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61  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Toddler hat and poncho (2 pics) on: November 26, 2007 08:35:58 AM
I made the hat without a pattern- just made it up as i went along. The poncho i followed (loosely) the downtown tot poncho pattern from Lionbrand's site. I think i may have scaled it down a little too much- I tried it on my son, who is a year younger than our cousin i made it for... it fit over his head and covered his shoulders and upper body pretty well... but he was sitting down so i couldn't get a really good shot of it, or see how well it hung on him. He;s basically the same size as she is, just a wee bit shorter.

I think i want to add to it... The pattern on LionBrand's site has fringe on it; i was thinking of either doing that or adding a crocheted lace about 4-5 inches wide around the edges of it, but don't know if that would look right.

Here's the set:

and just the poncho:(oh and i spilled a drip of coffee earlier in there this morning, hence the splatter mark just underneath the right corner of the piece...LOL)

fringe or lace? Either way i'm going to have to buy another skein of yarn- it took one skein to make each panel (btw, it's bernat softee chunky, but i dunno the name of it as i lost the care sheet).
62  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Need input: whole dried oranges as ornaments... on: November 24, 2007 01:27:50 PM
how do you do it?? i saw it on some TLC/home decor show- whoever the big party planner guy is for Oprah or something.... He made topiaries and pinned whole dried oranges to them, and i cannot find out how to do this. I know i slice them (not completely through) and stick them in an oven on a very low setting, but how low (or high) the temp is supposed to be is beyond me... plus i need to know how long it may take for a cookie sheet full of these things will take (i plan on using clementines which are slightly smaller than your average navel orange)...

I've googled "whole dried oranges", "dried oranges", "potpourri whole oranges" and cannot find anything but orange SLICES, and with my luck there is going to be a difference between the drying processes of 1/4" slices of orange and whole oranges.

If anyone happened to see that show, or knows who i am talking about i would appreciate the inside info!!! I cant find info on that ep on the Oprah site, so i'm thinking i must be thinking of the wrong show- that and it was over  a year ago!  TIA!
63  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "cloche-y" hat and scarf... my first bi-color!(pic warning!) on: November 20, 2007 09:48:02 PM
Lavendar and Moss.... Actually, the colors are Orchid and Frosty Green from red heart super saver, but i like lavendar and moss better. LOL. it took me about a week to finish the scarf in 20 minute intervals (toddlers are alot of work ya know... lol) but i made the hat in one night in double strand and a triple crochet. It's my first attempt at a brimmed hat, and im pretty darn excited about how well it turned out. There is an ugly seam up the back of it though, but i think i'll figure that out next time.


close up of triple crochet and double yarn:

full front view:

full side:

thanks for looking! i know you can see my trimmed spots in there from cutting off the ends of my weave-ins. i hope i was right in doing that! i just can't figure out how to 'hide' them better....  Huh
64  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Can anyone tell me how/what this might be? on: November 20, 2007 02:34:25 PM
My grandmother made a number of these as lapghans and afghans when i was really little, and i was given one of the few left. I want to make one, and i vaguely remember her using a round loom to make them, but beyond that i have no clue. She may not have even used a loom to make the flowers, but she definitely crocheted them all together. I just love the way the blanket drapes and the weight of it is so heavy even though it looks light and lacey. If anyone has seen this or could steer me a few keywords to search with i'd really appreciate it!

the front and back view of the blanket

a kinf od fuzzy close up of the 'flowers' themselves...
65  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Type of yarn in regard to specific projects.... on: November 19, 2007 12:29:46 PM
Since i'm kinda on the broke side i've only picked up a few skeins of Red Heart super saver... which is durable, but not the softest... i've been making a scarf-hat out of it...

i digress.

