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21  Cinnamon Star Ornaments - are in the oven! in Winter Holidays by cranberrry2001 on: November 13, 2011 09:57:34 AM
It's true Smiley I'm so excited about them! The cinnamon is a bit intoxicating, I hope my family can get through the 2 hours they need to be in the oven Smiley I plan to also try another recipe to bake ornaments later today Smiley but for now, here's a pic of the cinnamon stars before the oven! Smiley The recipe I used is here: http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Other/Cinnamon-Ornaments.aspx should you want to try it Smiley Though I admit adding a splash of orange peel and ground cloves Smiley

 Here is the updated pic! Smiley All done and purdied up!! Smiley

and before the oven Smiley

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22  Little Girls Precious Granny Square Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by cranberrry2001 on: September 06, 2011 05:29:44 PM
About a year ago now, I was in Iowa visiting for Thanksgiving Holiday. My parents took me and my husband to a thrift store to find some knick knacks for the house and I remember at the time I was looking for a doily for the bedroom. The thrift store had their blankets and larger doilies hung up on hangers and as I went sifting through the rack I stumbled upon this thick soft rectangle blanket. I'm not sure if the creator had further provisions for this piece because it was too wide to be a scarf and not wide enough to be a lap blanket. But the yarn was beautiful and they were selling the item for a mere 50 cents! I realized that the amount of yarn in this item was at least 4 skeins and with the weight of this yarn we were looking at $5.00 per skein. So what would take $20.00 of yarn to make this unloved item was being sold for next to nothing! SOLD! My mom ended up shipping the half a blanket to me a bit ago since we had too much stuff to carry back with us for our flight as it was...once I unraveled the scarf/blanket/thingy and made my 4 balls of yarn, I knew I would make a baby blanket out of it due to the colors but not until my friend from Iowa told me she was expecting did I set to work! I have since purchased the white yarn and a few skeins and changed my mind about what colors I would put together with what.

I also did some hunting for options on how to connect granny squares and found this blog not only helpful but entertaining Wink I love the colors she uses in her creations! http://thecraftytortoise.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-ways-to-join-granny-squares.html  I ended up using the effect of "crochet as you go" to connect the squares and I'm pretty pleased with it Smiley

Here is the first of two blankets I've created with the yarn from the thrift store.

I love how sweet it looks and I know my friends lil girl will make it all the more precious! Smiley

Starting to connect the squares for the boys blanket tonight! Smiley I like that neither of the blankets are overly pink or blue... just simple... Smiley So excited to share the next one! Smiley go hands go! Smiley

Thanks for reading C& C welcome!! and YAY for thrift stores! Smiley
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23  DOMO (NHK) Amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by cranberrry2001 on: May 11, 2011 06:54:29 PM
Friends know I love to try my hand at making new creatures I haven't before and I'm just happy they thought of me to make this guy for their son's birthday! Cheesy I improvised on the pattern but wrote it down as I went. My wonderful husband delivered him tonight to our friends, I just wish I'd taken more pics in natural light before giving Domo up Smiley hope you like him! Smiley  Domo stands about 6 inches tall Smiley

As always - C&C  welcome and appreciated! Cheesy

Oh! And if you've never seen Domo before now - wiki tells you all about him here--> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domo_%28NHK%29 Smiley

and before arms Smiley

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24  Bomb Omb - Amigurumi Plush Toy - ***PATTERN LINK ADDED*** in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by cranberrry2001 on: April 30, 2011 02:15:32 PM
Geeks & Nerds unite! To come up with adorable "real life" (tee hee) replicas of their favorite characters on the gaming screen!

Okay, so it's not a worldwide effort and while no one is really uniting to do this (lol) Cheesy A friend of mine who proudly vouches for being a nerd said I should bring this guy into our reality... and so I am. Cheesy I made the pattern up as I went.

Hope you like the pics! Cheesy comments & critics always welcome Smiley Thank you!

**UPDATE** 9/8/12 - The Pattern for BOMB OMB is available here. Or on Ravelry if you'd like to download.
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25  The Scholars Collar Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by cranberrry2001 on: March 29, 2011 06:18:06 PM
Woot! Smiley It's finished! for some reason knitting seems to take much longer than crochet to whip up, but I'd have this scarf done no other way.

As much as I can appreciate muted colors, I tend to be drawn to contrasting ones. So here you go for some magic eye candy Wink (no, there are no hidden images, sorry).

