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1  Re: Beginners inchies 3 swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by ErintheRed02 on: May 11, 2012 02:58:25 PM
Ugh.  Life has been so hectic for me lately.  Due to helping my SO move, I've been dead to the internet world for days now.  Of course the one day I was able to upload pics of the inchies I received, I accidentally grabbed the wrong set when going over to the place I am house-sitting for currently  Embarrassed  Now that all the crazy is done, I can finally stop being the worst swapper ever and post the inchies I received from Kimcherry quite some time ago.  They are absolutely wonderful so don't let my delay be any indicator of quality  Wink

First have features some wonderful bird inchies with actual feathers and some absolutely amazing My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic inchies.  The Rainbow Dash one is stunning and Spike is so cute Cheesy

I also received some super cool clay ones.  I loved all of them Kim!  You are one talented crafter!
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2  Re: Beginners inchies 3 swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by ErintheRed02 on: May 03, 2012 10:23:26 PM
Received these wonderful inchies from Hoppy yesterday:

It's so hard to pick a fav, but I think the Red-bellied Woodpecker might be it. Smiley  I absolutely love them all and think the fabric one and the one next to it (which is a little book!) are really cool.  Thanks again Hoppy!
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3  Re: Beginners inchies 3 swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by ErintheRed02 on: April 28, 2012 06:11:01 PM
I'm here repping team Kimchery with the wonderful inchies I received from Faemystique!

They're so cute!  The Blue Jay is definitely my favorite, but I love them all!  (The one with the question mark is the deathly hallows in case anyone doesn't know/can't place it.)  Thanks so much Fae!  Can't wait until you get mine Smiley
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4  Re: Futurama Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by ErintheRed02 on: March 08, 2012 08:52:34 PM
Alright guys.  After a cruddy computer and some crazy winds that killed the internet, I finally have pictures of my package!  (And tons because we did extras and everything was amazing.)

First off we have my awesome shot glass with the Planet Express logo!  I collect shot glasses (not because I'm an alcoholic, but because they're a small, portable souvenir you can pick up about any place you go) so this is PERFECT!  This will also help kick me in the butt on actually getting a shelf set up in which I can display all of them...  Sorry the pictures not great, but I found it hard to get a decent pick of the etching.

Next we have some custom undies!  With Bender's infamous quote from both Universe A and 1!  These crack me up.  I'm wearing one of the pairs right now too!  I almost wish I was a bit more of an exhibitionist so I could show them off to more people Wink

Next is an amazing Zoidberg clock!  It has a different picture of Zoidberg for each hour and the background is tons and tons of Zoidberg quotes.  Given that Zoidberg is my favorite character and everything he says makes me laugh, this clock is perfect!  Plus, I've never actually bought a clock that I could hang on a wall like this so my partner has so kindly saved me the trouble.  I'm totally going to have to steal this idea for future gifts.  (Sorry for taking so many pictures but I wanted to try and show it all off and the glare was making that difficult)

And finally, the amazing, reversible Bender apron!  The front side features Bender and his compartment opens up and has a bunch of reference charts for baking.  His antenna is removable and is on a clip so I can clip towels to me (and man am I messy so this is a great feature).

And the other side which is all I actually asked for (Bender's Heil to the Chef apron featured on an episode).  You can even notice a little stain on it from me using it already.  This thing is going to get many miles on it as I love to cook and bake.  I've decided to only use the Bender side for baking as I can't stand the thought of staining him all up!

Thank you so much Ivory for all the awesome stuff.  Rest assured that most of it has already been used and the rest will be used shortly Wink

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5  Flounder Hat (from The Little Mermaid) in Crochet: Completed Projects by ErintheRed02 on: February 08, 2012 05:07:51 PM
I made this hat for one of my best friends for Christmas (yeah, I'm awful at crafting things on time so it wasn't completed in time for the holiday but it was done quite a bit before now at least!  Roll Eyes ).

