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21  Re: baby/childrens blanket along? in Crochetalongs by zatanna on: February 22, 2009 09:53:36 PM
Alrighty...so I was worried about the ends on my blanket, and since I was planning on making a matching smaller blanket for their cat, I decided to use the 1st version for the cat one and re-start the one for my nephew. I decided to really be mindful of weaving the ends in as I was going and making tighter, neater stitches. Which look nice....except that it's taking a TON longer because it's not 'growing' as fast.

I sort of felt like the crochet/knit books where they demonstrate how gauge is important....so here is the blanket with the same yarn, same hook size, same stitches, same amount of rounds (minus one side which is short a row)...just tighter stitches...

I think the new version looks much nicer because the stitches are tighter and neater, so it looks less 'newbie', but I am getting a little panicked about finishing now, as I had calculated time based on how fast I did the other one,
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22  First non-flat FO - The Golden Snitch! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by zatanna on: February 19, 2009 09:58:59 AM
So far while learning crochet I have done mainly scarves, circles, and granny squares. I decided I needed to give a non-flat object a try, since it has been intimidating me, so I decided to try the free snitch pattern from Inner Child Crochet (http://www.innerchildcrochet.com/patterns/the_golden_snitch.php) as a cat toy.

It's not perfect, but dang, I made it! This is also the first time I have tried to sew crochet pieces together, so that was an adventure, but I def. learned from the experience. Tips to improve/suggestions totally welcome, as I am trying to use this as a learning experience!

Obviously, Fatty is a beater for Team Kitty (just don't give him any drug tests, he is doping with spray catnip on his snitch!).

Things I was unhappy with: what to do with the ends from sewing the wings on and the lumpiness/in your face seams for the wings.

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23  Re: baby/childrens blanket along? in Crochetalongs by zatanna on: February 16, 2009 09:47:52 AM
Alright, so I made a bit more progress this weekend while at a party. I didn't feel TOO anti-social, because people were playing Wii and stuff, and I was able to chit chat along, because now I am verrrrrry used to what stitches I need to do now hah!

So it's looking a little off-center. I think bc it's 100% acrylic, I can not block it. Is there anything else I can do, or should I just not stress out too much about it? The off-centerish is the middle...the edges look a little weird in the pic, but that's mainly because they are curled up a bit.
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24  Re: Love/Hate ATC Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by zatanna on: February 16, 2009 09:41:22 AM
I recieved from crafty_dame, hoorays! Sorry the picture is not fab...it does not do it justice. Sad

It's called 'Layers of Love', and it indeed is layer-y. It's really neat, because it's pretty thick and you can see the different layers in between...so pretty! Smiley

Thanks again crafty_dame!
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25  Re: baby/childrens blanket along? in Crochetalongs by zatanna on: February 13, 2009 11:23:59 PM
Def. show us your stuff, EKO! The more people that post the more I am given the push to work on mine hah.

So I finally started mine, woo! I got some work done on it today, and then due to a miserable performance at a magic tournament, I had even MORE time to work on it.  Cry

As you can see, I indeed went with the ginormous granny square route. This will be my first 'real' completed item (excluding simple 1 stitch scarves and little 1 stitch accessory things). I am doing it on a G hook in 'I Love This Yarn', which was the softest 100% acrylic yarn I could find. I am using Sea Blue, Mid Green, and Linen...I figure those were soft enough colors for a baby without screaming BABY.
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26  Re: Small Destash Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zatanna on: February 07, 2009 10:53:25 AM
I received from the fab-u-lous JennyBear. I love the package...it really suits my tastes! Sorry, no action shots, as I am coming down with a cold and am not in the mood to show my face.

I received a black caliometry, which rocks because I wear a ton of black, and friggin' awesome Wonder Woman bullet repelling bracelets which I had in my 'fave' projects' on my profile!!!!!

Here is a button close up, because it's such a cute robot! Smiley

The caliometry was well timed, as I didn't have time to take a shower before I went out yesterday, so I just popped that on my head and took off (fits perfectly, by the way, perfect amount of stretch!). Also to JennyBear's credit, she tried to make me these string earrings I have on my wists but it didn't work out...but I will give her a gold star for effort!

Thanks again, JennyBear, and thanks for organizing, Feelix!
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27  Re: Love/Hate ATC Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by zatanna on: February 07, 2009 10:45:39 AM
I received from Calluna, and it is awesome. My picture is not the most fab, so if she has another one, a more clear one would be cool (my camera is not that swell).

The gentleman on the right is writing the poem as follows:

Literary Love

I broke my heart because of you, my dear;
I wept full many an unmanly tear-
But as in agony I lie awake
I thought, "What lovely poems this will make!"
-Harry Kemp

How perfectly angsty, love it! Smiley

She also sent me extra paper bits, which is fab, because I don't have much of this kinda stuff as I am new to paper-y crafting (esp. love the kittys, how cute!).

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28  Re: DeStash-Along 2009 in Craftalongs by zatanna on: February 04, 2009 12:48:33 PM
Now that I have my January swaps done, I can do some craftalonging. Although technically one of the swaps I did was destash, so I did indeed destash some things!

Anyhow, I had this weird bulky item stashed away that I decided I needed to use. It's a plastic ring/holder that held 3 jars of spaghetti sauce at Sam's Club (bulk food warehouse). I stashed it there months ago because I thought it was cool, don't ask me why!

I just started teaching myself crochet this last month and decided I should practice crocheting onto something, so when I saw the rings in the stash, bingo, I will make some bracelets!  I just used a big wire cutting thing to cut off the tabs on the inside and outside of the ring. They are all made of bits of bulky/super bulky yarn in bright colors:

The pink one got a bit twisty, so I need to untwist the ring a bit, I think!

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29  Re: Love/Hate ATC Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by zatanna on: February 04, 2009 10:03:14 AM
I received from Twiztidblood, hooray!

It's stitched and then placed on paper. It's really cool...I don't know if it's acceptable ATC practice, but I may use it as a bookmark because it's really quite cool to look it!

Thanks again! Smiley
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30  Re: Love/Hate ATC Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by zatanna on: February 02, 2009 08:02:05 PM
I recieved my very first ATC ever today from Panthermoon (pictured with the pretty card she sent it with).

The blue background is nifty, it's kinda alligator-crackley looking, with a really cool texture.

Thanks again, Panthermoon! Smiley

ETA: Where did you get the jukebox labels? Those are so cool!
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