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21  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!
22  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
23  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!
24  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?
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet rug using repurposed tshirts! on: March 19, 2016 05:24:29 PM
So - here is my first attempt - totally just winged it, and it's a bit wavy - probably needed to go slower with the increases. Lesson learned for next time! Fun, though, and with a huge crochet needle, it goes really fast!


Here is an in-progress shot with the cat doing quality control . . .


and a shot where you can actually see the rug!


I have a tutorial for this kind of rug now, but if anyone has experience and advice, I'd love to hear it!  Grin
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Project bags in Dr. Who and Skully Fabric! on: March 18, 2016 02:00:48 PM
Ok - so I have recently taken up crocheting, and found that I was in need of a project bag that would allow my yarn to pull through easily without allowing the whole ball to come out at once.

I saw this project https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=444593.0 and thought it would be cool to make them. BUT - then I thought that if I wanted to take the yarn out and put it somewhere else or use the bag for another project, I really couldn't without unrolling the whole ball of yarn.

So I thought about making a gap at the end of a zippered bag - that way the yarn wouldn't catch in the zipper, but you could open the bag and take the whole project out if you needed to!

Here is the first one I made - it's too small, really, but I love the fabric!


The space for the yarn:


With a WIP:


And the inside:


And here is the skully one!






The inside of this is a fabric I made on Spoonflower using a zendoodle I had done:


So - what do you think? have you seen something like this before? I haven't done a search or anything, so I'd be curious. I can't imagine I came up with something totally new, but I like how they came out!

Thanks for looking!
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / More Gift Card Holder Zip Pouches - Batiks and other fabrics on: March 10, 2016 02:29:22 PM
I've been busy making these little zip pouches lately - they are quick and easy and (I think) come out really cute!

Batiks and a marbelized fabric:


Dots, Ocean and BATMAN!


More batiks:


Thanks for looking!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Small zipper pouches for holding gift cards! on: March 05, 2016 06:37:37 PM
Hi all!

My aunt gave me a great idea - to make small zipper pouches that can be used as gift card holders! So far, I have made them out of party hat fabric (for any celebratory occasion) and thank you fabric. I have a ton of others in the works, though, since people like all sorts of different things . . .

So here are the party hats:




And the thank you ones:




And a group shot for fun:


I am going to use a couple for my kids' teachers at the end of the year - I am giving gift cards, but I like to give something handmade as well!

Thanks for looking!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Political Statement Zipper Pouches on: February 11, 2016 02:46:10 PM
So - with the presidential campaigns all revved up, I thought it would be appropriate to make some politically-themed zipper pouches!

Republican:


Democrat:


Bipartisan:


Old-fashioned voter buttons:


Pick a side, and show your colors!!   Grin
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Cross Body Bag for my Aunt's Friend on: February 04, 2016 06:02:45 PM
Just finished a new bag for my Aunt's friend - I love batik fabrics and have a lot of them - this one on the inside of this purse is so bright and happy! Smiley




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