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1  Re: Viva Mexico!!! aka the Mexican kitsch swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by xphronvistle on: July 15, 2009 08:31:31 PM
my swap partner recieved on the 9th but hasn't posted or sent out my package so I am posting what little pictures I took of my items.

here is a small clutch wallet purse that I painted with acrylic paints. I REALLY like this so cutie!

here is a shrine box painted in Mexican flag colors, I was going to modge podge some pictures on the sides but I was *and still am* in the process of moving and I have been living out of a craft box to fill my crafting needs so I made do with what I had available

Inside the box was about five crocheted tawashis *my current obsession* tucked in between the scrubbies was a DIY doggie keychain guy that I painted a skeleton frame on with a sugar skull face *no pic of those items*

simple painted cross in festive colors

sorry about the bad cell phone quality Tongue I think the board was 12 x 8 I cant remember the artist this is based upon but I loved the artwork and decided to make it my own. On the back I painted "made in Iowa" LOL

Some other items I threw in *not pictured* but for fun was a parrot shopping bag, sombrero, and three AMAZING luchador wrestling figurines complete with ladders clubs and a fake cast *woot for dollar tree finds!*

I hope my swap partner posts better pics soon. PEAS!!!!!

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2  Mini Hello Kitty ami in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by xphronvistle on: January 25, 2009 10:26:58 PM
A friend of mine in my local craft group asked me to come up with a mini hello kitty design as she is rubbish without a pattern. She needed a pattern that would be easy to replicate and also small enough to fit into cribs, we crochet for charity our group does! Smiley So this was pretty fun for me. I made a tut, first time ever writing things down, but I am not quite happy with the dress or my shoddy embroidery skills (never been good on yarn ewww)

so if you have any ideas/comments please let me know it would be quite helpful!

Mini HK is exactly 4inches from the top of her ear to the bottom of her paw
she is worked in rounds, oval shaped (one decrease for neck, one for finish) paws were made separately then added on after making dress. Her ears were crocheted directly on and the dress is also separate from the doll.

Mini Hello Kitty Ami

Used baby weight yarn, size E hook


1 Row: 5ch, turn, sc  2nd from hook, 3 sc
 4 sc in last space
2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch
forms oval shape
there should be 12 sctotal for first oval round, join ch 1
2 row: continue second round, increase by two stitches on each end 16 stitches total, join Ch 1
3-5 Row: continue like 2 row (16 sc)
Decrease on row 6 and 7, decrease by 1 on each end, 12 stitches, join
Row 8:
Increase on 2c at each side, 16c total, join, ch 1
Row 9-12: continue in sc rounds (16 sc, join, ch 1)
Row 13: Decrease every stitch to end, join. Cut yarn, stuff,tail to sew up bottom.

Arms and Legs:
Ch 2, 5 sc in 2 ch from hook,  dont join, just continue in rounds
Continue for 4 rounds, join cut off yarn
Make 4, attach to body after making dress for proper placement.

3 sc on top of head, dont ch 1, turn 2 sc, 1sc then slip stitch down side to form triangle. Leave enough yarn on tail to shape (if needed) and weave it. Repeat twice.

To make flower on ear, ch 5 then slip st into 1st chain. Ch 5 and slip stitch into 1st chain repeat 3 more times. Attach to ear.

Row 1:
Ch9, turn, sc in 2 ch from hook, sc 17 (18 sc) Ch 1, turn
Row 2-4:
18 sc
Row 5:
Slip stich in 7 spaces, ch 1, 4sc, ch 1, turn
Row 6:
4 sc, ch 10 join around neck of kitty
sew up dress in back, add decorative edge to bottom ( I did 4 ch, slip into nxt st, repeat all the way around)

Mind you I also made this within the last hour or so! midnight might not be the best time to write patterns Tongue
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3  Amigurumi Kuromi! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by xphronvistle on: January 25, 2009 06:48:12 PM
I really feel that Kuromi of the sanrio world is left out of the spot light way too often. Needless to say when my job started to carry Kuromi items I went ape and I now have almost everything (cept the sweet car seat covers Tongue)

And now I decided to show my love for her in yarn (again) this time not on a blanket but my very own 6 inch tall amigurumi!

