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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn to crochet book for an 11 y.o. boy on: January 16, 2011 11:39:31 PM
Thought I'd give an update on the crochet situation with my lil bro...  I ended up going a different direction with the gift at my husband's encouragement, however...  hubby bought me the Creepy Cute Crochet book for Christmas :-D  I made Cthulu in honor of an awesomely run game of Call of Cthulu and my lil bro was intrigued.  He looked through the book tonight and asked me to teach him how to crochet so he could make the grim reaper.  I taught him sc and how to maintain a nice square and sent him home with a started washcloth to practice with.  We decided that we may make a hat next before moving onto the grim reaper.  I'm afraid the the small hooks and tight stitches may become frustrating until he's had a little practice with more forgiving projects.  He really likes it though.  Yay! 

Thanks for all the help and suggestions!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Teaching Crochet to a group on: January 06, 2011 11:38:39 PM
It will be an ongoing type of event where people can wander up to the tables and leave as they please.  A big group wouldn't be possible. 

I was thinking a worsted weight yarn for them to learn on, but something bulky for me to demo with to make it more visible.  I'm also thinking of making small kits to sell to benefit the non profit, but also to give people something they can take home right away and start working on before the knowledge fades.  It will include enough cotton yarn to make a dishcloth, a hook and simple instructions for the project.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Teaching Crochet to a group on: January 06, 2011 10:47:56 PM
I was asked to teach crochet at a table for an event that benefits a non profit as part of a series on artist demonstrations.  I've taught people on an individual basis, but I've never taught a group.  I was thinking of using thick cord or bulky yarn and the speed hook to have an easily visible way to demo it to a rotating group of people.  I'd probably set up 6 or so stations each with a crochet hook and a skein of yarn.  I'd set up the table with different examples of crocheted items...  some with fine yarn, some with bulky yarn, some ami, etc...  and perhaps do a board with examples of difference crochet stitches.  I have until March to prepare. 

Has anyone done anything like this before??  I'd love to hear from experience. 

Is there a certain color yarn that would be best to learn with?  I'm thinking medium tones, like blues and greens... 
What size hook would you teach with?
Would you just focus on teaching sc or try to add some variety and teach hdc and dc too?
Should I include some sort of kit to buy if they wanted to take home a project to work on that day?  I'm thinking a dishcloth kit, a ball of cotton yarn and a hook. 
Is there a place to buy hooks in bulk if you are buying the same size? 
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn to crochet book for an 11 y.o. boy on: November 07, 2010 05:59:01 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions.  I'm leaning towards the Creepy Cute Crochet book and maybe adding some collected patterns.  He likes the amis that I've made and he's a bit of a geek (a lot like his sister).  The kids book on Amazon may be geared towards too young of an audience and I'm afraid it might turn him off.  Focusing on amis is probably a good start.  I can get him just a few hooks and a good supply of different colors of yarn to get started. 

Thanks guys!  You rock.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: red sonja! on: October 10, 2010 02:37:49 AM
Holy Moly!  You not only met Stan Lee and got a picture, you got a picture of Stan Lee checking you out.  Amazing!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Learn to crochet book for an 11 y.o. boy on: October 10, 2010 02:29:23 AM
For Christmas, I was thinking of getting my lil brother a learn to crochet book with some hooks and yarn.  He's watched me crochet and I've taught him some simple stitches and he seemed to really enjoy it.  He also really likes crocheted things.  I made him a case for his Nintendo DS and he's seen other projects that I've made and admired them.  I think it would be a cool skill for him to learn.  I want to find a book that would be geared towards kids and have more boy type projects in them.  The Happy Hooker is a possibility, but maybe there is something better out there.  Any thoughts?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Suitcase Revamp for Honeymoon Fun (Pics are SFW) on: September 20, 2010 06:55:16 AM
Thanks guys!  I loved the design so much I put it on the programs too.  Wish I could take credit for it. 
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Suitcase Revamp for Honeymoon Fun (Pics are SFW) on: September 18, 2010 10:00:03 PM
I'm getting married in 5 days.  I've been building up a new selection of lingerie and other honeymoon goodies and I wanted something special to carry them in.  I found this old brown suitcase at Goodwill.  It was in great shape, even the lining was intact and the keys were inside.  So I made the suitcase into a sex-case.

I painted the design on the front.  (Design is from Stencilry, but was too detailed to stencil with contact paper.  I stenciled a very basic outline and freehanded the rest.) I gave it a couple coats of polyurethane.  It was looking pretty good, but I couldn't get the old lady smell out of the inside.  I tried everything.  Since old lady smell does not put anyone "in the mood", I had to sacrifice the lining.  I replaced it with some awesome super silky red faux fur from Joanne's.  I wanted purple, but they didn't have purple. 

I was able to salvage the pouch that snaps onto the frame.  Cool thing about this is that it is a plastic lined pouch and therefore perfect for storing lube and massage oils or whatever your spill-able honeymoon supplies might be. 

I also painted our names on the bottom.  I'm keeping my name so it's labeled with both.  I love it!  It's really quite perfect for the purpose.  The lining is bawdy and the pouch worked out great.  Having the keys is nice so we can keep it locked if we're afraid of nosy people or having it spill open for some reason.  I'm going to stock it up tonight and have it ready to go.  It was really easy and fun to revamp it.  I don't think I'll be able to resist the appeal of vintage suitcases in the future.  I'm sure I can come up with some other uses for these things.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Craftin' It Up for my September 23rd Wedding (Pic Heavy) on: August 22, 2010 11:24:46 PM
We are planning our wedding on a pretty tight budget, with most of the money going to pay the band.  Since music is what brought us together and going to concerts is what we do for fun, the music is the top priority.  I also want everything to look fabulous, so I'm craftin up the decor. 

The Invitations:

Printed at home on paper I got a Dollar Tree (4 Invites w/ Envelopes for $1), Embellished with punched out leaves and ribbon.  There's a lovely quote on the back that I love.

The Ring Not-Pillow:

A mock copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with pages cut out and felt added for a safe space for our rings.

Table Decorations:

Made from DT plain glass candles, tissue paper decoupaged over them.  The same tissue paper has been made into the Martha Stewart poofs for decorating the hall. 

The Unity Candle:

These have got to be the most overpriced wedding item I've seen.  There is no reason a set of three candles should cost that much money. Ridiculous!   I've been really drawn to peacock feathers, they are making lots of appearances in the decorations. 


These aren't really crafty, but they are very practical.  We both work in health care, as do a fair number of the invitees, so black pens are always needed.  Pens seemed like the perfect favor and I'm really happy with how they turned out.

Other crafty things to come! 
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / Re: Wire Folding Ball Toy from Paperclips on: March 03, 2010 07:09:12 PM
Wow.  I never thought of those things as a craftable item.  Awesome!  Also, there are still Nature Wonders stores out there?  The one near us closed years ago and I've missed it a lot.
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