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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Butterfly mitts on: July 03, 2010 08:37:34 PM
My first successful pair of mitts.  I have no circulation so my hands get very cold, and I need something I can type and mouse in at work.

I put a rolled up pillowcase inside to show the butterfly better

Because it's hard to take a picture of your own hand!

I used this free pattern: http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/09/suzies-butterfly-mitts-c.html

My only changes were to do one extra round of ribbing at the top for my long hands, and to do 13 sc in the thumbs instead of 12 - no matter how many times I tried, I couldn't make 12 look right without having a lumpy decrease.

The yarn is Simply Soft paints.  I started out trying with a black yarn, but I couldn't count the stitches in black on black and gave up.

I bought two skeins and worked on both mitts at once, doing a couple of rounds on one and then stitching.  It's the only way I could make them come out the same.

As far as wearbility goes, the butterfly stitch sort of makes a gather, so it pulls it tight where some gloves would have a button.  great design feature, it fits nicely when I move my hands.  I thought at first it would look better with the butterfly higher on the back of the hand, but it would act like a decrease on the broadest part of my hand so I guess not.

I want to try the same design with a sock yarn so it's less bulky, but obviously it will require altering the pattern to have more stitches per round.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Satyr stuffie - needs a name! on: August 13, 2008 11:15:29 PM
Here's a little guy I finished a while back.  By little, I mean about 14" tall.  One day I saw this amazing fur, with a pattern of leaves overlapping one another.  I know the moment I saw it that it must be the legs of a Satyr of some sort.  I'm a little disappointed that once it was crafted the fur just looks like camo, you can't see that it's a real leaf pattern rather than blurry splotches.  So I'm afraid it looks more like a commando satyr than one who communes with trees, which has made it difficult for me to find a name for him.

He's the first time I've used bonsai wire as a frame, and it's really great.  It bends so smoothly, and doesn't get weird when you have to straighten and rebend it.

Overall I'm very happy with him.  I started from a pattern for a stuffed horse, but quickly tossed it and did it all by randomly making rough drafts out of scrap fabric until it looked more goatlike.  For his chest I made a quilted "shirt" so he could have muscles, and slipped that over his body.

You may notice he has no mouth.  I've never done a mouth I liked on any stuffie, so now I just leave them off. Grin (and why isn't there a mouthless smiley?)
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