I have een asked to make a crocheted dress or skirt, something i've never done before. are there any recommendations on yarns to use? I found somewhere a pattern for a skirt that only mentions not to use cotton or wool yarns as they shirink and pill. Are there any 'fine clothing' type yarns anyone would recommend? As an added challenge I'd like to keep the cost down on it, especially since it's my first project like it and don't want touy a super expensive yarn to use on an experimental project, kwim?

thanks in advance, darlings:)
66  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / i'm gonna rip my hair out...mittens!! on: November 07, 2007 01:38:35 PM
i'm trying to work this pattern to make mittens to match this hat i made w/o a pattern...

here's the link to the pattern:


First i had issues with the second part of the pattern (after you finish the cuff). I either miscounted my rows or am just stupid as i was having alot of trouble "evenly spacing 15 sc' around the top of the cuff. THEN it starts talking about "SC in join" after you've joined the first round and ch 1. do what now?? single crochet in the join, and then inc (increase)... huh?? this is why i end up winging any pattern i try to follow... but i can't do that with this pattern as i've never made anything like this before and have no idea how to figure it out.

Are there any free patterns out there with pic tutorials?? my keywork searches suck, so if anyone could at least help me out with some tips in that department i'd really appreciate it. This is going to be an xmas gift for a 3y/o cousin of mine so i'm kind of under time restraints... TIA!!
67  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first sweater (for newborn) on: November 07, 2007 10:18:59 AM
I'm due Feb 29th with my second child and i wanted to make the layette she (or possibly he if the ultrasound was wrong!!) could wear home from the hospital in. This is the sweater, and it is not finished yet- i'mgoing to use navy yarn around the cuffs, the hem at the bottom and the edges of the 'lapels', then add some navy blue button accents somewhere on there, or navy felt 'pockets'. i haven't decided yet. you can't see it in the pic, but on the left side seam it's all cattywhompussed because somehow i messed up the line-up of the 2 edges, so one is slightly longer than the other in the back. But other than that i am SUper excited about how it's turning out so far. The onesie i have paired it it i found at Target, and i'm going to make the matching pants in navy yarn with red 'trim' around the hems. i can't wait to finish it!!

68  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / so i'm starting really simple... baby sweater on: November 06, 2007 01:18:30 PM
featured on this site:


i can't screw this up, right??

well see... i want to make it into a tie-front sweater instead of a pullover. So i was thinking of making the front panel into 2 mirrored panels and being the crochet-cheat that i am, sew the inner corners of the collar down onto the chest of the sweater as 'lapels'.... would that look weird??

i'm still in the 'hat making stage' of teaching myself to crochet so this is like a half-step forward. I basically want to make a bring home outfit for my new baby due in Feb, so right now the simpler the better so i know i will get it completed before then. LOL. I have a 2  year old to run after (and make things for also!) so time is sparse....

any ideas/ tips/ tricks/ advice would be welcome...

btw, i'm using a sweet red yarn and will be using navy yarn for the pants (pattern yet to be found) as i have a long-sleeved onesie that is navy with red graphics on it, and will be using the navy yarn to 'trim' the sweater and red to 'trim' the navy pants...

69  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / *pic heavy* 2 more hats! i'm too chicken to venture out just yet... on: November 05, 2007 10:23:47 AM
so you'll have to make do with these... the black hat is for DBF- it's too big in me because he has a gigantor head... I wanted it to look 'ribbed' so instead of crocheting in the round i made yet another big rectangle and turned it sideways (if that makes sense) so the ribbing would be vertical instead of horizontal, whipstitched the 2 ends together and ran the tail through the 'top' of the hat in an in-out-in-out pattern and cinched it all together and tied it tight. I think it came out pretty well for not using a pattern and making the finishing touches up as i went. Now to see if DBF likes it!!

top view of hat:

and i finally made a hat for my son:) I was so excited, this hat only took me an hour and a half to complete!


on my little hat model:)

any feedback on them is greatly appreciated... the one thing i'm noticing is my fasten-off usually comes undone, so i don't think i'm doing it right, but i don't want a bunch of crappy looking knot-ties all over the place, kwim??
70  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / DBF cut down another tree... i wanna make stump seats out of them BUT on: November 05, 2007 05:23:03 AM
They have to be able to move from indoors to out and possibly sit in bad (wet) weather.

Any cushion fabric recommendations? I have no idea where i could get something 'weather proof', and was planning on getting some kind of sturdy fabric and scotch guarding the crap out of it.

Also, would i need to seal the top and bottom of the stump where they were cut to make sure they don't rot at all, or carry any buggies into the house? Or should i plan on either leaving them outside or inside- one or the other- in the first place?

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