darn twirly. And if you used ready-made bias type for the waist band, you'd be done practically before you started.

I think I might play around with this skirt type some more. I wonder how it would look with a ruffle along the edges? Or maybe with two squares layered together...?

Thanks for looking!
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4  twirly skirt t-dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by blue engine on: September 08, 2007 01:56:13 AM
My first posted project, I'm so excited.

The top used to be a onesie, which got too short for her so fast she hardly ever got to wear it. I like the way it turned out, but next time I'd make a separate skirt that can be combined with other things.

Thanks for the inspiration, Vegbee and all you other twirly skirt makers, and thanks for looking.
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