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1  Denver Beer Cozies in Crochet: Completed Projects by opivygrl on: March 17, 2008 02:56:16 PM
UntouchableFace's post reminded me that I haven't posted my beer cozies here yet!  I made these for the Represent Your Hometown challenge:

Here's the original post:

I'm in love with felted cozies now....especially since they're relatively easy to fit to the bottle while they're still damp from felting.
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2  Denver loves beer!!! in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by opivygrl on: March 04, 2008 07:56:28 AM
Denver, my new hometown as of a few months ago, loves microbreweries.  Colorado has more microbreweries than any other state.  And I am all for celebrating the rebirth of good beer  Grin  So, I figured some beer cozies needed to be made to celebrate my new hometown!

I started by crocheting a circle a couple rows larger than the base of a beer bottle (since I was going to felt, and shrink), then just worked even up to the right height.  I thought it would be cute to replicate the label on the cozy, so I worked a contrasting color in the size of the standard beer label.
Heres a pic of changing color for the label:

And the embroidery stitching I did for the letters:

And before and after felting (the N was my tester):

And one more pre-felting pic with all the cozies ready to go:

Anyways, I love how they ended up, after felting, looking like the letter is cut out of the labelor something Wink  And, I love the idea of everyone at a party having unique cozies so no beers get lost!

Oh, and I'm not advocating the beer in the pics....those are just what we have left over  Cheesy  I am advocating all the fabulous brews that are concocted here - Fat Tire and such.

I am absolutely in love with our new hometown - Denver is a fantastic place to live - especially downtown!
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3  Re: Star Baby Blanket~Along in Crochetalongs by opivygrl on: February 07, 2008 10:01:34 AM
Here's my star blanket so far:

About how big should it be for a baby? I'm so ready to be done working with this yarn   Cheesy
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4  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB in Crochetalongs by opivygrl on: February 07, 2008 09:56:04 AM
My next February square:

I liked the shape of the hearts without the dtr in the skipped front loop.  So, in round 5, I put the "sc in Back Loop Only" into both loops.  In round 6, instead of the dtr, I put a tr into the sc from round 5.

Also, yellowduckie, thank you so much for the idea and the instructions to avoid slip stitching to each corner!  While I was using your instructions, I noticed that you may have copied the wrong instructions for working the corners.  The reason they were (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) is that a ch 3 would already be in the corner if you had sl st to the corner.  So, each corner should actually be (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), I think.

Atl Rnd 2: ch3, dc in next 2 dc, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc*, repeat * to * twice more, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch-2 sp, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (28 dc, 4 ch-2 sps)

Atl Rnd 3: ch3, dc in next 4 dc, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 7 dc*, repeat * to * twice more, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch-2 sp, dc in last 2 dc, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (44 dc, 4 ch-2 sps)

Atl Rnd 4: ch3, dc in next 6 dc (mark that first dc to be sure not to lose it for the next rnd)`, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 11 dc*, repeat * to * twice more, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch-2 sp, dc in last 4 dc, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (60 dc, 4 ch-2 sps)

There are a lot of pages here, so I'm sorry if I missed someone saying this.........or if I'm totally wrong!  Cheesy
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5  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB in Crochetalongs by opivygrl on: February 06, 2008 04:11:04 PM
So, I haven't posted here for a while so I have quite a few squares to share Smiley  Now, for some reason I haven't been able to upload the pic of all my squares together (pages says that the image is uploaded successfully, then it's just not there  Huh )....so, I'll have to show you little pics of them all individually ***sigh***



Plus, I have a tan one that I shared here earlier


I've been crocheting these like crazy because I decided that by the end of the year I should have a blanket for my grandmother and her three sisters (all in their 80's and 90's).  And I decided that each blanket should have, at the very minimum, one of the squares from each month.  So, my goal is to have four variations of each month's pattern, plus as many filler squares as I can handle Smiley

Everyone's squares are beautiful!  And there are so many of them Smiley  I'm so glad that I found this CAL to take part in!
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6  Jungle Baby in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by opivygrl on: February 06, 2008 03:21:51 PM
I just finished a couple of things for a friend that just had a baby boy and decorated with a jungle theme...

