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1   / TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / First Quarter 2017 Featured Projects on: April 20, 2017 06:28:02 PM
We had some amazing things posted during the first quarter of 2017 to the Dolls, Toys and Playthings board. Here are just a few that people thought rocked.


Labyrinth Worm Sock Monkey by craftylittlemonkey


Burly Bearded Men Dolls by FoxyBlue


Little Avocado by loveandasandwich


Garden Gnomes by LissyLou
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Purple Cabled Dog Sweater on: December 12, 2016 01:04:59 PM




I made this for my little Chihuahua mix. She was actually very patient with my trying it on her to get the right fit.

The pattern is Cabled Dog Sweater from A Crocheted Simplicity.  It was a tiny bit tricky at first, but once I figured out the pattern it was really simple to memorize and go.
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Black Opal Shawl on: December 12, 2016 12:59:51 PM
I made this shawl for my Mother-In-Law for Christmas.



The warp is black tencel doubled in a 12 dent heddle for 24 ends per inch.  The weft is some of my handspun yarn that I posted here.

It is about 80” long and 18” wide plus 6" twisted fringe.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Black Opal on: December 12, 2016 12:50:23 PM


This is two skeins I spun from HipStrings Black Opal.
There is just shy of 1200 yards two ply. I also have a bit of singles left over that I may chain ply at some point.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." on: November 03, 2016 10:59:19 AM
My six year old decided that this year for Halloween he wanted to be Cthulhu.  



I made his pants from green fleece. (I used another pair of pants he had to draft a rough pattern.)  

The shirt was purchased.



The wings were both easy and challenging at the same time. I used this dragon wings tutorial. For the wing shape, I just eyeballed her pattern, but made it slightly bigger. I didn't have any old wire hangers to use for the "boning" so I just used jewelry wire I had on hand. This ended up not being sturdy enough for the wings. So I then twisted to pieces together and sewed them on top of the wings, covering them up with a ribbon. This still didn't make it sturdy enough, so I sewed a small length of chain to the wings and safety pinned it to his shirt. This helped, but they still weren't as stiff as I would have liked.  

The wings are worn by elastics that go around the arms. I didn't want the elastic to show so I cut slits into the back of his shirt so the elastic would be underneath.






And last but certainly not least, Cthulhu's head.  I searched Ravelry until I found a pattern I liked the best. You can find it here.  Unfortunately, when I started crocheting it, I found my hat/mask at the eyes and eyebrows was not turning out like the pattern image at all, but more like other pattern images I had seen. To make sure I wasn't doing it completely wrong I went and looked at the project pages.  Everyone else who had used the pattern also had masks that looked like mine, and not the pattern image as well. So I ripped back what I had done for the eyes and played around until I got it to look similar to the pattern image.


And this picture is because he wanted me to take one so you could see he was smiling.

He loved his costume! Too bad he got to hot and ended up not wearing the hat/mask for most of the evening.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Verbeena Yarn on: October 24, 2016 10:33:18 AM
Several years ago, I bought some 100% Merino hand dyed fiber by Frabjous Fibers in the colorway Verbeena.  I had planned on making felted soap with it. Well that never happened and I finally decided to I was just going to spin it instead. I don't know why I waited so long. I loved spinning this. I tend to gravitate towards sparkle, and this had none, so I had ignored it, but it was so amazing to spin.



The colors are more vibrant in real life. Closer to this picture of the single on the bobbin then the picture of the plied yard.


A picture of part of the braid before I spun it up
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Geranium Dress in Navy and Green on: October 20, 2016 08:26:42 AM
A friend was having a little girl, so I decided to make her a Little Geranium Dress minus the pockets. The pattern is available free of the 0-3 months size at Made by Rae, if you want to make one of your own. This is my third time making one and they always come out so cute.



8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Sponges on: October 20, 2016 08:22:21 AM
As a part of a wedding gift for my brother-in-law I crocheted some sponges.

Front:


Back:


The pattern for the sponges can be found here at Book People Studio.
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Black and Red Wedding Gift Towels on: October 20, 2016 08:19:12 AM
My brother-in-law is getting married November 5th and I decided for his wedding gift I was going to make some hand woven dishtowels.  His fiance's favorite color is black and based on their wedding registry they are going with a black, red, and white theme for the entire house.

I had originally planned on making a set of 2 black dominant and a set of 2 red dominant towels, but after finishing the first set, I decided they only get 2 towels. But I did make 2 crocheted sponges to go with them.









And the weaving details:
  • Made on my 20" Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle Loom
  • Used 10 dent heddle
  • Doubled the warp but not the weft
  • Used 8/2 unmercerized cotton in black, red, and white
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Practice Towels on: October 05, 2016 07:25:07 AM
As an early birthday present I got a rigid heddle loom. So I decided to make kitchen towels to practice weaving.

These are made with 8/2 unmercerized cotton. I doubled the warp, but used a single strand for the weft.  I really loved how they turned out. Now I need to warp up some more.







And here is the loom all warped up before I started weaving.
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