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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first sewing project: a bag for WIPS! on: June 21, 2009 03:46:11 AM
I've started taking sewing classes and I already finished my first project after 2 lessons. I really like sewing and I'm soon gonna buy my first sewing machine!

(needs to be ironed  Roll Eyes)
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A pig and a pouch on: April 29, 2009 06:00:02 AM
I'm working on a bag project for my mum's birthday and on the "franais" swap things but I've still managed to find some time for two small things in the past months.

The first one is a "hundred yen pouch" (pattern can be found here). I made it for a coworker who's soon leaving the company. She's taking a trip to Japan just afterwards so I figured it would be a great gift for her!

The second is an amigurumi. I love pigs and piglets, they're so cute! The pattern is from Lions brand and is superduper easy to follow.

Lil' swirly tail!

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Easter bunny (now with pattern) on: April 04, 2009 07:27:42 AM
I've finally finished my first amigurumi! Took me a while since I was never statisfied with the embroidered face... I still think it looks a bit creepy but that's the best I could do! I ordered some safety plastic eyes so hopefully, next time, it will look less like the killer bunny from hell. I still love it to bits, tho!  Grin

Ok, here's a pattern. It's my first one so be indulgent!

Ch 2 (or make magic ring)
R1: work 6 sc in second ch from hk (or in ring)
R2: *2 sc in each st* [12]
R3: *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st* [18]
R4-R10: *1 sc in every st*
R11: *Dec, 1 sc in next st* [18]
R12: *Dec, 1 sc in next st* [12]
Stuff with polyester filling
R13: Decrease around until closed
Fasten off

Ch 2 (or make magic ring)
R1: work 6 sc in second ch from hk (or in ring)
R2: *2 sc in each st* [12]
R3: *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st* [18]
R4: *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st* [27]
R5-12: *1 sc in every st* [27]
R13: *Dec, 1 sc in next st* [18]
R14: *1 sc in every st*
R15: *Dec, 1 sc in next st* [12]
Stuff with polyester filling and a large marble (to give it some weight)
R16: *1 sc in every st*
R17: Decrease around until closed
Fasten off

Arms (make 2)
Ch 2 (or make magic ring)
R1: work 6 sc in second ch from hk (or in ring)
R2: *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st* [9]
R3-12: *1 sc in every st* (Stuff at R4 or 5)
Fasten off

Legs (make 2)
Ch 2 (or make magic ring)
R1: work 6 sc in second ch from hk (or in ring)
R2: *2 sc in every st* [12]
R3-15: *1 sc in every st* (Stuff at R6 or 7)
Fasten off

Ch 10
Sc in 2nd ch from hook
Sc in next ch
Hdc (half double crochet) in next ch
Hdc (half double crochet) in next ch
Dc in next ch
Dc in next ch
Hdc (half double crochet) in next ch
Sc in next ch
3 Sc in next ch (normally the last ch from the one you made at the beginning)
Now, work on the other side of the beginning chain
Sc in next ch
Hdc (half double crochet) in next ch
Dc in next ch
Dc in next ch
Hdc (half double crochet) in next ch
Hdc (half double crochet) in next ch
Sc in next ch
Sc in next ch

Ch 16
R1: 15 sc (do not crochet the last st)
R2: 14 sc (same)
R3: 13 sc (same)
R4: ... (repeat until you have no more st)
Fold the triangle in half, sew and add some green yarn. Smiley

Sew all parts together and embroider face and nose.

Hope this is clear enough!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Amigurumi help needed on: March 29, 2009 08:59:35 AM
I've been working on my first amigurumi "ball", relying heavily on this tutorial. The ball came out great but there's a slight problem with the last (decreased) rows. The process of decreasing seems to let gaping holes appear, through which you can see the polyester filling (see picture). I'm afraid the filling will eventually come out through these! What can I do against it?

I tried to crochet tighter and to use a smaller hook for the last rows, which seemed to make the holes smaller. I'm still not satisfied with the results... Any ideas?

Thanks in advance! Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lily's blanket on: March 29, 2009 04:07:32 AM
I made this blanket for my best friend's baby. She's due in May and I wanted to make a personalised gift, something none else would give her! It's the first time I knit something that big, until now the only things I did were scarves and squares. It's not perfect and has a lot of irregularities, I hope she won't be too disappointed...

The pattern comes from a French magazine (Tricot facile) and is fairly simple to make. I used double yarn for everything.
I first knitted 6 moss stich plain squares (one in each color: blue, pink, purple, green, orange, beige).
Then I knitted 6 jersey stitch striped squares. The pattern alternates 3 white rows and 3 colored rows.
I sewed the 12 squares then made a border in garter stitch.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Very first crochet project: a pink scarf! (Now with pattern) on: March 18, 2009 11:13:51 AM
I made this last year and I've been wearing it during two winters. It's a very simple pattern, yet it seems complicated enough to make people think I'm a crochet queen...  Cool Shocked

and a close-up

Here's the pattern I used (mostly triple crochets, crochets and slip stitches). Start with Ch 82. (You can start with fewer stitches but it has to follow the formula (8*n)+2)

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets and keyhangers on: March 18, 2009 11:01:16 AM
I figured it was time I posted something hand made...  Grin

I used to give away or sell most of the jewelry I made but here are a few pieces I kept for myself:

A very simple green bracelets I've made a very long time ago:

My favorite! But I hardly wear it because I'm afraid it will lose its beads (plus it's annoying when you use a computer mouse)

A purple bracelet I've worn thousands of times (you can see it!):

I'm not sure keyhangers qualify as jewelry but they're still WIP anyway. They're waiting for crocheted flowers or beads (and I don't allow myself near a crochet until I finish my current project!)

8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from Europe! on: March 17, 2009 08:40:13 AM
Hi everyone!

I've been registered to these boards for a few years but become only active now. Talk about procrastination!  Grin

I'm 30, I live in Belgium with my boyfriend and my cat. Hopefully, the family will become bigger soon but for now, I still have a lot of time on my hands to craft!

I like knitting and crochetting most but I'm also into jewelcrafting and making my own postcards. I couldn't sew to save my life and that's one of the things I would like to learn this year! At the moment, I'm knitting a baby blanket for my best friend who's having a baby in May. I'm going to be the godmother so I wanted to have a very special gift for her (yes, it's a her: Alice or Emilie, my friend wants to keep the name secret until the birth!).

I am vegetarian and care a lot about environment and saving the planet. I love to cook with grains and organic food! I also like computer games and watching series like The Office (UK/US), CSI, Monk...

I'll try to find my way on the boards and I am eager to see of what you people are crafting. I've already seen awesome stuff while lurking!

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