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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / help with shapes? on: July 24, 2010 08:14:52 AM
ok, i'm fairly new to crocheting. i can follow a pattern with no problems, and i've completely many amigurumi and a couple bags and hats. and my kids love the things i make for them! so, DS's birthday is coming up at the end of august, and he's *obsessed* with the movie "cars" well, obsessed with anything that  has an engine really, but still. i'd like to make him either a lightning mcqueen or a tow mater for his birthday, but i can't find any patterns that i like. so i thought, i'll make one up myself!!! riiiiiight. i realized i have *no* idea how to make a 3d shape other than a basic sphere or egg shape. and i can't seem to find directions! so, can anyone point me to a tutorial that can teach me how to make different shapes? any help would be much appreciated!!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Purple Dragon for Father's Day on: June 26, 2010 02:37:57 PM
yeah yeah, i know father's day was *last* week. but i'm just now getting around to uploading pictures from my camera!! dh has a thing for dragons, so i made him this little purple guy as a gift from the kids. my boy picked out the pattern, and my girl picked the colors. i call him bernard.

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Guilt Free Desserts on: June 26, 2010 02:35:52 PM
i've been on a toy food making spree lately. today i finished some cool and refreshing desserts: vanilla ice cream and chocolate pie!

here's the pie, complete with whipped cream!

aaaaand the ice cream cone. ignore the disaster area that's my living room in the background. and the mostly naked boy. it's hot! and he just came in from swimming, lol.

oh! and because i can, here's a closeup of the swirl on top (it's blurry 'cause my camera sucks). i always loved the icecream cones with the little swirls on top.....

they're from a pattern i found on ravelry. i swear, i have a huge queue that's mostly play food right now, lol. anyway, enjoy! as always c&c welcomed!!

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fat Baby!! on: June 16, 2010 06:09:28 AM
So I'm pretty new to crochet. I've made a few simple amigurimi toys for my kids. I'm also a Dr. Who fan. As is my dad. So when i found this pattern on ravelry, I just had to make it!! It was pretty simple, but I did have problems with the hands. I didn't understand the directions at first, and then when I figured them out, the way it's written leaves big holes between the fingers where the stuffing would stick out. But after a few hours (I said I'm new at this!) I figured out a way to do it that preserved the original shape of the fingers but didn't leave holes.

I didn't have any safety eyes. Nor did I have any beads of the appropriate size and color. But I did have a package of brads and some acrylic paint. So I thought, I can make the eyes! Yeah....not so much. Even with lots of sanding, and applying a clear coat on top, the paint doesn't want to stick. I even tried using husband's fancy schmancy painted for his Warhammer models, thinking that they were meant for metal and plastic, so it should work. Still no luck. I did end up using the eyes anyway, since the little guy is a gift for my dad, and he'll just be living sitting on his desk, not being played with. But I'm disappointed it didn't work. It would've been a great solution for me to make cheap, custom eyes!

Anyway, on to the picture! I'm sure I've bored you enough with my ramblings, lol.

C&C appreciated!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / rocketship! on: May 21, 2010 12:57:21 PM
so i was browsing ravelry one day and i came across this http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rocket-ship-2 pattern. well, my 2 1/2 year old happened to be looking over my shoulder and immediately said he wanted one. so for weeks after he kept asking "you making me a rocketship?" i finally got around to it! and i got it finished, with a couple slight modifications. first of all, the pictures are really cruddy, i had to take them with my phone since my camera bit the dust.

the ship
a closeup of the spaceman
and his little backpack thinger. see, this was the 2nd spaceman i made. ds lost the first one. 'cause, you know, it wasn't attached to the rocketship and he's 2 1/2. so this time around, i made him the backpack, and then attached yarn coming out of it to the rocket. for air. you know, like the 'umbilical cord' actual astronauts use.

thanks for looking!!! Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help with pattern on: April 21, 2010 02:57:01 PM
i'm working on making myself a needle holder, and the 2nd part of the pattern has you making two strips to put inside the outer fabric that you then thread the needles through. here's the section of the pattern:

1ST ROW: p3, C2B, p3
2ND ROW: k3, p4, k3
3RD ROW: p3, k4, p3
4TH ROW: k3, p4, k3

the knits and purls i've got down, but what does C2B mean? rather, i know i'm to be making cables, but a: what does the C2B stand for exactly?, and b: i watched a video about making cables, and it calls for a cable needle, which she didn't list in the supplies so i didn't know i'd need and thus don't have. is there another way to do it that doesn't involve a cable needle?

thanks in advance for any help!!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / DPNs and circulars on: April 19, 2010 09:12:51 AM
so, i've been looking around at some patterns, and being fairly new to knitting, i'm a bit confused by something. i've seen several patterns that call for using both DPNs and circular needles. if they both knit in the round, why would once switch mid-pattern? if it's because the diameter of the circular bit is too short for the circulars, couldn't one just keep using the circulars and simply start knitting with magic loop from that point on? or simply switch to a smaller size circular?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first stuffed knitting on: April 01, 2010 09:56:10 AM
i made bunnies for my kids for easter. i couldn't get a good picture of the 2nd one, but here's the one for my daughter. the other i made (for my son) is the same, but a deep wine red instead of pink.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / question about decreasing and increasing on: March 11, 2010 11:50:13 AM
i'm really new at knitting (since january) and i've made a few things, and i've decided i want to try something more ambitious than a scarf or simple cuff. my daughter wants a shrug to wear this spring/summer, and i've found a pattern that i like. but i'm not sure about how to increase and decrease when the pattern calls for it. i've looked up the various ways to increase/decrease, but i'm not sure what to use. if the pattern doesn't specify, do i just use whichever method i want? and if the decrease is in the middle of the row, does that make a difference?

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / new to knitting - k2tog question on: February 24, 2010 11:50:10 AM
so i'm really new to knitting. i've managed to make some cuffs for my kids with seams, but other than that, i've done nothing. so i found a pattern on ravelry for headband that seemed pretty straightforward.

one of the rows is k3 *yo k2tog* then repeat between * 3 more times

now, i know what it means, and i know how to do it, but i'm having problems with it. on the normal knit and purl stitches, i have no trouble, and i yarn over, then when i go to do the k2tog, i have a *really* hard time getting the needle through the 2 stiches. it's a real struggle. i know it's got to be *something* to do with the tension, but i don't know how to fix it. can anyone help me?
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