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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kraken Pincushion on: September 03, 2018 03:52:12 PM
For whatever reason, pincushions are one of my absolute favorite things to make. This one was made for the wonderful Mellius01 in the Box of Color Swap. She had several octopuses on her Pinterest, so I tweaked the idea a bit and crocheted a Kraken for the top of the pincushion.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Devilcat Mao on: September 03, 2018 03:05:22 PM
Here is Chaircat Mao posing with a hat that wasn't made for her, but for a true "devil cat" named Satan. I thought about making a cape too, but figured if Satan was as naughty as I'd been told, it would be a miracle if the cat would even wear the hat!

Chair, however, was a real sport about it and got piles of treatsies for being an angel.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Make Your Own Foxy Loxy Shawl on: August 19, 2018 03:27:54 PM
Here's an incredibly quick stash-busting project that happens to also be kinda cute.


1 skein Lion Brand Heartland in Yosemite (or 250 yds of any other color worsted weight yarn)
1 (partial) skein Studio Classic by Nicole in White (or about 200 yds of any other worsted weight yarn in white)
Small amount of any worsted weight yarn in Black
Size J/6 mm hook
An afternoon with tea and most any Colin Firth movie or an evening with wine and most any Colin Firth movie.
Finished Size: 48" wingspan, 28" from center top to bottom peak.

This is a very vanilla pattern that is perfect for either a beginner crocheter or a seasoned hooker that might need a super quick gift. The entire shawl is worked in double crochet in back-and-forth rows, and the eyes are double crochet in the round. Easy peasy!

Ch 4, sl st in first ch to make a loop.

Row 1: Ch 3 (this will count as the first dc on this row and every additional row), (2 dc, ch-2, 3 dc) in loop. You will have 6 dc and 1 ch-2 space.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in same stitch as ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, (2 dc, ch-2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in top of ch 3. Now there's 12 dc and 1 ch-2 sp.

Rows 3-22: Ch 3, turn, dc in same st as ch 3, dc in each st across to ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch-2, 2 dc) in ch-2 space, dc in each st across to end, 2 dc in top of ch 3. 132 dc and 1 ch-2 sp at end of row 22. This is where my 251 yds of orange yarn ran out, so I fastened off the orange, switched to white and continued on. If you'd like a larger shawl, this is where you can keep on crocheting and switch to the white yarn whenever you feel like it.

Row 23: Attach white yarn, ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, dc in next 59 st. Change to black yarn and dc in next 6 st, (2 dc, ch-2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 6 st. Attach white yarn again and dc in each dc to end, 2 dc in top of ch 3.

Row 24: Ch 3, turn, dc in same st as ch 3, dc in next 61 dc. Change to black yarn and dc in next 7 st, (2dc, ch-2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 7 st. Attach white yarn and dc in each st to end, 2 dc in top of ch 3.

Row 25: Ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, dc in next 64 st. Change to black yarn and dc in next 7 st, (2 dc, ch-2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 7 st. Attach white yarn and dc in each st to end, 2 dc in top of ch 3.

Rows 26-30: Ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, dc in each st across to ch-2 sp, (2dc, ch-2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each st across to end, 2 dc in top of ch 3.  Fasten off.

Eyes (make 2): With black yarn and size J hook, make a magic loop.
Round 1: 6 dc inside loop. Pull yarn tail to close. You will be working in a spiral so there's no seam.
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around. You will have 12 dc.
Round 3: [(2 dc), 1 dc] 6 times. 18 dc
Round 4: [(2 dc) 2 dc] 6 times. 24 dc
Round 5: Change to white yarn and sc in each st around. Fasten off.
Sew eyes onto scarf, weave in ends, and admire your work! Hopefully your daughter won't walk by and comment on "the weird Dorito" you've just finished like mine did. Happy hooking!

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat's Apple Hat on: August 06, 2018 08:29:54 AM
"What do you mean summer's nearly over?!"

"And now you're telling me THIS is my back-to-school hat?"

