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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cute Lil' Candy Corn on: October 13, 2010 04:08:41 PM
Things have been stressful lately and I needed to make up something quick to help me relax.  We don't have many Halloween decorations around our apartment yet, so I figured a cute little candy corn would work out perfectly.

(thumbnails can be clicked on for a larger picture)

Picture of it before I added the face.

Picture of it with a face!

I made it in a couple of hours and have the directions written down.  If somebody wanted, I could write them up quickly (but really, it's not hard to make at all).  My roommate loves it and has already stolen it...

Comments appreciated!  Smiley

***edit***  Here's the pattern as requested.  If you have any questions on it, let me know (also if you think I've typed up something wrong as nobody's made it from my typed up directions yet). 

Couple points of clarification in case people can't understand my notation.  Asterisks (*) indicated the section they're surrounding (which should be in parenthesis or brackets) are to be repeated and will be followed by the number of times it should be done total (x2 means you should crochet everything in the parenthesis twice total).  Numbers at the end in parenthesis indicated how many stitches should be in that row.  Also, in round 32, I start using both parenthesis and brackets to indicate parts that should be repeated.  Work through everything in the brackets first, then repeat it all again according to the number of times indicated (in both cases, the instructions should be crocheted twice or repeated once after you've worked through it the first time).

Hopefully those instructions will head off any confusion over the pattern (I know how frustrating it can be to try and make something and have to frog it because you didn't understand the pattern) though it really isn't that difficult so you might not even need them!  Good luck everybody!  Grin

Candy Corn

[in white]
R1: sc 6 in magic circle (6)
R2: 2sc in each st (12)
R3: sc around (12)
R4: sc 2, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 4, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 2 (16)
R5: sc around (16)
R6: sc 3, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 6, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 3 (20)
R7: sc around (20)
R8: sc 4, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 8, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 4 (24)
R9: sc around (24)
R10: sc 5, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 10, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 5 (28)
R11: sc around (28)

[in orange]
R12: sc 6, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 12, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 6 (32)
R13: sc around (32)
R14: sc 7, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 14, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 7 (36)
R15: sc around (36)
R16: sc 8, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 16, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 8 (40)
R17: sc around (40)
R18: sc 9, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 18, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 9 (44)
R19: sc around (44)
R20: sc 10, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 20, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 10 (48)
R21: sc around (48)
R22: sc 11, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 22, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 11 (52)
R23: sc around (52)

[in yellow]
R24: sc 12, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 24, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 12 (56)
R25: sc around (56)
R26: sc 13, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 26, *(2sc in each st)* x2, sc 13 (60)
R27: sc around (60)
R28: sc 13, *(sc2tog)* x2, sc 26, *(sc2tog)* x2, sc 13 (56)
R29: sc around (56)
R30: sc 12, *(sc2tog)* x2, sc 24, *(sc2tog)* x2, sc 12 (52)
R31: sc around (52)
R32: *[(sc2tog, sc 1)* x3, *(sc2tog)* x4, *(sc 1, sc2tog)* x3]* x2 (32)
R33: sc around (32)
R34: *[*(sc 1, sc2tog)* x2, *(sc2tog)* x2, *(sc2tog, sc 1)* x2]* x2 (20)
R35: sc around (20)
R36: *[sc 1, sc2tog, *(sc2tog)* x2, sc2tog, sc 1]* x2 (12)
R37: sc around (12)
Cut yarn, weave in end, and pull hole shut

Also, I figured it was worth noting that I stuffed mine and then put some pellets in it too to help weigh it down so it would stand on its own.  I made mine with a G hook and had some gaps at the bottom that were big enough for the pellets to fall out, so I hollowed out the inside of the stuffing, poured the pellets in there, then put more stuffing in the bottom to plug it up and keep the pellets from falling out before I closed up the bottom.
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Potter Puppet Pals Fingerpuppets! (bit image hefty) on: August 15, 2010 01:54:46 PM
I've been stalking this forum for probably close to a year now and made these over a year ago, so I figured they would be a good way to make my debut in the crochet forums.  Especially considering I'm pretty sure that they were my first actual crochet project.

