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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: CROCHET GIR *** with pattern*** on: April 04, 2008 09:10:47 AM
I absolutely love your GIR!  I've been pondering how to make a GIR that could be in & out of costume without too much bulk....  I was thinking that the best thing to do would be to make the body as the dog, and the head as the robot, with a hoodie for the dog suit that could be on or hanging off the back.........  I haven't gotten motivated enough to try it yet, though.....   Anyways, I think you did an AMAZING job  Shocked  And thanks so much for sharing the pattern  Grin
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Really simple, fast, easy and cheap crocheted border baby blankets on: March 25, 2008 02:01:45 PM
I absolutely love the idea and the results!  Great work  Grin
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Gnome beer cozy on: March 17, 2008 03:54:51 PM
I think it's super cute!  I love the mix of the felt gnome with the crocheted cozy  Smiley  And, I totally understand about how it's hard to get it to fit - that's why I make them a little too big, then felt them.  Then, I dry them on the bottle so that they are exactly the right size.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Denver Beer Cozies 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.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Viva pinata sheep on: March 13, 2008 01:16:15 PM
Love it!  I would abosolutely love a collection of viva pinatas Cheesy  You did an amazing job - and I think the eyes look great!!
6  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Turtle-Along, anyone? on: March 09, 2008 09:39:41 AM
My friends that have a 2 week old little boy just told me that they started calling him Turtle because of a funny face that he makes sometimes.... So they requested a turtle for him & this pattern is perfect  Grin  I can't wait to make this pattern - I've been looking for an excuse to make it for a while!  I think that I might try to make the shell a spiral rather than stripes.........but we'll see  Wink
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Denver loves beer!!! on: March 05, 2008 08:44:07 AM
Thanks for all the super nice comments everyone  Cheesy

I'm so used to posting on the crochet board that I forget to explain things that I take for granted!  Felting (technically "fulling", but we usually call it felting) is done with a crocheted or knitted object that was made with yarn that has mostly natural animal fibers.  Once you've finished crocheting the object you beat the heck out of it by hand or in the washing machine with hot water and a little soap.  After a few minutes, the fibers have melded together and you end up with a 'felted' object.

Oh, how I swoon over Yellow Tail, too... If only I could make universal red wine glass cozies...............

I forgot to mention in my original post that I used the army-like colors as a nod to the Air Force Academy near us.  Looking back at the photos, the last pic has the most accurate representation of the colors, but all the photos made the colors a little muddier than they are in person.

We have not tried Golden City or Tommy Knocker yet!  I'm trying to plan a "Tour of Beer Country" for this spring/summer and they are deffinitely getting added to the list!!!   Grin
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Denver loves beer!!! 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!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I "drop loop to be picked up later"? on: February 19, 2008 09:16:25 AM
yes, leave the loop there and leave the yarn attached. I put a stitch marker (or tie a little piece of yarn around) the dropped loop to make sure it doesn't tear out. You will need another skein, or you can start to work from the other end of your current skein. Good luck!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: baby brogues & headband on: February 15, 2008 09:41:53 AM
Very cute  Cheesy  I need to attempt baby booties again - my last pair turned out way too big.... and as my friend pointed out, they won't fit the baby until he's 5  Tongue  The headband is beautifull!
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