I winged the whole darn thing, the hardest part for some reason was making the devil tail (which you cant see LOL) the ears were slightly off but in all I am very pleased with her. I know kuromi is a bunny, but I loved the idea of using my pink cat eyes and giving her the big eyelashes! RAWR!

my previous (and older kuromi project)

PS i would love a kuromi swap!!!!!!!!!!!! hee hee hee
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4  Apple hat and Moe-Hawk (late night adventures in crochet and caffine) in Crochet: Completed Projects by xphronvistle on: December 17, 2008 10:12:34 AM
I have admired the knitted Mohawk hats and am still a little scared of knitting a hat (my attempts have been futile, but I keep trying) but I decided to make one anyways, but in crochet (obviously) :3

I used a basic beanie hat pattern (the double stitch seems too much, next time maybe single stitch and a larger hook) and the hawk seems...small (or am I having hawk envy?)
please any comments or criticisms welcome!

Here is my other hat I made last night, a red apple hat that an old school chum requested for craftmas. I used the boy beanie hat pattern from the happy hooker book
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5  Re: What are these called!? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by xphronvistle on: December 16, 2008 11:11:06 AM

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6  first foray into fair isle knitting, skulls and questions abound! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by xphronvistle on: December 10, 2008 09:06:00 AM
here is my pitiful attempt at fair isle, i was very suprised on how easy it really was. Although...I did only use two colors....and.....my boarder failed big time...but i was still pretty happy with it.

my question is....
do you line fair isle items? so they dont snag or something? whats the best kind of book to teach you or online tute? and is fair isle better than intarsia? I have a book on intarsia but it hasnt been helpful in the least. Undecided

also what kind of items(projects etc) are the best for using fair isle? I noticed that sweaters, hats and gloves are the most common....hmmm....I love tiny projects but i am a long time crocheter and have only recently gotten into knitting as a major pastime  Grin

i wanted to make a skull scarf but the fair isle seems too messy on the backside and also if doubled UBER thick! sadly i dont know anyone that knits and I am self taught so I thought I would ask the pros  here!

thanks guys!
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7  skull head warmer in Crochet: Completed Projects by xphronvistle on: December 10, 2008 08:54:12 AM
I decided to make something more me for the cold iowa weather and I came up with this

the skulls are from a graph i found ages ago, although i am not fond of how color changes look in crochet, too obvious and not precise *but I DO love my crochet, dont get me wrong*

but here it is

and here it is in goofy photoshop cause i was up late and feeling dumb

i am much better at crochet than i am at photoshop *does it show*
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8  Craft-mas! More crochet goodies :) in Crochet: Completed Projects by xphronvistle on: December 08, 2008 08:24:46 AM
I made a few things this weekend, been ambitious!

So here are two hedgehogs, I saw a design somewhere once and I just winged it (i tend to just whip stuff up with a pattern all the time) Also a Daruma doll, its not very nice, but it was spur of the moment..Soooo...I will make a better one next time LULZ
I have to admit to hating the latch hook for the hair, luckily I just crocheted the hair on the smaller one, eyelash yarn is great that way.

here is a ear muff thingy? Used my afghan hook (never used before today!) and stitched up a sugar skull for decoration. I was thinking of adding some more but I am afraid of overdoing it with skulls....

I also made a few coffee cup cozies and a neckwarmer of my own design....not worth enough to post pics of, but it's nice to mention it. The craft bug has me by the neck...hee hee
after making the jack and sally marionettes, and the hello cthulhu hat I just feel full of energy and creativity!
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9  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by xphronvistle on: December 04, 2008 08:42:36 PM
I got this tattoo a little while ago but I wasted time on posting it. And I got a bad photo of it so bear with me.

This was taken DIRECTLY from a gift given to me in a swap with MissMoppet, she made this just for me and I loved it so much I had it tattooed on me!

The colors are much more vibrant and it was done at a local shop where my friend works. I really love this tat and it is now proudly on my inner forearm.
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10  hello Cthulhu hat! in Crochet: Completed Projects by xphronvistle on: December 04, 2008 08:37:17 PM
I made this TODAY while studying....life is great that way I guess.

So while watching Bridge on the river kawai I made this green neck scarf that ended up being too short to be a scarf, and too long for a neck scarf...argh!

No matter what I did to it *i even added my pirate buttons given to me from a fellow craftster MissMoppet (LUVES) * but to no avail...it sucked.

but then INSPIRADO! I wrapped this puppy around my head, used the tail end to make a flapper style bring, add a bow and BAM! Hello cthulhu!

I was trying to make a cthulhu scarf...but I like this WAY better.

so here it is, on my big melon head *actually I can wear baby hats, little head on a big body LOL*

Totally a craftmas gift that is going to be hard to give away!


hope you like!
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