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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / From old leather jacket to pirate hat on: October 27, 2009 02:51:50 PM
I've never done anything with leather before, but my daughter would not let me crochet a pirate hat for her. I found instructions for a Jack Sparrow tricorn hat on Livejournal and cut the cost by using a ruined leather jacket instead of the new leather called for. Because I was using a jacket, there are a few seams in places where they shouldn't be and I had to back the leather with fabric so it wasn't quite so floppy - but it turned out pretty well - and it's free. The used leather was also easier to work with - I could use my sewing machine on it. As a bonus, I'm making the remainder of the jacket into a buccaneer vest to add to her costume.

Aargh - I would add the link to the original instructions, but I can't find it again.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: More adventures with novelty yarn on: October 26, 2009 10:56:59 AM
I know, right -- the tubs were even included. Great yard sale.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / More adventures with novelty yarn on: October 26, 2009 08:03:29 AM
I'm finding that I really like experimenting with novelty yarn - I picked up 2 rubbermaid totes with about 50 skeins each of all kinds of stuff (some quite pricey) for only $10. It's fun combining colors and types of yarn - plus something with simple stitches looks more high-end.

The beret is a combination of a yarn that was 3 colors/widths of chenille and rust-brown vintage 2-ply wool.  It is the Chunky Beret from Melody Griffith's So Simple Crochet. I added some vintage buttons

The second is a super cozy scarf made from a brown/taupe/white ribbon yarn that has lengths of cotton string attached and a mixed brown chenille.  Half-double crochet along the length of the chain with both yarns, 2 rows of single crochet (down & back up) with just the chenille and repeat.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Star Slouchy Hat *Pattern Included* on: October 26, 2009 07:24:42 AM
Here's mine -- thanks for the pattern - my daughter wears it all the time. So cute - reminds me of The Sneetches. I had a bit of trouble with the star and had to use an alternate technique, but that's probably just me, not the pattern. It's not in the pic, but the band is coral too.  I'm planning to try the heart one as well.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / can't stop crocheting - img heavy on: October 23, 2009 05:38:57 PM
I haven't posted in a while, because it seems like I'm obsessively crocheting.  Focus seems to be my problem - I currently have 4 partially finished projects scattered around the house.  Here are a few of the things I've made in the past few weeks - trying to find things to make with this ton of novelty yarns I picked up at a yard sale.

The cowls each use one skein of Moda Dea Frivolous and a partial skein of regular wool - stitched together. They are stitched in the round using an N hook: *round of single crochet, round of triple crochet" repeat 2 more times, end with round of single crochet.  Attach a large button to the upper edge to adjust the fit - using the triple crochet as a button hole.

This is the kitty hat from Linda Kopp's Cool Crochet Hats in bulky alpaca-blend wool and the next is a girl's waffle-weave cap from the same book in a ribbon yarn - I made-up the button-on heart decoration (side view).

The last is the cowl that was in this month's Crochet Today in orange Homespun -- I added a drawstring with leaf-ends top and bottom - so you can push it back, adjust the strings and it becomes a slouchy hat.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Funky 70's floral sheet into Funky 70's floral bag on: August 18, 2009 08:36:03 AM
Love it - making me regret the really cool 70s sheet sets I sold on eBay last month
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My first fused plastic project - coupon wallet on: August 18, 2009 08:34:13 AM
Thanks for your advice -- I've visited your website several times (since I also crochet) and I now have a piles of plastic bag strips that I loop into plarn and am saving up enough bags to attempt a sturdy market basket. I made a large bag with thin plarn & cotton yarn, but I made a large mesh and it is so stretchy that it hits the ground.  It seems like all these things take trial & error.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My Twitter themed amigurumi keychains on: August 17, 2009 08:04:38 PM
Here are a couple of little amigurumis that I made for my Twitter-fiend daughter - a Tweet Bird and a Fail Whale.  I decided to give the whale a little spout of water.  Not too happy with his mouth though. 

I later fastened key rings through loops on the tops of their heads.
9  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Berroco Aruna Short Sleeve Cardigan, anyone? on: August 17, 2009 05:42:29 AM
The cardy might be a bit much for my short attention span -- but thanks for turning me on to the pattern site - I hadn't seen it before, so many great things -- already downloaded PDFs for 5 patterns
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first fused plastic project - coupon wallet on: August 17, 2009 05:18:40 AM
This is my first attempt at fusing plastic grocery bags -- I think I had too many layers and the setting up too high at first - the plastic shrunk up like shrinky-dinks and is really wrinkled.  The plastic I used for the covered button was done on a lower setting and is only about 4 layers and was quite smooth.  I guess it takes a little experimentation to come up with the perfect layers/setting combination.

At any rate - it came out fairly well - I even fused the seams.  Much better than the tattered paper envelope I was using for my coupons

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