I will say this scarf quite reminds me of a Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes type... something mysterious and clever Smiley The scholar type, no?? Wink Would love to know what you think or who you could see sporting this Smiley

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26  Purse custom made for my sister in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by cranberrry2001 on: March 27, 2011 03:41:03 PM
My sister is not high maintenance as far as bringing everything but the kitchen sink with her in her purse, truth be told I'm not sure I've seen her carry a purse before Smiley

I mentioned to her at some point that I have a lot of fabric, she asked that I send her pictures of what I had. I laid out all my fabric on our living room floor and sent pictures of the blanketed area of fabric to her in pieces (at the time we were living states away) she picked out pieces for the body of the purse and then thought it'd be cool to have the strap of the purse knit. Out came balls of yarn and more pictures sent (yay for email Smiley). She decided on the dimensions and while I wrote everything down, the project sat... and many moons later and her coming to live with us to motivate me to get it done (haha Smiley) here is the purse! We made several alterations as the project unfolded - I added padding and quilted each of the panels using the black portions of the fabric as guidelines. She wanted a pocket that would hold her credit card/drivers license only and I had to make sure to add the pocket before doing the quilting. Some of the quilted lines were done by hand using the back stitch so as not to sew the pocket to the wall and when the lines came close to magnetic clasp... um I had to be sure NOT to sew there :S. (happened once, never again -that was scary! lol Smiley)
To finish, I hand stitched the very top edges with black cotton yarn and added the knitted acrylic/cotton strap - voila! Smiley

My sister is posing with it in the last picture - we've already done a test run to see if her credit card fit in the pocket AND it DOES  Cheesy - so we're pretty happy with it Smiley hope you like it too!

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27  2nd spin - Partygirl in Spinning: Completed Projects by cranberrry2001 on: March 27, 2011 02:22:05 PM
I grabbed this roving from ebay, the color the dyer called it was partygirl Smiley not sure if it'll stick or not Wink.

I was too impatient to wait and find some black fire star to mix in with it, but I do have some black cotton thread remnants. I started to spin the 4 oz with the black cotton thread sporadically added (I'm hoping in the long run it will add to the fun factor and can I get a yay for texture??) Wink we'll see...

As always I would love your feedback - should I go back and pull out the black or keep going and add it?  Talk to me

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28  1st spin ever! :) in Spinning: Completed Projects by cranberrry2001 on: March 20, 2011 08:42:40 AM
I got a drop spindle and 2.55 oz. merino wool. It sat for a while becuase it seemed that it would take some time to learn how to use both the drop spindle and the batt. After youtubing a few videos I got the hang of it, but still wonder how much fiber to grab when spinning. At any rate - here is the result! One ply Smiley though I've heard you can do up to three? (!) I think I may have opened up a whole new world of passion - for color, ('cause the dyes are SO rich and I love it! Cheesy) softness and spinning anything I can Smiley.

If any of you would point me in the direction of a good fiber place to get rovings from I'd greatly appreciate it! Please feel free to send me a convo or commment here Smiley

And... I've noticed others can spin much more consistently when it comes to the thickness of the finished spun yarn, does that come over time or easier with certian fiber types? Would love to know Smiley thanks again!

with flash to show the blue firestarter Smiley

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29  Ukulele Duo U900 complete with Felt Jackets! :D in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by cranberrry2001 on: March 16, 2011 06:39:21 PM
Yeah buddy! Cheesy

Okay so I've made this set once before but this time around used felt for the jackets and added teeth I tried to use an expression in the original pic. I think they came out pretty okay Smiley I can't wait to send them off! Yay for fun dolls no?? Smiley

***UPDATE*** I bit the bullet and did write out the patterns for these guys Smiley
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30  Kumano 900 Amigurumi of the Ukulele Duo ^-^ in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by cranberrry2001 on: January 18, 2011 07:34:32 PM
In truth, this is the second time I've made this guy but I'm having a hard time letting him go - he's SO much fun with his wider paws and tiny upper arms n legs!

Would love to know what you think Smiley here are some pics I replicated in my own fabric strewn background way Smiley to see the actual clip you can visit the U900 Crazy G's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chjdXvc5Y3o&feature=related at :30 seconds is the scene I was duplicating.

Anyways, hope you like him! Cheesy I know I do Smiley

***UPDATE*** I bit the bullet and wrote up the patterns for not just Kumano 900 but Usagino U as well Smiley
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