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1  Really simple mini crochet sweaters in Crochet: Completed Projects by hello vera on: October 13, 2008 02:51:08 AM
Using the mini sweaters pattern from marcisenders.typepad.com, I have now made about a billion(!!!) of these little things.

With my 2mm crochet hook for sizing. 

They are a really really simple and quick stashbuster that any novice like myself will enjoy : )
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2  Rag doll bunny in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by hello vera on: May 19, 2008 04:46:12 AM
I was asked by my cousin to make a ragdoll for her newborn (Lily), something babysafe and kooky.
After brainstorming with a cup of tea, little strawbunny was made.

Her frock is joined at the back with fat ribbon, and so is removable for being given to baby Lily.
Looking at the pic the eyes look a bit evil, but are really honestly very unevil irl!
Quite fancy making myself one now!  Cheesy
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3  Simple heat/cooling pad in Completed Projects by hello vera on: February 27, 2008 09:35:47 AM
After having lower back pain for ages I decided I needed to craft something helpful.
Using a scrap of cotton I made a little pocket for the rice (wholegrain rice with a pinch of nutmeg and allspice, smells yummy!) and with my current very favourite cotton print- made a little cover for it all.

The cover was made in an evelope style but I put the two openings too far apart and spent the best part of twenty minutes turning the air blue whilst attempting to turn the damned thing! The idea was to have a removable cover for ease of washing, but it looks like I'll be making a new one that doesnt require the strength of a thousand men to turn the right way!

Its worked a charm, but Im not sure if it was the heat pack or the biscuits!
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4  Yet another calorimetry in Knitting: Completed Projects by hello vera on: February 27, 2008 08:28:59 AM
This is a first for me, Ive followed a pattern!

As I attempted a calorimetry a few months ago which turned out to be big enough to wrap around my head more than once and was frogged straight away, this time I used 4mm needles and rowan pure wool dk and its turned out just fine. There are one or two mistakes (!) but as I made it for myself, I'll live with it!

The buttons is from my nan, who donated over 3000 buttons to me not so long ago. Im predicting there will be many button related craftyness in the not so distant future.
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5  Re: Infinity dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by hello vera on: February 26, 2008 05:49:23 AM
Too bad it's going in the disaster box... the pattern itself is great, but I'd love to see it on you. Isn't such a dress supposed to emphasize the hips, and by that turn the focus to the waist and celebrate the femininity? Be proud of being a pear!  Wink

For some reason I cant get a pic that shows how hippy I look in real life! This is the best pic, even if I do look rather short!
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6  Infinity dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by hello vera on: February 25, 2008 10:33:26 AM
Using the tute from https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0 I used some stretch poly knit? fabric I got from the 1 table at the local overpriced fabric shop.

(closeup of the super bargain fabric)

It took me less than twenty minutes to make, I decided on the asymetric skirt rather than the round one. I made the waistband a bit longer so it could be used to cover my boobs better when worn higher up.

Im really proud of it, but with me being pear shaped it makes me look huge and highlights my hips (Im only weenie!).  Sad
I'll be putting this in the 'disaster box' to be used in future crafting efforts.

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7  Harry the cushion monster in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by hello vera on: February 25, 2008 07:31:23 AM
I found I needed a bit of support for my back and shoulders while knitting/reading/sewing/crochet/watching tv on the sofa. I remembered a support pillow that my nan had, and thought- i'll make me one of those devils.

I used some cotton knit fabric I got from the local overpriced fabric shop on sale for 1 a metre, folded it in half, sewed along the edges and put a zipper in. (The pillow its stuffed with is made from some curtain lining I found in my stash and the insides of three pillows I got from my mum but didnt have use for).

Its only when I put the zip in (first time zipper, I was so excited I called my nan!) I realised he needed a face. So a ribbon from a Lush package became his tongue (knotted onto the zipper), circles cut from felt became his eyes and some wonky triangles became his teeth.

Let me introduce Harry. He can be folded in half to be used as a footstool, or propped up behind me to support my shoulders and back, cuddled in bed when my other half is away and used as a rockinghorse by small children.

Dreadful pic, but you get the idea.

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8  Pjs to a pillowcase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by hello vera on: February 21, 2008 07:31:22 AM
My partner had a pj set given to him over 10 years ago by his grandfather, who sadly passed away 3 years ago. My partner finally decided to throw the pjs away after not being able to fit into them for many moons! But when I opened the bin and saw little Gromits face peering up at me, I didnt have the heart to let them go forever. I washed them and put them in my 'to do' box/room. Realising Id forgotten about valentines day, I saw the pjs out of the corner of my eye and decided to put them into good use.
I cut the sides, neck and arms off of the top and fashioned it into a pillow case, making the pants (plain navy) into a seperate pillow case to go underneath the printed one. And was a bit blah about what I had made, until the MIL shows up and comments on the pillow, sat looking pretty on the partners computer chair, I tell her the little story about how it came to be, and she promptly starts crying and stroking my face for a good 20mins.

The partner was really happy with his little gift, seeing as them pjs meant a lot to him, and uses it everyday.

How could you let this little face end up on a landfil!

I like how soft the fabric is, and how vintagy (if thats even a word) the fabric looks from being washed and worn regularly.
Such a simple idea, with a whole lot of meaning!
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9  Another washcloth! in Crochet: Completed Projects by hello vera on: February 21, 2008 06:51:26 AM
I had rhinoplasty 10days ago, and had a mountain of books to get through to keep me occupied (i.e out of trouble!), but it turns out that reading makes me feel sick and dizzy, so out came the crochet hook and an obnoxious ball of wool and another washcloth was made (one of about 20, but this ones my favourite, the colours cant help but make you smile- or make your eyes bleed!)

Looks really wonky here, but irl its straight but has a habit of curling madly. (sorry for the fuzziness)

The pics dont do the colours justice, theyre super bright and the yellow is almost orange. Anyways, I like it!
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10  Re: Poppet Outfits Only! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by hello vera on: February 21, 2008 06:29:00 AM
My poor unnamed poppet was looking very sad on the bookshelf without any clothes, so she got some underwear,

and a knitted dress, which im very proud of even if it does look a bit naff! Please feel free to laugh!!

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