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21  Siamese cat amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: January 02, 2009 06:49:16 PM

I finished this little guy last night -- I didn't use a pattern, but kind of wish I had.  He looks slightly more like a chihuahua than I would like.  Maybe I'll remove the muzzle and embroider the nose and mouth right on his head.  I was trying to make him sitting, but couldn't get the back haunches quite right.
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22  Heart cuff - popcorn stitch experiment in Crochet: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: December 31, 2008 08:20:54 AM

Okay, I'm not sure whether to term this a failed experiment or not.  I like the heart, but hate the embroidery - (Heart) On My Sleeve -- of course the cuff took 20 mins and the stupid lettering half the day.

I was reading through an old crochet stitch book - Adventures in Crocheting by Barbara Ayers, 1972 - that I found at an estate sale and saw an example of popcorn stitch used to make a Christmas tree motif in green against a field of white single crochet.  It took me a few tries to get the heart right -- and I did stitch around the outside of make sure it kept its shape. 

The stitch I used isn't exactly popcorn - it was called a hazelnut stitch in this book - kind of a DC done 5 times in the same stitch, keeping the last loop of each stitch on the hook until you pull through all the loops on the 6th pass.

Maybe if I make a wider cuff so the embroidery has more room - or make multiple hearts and hold off on the messages until I'm more skilled.  At any rate, I like the idea of the 3-D designs and am experimenting now making soft-studs with gray/silver yarn on a black single-crochet cuff.

Anyone have any tips for embroidering on crochet?
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23  Boho Bunny - Friendly Frog's sister of sorts in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: December 25, 2008 12:31:06 PM

I finished this just before Santa's arrival at about 11:35 Christmas eve and stuck her in the tree.  I used the same basic pattern as the frog https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283948.0 I did earlier in the week and added a beanie -- I had made the beanie in adult size  for my niece and just improvised the tiny one.

She took it up to her room first thing with all the Webkinz, so I think it was a hit.
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24  Friendly frog -- my first original ami in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: December 23, 2008 06:27:29 AM
I finished this little guy last night -- it's the first amigurumi I made without a pattern -- I couldn't find a frog I liked, so I just winged it.  He's fairly small, about 4 inches. He's for a little nephew of mine, but I've already gotten requests from my daughters for their own versions, so I judge him a success (even if one foot is slightly bigger than the other).  Of course I neglected to write anything down, so I'll have to figure it out again.

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25  Tiny ami Teapot/teacup bookmark in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: December 21, 2008 09:34:36 PM
I just finished my last Christmas project -- for a tea and book-loving friend - this tea-themed book mark.   I was inspired by this pattern on Crochetville http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=76519-- but winged a teapot on one end instead of 2 cups. The teapot and cups have wooden beads inside to give them some weight.

My only question is -- should I add little friendly faces to them, or leave them more traditional?

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26  Batch of felt keychain/backpack pulls gifts for kids to swap in Winter Holidays by phreed83 on: December 18, 2008 08:17:46 PM
I just finished this batch of felt keychains for my 16-year-old daughter to take to school tomorrow to give to her friends -- she usually gets candy or little stuffed animals and she always forgets to bring anything.  I had intended to do amigurumis, but per usual ran out of time -- these turned out pretty cute though -- ninjas, yetis, heart monster, ninja bunny robots, key and monster girl.

I even used the felt that already has adhesive on the back so it was easy and I'm more confident that they'll hold together.  Hopefully the little rodents will appreciate them!

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27  Grandma's quilt pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by phreed83 on: December 17, 2008 05:55:11 AM
My grandma gave me an old quilt last summer, she said it was the first one she ever made.  It was in pretty bad shape, but I found a couple of good patches, cut them out, trimmed off the binding of the quilt to use for piping around the edges of the pillow and stitched it up.  Now I'm giving it back to her for Christmas in pillow form.

I meant to give it to her last year, but was trying to do it all by hand and didn't make it in time for Christmas. This year I got out the sewing machine and had it done in 10 mins -- ahh technology.

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28  20 min. happy cupcake scarf ornament in Crochet: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: December 17, 2008 05:41:23 AM
I wanted to make that adorable cupcake scarf for my niece, but just plain ran out of time.  I was already making scarf holders and fleece scarves for my Girl Scout troop, so I cut one more scarf, made just one cupcake motif, added a strap by chaining over and single crocheting back and voila - just run the ends of the scarf through the strap in opposite directions and you're good to go - with a little pal on your shoulder.

I used this pattern for my cupcake motif - http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=2252

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29  Re: Christmas Towel Sets with Patterns in Crochet: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: December 11, 2008 05:51:08 PM

I said I would make one and I did!  Thanks for the pattern.  The mesh/yarn combo was a lot smoother to work with than I thought it would be and went quickly.  I used granny smith apple bags. Instead of looping the mesh I opened the bag into a rectangle and cut it into one continuous strip -- only used 2 bags that way.  I also added a double crochet border to increase the size a bit.  The second one is a pot holder using the same pattern. 

I'm planning another set all in red for a friend with a red kitchen.
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30  Sort-of shell-stitch cap with wristwarmers in Crochet: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: December 09, 2008 05:21:59 PM
I just finished making BunnyRabbit's shell-stitch cap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280325.0  -- the pattern was easy to follow, but I'm kind of new to crochet & I couldn't get the shells to interlock the way hers did -- mine all lined up in columns, but the effect is nice -- sometimes mistakes are good.  I added some hand warmers that were pulled from a couple of different patterns -- they are done all one piece with thumb opening like these open-work handwarmers http://crochetme.com/patterns/crochet-openwork-handwarmers - incorporate my shell stitch columns, then are double-crocheted with shell stitch edging and flowers like these mohair hand warmers http://crochetme.com/patterns/mohair-handwarmers.

The set is for my niece who is just back from 3yrs in Africa and doesn't have much cool weather gear.  I used some wool that I had -- not knowing the color of her coat, etc I wanted to keep things neutral, but the color was so blah that I added the flower trimmed in blue mohair.  I'm not sure of the color combo, or if the set is gift-worthy, but oh well.  They say it's the thought that counts -- and she's a good-spirited sort.

I just have to say that making a pair of anything is a giant pain -- I had to rip-out the 2nd mitt about 3 times and make 3 flowers before I got anything resembling a "pair."  They are still a little wonky, but look fine on - I just couldn't bear to do it over again.
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