Monkey & Elephant!

I got the pattern for the elephant bib here:  http://crochetcafepatterns.blogspot.com/2005/04/elephant-pacifier-bib.html
The cutest thing about it is that it holds a pacifier in its trunk!

I got the pattern for the monkey here:  http://quesera.ojaru.jp/osaru-pattern.html
And, I think the monkey is just too cute!  I stitched the baby's first initial onto the monkey's shirt.  I left off the suggested mouth because I think that the implied O mouth (made by the circular stitches  - not sure if you can see it in the pics) is better than any mouth I could stitch on.

I'm so bored making the same things for all my friends that are having baby boys!  This project was different and I loved it Cheesy  Anyone else have good ideas for 'alternative' crocheted objects for babies?  I've still got 4 baby boy projects to go!
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7  What's better than a big reusable bag? (image heavy!!) in CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES by opivygrl on: February 03, 2008 10:51:51 PM
What's better than a big reusable bag?  A big reusable bag that fits into a cute little crocheted bag!

My resolution last year was to stop using plastic bags.  I was mostly successful....  My only problems arose when I unexpectedly purchased something that needed a bag. 

So, my resolution this year is to totally stop using plastic bags, and to help my friends achieve the same goal.  To do this, I needed a little bag that was always with me - for those unexpected purchases and for places where I didn't feel comfortable carrying in my own bags.  I saw a few manufactured bags, but wanted to make my own - with materials I had on hand - for myself and my friends.

The process:

I've only sewed a couple things and never ever without a pattern, so this was a new adventure!  I used some sheets that I had purchased many years ago at Urban Outfitters and never used..

I think the finished bag turned out super cute....but I am a sewing newbie

Finally, a part I'm more comfortable with - crocheting.  I made a base the thickness of the folded up bag then crocheted up until it was the right height.

Then, I made the flap by slowly decreasing until I reached a point - leaving a buttonhole somewhere in there.  I sewed on a clasp from a broken purse strap to make it more convenient to attach - to a backpack or a purse...

So, now I have a pattern for the big bag and the little crocheted bag, so I'll make as many as demanded Smiley  I've started my second one with a thinner fabric so that it will hopefully be more compact.  Total cost - about a dollar for a big bag of buttons!
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8  Re: Help with specific pattern, please? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by opivygrl on: January 16, 2008 11:42:01 AM
I just finished mine!  I wanted different wings, so I used the idea for wings from here:  http://craftypants.wordpress.com/2006/01/10/finished-project-fat-birdie/

Oh, and I didn't do eyes, and just stitched on a beak.... (Sorry about how blurry the photo is - I just used my phone)

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9  Re: Am I retarded??? Please help! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by opivygrl on: January 15, 2008 12:42:12 PM
Alright, here goes....my first attempt at a tutorial with pictures!  Wink  I just worked a tube of sc's to immitate the pattern, and worked on the tail portion.  So don't be confused by my small piece of work Smiley

So, after you work Row 12 you (I believe) are ending up with this:

Now, when you work Row 13, this is what is going to happen when you get to the section worked in back loops only (sc in blo of nx 4 sts under tail made on previous round):

After working in the back loops:

Then you finish up Row 13, and start in on Row 14.  This is Row 14 starting where the pattern says "Working on the tail":

After working the tail section of Row 14, here's what you end up with:

I really hope that helps - it is a very confusing pattern.  For your next attempt at animals I would start with a professionally written pattern - one you can purchase on Etsy or some of the free ones at Lion Brand, etc. 
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10  Donut Pincushion in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by opivygrl on: January 14, 2008 05:35:51 PM
So, I just started sewing again this weekend for the Craft Challenge - and realized that my plastic box of straight pins wasn't cutting it.   So, I did a search on crocheted pincushions today and found this super cute pattern - http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=32761

And now, the results:

If I was to make it again, I would make the donut larger.  Although she says she made it larger to keep pins from poking out, I still had to insert my pins at a sharp angle to keep it safe  Smiley

I like that it turned out pretty similar to The Simpsons Movie donut  Grin
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