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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beehive beanie on: December 04, 2011 09:10:18 AM
For some reason, even though I love hats, and I've been knitting for a while, I haven't knit a hat up until now. I've been wanting some sort of interesting beanie-like hat for a while now, and when I saw this pattern I just had to make it.

The only thing I did differently from the pattern is the ribbing - I made mine almost an inch shorter so I could wear it as a slouchy hat without it being too long, like so:

The yarn's just some cheap acrylic, but it's very soft, and I love the color - there are flecks of dark pink in the grey.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ribbed Biking Gloves on: November 05, 2011 08:54:59 AM
I whipped these up last weekend. First attempt at knitted gloves!

They're for a friend who drives a motorcycle and didn't have warm gloves. I used this great pattern, but I fiddled with it quite a bit - I made them larger to fit a man's hand, I did 3x2 ribbing, and I didnt knit a thumb, just the gusset, which I made a little shorter than the pattern said.

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Square Bag on: October 06, 2011 07:43:44 AM
I've been working on this bag on and off for months now, and it's finally done! It's a (really, really belated) birthday gift for my best friend.

It's made out of eight different granny squares. The sides/bottom and handles are actually knitted, and the lining is sewn out of a repurposed pillowcase.

(In this picture you can tell the best what the colors are actually like.)

I had so much fun making it, but at the same time I couldn't wait for it to be finished, because there were so many parts to it o__o

Some more pics and a lot more blabbering about this project on my blog
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Holy Batman panties, Batman! on: July 12, 2011 01:08:31 AM
I was really bored one day, and reading Batman comics, and I had just done laundry. I put two and two together, and realised that what was really missing from my life was Batman underpants.

I whipped up a quick cardstock stencil and used acrylic paint. I tried using fabric paint, but I'd have to use three bottles of it for the yellow to show on the black, so I switched to acrylic. It worked great, I love the texture of it and the way it crackles a bit when I wear or wash them makes them look really cool. The only downside is that the paint stuck to the cardstock and ripped it - that's why you might see some white spots around the edges of the stencil, I took the picture before spending hours painstakingly ripping away flecks of torn paper -___-
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need suggestions for a bag on: May 16, 2011 10:08:03 AM
So, I'm crocheting my friend a bag for her birthday. It's made up of four granny squares on each side:

Each big square is about 12x12 inches. Now, originally, I was planning on just joining three sides of the squares together and adding straps, but then I started wondering that maybe the bag will end up being too small? Should I crochet a long strip to function as the sides and bottom? Should I just crochet for a couple rounds around the entire square to make it bigger? Should I go with my original plan?

Here's another picture with my hand for size comparison:

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Camera Case on: May 08, 2011 01:25:19 AM
I just got a new camera, and I'm completely obsessed with it. I've been carrying it around everywhere, so I thought it was about time I made a case for it so I don't get it scratched.

I had a little yarn left over from making a hat, and it was perfect for this project, since it's nice and thick.

There's some more info and pictures on my blog.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Purple Brimmed Cap on: May 05, 2011 10:45:18 AM
I've wanted to make a brimmed hat for a while, but I kept starting ones that never worked out. Until I found this great pattern on Ravelry.

The yarn I used wasn't very bulky, so I had to change the pattern a bit. I also added a strap at the front with two buttons.

Too bad it's getting too warm for crocheted hats!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / V-Stitch fingerless gloves, now with pattern on: November 09, 2010 09:57:41 AM
My sister's been asking me to make her a pair of fingerless gloves for ages, but I never got around to it, because she's terribly picky Grin I was sick and stuck in bed this weekend, though, so I finally came up with a pattern that pleased her!

I'm really really happy with how they turned out! I'm working on a pattern if anyone's interested. Here is the pattern!

Now with a handy PDF!

Yarn: Worsted weight
Hook: 4.5mm/U.S. G

Ch: chain
Sc: single crochet
Dc: double crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
FPHDC: Front-post half-double crochet
BPHDC: Back-post half-double crochet

Ch 28, join with sl st, being careful not to twist the chain,
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in every stitch around, join to ch 1 with sl st
Round 2: Ch 1, *FPHDC in next sc, BPHDC in second sc, repeat from * around, join with sl st to ch1
Round 3-4: Repeat Round 2.

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *skip 2 stitches, 3 dc in third stitch, repeat from * around until there are only 2 stitches left, join to ch 2
Round 6: Sl st in middle dc of dc cluster, ch 4, dc in same stitch, *dc in middle stitch of next dc cluster, ch 1, dc in same stitch, repeat from * around, join to 3rd ch of ch 4
Round 7: Sl st in ch 1 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *3 dc in next ch 1 space, repeat from * around, join to ch 3
Round 8: Repeat Round 6
Round 9: Repeat Round 7

Thumb space
Round 10: Repeat Round 6 until the last dc cluster, skip the last dc cluster, and join to 3rd chain of ch 4 with sl st
Round 11: Repeat Round 7
Round 12: Repeat Round 6
Round 13: Repeat Round 7
Round 14: Ch 1, sc in every stitch around, join to ch 1, fasten off.

Optional: Thumb
Join yarn at thumb opening.
Round 1: Ch 1, *sc in every stitch, 2 sc in side of dc space created by Round 10 of pattern, repeat from * around thump space, join with sl st to ch 1
Round 2-3: Repeat Round 1.

Tips for increasing/decreasing the pattern:
-You need a multiple of three plus one for the starting chain.
-For a larger hand, in Round 10 of pattern you may need to skip the last two dc clusters instead of just the last one.

Let me know if you have any difficulties with the pattern! If you make a pair, I'd love to see some pictures!

19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Another ami octopus, plus a little owl on: October 29, 2010 08:34:11 AM
I have a friend who loves cephalopods, so when I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make it for her for her birthday.

I used this popular pattern from Lionbrand, and some rust-colored acrylic yarn. I didn't have any safety eyes, so I just used two black plastic beads.

My hook was a little larger than it should had been, so you can see the stuffing from up close Sad But that's okay.

Aaand I made a little owl for the same friend (she loves owls too):

The pattern is again from Lionbrand, but I changed it a bit - mine is smaller, and I added a beak and changed the proportions a little. It looks a little crooked in this picture for some reason.

I think overall my first attempt at amigurumi went pretty well!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Comfy grey hat on: February 19, 2010 07:17:57 AM
I've grown obsessed with crocheting, and I've always loved hats, so this was inevitable:

The little flower is detachable.

I read lots of hat patterns, and I ended up just winging it. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with this hat, it's soft and comfortable, and I think it turned out pretty good, considering it's my first real crochet project.
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