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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby carrier sucking pads on: October 25, 2010 03:46:48 PM
First off, sorry if this is in the wrong area, I couldn't for the life of me figure out where this should go (feel free to move it, powers-that-be)! I recently bought a new baby carrier (an Ergo), and I noticed they sold little pads for the straps for the baby to suck on. Brilliant! Except... $14? Bah! Never mind that this is like 1/10th of the price of the carrier, but somehow I was outraged enough to make some myself!

Here they are strapped to the carrier... The ribbon is to attach toys to. I wanted to put a D ring on it but I didn't have one handy.

I just used some cotton fabric I had (it was quilting fabric, I have no idea if that makes a difference) with a piece of a hand towel in the middle plus some velcro.  They're reversible!

If you ever get a carrier for yourself I highly recommend pads. Babies LOVE to suck on the straps. My old carrier's straps got totally stained by apparently (gross, sorry) him spitting up a little sweet potato on it and then mashing it in. I swear though that's not why I got a new one-- I had a mei-tai style carrier which was great except my baby is enormous and the back position really wasn't giving me enough support to be comfortable. The Ergo works great though!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First quilt. Lessons learned! on: October 25, 2010 11:07:45 AM
So my grandma gave me one of her old sewing machines and naturally I decided I'll make quilts for everyone. Little did I know how tricky they can be! I made a crinkly baby tag toy as practice (I'd never used a machine prior) before starting this quilt and let me say... I should have practiced more! Ha!  Cheesy

I had looked at some fabrics online, and wandered into my local quilting shop. I completely panicked once there because they didn't have any of the lines I was looking for. So I picked the only "jelly roll" they had and some brown and yellow fabrics to match it. Unfortunately the woman at the shop was totally unhelpful and only reinforced my panic. I ended up buying too little fabric under her instruction and she wouldn't sell me batting (I think she was maybe not a regular worker at the shop and didn't know how to cut it, but still!). I had a simple block with strips from the jelly roll idea in mind for a crib size quilt for my son, but these were not the colors I had planned and I was worried they looked too '70s. So I made up this pattern with little appliqud owls. Still looks kind of '70s but... too late.

The owls have faces painted on with fabric paint.

The quilting itself is a disaster. When people say to pin the layers together carefully... brother, they mean it! It's bunched all randomly and I probably shouldn't have quilted in that pattern. I started out by doing lines but figured that would take too long and this pattern was the result. I thought I should do a little more so I also quilted in a zig zag around the owls because I thought it would look cute if you saw owl stitching outlines on the back. I should have either done it by hand or way more carefully at least because they look really bad. And then for some reason I decided to do little embroidery circles in the brown blocks (not that I know how to embroider either, whoops).  Huh

The back. I had to do random pieces because I was too short on fabric to do what I originally wanted, and was too intimidated to go back to the store for more, and ended up using whatever. The orange piece was being saved for something for myself (sob) but I actually like how it looks.

In the end, sorry to my son for a crappy quilt, but it looks like he forgives me. I swear my next one will be better! My quilt in progress at the moment is one for our king sized bed. Good thing I started small! Grin

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Birdie Baby Mobile on: October 07, 2009 08:11:32 AM
Edit: added a pattern as best I could.

Please excuse my poor pictures. I hope to have a new camera in a month or so! Smiley Anyway, my husband and I are expecting our first child, and it's a great excuse to craft! Here's a little mobile I just finished of little amigurumi birds. The first picture has a Euro coin for scale. The rings are also crocheted. If the baby doesn't like it, I'll hang it over my own head!

It's hard to get an idea how the birds hang in the photo (I hung them alternating low and high on each ring), but it looks much better in person. The birds are very lightweight, and the smallest air current gets them moving. I'm thinking of making a little turtle mobile as well, because this was so fun and took hardly any time.

Pattern: This is my first attempt at writing a pattern, I can't follow them myself and usually just go by trying to match the picture in my head. I used a 3 mm hook and cotton yarn, not sure what size that is in US measurements

Bird Bodies: I made a "magic ring" of 6 SC. Expand by doing 2 SC in every stitch. On the next row, expand every other stitch by 2 in SC. SC 4 rows around. Decrease until bodies close up.

Bird Wings: Magic ring of 6 SC, SC two rows around, attach to body.

Feet and Beak: I just sort of "sculpted" them with a few SC stitches. I believe the feet were 2 rows of 2 SC. They're so small it's ok if they turn out a little goofy.

For covering the ring: It's a little hard to describe. I made a knot on the ring, and made a loop with my hook. I then pulled the yarn over the front of the ring, made a loop, pulled the yarn from the back of the ring and pulled through to make a stitch.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Amis- Tuskarr, Gnome, and Forest Spirit! on: January 05, 2009 07:04:22 AM
After the holiday gift rush, I finally had some time to make some little amis for myself!

This is WoW-related, called a Tuskarr. Here's a link to what they look like- http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath/features/factions/tuskarr.xml. I'm completely in love with these fat little dudes. If you're ever on the Blackwater Raiders server, say hi to Asherat! Wink  His whiskers were made by a failed attempt at a pom-pom, but I thought they ended up pretty cute, and repeated it for my gnome below.

I had some goofy garden gnomes I had painted for my garden, and had to give them away when I moved abroad. I made this guy to keep my indoor plants company. I made the cone hat by decreasing every third stitch in a row, then crocheting a row or two, and just kept repeating. There's probably a better way to do this.

This little guy is one of those forest spirits from the movie Princess Mononoke (I can't remember what they're called). I'll probably make a few more, I'm hoping to find something to stick inside them to make their heads clack.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mini Boomkin! on: November 29, 2008 06:44:56 AM
Not quite as awesome as this one, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262766.0 but she inspired me to share!

I recently started making little amigurumi-type critters and after I made my first one (octupus), my husband decided I should make him a Boomkin next (his main character in World of Warcraft- we play together), and a Hearthstone (an item in World of Warcraft). The Boomkin's a little small, and I might remake him into a larger plushie if I get the chance. He's next to a pen in the photo to get an idea of his size.

The Hearthstone is actually filled with rice and doubles as a hacky-sack.

Also, anyone have recommendations for a good beginner's site for learning how to read crochet patterns and learn stitches? I just wing it and don't really know what I'm doing. Thanks! Smiley

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