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21  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: IDEA: Tokyo Jacket Crochetalong? on: October 11, 2009 09:41:18 AM
I haven't starte yet, and am already thwarted.... I went to Michael's to look at the yarn and select something fabulous. Th eonly yarn that I found that would have been thr ight weight was a gorgeous bamboo/silk blend from pattons- at $7 per ball (and I would need 10 or 11 balls). Not sure I can afford that, although it is sooo soft and would have a beautiful drape, I think.

Everything else was really suited to afghans and baby blankets. Haven't bothered with Walmart because the selection at my store has deteriorated seriously- mostly really chunky stuff that wouldn't be right. Well, this jacket might look nice with the body in a bulkier, textured yarn, but I don't know enough about how to compensate and alter the pattern for variation of yarn.

Sigh- I guess I am going to have to go to one of the fancy yarn stores in town (of which we have 3, I think- in a city of 1 million people, our craft selection is appauling!!).

Anyone want to share what yarn they have chosen?
22  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: IDEA: Tokyo Jacket Crochetalong? on: October 07, 2009 05:47:19 PM
ah what the heck- I am going to try as well.... probably a nice chocolate brown if I can find it.

Anyone have suggestions for alternate yarns that would be appropriate? I haven't ventured to Michaels yet, but I am looking forward to it. Haven't crocheted in a while, and haven't ever done a garment more complicated than a hat. I am excited about this!

Oh- thanks for the link to the website too. Aside from that pattern, they really have some gorgeous stuff! I felt all inspired and like avoiding work for a couple of months!
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Queen Anne's Lace Scarf on: October 06, 2009 09:40:06 PM
Gorgeous- such a pretty pattern, and a fabulous color! I would love to see the matching set- and modelled too!
24  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: IDEA: Tokyo Jacket Crochetalong? on: October 06, 2009 09:08:16 PM
wowww... this is a stunning jacket.
I can see the idea of being a fall/winter project- it may take a few weeks (months) to complete.

I am tempted, but it may depend some on how much it costs for the material...
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Jazzed up Ruffle butt on: September 25, 2009 07:59:23 PM
Absolutely adorable!
And the ruffle bum is pretty cute too- nice job for winging it!
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Budget Challanged Wedding.... need ideas on: July 30, 2009 09:32:37 AM
The barn with little lights sounds gorgeous! A few suggestions:
-centerpieces- cover a square of cardboard (or whatever) with your floral fabric and place in the center of each table (or spaced down, if you have the long banquet tables) with a cluster of 3 or 5 votives, or a single candle in a vase (or maybe a mason jar if you have a candy buffet)

-Make your own invitations

-bouquets- consider mixed flowers in a loose arrangement (a hand-tied bouquet) to look like a country garden rather than a more formal arrangement of roses. Some choices might be daisies, snapdragons, stock, liatris, solidago... Look at mixed bouquets in places like grocery stores and get some ideas. Attendants could carry a small hand-tied of daisies tied with brown ribbon

Let your attendant(s) choose their own dresses- something they might wear again

-Favors- carrying the candy theme, you could have a candy stick with a brown ribbon and a tag with a saying or poem that you like. Or, the votives that are centerpieces become favors (this is what we did). You could wrap the votives with a vellum printed with a saying on it

Good luck, and have fun planning!
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Thread crochet: lacy top on: July 26, 2009 07:45:28 PM
Wow - that is gorgeous! The pattern is so pretty- is it from a book, or did you design it yourself?
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Ring Sling I made for baby shower. on: July 26, 2009 07:37:25 PM
Beautiful slings! The fabrics are so nice- love the animals.

I hope that they are well appreciated and well used!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: oh my! Mei Tai! on: July 25, 2009 08:00:16 AM
Ekkagirl- I meant babywearer.com, not babycarrier.com... The babywearer site has patterns and suggestions etc., whereas babycarrier is reviews. Sorry!

Have fun with it- and share photos when you are done!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: oh my! Mei Tai! on: July 24, 2009 08:56:01 PM
Thanks for the comments ladies- and yes, my daughter is just a doll (I never argue when someone has the good sense and taste to recognize that!).

I loved the babyhawks- the patterns were so pretty! But I just can't bring myself to pay that much without knowing if she will like it (or if I will for that matter). It is crazy how much some of these things go for, and when I started researching patterns, I saw no reason why I couldn't apply my skills at straight lines to something beyond a bag. Honestly- a large rectangle with larger straps and voila, you have a mei tai. I had fun modifying and coming up with my own pattern, too- the green one doesn't tie around the back but has a buckle, and the brocade is more of a v-shape to accommodate the smaller bum.
want to make more... more..... (how many babies am I thinking I am going to carry, here???)

Ekkagirl- take a look at babycarrier.com if you are interested in a baby carrier. There are people who are carting their 3 and 4-year olds about, and it might be easier than dragging along a stroller when they may and may not go in any more.

Hmm... so my next project will be a satchel for my 3-year old son who has been carting my red crocheted pocket purse about as his "Indiana Jones backpack". Not as pretty as a mei tai, but he will love it just the same.
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