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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mini Hello Kitty ami 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
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Kuromi! 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
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Gift tags on Donated items question on: January 20, 2009 06:51:16 PM
I have a rather simple question for the group here.

I was wondering what kind of tags should you put on donated items, specifically baby hats, booties etc. Rather what do you PUT on the cards? I have seen some boxes of donated items and they all have some sort of tag affixed with a ribbon.

Probably just what the donated person thought was appropriate but I was wondering if this is also common among most donated/charity gifts.

Tried to google the info and I only found gift tag sites or just sites for charity.

Happily I have made over 25 hats, 4 knitted booties, four blankets, 2 bonnets and working on a sweater and burial set as well. Not to shabby for 3 weeks worth!

Thank you in advance for any information you could provide me!

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Apple hat and Moe-Hawk (late night adventures in crochet and caffine) 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
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / first foray into fair isle knitting, skulls and questions abound! 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!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / skull head warmer 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*
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Craft-mas! More crochet goodies :) 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!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / hello Cthulhu hat! 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!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jack and Sally marionettes on: December 03, 2008 12:44:52 PM
After battling with the school blues I finally got out of my slump and did some crafting. Because of my college student status I have had to go LOW BUDGET (and I do mean low) for xmas gifts. So instead I am doing craft-mas gifts in hopes my friends dig the poo out them.

So here is my first set of craft-mas gifts (oh and I am using only what I have, so some I had to use whatever paint or fabric i have instead of going out and buying them)

jack and sally marionettes!

and another collage shot with my daughter holding them up...they are around 14 inches tall!

I made them out of the tiny dt mtn dew plastic bottles
Styrofoam balls
sculpy clay *arms hands feet legs for sally*
modge podge paper mache heads
felt and old KMFDM tee clothes
spider earrings from claires
black sharpie
and some lace
fishing line
jewelry wire and rolled up paper for the arms and legs on jack

you cant tell but jack has a tail coat on *and I added a bow after I took these pics*

I know sally isnt the right color but I only had green and grey paint...LOL...

hope you like!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / New for me! Bobobie hard to sew for.....mmm..... on: October 12, 2008 05:56:25 PM
so I got a Bobobie BJD last week! The elf sprite with the mature body and OOOooo is it hard to sew for! I have already made a few dresses that were supposed to be for the 43cm MSD dolls but they all came out WAY too big! any help for the noob owner of a BJD would be most helpful.

BUt i wasnt sure where to post pics of my new love! I also acquired the Tezca DAL and the my melody PUllip this month too! Boy do I feel spoiled!

I found some barbie outfits for my DAL that fit her but are more than a little loose but I just hemmed them up a bit and they look super cute!
*these have my deviantart tag on them* XP so please dont copy!

Doll noir  (i got a pair of boots for her, but no clothes...yet, hence a ribbon protecting her delicate nature!)

any help to fit her with clothes would be most appreciated! I am going to do a small face up on her soon, adding eyelashes and some light black liner to her eyes plus fingernails N toesies will be painted!

comments welcome!
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