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1  Re: excellent first sweater in Crochet: Completed Projects by oddmoongirl on: June 08, 2010 07:27:13 AM
First off super happy that everyone enjoys the sweeter and thanks for all the questions and comments you guys rock!

What stitch pattern did you use?
What stitch is it? 

The stitch is called a Key Tab Stitch I found it in "basic crochet stitches" by Erika Knight. If you can't find the book just ask and I'll try and make you a video or something. As far as fancy stitches go it is pretty simple to do!

That IS GORGEOUS!!!! And it's your first??!?!?! WOW! Man seeing stuff likes this makes me really wish I know how to knit or crochet.

I am super pumped about your enthusiasm!!!! You should join the awesome  crocheting hysteria! This is my first sweeter but I have been I have made quite a few hats (which could be an excellent first project for you!) and such.

Is it all one piece or is it seamed?  What weight of yarn/hook size did you use?

It's all one piece, yay no seams! I used this yarn http://www.naturallycaron.com/shade_cards/country_sh.html it is awesome and I got it on sale! I am kind of a ghetto hobo crocheter when it comes to the finer points of jargin but I think the yarn is 3 oz / 85 g and the hook is E. hope this helps!

How long did it take?!
I can never sleep without finishing whatever I'm crocheting. I must be crazy.

Well I started the bad boy at the end of january and the preceded to not look at it till this week. But if you combine the time of actual crocheting it is probably something like a week and a half of intense crocheting glory. Sadly I don't think you could do it in one night unless you have some super skills hidden in your back pocket so I say try it anyways!

If you would be willing to write up a pattern I think myself and others would be interested! Smiley
Sadly my pattern writing skills are a little sketchy and not quite up to par but as a consolation I made this ghetto pattern that is more of a guideline type thing. it may be easier to see if you print it out!
Hope it helps! If you have any questions about it I'll be sure to try and do some problem solving!

HOW'D YOU DO THAT!???!?!?!  It's absolutely adorable.  *drool*
We call it mad skills.... and far to much free time....

So, if you had no pattern, is there a trick to it?  Any tips for someone else wanting to partake in a similar activity?

Well first off I just wrote up a ghetto pattern so that is a good place to start. Some of my little tips of wisdom for free handing it are the following:
1. Find a piece of clothing you already like and look at it for ideas.
2. Get more yarn than you think you will need. It is always better to have a matching hat than half a sleeve.
3. Don't be afraid to take the thing apart if it does not look right. I could have made 2 sweaters in the time it took me to make this one cause I kept refining the sweater
4. Buy nice yarn. I know I hate shelling out the cash but if you don't like the yarn you won't want to wear it.
5. Do your research: even if you don't have a pattern you can find inspiration by looking at other sweaters you like. Also look up new stitches; they can really make something look unique. I like the book " Basic Crochet Stitches" by Erika Knight but there are tones on the internet too!
Thanks for taking an interest! I am a really big fan of patternless creations and I bet you can bust out something fabulous as well!

Thanks everyone again! Feel free to ask more questions and of course comment and recommend this to others!
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2  excellent first sweater in Crochet: Completed Projects by oddmoongirl on: June 07, 2010 05:49:51 PM
So the crocheting saga continues with the creation of my first sweater! I know that sweaters may be a little out of season but I started it when it was in season. Then I proceeded to forget about it till this week when I busted out some mad skills and finished the bad boy. I hope you enjoy this crazy patternless sweater garb.



questions? comment? I'm interested and willing to help!

*lots of questions were answered in page 2 of the post. Also a ghetto pattern was added!
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3  Pleated Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by oddmoongirl on: January 06, 2010 08:48:27 AM
 Just finished this rad apron. Now no one will be as stylish as me in the ceramics studio!

I hope you like it.
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4  Backpacking on a Buget: DIY Soda Can Stove! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by oddmoongirl on: May 25, 2009 05:39:57 PM
Hey I'm back again!

