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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Christmas-themed cozies on: July 04, 2016 05:07:20 PM
Going to a "Christmas in July" craft show in a couple of weeks - thought I should make some Christmas-themed items.


And Santa!

Comments and constructive criticism welcome. I just kind of winged both of these  - wasn't sure how to add much to the santa, and I think that I will make the scarf thinner on the next snowman . . .

Any thoughts on other Christmas-themed cozies I can attempt? I thought maybe a Rudolph one - his face, with a big red nose in the middle? Not sure about the antlers . . . and then a green one with different colored circles on it?? Not sure. It's kind of fun to experiment, though!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kitty cozy! (with owl, lion and penguin in post #5) on: June 29, 2016 03:26:01 PM
So I have been experimenting with making cozies for cans (trying to make one for a bottle, but I keep making them too wide!)

Here is my kitty cozy!


And Back

(with tail!)  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!!  Smiley
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two new purses - Dandelions and Hearts, Butterflies and Flowers! on: June 27, 2016 06:47:45 PM
Just finished a couple of new bags in a pattern I have used before and really liked. It is called the "Phoebe" bag, but at the moment I can't remember what site it came from - pretty sure it was free . . . Brain is on vacation, though - I'll look it up later if anyone is interested.

These bags are bigger than the original pattern, though I don't remember how much I blew it up. I also make the straps longer than the pattern calls for and use a magnetic snap on the inside of the bag rather than the closure flap that it calls for.

Dandelions (I LOVE this one - love the fabric and the gorgeous blue lining!):

And this one - flowers, hearts and butterflies! This was made to order for someone who prefers oranges and yellows to that lovely blue:

Thanks for looking!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dr. Who cooler bag . . . with Minions! :D on: June 20, 2016 03:56:24 PM
Hi all!

So - as a reward for spending multiple thousands of dollars financing our home through this bank, we got a lovely cooler bag. <Massive fanfare and applause!>

It was actually a very useful size for a cooler bag, and we have used it to death over the last 5 or so years.

The outside of the original doesn't look bad, but the inside was all ripped up and nasty. So I decided to make a replacement - here it is!

Dr. Who is totally awesome, whether with a bow tie or a fez or anything else, so I HAD to use some of my Whovian fabric on this project!

Here are some shots to compare the old and the new - I think I got the sizing pretty much spot-on (Sorry for the blurry pics)!

And - because one pop-culture reference is insufficient - MINIONS!  Grin

Thanks as always for looking!
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Skully Scarf! on: June 07, 2016 06:59:54 PM
Hi all!

So I found this fab pattern on Ravelry.com - FREE!

It's really easy-peasy and works up really quick.

Here's a pic of half of my skully scarf - I can take more pics of the whole thing, but this is all I have for now:

As always, thanks for looking!  Cheesy
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crocheted Owl Bag on: May 14, 2016 05:49:39 AM

I have recently taught  myself to crochet, and have been having fun making these crocheted owls:

Those two went into making this purse:

Sorry - best picture I have of the bag so far . . .

Have also made these guys:
Donated this one to a silent auction at my daughter's elementary school

These last two are in process of becoming another bag - need to do the handle and line it:

  I am really enjoying crochet - who knew?! Smiley
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Owls! Hoot! on: May 07, 2016 08:26:57 AM
Hi all!

So I am really into the crochet thing now - here are some owls I made. A couple have been turned into a purse (haven't taken pics of that yet), and a couple will be either wall-hangings or hot pads - donating them to a silent auction, so I guess the people getting them can decide!

Here is the first one I made - it's supposed to be octagonal, but that didn't quite come through on this first one:

Better octagon with the second:

And the third:

The second and third are the ones I made the bag out of. Here's the fourth, which I am donating along with the first:

This one doesn't have plastic eyes, so can work for a hot pad if desired.

I've already made another that I haven't photographed - going to make another purse! I got the pattern here: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1140210649. Haven't gotten around to making the full tote yet - maybe I will at some point, but would need a lot more of the main color than I currently have, so am holding off for now.

Group shot:

Thanks for looking!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Three "virus" shawls on: May 06, 2016 08:00:43 AM
This was the first patterned crochet project I tried - the "virus" shawl - horrible name for a lovely shawl! I found the free pattern on Ravelry, but it is all over the internet!

I made one for myself first, which is a bit wonky and I don't have picture of it (yet - will remedy that soon!), but here are the next three I made:

Being worn:

Mercerized cotton:

Cream colored wool:

And my favorite - variegated pink and green - the yarn is a combination of silk, cotton and some percentage of man-made fibers. It is SOOOO soft and pretty!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Little drawstring bags! on: May 06, 2016 07:54:23 AM
Hi all!

I've been making these cute little crocheted drawstring bags recently. I think I found the pattern on Ravelry - not sure, but it was a free pattern that I found somewhere! Easy peasy!  Grin

First three out of regular cotton yarn:

And two more with mercerized cotton and ceram-colored wool:

And then a pic of all of them opened up:

Thanks for looking!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crocheted bowls using upcycled t-shirt yarn on: March 31, 2016 06:12:41 AM
So I tried making a couple of rugs, which was fun, but I thought it would also be fun to try to turn them into bowls - here are my first two attempts:

Side view:

And a patriotic one:

Without flash:

With remotes for scale:

I put some wire through the top of them so that they would hold their shape better - what do you think?
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