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21  Scooty Booty! (Warning: Explicit Cat Butt and Juvenile Poopy Humor) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: April 28, 2009 09:28:25 AM

When you  live with an animal who sometimes uses your carpet as toilet paper, you have two options. (1) You can throttle him; or (2) you can develop a sense of humor about it.

Woolite Heavy Traffic Carpet, Rug, and Upholstery Cleaner also helps.

I modeled this little kitty, in prime "scooting" position, after my own Mongo, who could, on occasion, benefit from toilet paper and opposable thumbs.  Oh well.  I did originally make a "streak" out of brown embroidery floss, but after uploading the first batch of pictures, I decided that some things are truly best left to the imagination.  That didn't stop me, however, from making use of the pink embroidery floss:

I gave little Mongo as a going-away present to one of my husband's co-workers, who's moving to Montana soon.  She's a cat owner too, and they made fun of this behavior.  At work.  A lot.  God help me, I think she liked it. 

Big Mongo, however, was not amused:

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22  Joan Crawford-Inspired Cloche in Crochet: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: April 25, 2009 11:39:05 AM

After binging on old depression-era Joan Crawford movies, I decided I was in love with little black hats that go up on one side and down on the other.  So I decided to make one up.

This yarn is actually so black it was a little tough to work with at first (where are the stitches? I can't see the stitches!) but it sure does photograph light.  Hmm.

Here's the pattern, if anyone is interested.  As usual, it's a freebie deal: make (and even sell) the hat if you like, but please do not attempt to sell the pattern itself.  Thanks!


one skein black worsted weight yarn
Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook
stitch marker
vintage brooch or other ornament

Special Stitch:

Invisible Decrease:  place hook through front loop only of the stitch youre skipping (front to back); do not yarn over; place hook the same way in the next stitch; yo; pull yarn through both stitches and complete as normal.  (Finishing the stitch counts as next sc.) This technique eliminates an obvious hole.

Gauge: 7sc = 2 inches. (Like many in-the-round projects, this pattern requires stitching tighter than most patterns do.)

Using black yarn, make adjustable ring.

Round 1:    Ch1, 6 sc in ring, do not join (6 sc)

(From now on, indicate first stitch of each round with a marker to keep your place)

Round 2:    2 sc in each sc (12sc)

Round 3:    *1 sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (18 sc)

Round 4:    *1 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (24 sc)

Round 5:    *1 sc in each of 3sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (30 sc)

Round 6:    *1 sc in each of 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (36 sc)

Round 7:    *1 sc in each of 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (42 sc)

Round 8:    *1 sc in each of 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (48 sc)

Round 9:    *1 sc in each of 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (54 sc)

Round 10:    1 sc in each sc around (54 sc)

Round 11:    *1 sc in each of 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (60 sc)

Round 12:    *1 sc in each of 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (66 sc)

Rounds 13-14:1 sc in each sc around (66 sc)

Round 15:    *1 sc in each of 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (72 sc)

Round 16:    1 sc in each sc around (72 sc)

Round 17:    *1 sc in each of 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (78 sc)

Rounds 18-19:1 sc in each sc around (78 sc)

Round 20:    *1 sc in each of 12 sc, invisible decrease; repeat from * all around (72 sc)

Rounds 21-23:1 sc in each sc around (72 sc)

Round 24:    *1 sc in each of 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (84 sc)

Round 25:    *1 sc in each of 6 sc; 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (96 sc)

Round 26:    *1 sc in each of 7 sc; 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (108 sc)

Round 27:    *1 sc in each of 8 sc; 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * all around (120 sc)

Still with me?  Good.  Lets make the last round look more circular:

Round 28:    1 sc in each of 2 sc; *1 hdc in each of 5 sc, 1 sc in each of 5 sc; repeat from * all around; sc in each of last 3 sc; sl st; finish off.  Wear it down or turn one side up and pin it with a vintage brooch or bit of ribbon, if you like.

(c) 2009 JenGoPop at JenMade Stuff
(I've got a Creative Commons license for this, but can't seem to figure out how to post it here.  It does appear at http://jenmadestuff.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/joan-crawford-inspired-cloche/ though.)
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23  Need Help Deciding Design for Charity Bag, Please Help in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by JenGoPop on: April 12, 2009 10:15:46 AM
So I'm making this little red bag for the charity unswap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299258.0) and I'm not sure what I want to put on it.  Here are a few ideas I'm toying with:

A star (too . . . socialist maybe?):

(I thought this would be kind of steampunk, which I've never seen done in crochet before:

Just one gear (maybe just do a flowery flower instead?):

Would you guys bid on any of these if you were at the auction?  Could you suggest something better?  I also have beads and sequins at my disposal.  Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.  This is my first charity item, and I want it to be really good.  Smiley
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24  Scarf of Ambivalence, or: You Blockhead in Crochet: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: April 07, 2009 02:59:14 PM
I'm not sure how I feel about this one.

Last year, against my better judgement, I was seduced by the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby.  But isnt that how these things always go?  You see a soft, sparkly chenille yarn in a safe, nonthreatening oatmeal color, and you think, oooh, 75% off!  Forgetting, of course, that chenille is delicate and linty and hard to work with and isnt good for anything but scarves, of which you have made enough.  So you pick up a couple balls of that oatmeal color, and you feel bad for the yellow and the brown and you think of how they kinda coordinate, and you momentarily forget how those colors looked in the 1970s.  And then you get them all home and wonder what the hell you did and what the hell youre going to do.  You make sketches, you try out stripes and waves and shells.  Most of your plans are thwarted because you have twice the oatmeal color and not enough of the others . . . and not enough of anything to make separate articles.

