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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mom's gifts (Gingerbread house, scarf, and cute popcorn garland) on: December 29, 2009 07:13:22 PM
Here are some things I made for my mom this Christmas and thought I would share  Smiley

crocheted Gingerbread House:
When I saw the article listing on Ravelry, I knew I had to make this gingerbread house! I did a lot of modifications to it, but only because I wanted it to be the way mom would like it without making a ton of mini gumdrops.
here's the magazine's version:
and here's my version:

I used a darker yarn by Red Heart and a bunch of random colors from Caron Simply soft.

The second gift is a curly scarf:

There was also a pattern in the Crochet Today! Nov/Dec issue for a scarf like this, and I finished it with that pattern but started with the one from Lionbrand Yarn http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80443AD.html

And third was this cute popcorn garland:

I'm sorry I don't have a better photo, I just wanted to get this out there Smiley
I got the pattern for the popcorn (so fun to play with, by the way!) from ravelry (here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/popcorn-play-food), but it's a free pattern you can find here http://milehighmonkeys.com/freestuff.aspx

Thanks for looking! I really enjoyed making these gifts, and my mom loves them!
C&C welcome Smiley Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and will have a happy new year!
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Warmpth for the cold weather (with tutorial and links to) on: November 01, 2009 09:38:18 PM
Hello everyone Smiley
Just thought I would share 3 of my newest projects I completed recently.
Also, mom and I had a photoshoot today, so these are the pics Cheesy
(Sorry I didn't get any shots of just the scarves, so you're gonna have to deal with my perty face Tongue)

Here we go, first a scarflet of my own design:

(lame tutorial):
I Used a K hook and Homespun yarn (I don't know what color) from Lionbrand
I chained 22, then made a row of 19 double crochet.
The next row and every row on is fpdc (if you don't know what that is or how to do it, there are some great youtube videos and websites to help you)
I used up all of a small secondhand homespun skein so it just kind of ended where it decided to XD
Then I sewed 2 buttons on one side.
But really this is pretty easy and fast Smiley And can be customizable in so many ways!
It was loosely based on Corinne's scarf from Threadbanger

I can't remember which video this was from  Undecided

Second, Stained glass scarf (pattern from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stained-glass-scarf-5 (no outside link, so sorry about that =/)

This one is for my cousin.
I love it so much I want to make one for myself! Cheesy

Third, Waffle Stitch Scarf (pattern by lionbrand) http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90198AD.html:

It's so warm and squishy!

Thank you ever so much for looking Smiley
Please let me know what you think!
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help starting a crochet brain hat... on: October 30, 2009 02:04:13 PM
Okay, so I'm crocheting my boyfriend some hats for Christmas. I asked him what kind of things he wanted because I planned on making some for his favorite football team (that failed because he changed his favorite team XD) Then I asked him if he wanted any geeky or nerdy patterns on a hat because they looked pretty easy because of some patterns I had seen on here. So he comes up with the great idea of, "you should crochet a brain hat." What? Really?

So, If I were to do this, I would need some kind of 3-D model of a brain, right? I'm not quite sure how I would chart this in tapestry crochet. Maybe one chart for the top and two for the sides? It looks really complicated =/ are there any tips you have to help me? I haven't done much of this kind of thing before, I'm a total noob but I like his idea a lot Cheesy

I DO NOT WANT TO MAKE THIS ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE A BRAIN, I just want it to be lines on a hat, but a flat hat. A regular beanie with a lighter brain design on it. all stitches the same, single crochet, just changing colors for the design.

Here's a neat picture of Einstein's brain I found on wikipedia...

I would probably do this on a black hat with a gray brain (close to the real thing, right?)

Please, if you have seen anything like this before or if you have any advice I would love to hear it!
Thanks to all who read this and comment as well Smiley
34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lolrus Stuffie on: October 23, 2009 04:53:26 PM
Just another old project I made for a friend (phoenix_michiko)
And I believe now her cat cuddles with it? lol

Well if you love Icanhazchezburger? (or however that's spelled XD) You might get a kick out of this!

It's made out of felt and has buttons for eyes Smiley

Sorry for the bad photo quality. It's the only picture I have before I sent it off to her.  Undecided

Let me know what you think Smiley
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ded Kitty Purses (4 pics) on: October 23, 2009 04:18:33 PM
I just wanted to share some of my old creations (2007, wow!)
Please don't think I'm morbid or hate cats because of what you see next XD I was in a very awkward phase and had to come up with a design!