Anyways my family was going on a weekend backpacking trip and I being a good daughter decided to help out and do a little research for the trip. As part of this research I came across this totally rad site about light weight backpacking http://www.ultimate-ultralight-backpacking.com/alcohol-stove.html and oh man any progress I would have made on planing the trip disappeared. I spent the better part of the next hour making the most kick ass stove ever.

my dad cooking some soup

close up on the stove

Why is this stove so awesome you ask?
-It weighs 3 oz which is super nice when you are carrying everything around on your back
-It is quick to make
-It's made out of everyday items
-It's a act of recycling
-It runs on 90% isopropyl alcohol that can be found next to rubbing alcohol at any local pharmacy
-The 90% isopropyl alcohol can be carried in plastic containers that is a lot lighter than the aluminum containers which most stove fuel needs
-The only thing you have to pay for is the fuel which compared to most stoves prices (in the hundreds) is a steal
-Once you get it started it cooks for food very fast
-It's fun for the whole family and more

A look at the rock portion of the stove

It's some serious awesomeness! Mine burns for about 20 min without refilling. I have plans to add a extra component to make the lighting process easier. Right now I just put a spoon of alcohol on a rock and place the unit on top before lighting the alcohol on the bottom. Sounds weird I know but it work pretty well.

Also I want to try out a few different stove versions such as the hobo stove also on the website mentioned above. There are versions all over the place on the web that can be found with a little research. I am adding a few websites but I am sure their are loads more. Or just U-Tube it the videos are super helpful.


The last one is the next one I plan on making!

Hope you guys also enjoy this as much as me! If you have any questions about the stove just ask!

Tomfoolery on the trail with a well fed woman!

Also check out this great idea we had for crocks.
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5  Purple Grocery Bag of Doom Meets Fat Cat in Crochet: Completed Projects by oddmoongirl on: June 25, 2008 10:47:15 AM
I saw some cool grocery bags a bit ago and thought i would make one.

The bag with normal groceries (and the new David Sedaris book I am so pumped to read.) Its actually more of a purple color but the camera does not like me.

The bag with my fat cat in it.

my fat cat fleeing the bag.

Its all done without a pattern using some natura wintuk quality royal purple yarn. Its a little bigger then I would like cause when I put heavy things (like the cat) in it stretches.

Hope you like.
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6  reversible hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by oddmoongirl on: May 30, 2008 09:01:30 AM
So my family has two boxes filled with yarn that that no one really uses so i have decided to make some nifty things out of all the extra yarn to free up space.

This hat was inspired by a broomstick lace stitch and has a different look on the inside and outside. I used a hood sized 1/2.75 mm... its the smallest hook i have ever used.

Both top views:

A side view:

Two different details (one of each side):

Hope everyone enjoys it!
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7  Large Mens Shirt to Smaller Women's Shirt w/ Stencil in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by oddmoongirl on: May 24, 2008 01:43:40 PM
So i had this huge plan black T in my closet that didn't fit and was just collecting dust. I cut it up and made a smaller shirt after adding this freaking awesome stencil of an old man I found in a National Geographic mag. I stenciled the cloth last night and made the shirt this morning. I am really pumped about the results!

Me in the porch with my groovy old man shirt. (we have the best weather today)

Close up of shirt. My sister on her cell phone. It fits her better than me!

The image that inspired it all!

Hope you all like. This was my very first stencil and I am hooked!
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8  First Posting- a Bag and Hood Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by oddmoongirl on: May 20, 2008 12:24:34 PM
I was poking around on Craftster for the last few weeks and am obsessed. So it is high time for me to post what I have been doing recently.

This bag I made out of postal string, which is a pretty awesome material to work with. It took me a while and the strap stretches a little more than I would like it to but I take it pretty much everywhere. It's crazy useful!


Yesterday I finished this nifty scarf/ hood thing. I am sure it has a name but I cant remember it. It is freezing where I live so it is nice to have something to snuggle up in. So much for spring

Hope you enjoy!
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