Well, after a lot of work, frogging, and re-working, I decided that if I was stuck with Charlie Brown colors, then, by God, I would make a Charlie Brown scarf:

Its . . . okay.  Warm, anyway.  And if you look at this closeup here, you can see the sparkle:

And when I wear it with a jacket, its not bad.  Sort of.

Thanks for looking.  I guess I'm trying to get something out of this experience . . . be careful in the clearance aisle!  Grin
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25  "Sunburst Bowl" from Crochet Today Sept/Oct '08 issue in Crochet: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: April 03, 2009 02:25:17 PM

Oops, I finished this last week, put it on my blog, and forgot to post here! 

This is "Sunburst Bowl," a tapestry crochet pattern Carol Ventura wrote for Crochet Today magazine (Sept/Oct '08).  It took a couple months (and the entire DVD boxed set of Monty Python's Flying Circus  Grin) to do, and while it wasn't that hard, all those threads kept getting tangled!  I got my husband to make me this holder out of six dowels screwed to a piece of plywood; it helped a little:

For some reason, no matter how much I iron (block) the bowl, it sags a bit on one side.  Maybe it's tighter or heavier on the other side somehow.  Still, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It was quite the challenge!
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26  Re: Mo' Better Q*Bert: Now With Coily Goodness in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: March 28, 2009 11:25:41 AM
Thanks, Wyked and Jazzhands!

Here's a pic of the disk:

I made it a couple months ago, so I don't remember exactly what I did.  It is actually two disks sewed together (wrong side to wrong side).  I did each in a single crochet spiral, like how you'd start an amigurumi.  Don't remember the number of stitches, but maybe you can wing it from the pic?  I started out in red and picked up/dropped colors as I moved along (the wrong sides are a mess, but hidden  Grin)  One thing I learned the hard way is, the second disk has to be the reverse of the first:  you do the colors in the opposite order, and make the "wave" flow the other way.
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27  Mo' Better Q*Bert: Now With Coily Goodness in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: March 26, 2009 11:39:18 AM
A while back, I posted a pattern for a little Q*Bert I made up (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244688.msg2704832#msg2704832).  Well, I'm back to say that since then I've made a spinning disk and . . . that loveable villain himself,  COILY!

The Death Embrace:  Foul Language, Violence, and Adult Situations

The Full Coily

Coily is a simple stuffed oval (head) attached to a long single crochet coil (body), with two pipe cleaners inside for flexibility.  Although theres plenty of polyfil in his head and a little in the neck, the rest I left unstuffed.  Hes flattish, but very poseable.   His eyes are two old purple shanked buttons, painted to look like the eyes on the original game box.  Theyre set against two purple circles stitched on the top front of the head (the shanks stay hidden that way.)  The pictures dont really show it well, but the tongue is a cutout of very bright red felt.  Coilys fangs were the only really problematic part here.  I made this set out of yellowish Sculpey (hey, the game is 25 years oldthe old buggers teeth should be quite yellow by now) but neglected to make shanks or holes for sewing.  Consequently, theyre glued on and probably wont stay on.  I might just end up taking them off, because hes pretty cute without em.

Oh, yes, and I did make a floaty disk for Q*Bert.  It hangs just under him by invisible nylon thread.   Its actually two disks stitched together, with a lot of color-change mess hidden in the middle.  If I remember right, I made each disk in a spiral (like youd start an amigurumi) and picked up and dropped colors as I went along.  The colors had to be reversed for the second disk since theyre stitched wrong-side to wrong-side (and boy was I pissed when I figured THAT out too late!)

I know there's not a whole lot of people as interested in Q*Bert as I am ( Grin), but if you are, there's a little more information on my blog, if you'd like to come see!
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28  Slightly Fantastical Elephant--Crochet Version! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: December 18, 2008 09:03:09 AM
A couple months ago, amudd posted an awesome knit Slightly Fantastical Elephant here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263562.0).  I threatened to try a crochet version, and so I have!  Hopefully it'll make a nice Christmas present for one of my elephant-loving friends:

What I did was, I made a square motif using a tight single crochet, kinda like amigurumi style, only flat (well, it curled up around the edges from being so tight, but . . .) Then I added the trunk in a spiral.  I hope these pictures help, it's a little hard to explain:

I gradually tapered the trunk and stuffed a pipe cleaner inside to make it bendy. The rest pretty much follows the instructions in amudd's post.  The eyes are old purple buttons.  Cheesy

Though I like the way he turned out, I think the knit version works better.  It looks like amudd's elephant has more flexibility, and I like those front arms much better than mine.  I suspect an afghan stitch would have worked better, because it's more knit-like, but I don't have the proper hook for it.  I might go buy one and try this again someday to find out!
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29  Woo Too~! I finished the Sweet Pea Shawl also in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by JenGoPop on: December 01, 2008 02:06:59 PM
I did the Sweet Pea with Patons Brilliant in White Twinkle.  (I think someone on here used that to make it before, but darned if I could find it.)

I used 3 1/2 balls, and made snowflakes for the heck of it with the remainder.

The big one is from the Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches, and the smaller three are from www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=e06327
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30  "Frogger" Tapestry Bag! in Crochet: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: September 15, 2008 08:45:28 PM
I wanted to learn tapestry crochet, so I checked out this cute kitty bag pattern by Carol Ventura here:  http://www.tapestrycrochet.com/KittyBag.htm

Then I basically made it, substituting a frog design for the cat.  And because the pink lady frog in the classic Frogger arcade game always cracked me up, well:

I used some worsted weight acrylic yarn, so it's bigger than it should have been, but hey.  I like it!

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