Her name is Ariel so The Little Mermaid is a big thing for her.  She gets stuff with it on it all the time.  A looooooong time ago when I first learned how to knit, the first thing I made to branch out from scarves was a fish hat for her.  It wasn't until recently that I learned that, while she wears the hat frequently, it's actually too big for her.  Instead of trying to make that hat work, I wanted to make her a whole new one since my skills have waaaay improved then (plus crochet is much better, right??  Wink ).  I figured making her a Flounder hat was the absolute perfect solution and thus made this:

Sorry for the cruddy pictures.  I don't have a good set-up and I totally forgot to take pictures until she was wearing the hat and literally about to leave.  I had to beg her to stay a couple more minutes so I could even get pics  Cheesy

Regardless, I am SUPER pleased with how it came out!  I managed to get the dorsal fin to turn out PERFECT.  Plus, I was able to make it fit her head amazingly.  I also like that the tail can be made to stand up, or flop down in any direction she likes.

And, best of all, she loves it!  Nothing better than that!  Grin

Questions and comments welcome (and encouraged!)!
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6  Couple of Old Projects (Pirate Eye Patch and Lacy Rose/Pineapple Afghan) in Crochet: Completed Projects by ErintheRed02 on: December 14, 2011 07:06:43 PM
I'm an occasional poster, long-time lurker on here but I haven't posted any of the things I've made in quite awhile since I've been real busy.  Here's a couple of projects that have absolutely nothing to do with each other!  Haha

First project is a pirate eye patch I made for a costume for my boyfriend.  It's embroidered with a Jolly Roger and is sc'd to fit with a reverse sc border around it (images are clickable thumbnails):

The second project was an afghan made for my boyfriend's mother.  The only direction I got was that she wanted something that looked antique.  I don't know about you, but when I think antique and crochet, I think lacy.  My mom found the pattern for me but I looked it up and this looks like it is it: http://www.free-crochet.com/detail.html?code=FC01111&cat_id=302.  It was pretty easy to work up after making one or two motiffs and I really enjoyed doing the lace part and connecting them.  I found the border to be awful since it's worked up as one whole thing and I managed to mess it up at least once which means I had to tear the WHOLE row out (considering it went along the whole outside of the blanket, that was pretty painful to do)  Angry.  Anyways, on to some pics!

Close up of motiff:

Close up of pineapple border:

Questions and comments welcome! Smiley
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7  Kirby in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by ErintheRed02 on: May 24, 2011 09:29:49 PM
I made this as a gift to my boyfriend that loves Kirby. I wanted to make it HUGE, which I think I accomplished pretty well. It's also free-standing because I had the foresight to put pellets in the feet to help weigh it down. I'm very pleased with how it turned out especially considering Kirby's body looked a bit lumpy before assembly because of the way I like to make spheres.  Images should be clickable thumbnails per usual.

The kitty is for size comparison (and is also not mine). I have more pictures in the pdf for the pattern which can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/56189094/Kirby. If anybody uses it you should let me know if there are any mistakes as I haven't worked through my notes. You should also let me know so I can see what you've come up with!

Questions and comments more than welcome! Smiley
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8  Sam the Turtle in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by ErintheRed02 on: April 21, 2011 08:35:24 PM
My boyfriend had an awful, stressful day today and I figured I would make him up something real quick to surprise him with and hopefully cheer him up a bit.  We spent quite a chunk of time looking at crochet books before at the bookstore and he found a pattern for a cute little turtle and asked me if I would make him it.  I told him I could make up one for him from my own pattern, so I figured I would do that today for his cheer-up surprise!  On to pictures! (clickable thumbnails)

As you can see, Sam doesn't quite stand so much as he leans using his shell as a sort of kickstand, but it's all good!  I whipped him up in a couple of hours so he's small and simple, but oh so cute (in my opinion at least  Cheesy).

On my last post on the crochet boards I decided that, since I'm a zoology major, any post I make involving animals will be accompanied with some fun facts about the animal species so...

Did you know??
The upper part of a turtle's shell is called the carapace and the bottom part is called the plastron.  The scales that make up the part of the turtle shell we can see are called scutes and are made of keratin which is the same protein that forms a variety of structures in animals from mammalian hair to bird feathers and even the rhinoceros's horn!  Turtles are the only animal in which the scapula (shoulder blades) are located inside of the ribs.  The lungs of turtles are attached to the top of their shell which is why you should never hold a turtle upside down for extended periods of time (as all their other organs will compress their lungs!)  Almost all turtles have temperature dependent sex determination (TSD) in which the temperature at which the eggs are incubated at determines the gender of the offspring.

