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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Collecting Crochet Stones on: October 25, 2010 02:06:13 PM
I've posted this same type of thing before, but I've been busy making more, so I had to share them. Here's my latest collection, plus a close-up of one I sent to a friend. The patterns were just made up on the fly, and I used a (US) size 7 hook and thin crochet cotton. Most will be Christmas presents. Thanks for looking!

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some Granny Shrugs on: October 01, 2010 09:32:18 PM
When I saw kootoyoo's Granny shrugs, I knew I had to make one. (Pattern here: http://www.kootoyoo.com/2010/05/how-to-make-granny-shrug.html.) Then when I discovered how crazy easy they are to make and how quickly they work up, I couldn't stop at just one! These will all be gifted at Christmas-time, but I plan to make at least one for myself one of these days.

This one is Bernat Roving in "plum," an 80/20 acrylic and wool blend. (Sorry, I've yet to become a wool purist!)

Loops and Threads Country Loom in "Rodeo," all acrylic.

Lion Brand Homespun in "Corinthian," essentially an acrylic blend. (My apologies for the poor photo. The model was on strike, as was the natural light.)

(By the way, after a dye lot discrepancy with one of the skeins, Lion Brand replaced all my skeins at no charge. Great customer service!)

And a mini version in the Loops and Threads "rodeo" for a 3-year-old:

With each one I've done some experimenting with yarn weights, hook sizes, stiffness versus drape of the fabric, and so on. I'm not sure I've achieved the perfect version for myself yet, so all the more reason to make a few more! Thanks for looking!
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Monkeying Around, Amigurumi Style on: October 01, 2010 09:17:49 PM
I haven't done any Amigurumi in a while, but it's actually what first inspired me here at Craftster and got me started on my renewed creative journey!

I made these for my kids using leftover Caron Soft yarn and the monkey pattern from Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful. I love the little scarves, don't you?

(There is one more little monkey in the works for a baby gift, but due to a nose shortage, he is currently awaiting a finished face.)

Thanks for looking!
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Beanbags w/ Storage and Games to Play TUTORIAL LINK ADDED! on: September 15, 2010 08:50:07 PM
I started with some beanbags as a future Christmas gift for some little friends of ours. I used a variety of colors and prints, as well as four different types of dried beans to fill them for some textural interest. And then there are the numbers, raw-edge appliques that allow for some educational fun, too. (Thanks to this tutorial for printable number templates.)

After finishing the beanbags, I wanted a way to store them that could also function in the game play. I looked around at various types of fabric boxes and bags (I was most inspired by this tutorial) and then went to work devising my own version that combined the best features of all of them. UPDATE: I have written up a very detailed tutorial, which can be found here.

The drawstring closes flat across the top for storage, opens up for a deeper bag, or folds down into the box to serve as a "target" for a beanbag toss. I also printed up a list of fun and educational beanbag games as suggestions to go with the lot. Love, love this project as a fairly quick and easy kid gift that looks great and provides numerous possibilities for learning and play.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Travel Wallets on: September 15, 2010 08:44:44 PM

I recently made two travel wallets, large enough for carrying boarding passes and passports, along with money and any other accessories one might want to take on an international trip. I found this idea here and thought it was a perfect gift for my sister-in-law.

Then my mom saw it and asked me to make another one for her to give to a friend who was leaving for Italy.

I altered them from the original just a bit to add a Velcro closure instead of the elastic band, as I didn't like the way the elastic seemed to scrunch up the wallet when I had it closed. Despite the number of pieces and steps involved in this project, it's actually quite simple if you read through the instructions beforehand so you know where you're going. I completed the majority of the cutting out and sewing in an hour. They're a tad wonky in a few areas, but that's the beauty of hand made, right? (That's what I tell myself.)

I also printed out a generic boarding pass and images of foreign currency and a passport to put inside the wallet, just to demonstrate what it can do. And I added a Moleskine City Book for the appropriate countries as well.

Thanks for looking!
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / More Covered Stones on: August 27, 2010 09:24:21 PM
Since my last post on this board I've made some more covered stones.

These stones come from Cuba Lake in New York where we were visiting family at a lake cottage. I left the beautified stones behind in the cottage to be found by various family members after we'd left.

It's really enjoyable to make these completely free-style, just inventing the designs as I go, although it means trial and error (read: ripping and redoing) to get the look I want. That also means they take a little more time to complete, but that's ok. It was the perfect lakeside project, and a great way to leave behind a little something special for some special people.

27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Wee-est Doll Blankets on: August 27, 2010 09:19:31 PM
Our dollhouse is just a plain, wooden model that we've promised we'll spruce up over time. And by that we mean the next ten years or so, judging by our progress. My daughter's been very patient about this procrastination (she's probably used to it!), but I decided I could at least try to tackle a few small things now. So I've started by making some wee blankets to cover the beds.

This one a simple granny square in a variegated yarn:

The baby has a cradle blanket (also crochet with thin cotton yarn):

This one's just a bit of faux fur and a scrap-fabric binding:

And this one, a tiny quilt made of scraps and only slightly haphazardly quilted on my machine:

Thanks for looking!

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / You've Got Mail! Felt Mailbox on: August 27, 2010 09:15:18 PM

Two-ish years ago I made a felt mailbox for my daughter, and a year later I made her some felt mail to go in it. (I posted those here at the time.) A good friend of mine recently asked me to make some for her kids, and this was the result. It's customized for their family, and yes, that's a pug, the type of dog they have---and possibly my favorite part of this project.

It's constructed of felt, plastic canvas, and embroidery thread and designed to be durable and squashable so that neither mailbox nor child gets hurt in the event of a tumble. (My daughter's version has held up to quite a beating from both kids.)

And, of course, there is also felt mail to go with the mailbox, drawn onto stiff felt with markers. I made three postcards, a letter, a birthday card, two envelopes, and a variety of stamps and labels customized for their family.

(As always, more photos on my flickr page.)

Thanks for looking!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt iPad Cover on: August 27, 2010 09:08:07 PM

A friend of mine recently got an iPad and asked me to make a cover for it. She didn't want the pocket type that most people have but instead wanted something similar to a laptop cover I made for myself (http://www.juneatnoon.com/2009/08/my-cozy-mac/). So I chose some nice, sturdy felt, constructed an iPad mockup out of layers of foam board and elastic, and went to work.

(I really should get to those wrinkles! Pretend they're not there, ok?)

It's sewn with an overlocking stitch on my machine and closes with hook and loop.

I'm really pleased with this piece. It has a nice, sturdy feel and, if I do say so myself, it looks pretty sharp. I don't have an iPad, but I think I might need to use the leftover felt to make a cover for my mockup, just so I can carry it around! Smiley

30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mario and Princess Peach (cross stitch) on: July 14, 2010 07:06:37 PM
I have a friend who got married last month, and when I saw this project here on Craftster, I knew I had to do something like it for her. I could've embroidered something similar (my usual medium), but I felt the cross stitch lent itself better to the pixelated style of the video game image.

I used the "Bitter Luigi" pattern from Sprite Stitch and simply omitted the Luigi portion of the pattern (not quite appropriate, eh?).

The original pattern is quite small, so I enlarged it 400% by x'ing 4 squares for every 1 in the pattern. I wasn't sure how it would translate to such a larger size, but I'm pleased with the result.

To finish off the piece I used an arcade font tool to create my friend's wedding date in the Mario type. I really think this was the final perfect touch to the whole video game look and was well worth all the searching I did to find it.

Thanks for looking!

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