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51  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat on: September 15, 2008 03:00:28 PM
So my step-daughter turns 13 tomorrow, and I wanted to make her something for the cool weather in Maine, where she lives. I ended up making this hat.

I used Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends in Sky. Personally, I think it came out pretty well, and my 11 year old (modeling) loves it... but I'm hoping our 13 year old does!
52  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Look What the Cat Dragged In (a.k.a. Cat Scratch Fever) on: September 05, 2008 06:42:28 PM
So, My entry for the ironic cozy challenge is rather mundane compared to a few I have seen entered, thus far, but mine should get points for cutesy! =)

My poor optical mouse is so old, the finish is worn off where my hands rest, and it was looking cold. After all, 6 years is a long time for a mouse to be alive.
So, we have a mouse cozy that looks like a... Mouse!

Of course, my pencil jar didn't take too kindly to being left out in the cold, all the attention lavished on a rodent! I was able to whip up a pencil jar cozy in a matter of minutes...

Now they have made peace on my desk. Here they are together:

Both are crocheted, then embellished.
53  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Snowflake Hat - with instructions on: September 03, 2008 09:52:53 PM
I made this a while ago, but never got around to posting. It's the first thing I ever crocheted, sans pattern, and I think it came out pretty well. I don't have any good pics of it on one of my kiddos, but it fits my 9 year old nicely.

It's a simple enough pattern, but my challenge was to transition from the snowflake shape to the spiral, without weird bunches on top of the head!

Ok, so this is what I used and did - hopefully I transcribed the process accurately/clearly enough. It really is very simple to do - I've actually made about 6 of them now, and given them out to the little girls in my life.

Snowflake hat


1 ball Peaches & Crme worsted weight cotton (2.5 oz) white
1 ball Peaches & Crme worsted weight cotton (2.5 oz) light blue
1 crochet hook, size G 4.00mm


1.   With white: ch 6, join with sl st to make ring.
2.   ch 6, dc in ring, ch 6, sl st in 3rd chain from hook {makes picot}, (ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook{makes picot}) twice, ch 1, skip next ch of previous ch 6, sl in next ch, ch 1, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in ring, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook) twice, ch 1, skip next ch of previous ch 6, sl in next ch, ch 1: Repeat from * 4 more times (you will have a 6 point snowflake), join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 6, finish off.
3.   With blue: Join blue with a sl st to the top point of the snowflake, by going through the picot, ch 1, sc in same space, *ch 2, sc in next picot, ch 1, tc in ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next picot, ch 2, sc in next picot, Repeat from * 4 times, ch 2, sc in next picot, ch 1, tc in ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next picot, ch 2, sl st in beginning sc. (60 stitches).
4.    Sc, ch 2, * skip next 2 stitches and sc in 3rd stitch, ch 2, Repeat from * 19 times, sl st in beginning sc, sl st in ch 2 space. Place stitch marker in this space.
5.   *Ch 3, sc in ch 2 space, Repeat from * for one round. Place stitch marker.
6.   *Ch 3, sc in ch 3 space, Repeat from * for 2 rounds. Place stitch marker.
7.   *Ch 4, sc in ch 3 space, Repeat from * for one round. Place stitch marker.
8.   *Ch 4, sc in ch 4 space, Repeat from * for 8 rounds. Ch 4: join white and drop blue on 4th chain, but do not cut off/finish off blue.
9.   *sc in ch 4 space, ch 4, repeat from * for 2 rounds. On last ch 4 drop white and pick up/join blue, 4 sc in *ch 4 space, ch 1, repeat from * for one round, sl st in beginning sc. Finish off. Weave all ends in.
54  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / POW! Domino Pendant on: September 03, 2008 09:42:22 PM
So I've never been that good at making jewelry, but after seeing smittenheart's domino pendants and falling in Looooove with them, I decided to give them a try. They looked pretty easy. No complicated beading and bending of wire and such.

I used a collage of images from a powerboat ad in a magazine, of all things (yeah, I know... not very boaty!). This was my result:

55  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Merels Board on: September 03, 2008 09:29:39 PM
I was recently researching ancient games for an article I was writing, and discovered the game of Merels, also called Nine Mans Morris, or a myriad of other names! So, I decided to make a board game for it. I used the good wood from the drawers of a destroyed antique dresser that was on the side of the road (ok, I admit to scavenging... ). My husband cut the square for me (I'm afraid of power tools, with exception to drills and sanders), about 7" x 7", and after sanding, I wood burned the design. A quick coat of varnish and we were done!

56  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sugar Skull Potholder on: September 03, 2008 08:58:01 PM
Ok - safe to post this here, now! I made this as a little extra to go in a swap package, so I had to make sure my partner received first, so I didn't spoil anything.

The swap was vintage aprons, and my partner had mentioned that she liked Mexican Sugar Skulls, but I couldn't find any fabric with that theme! Sooo... I chose a floral print and a matching print that reminded me of the bandanas some of my Hispanic neighbors wear, and worked the sugar skull in by embroidering it onto a piece of white fabric. Then I appliqued the skull to the basic potholder (my first ever applique, so hopefully it won't fall apart!). Anyway, to add some depth, I stitched Swarovski 'sew in' crystals into the center of the eyes, but the sparkley awesomeness doesn't show so well in the picture.

And the matching apron...

Thanks for looking! =)
57  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / New(?) Swap Idea - Games on: August 20, 2008 09:40:30 PM
Don't throw pointy objects at me if this has already been suggested... I  did  a search but came up with nothing.

How about a game swap? I think there would be a lot of potential for some really creative pieces, plus it would be wide open to a number of craft types. There are thousands of games out there that would be fun to recreate craftster style, or maybe even invent a new game?

Hand illustrated/computer illustrated/printed decks of cards, dice carved from wood or molded of resin/clay, game boards could be stenciled, wood burned, quilted, etc. Handmade puzzle/maze/mad-lib/car game books.

Just an idea...
58  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cell Phone Holster - Now with Take 2 - img heavy on: August 01, 2008 12:19:38 PM
I know - it's not a purse, bag or wallet, but it does hold something, so I guess this is where it goes? I made this for my 9-year-old's cell phone, but even though I measured her phone, it ended up a bit to wide and short, and ended up fitting my phone instead. So, back to the drawing board for her phone.

I made it out felted wool for the holster and canvas strap for the belt loop thingy. I used a vintage embroidery pattern for the design. I did machine stitch the pieces together; the blanket stitching is decorative only. I wish it were more my style, but I doubt I'd ever use this.

And since the first didn't work for my girl, here is the second, slightly modified, and a perfect fit.

59  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dogwood Blossoms on: July 17, 2008 03:53:52 PM
Yeah - another bib. Sorry. I'll be off this kick soon. =)

This one I love though, so I had to share. I hand embroidered the dogwood blossoms - it was a vintage embroidery transfer pattern from the 1940s, meant for a sheet set. I chose some retro-reminiscent colors to do the work in, and found a pink hand-dyed batik that was looking lonely in my stash, for the back.

60  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tuxedo Bib on: July 15, 2008 08:56:19 PM
O.k., so not exactly clothing... but I've been having a blast making baby bibs as of late. That's what happens when your sis is preggers and the neighbor has just dropped by with her newborn.

This was pretty easy to make. I pre-pleated the fabric, then cut it out from the pattern I created. The bib is bright white and the bow tie is a pretty purple batik (sorry - the colors didn't photograph so well).


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