For anybody that doesn't know what the Potter Puppet Pals are, I would highly recommend going to http://www.potterpuppetpals.com/ and rectifying the situation by watching at least the first two videos (Bothering Snape and Trouble at Hogwarts).  They're the only flash videos and are what I believe the puppets themselves are supposed to most resemble.

Anyways, on to pictures of the gang on vacation (which should be clickable thumbnails if I did this right)!

The adults!  I love how Dumbledore looks like he's trying to strangle Voldemort in this picture...

Voldemort (turned out the best, in my opinion)



The children!

Harry (turned out second best, in my opinion)



Things I learned from this project:
1. I cannot embroider well
2. Small things are a pain in the butt to make and even more of a pain to assemble
3. While the payoff from my effort was wonderful, I was a tad overambitious with my first project and picked a much easier one for my second effort, haha.

The patterns can be found for free over at ravelry if you search for "Potter Puppet Pals".  There are two separate patterns, one for the adults and one for the children.  Many thanks to Melissa Mall at Inner Child Crochet for making the patterns and sharing them!

There's also a tad more info about the project on my blog if anybody wanted to check it out.  Any and all comments are welcome and appreciated!  Grin
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Good crochet podcasts? on: January 05, 2010 04:15:55 PM
Hey all,

I've had a podcast penchant lately and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for good crochet podcasts.  There were quite a few that I found, so I figured I'd ask for personal opinions instead of just haphazardly choosing some at random.  (If the podcast isn't exclusively crochet, feel free to still recommend!  I have an interest in tons of different yarn crafts)

Thanks in advance!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Circular Pop Tab Purse (little img hefty) on: September 27, 2009 12:09:42 AM
I've been a long-time lurker on the crochet boards but haven't posted due to laziness being too busy.  I've been done with this for awhile but figured it'd make a good first post since it's my first (and thus far, only) original pattern.  Technically it's not complete since it needs a lining, zipper, and a handle, but all the crochet part is complete so I figure it counts enough  Cheesy

Here it is, my pop tab purse!

Front of purse

Front detail

The pop tabs are a bit more visible than the pictures tend to show... I do wish that the pop tabs had ended up showing a bit more but I still have a giant bag full of pop tabs just waiting to be used which means I'll have many more opportunities to mess around and come up with something even better  Smiley

Back of purse

Back detail

Like I said, I was totally winging the pattern.  There wasn't really any hope of me being able to replicate it for the back so I just decided to do a solid circle with all the colors and hope that it would work out.  Magically it did; size, number of stitches, everything!

Inside Shot #1

Inside Shot #2

Unfortunately I can't sew very well and don't have access to a sewing machine while at school, so I have no idea when it's actually going to be fully finished.  I'm very proud of it even though I don't intend on keeping it for myself (I love the colors but it's a bit too small for my liking).  Hopefully I'll find someone to give it to/buy it when the that time comes around...

I know I couldn't possibly write up a pattern for it but if someone really wanted, I could try and explain a little bit of what I did.  At the least I could give some pointers...

Hopefully everyone likes!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Serenity/Firefly's Jayne Hat! on: August 26, 2009 12:34:04 PM
I've been lurking around the crochet boards for awhile now so I find it ironic that my first actual post to crafster is in the knitting boards... (hopefully I haven't messed anything up)

That being said, I learned how to knit this past winter.  I'm a diehard Firefly/Serenity fan and for anyone familiar with the tv series I'm sure you can guess what one of the first things I wanted to knit was....Jayne's hat!  I found it on ravelry but, ironically enough, the pattern was posted in this very forum many years earlier.

Enough gabbing...on to pictures!

It was very easy to make.  I actually made two, one for a friend and one for myself, and cranked each one out in about a day.

Of course I had to try and give my best Jayne face when modeling it.  I think it's kinda fail but whatever   Roll Eyes

There's a couple more pictures on my blog.  I figured since this was mostly just stockinette stitch I wasn't going to make you look at more pictures than you need to to get the idea haha

Pattern can be found here:

(if you happen to see this post Emisanboo, thank you for the lovely pattern!)
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