Well, at least she's home schooled!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chairy Potter on: July 31, 2018 10:53:38 AM
Chaircat Mao is celebrating Harry Potter's birthday with a little cosplay and an HP movie marathon.

She must enjoy Goblet of Fire the most, as her wig is very much "fourth year", but I can see she also took inspiration from Sorcerer's StoneCheesy

Happy Birthday Harry!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy House on: July 26, 2018 09:05:07 AM
My kids and I had been collecting bits of things on our nature walks and displayed our findings on a little table. Well, the cat decided to claim the table as her own (it is in front of a window and gives a nice view of the outside world, so I couldn't be upset about it) and we had to do something else with our treasures. I thought a fairy house was a good idea and constructed the little abode inside a half scale corner room box from Alpha Stamps. It is a 6" x 6" x 4" area which fit all of the bark, sticks, acorns, vines, shells, and leaves we gathered.

We added a few dollhouse items like plates, silverware, and the smallest picnic basket imaginable. It's 1" wide!

I built a hutch from cardboard and twigs and painted it with white acrylic paint. The red button on top is one we picked up on a walk.

And finally, a shell made a pretty nice sink that tucked perfectly in the corner.

My girls can now enjoy their nature findings and the cat can have her sunshine in the window!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircow Moo on: July 10, 2018 01:43:11 PM
Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Why not celebrate the holiday with a delicious veggie burger (like this one from Oyhana)?  Cheesy

Chaircat Mao thought a catnap was a more suitable way to enjoy the day.

Happy summer!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat WaterMAOlon on: June 30, 2018 10:53:26 AM
Chaircat Mao is beating the summer heat the only way she knows how.

By lying on the couch and requesting treatsies.

Stay cool!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Apothecary in a Tin on: June 29, 2018 04:06:22 PM
I made a wee cabinet out of basswood and wondered what the heck to do with it, so I painted it black and stuck it in an altoids tin (because that's what you do with these sorts of things, right?). It was pretty boring until I added an Altoids Tin Facade from Alpha Stamps, which transformed it into a tiny shop that one of my kids named Stop Your Coffin Remedies and RaritiesCheesy

There's lots of teensy bottles made from beads and upturned dollhouse glasses, as well as a few books, a skull, and some mossy bits for good measure.

The cabinet was originally going to be made from cardboard, my go-to material for mini furniture, but I found pre-cut basswood rectangles at a craft store and thought they'd work out. I trimmed a few and they worked better than the cardboard for this project. But I still used cardboard for the "doors"!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kinda Coraline Repainted Doll on: May 29, 2018 01:00:39 PM
For quite a long time I had been wanting to repaint a doll and plucked up the courage to give it a go. It was RedheadWithThread's detailed How To Guide and her Self Portrait doll that was most encouraging, so I finally tried it out. It was my daughter's suggestion to transform a KuuKuu Harajuku doll into Coraline and I immediately thought that was an excellent idea. Mostly because Coraline's eyes are simple doable shapes and attempting realistic eyes on a doll isn't going to happen.

I haven't invested in a respirator mask yet, so this doll has not been sprayed with sealant. The face was drawn on with watercolor pencils and then painted with acrylic paints. She'll most likely hang out on my craft table and therefore it wasn't important to have a permanent face. Besides, this way I can always wipe it off and start all over!

Before painting features:

Mistakes were bound to happen, and mine was realized after I had spent an hour giving her a new face. Take care of the hair before painting the face! I had to struggle to remove the head and then all of the hair, and as a result, the face smudged a bit. Her clothes were thrown together from two pairs of outgrown knit pants and one shirt, generously donated by one of my kids.

Her hair is made from cheap-o blue acrylic yarn that I brushed, and brushed, and brushed. Took longer to do that than the rest of the dang doll!

But in the end, and after correcting her lazy eye, she came out Kinda Coraline.

"Coraline, what are you doing traipsing around the woods with no shoes?" (I attempted shoes. I really did. They were a total fail. Maybe I can commission Patraw to fashion her some kicks... Cheesy)

A big thank you to RedheadWithThread for sharing her wealth of information. Without it, I never would have gone through with it!
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