I introduce to you, The Ded Kitty purse!:

It started out as a random thought in art class, then we had the chance to stencil things onto t-shirts and that is how this whole thing began. After that I thought... why not felt? And so the Ded Kitty purse was born. It has a zipper on the back in purple and is very flat. All hand-sewn and not very sturdy, but all the stitches are for show and I never really used it anyway Tongue

Second, Ded Kitty Roadkill!:

I made this one for my good friend Courtney (you know her as phoenix_michiko)
It also has a zipper on the back.
And yes I know it's not run over or anything, so why is it called roadkill?
I have no idea. I just named it that.

And here's the Shirt (now purse) that started it all!:

I really loved this but I feel so weird to walk around using it XD
The back is my favorite Smiley

So let me know what you think Smiley C&C always appreciated
36  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Brain Slug (my first amigurmi!) (3 pics) on: October 19, 2009 04:44:20 PM
Hey all, so I'm really into Futurama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurama). My boyfriend and I bought all 4 seasons and I've seen every episode... at least 5 times each!  Grin I just think it's the cleverest little show!
So I was browsing Ravelry and came across this pattern from http://www.hookandneedles.com/2008/10/17/brain-slugs/

Here's my version Cheesy

I used Caron Simply Soft Eco (best yarn EVER!) in Limelight

here it (?) is on one of my home-grown pumpkins Smiley

and on my head (me not suspecting a thing...):

Oh and...By the way... you might want to switch to a garlic shampoo  Wink

I made the slime around the edges a little more un-even than what the pattern calls for to make it look a little more "slimey." (Sorry you can't really see that in the pictures.)

Hope you enjoy! Happy Halloween! Grin

(p.s. yes that is a Bender shirt, and yes I got it from my bf from thinkgeek. Awesomeness, I know Smiley )
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hoarding my yarn stash has to stop! on: August 20, 2009 12:19:06 PM
2010 update: Since posting this topic, I've gained a lot more yarn, and my stash is growing! I'm hoping that this holiday season I will be able to use up some of the yarn to make gifts for family, but I'm assuming that will end up with me simply buying more yarn! This topic was posted when I was living in a small apartment, and for some reason I thought having more than 6 skeins was a "stash" lol. I have since learned the error of my ways from all that have posted on this topic saying they have garages full of yarn. I salute you fellow stashers!

I have acquired a great stash of yarn, but I'm not ready to use it up for some reason XD
And to make it worse, I keep seeing all these awesome patterns on here and elsewhere that I would like to make, but I don't have the right yarn  Angry (or something)
here's my stash:

(this is all Caron simply soft and simply soft eco)

(this has some lionbrand and some Bernat included, just my misc pile)

Things I would like to make:
*Cupcake scarf (using the Bernat baby pink, but Idk what other color to use without making it look weird, and I don't want to buy any more  Undecided)
*Green and black scarf for my cousin (it requires another shade of green, but idk)
*A floppy hat for one of my friends (I was going to use the Vanna's choice, but it turns out that the coloring looks weird in a hat, so idk what to do with it now)
*misc Amigurmi (I just don't know if any of my yarn will work for it)
*Short 'N Sweet and FrouFrou from the Happy Hooker book (yet again, more yarn)

Things I need to finish:
*Blue daisy scarf (using the light blue and the yellow)
*Waffle stitch scarf from Lionbrand using the wool-ease
*Summer sling tote (I can't seem to get the strap right, and am waiting till I have a sewing machine at my disposal to do the inside lining)
*Plarn doormat

Things I have finished over the summer:
*Heart-flap hat https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317937.0
*Orange granny square scarf (using orange)
*Neat little shawl (using the darker blue color)

aaaand that's it.
This is pretty much a post to keep me on track since I've been slacking in my crocheting lately  Tongue If any of you have some advice for me, I would love to hear it! And thanks for reading if you took the time to  Cheesy
38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Heart-flap hat! on: August 20, 2009 11:50:11 AM
So ever since I got the Feb. 2007 (?) issue of Knitty, I have been wanting a heart earflap hat. HOWEVER, I left that copy at home when I went on vacation this summer and they don't offer it as a free pattern online. So instead, being on a crochet kick, I decided to make a crochet version of the same hat  Cheesy. Here is the result:
(side view)

(front view, modeled by me! Cheesy)

I was a little sick in the picture... please excuse.

Basically I did the hat freehand and it ended up with 5 sort of points.
The hearts were from the sweetheart pattern at http://belladia.typepad.com/bella_dia/2008/02/sweet-heart-cro.html

I would love to know what you think! Thanks for reading Smiley
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