Hopefully everyone enjoys Sam and the fun facts.  Questions and comments are more than welcome! Smiley
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9  Killer/Orca Whale Hat! in Crochet: Completed Projects by ErintheRed02 on: January 19, 2011 07:46:12 PM
The other day I watched Free Willy on Netflix with my roommate. I used to love that movie and it was because of that movie that Killer Whales were my absolute favorite animal as a child. I had three stuffed whales, my favorite being Willy of course (the other two were Luna and Spot). I had sheets with Orcas on them and even had a cool 3D puzzle thingy of one. I've been trying to come up with all sorts of animals hats to design and make and let's just say, seeing that movie again was my inspiration.  Here's what I came up with! (clickable thumbnails)

There are more pics at my blog since I get excited and take ones from about every angle  Lips sealed

Even though I do not have the guts to wear this hat, I am pretty much in love with how it turned out.  It fits great and looks exactly how I pictured it in my head.  The earflaps look like fins (to me at least  Wink ) and his dorsal fin is even floppy like Willy's! haha

Now I am a Zoology major at my college and I figure I couldn't let you guys off the hook without some fun facts about Killer Whales, so.....did you know??  The Orca or Killer Whale (also known as the blackfish) is the largest member of the dolphin family. Killer whales are considered apex predators which means that they are at the absolute top of their food chain and have no natural predators. They also have very complex social systems that are only rivaled by elephants and higher primates like us!

I could geek out and go on a whole lot longer, but figure you should just wikipedia them because they really are amazing animals!

Of course, questions and comments are always welcome Grin

**EDIT**  Can't believe I forgot to say that if anyone had any suggestions for an animal they'd like to see made into a hat, I'd love to hear them and might just work some of them up eventually!

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10  Horse/Unicorn Hats! in Get Product and Website Opinions by ErintheRed02 on: January 07, 2011 09:00:02 PM
Hey guys!

Eventually I'd love to make up my own patterns so I can sell them or items I've made from them.  As a first step towards this direction, I decided I want to come up with a number of animal-related hats.  Hats are simple enough to make and functional, plus they can be really really cute too if you do it right!  Also, it's a great way for me to combine my favorite hobby (crochet) and my passion in life (animals--I'm a zoology major  Smiley ).

For my first endeavor towards this goal, I figured I'd come up with a pattern that could be used to make a horse hat or unicorn hat depending on the addition or subtraction of a couple of elements and the colors you choose to use.  There is a world of color combinations to explore, but this is what I came up with (pics are clickable thumbnails):

As you can see, I really need one of those head mannequin thingies so I don't have to subject my poor flamingo to anymore hats on his hind-end, haha.  The pictures aren't the best either (especially of the unicorn hat), but I couldn't wait any longer to post them so you hopefully get the idea  Undecided

I tried designing them so the earflaps look like the rings on the sides of a bridle and the braids would then be the reins (you may notice that the unicorn hat isn't technically finished since it doesn't have braids yet, but I wanted them to be pink and don't have any pink yarn yet), but I'm not sure that came across well?  Oh well, I like it at least Smiley

I didn't put any ears on the unicorn hat because I thought it would be a bit excessive with the horn and all.  However, my mom insists that the hat needs the ears, so I wanted to know what you guys thought!  I might stick some on there if everyone thinks it needs it  Cheesy

Also, I have a question to anybody reading this; would you or anybody you know be willing to wear something like this?  I know one person that went crazy when she saw the horse hat but she is a little bit crazy herself (in the best way possible of course!)

I'm going to hoard the pattern I used to make these seeing as I would eventually hope to sell them, but I would like some other people to work through it to see how the sizing works out for them (and to make sure the pattern makes sense to somebody that's not me).  I figure the best way to do this is to offer to email it to the first three or so people that express interest?  If you are interested, you can PM me saying so and include an email address where I can email you a pdf file of the pattern.  Hopefully I am allowed to do this; I promise I won't give your email out to anybody or send you vicious emails or anything like that! In return, all I ask is that you keep the pattern to yourself  Wink

Anyways, I appreciate everyone that took the time to look at my post, especially those that take the time to give me input!  Comments are always welcome!
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