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281  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / a funfur find! on: September 20, 2009 03:42:59 PM
I found LionBrand Funfur at my local Dollar Tree! Now, it was black with some red, blue and green bits in it, but still! I grabbed a couple different types just because. Cheesy
282  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / DD's hat i.e. my experiment with funfur on: September 18, 2009 06:37:46 PM
I finished DD's hat for this winter. This was my first time working with funfur. I am no longer scared of using it. I am, however, now highly aware of just how much of a mess I can make with it. LOL!

Now, I have to put some thought into making a hat for my son (Cool that isn't girly in appearance nor has a pattern that is not too difficult.
283  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / funfur should come with a PSA! on: September 18, 2009 06:33:51 PM
So, I really feel like funfur should have a label on it. Maybe something like...

WARNING! Making pom poms using this product will result in having your couch, your clothing and your cat look as if a small super furry critter decided to shed every single bit of its fur in less than 5 minutes all over you.

Yep, I made my first pom pom using funfur.

Yep my navy blue tee that I'm wearing looks like I have white chest hair poking through its fabric. (My hubby was highly amused at this!)

Yep, my dark green couch is mostly white on my favorite crafting spot.

And my cat is not amused with me....again.  LOL!
284  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crocheted christmas ornaments on: September 13, 2009 06:56:48 PM
I spent this past week trying to figure out working in rounds. I think I have it, but need more practice.

Here are a couple of snowmen ornaments that I might give out as holiday presents to coworkers or my kids' teachers. I think I may ditch the pipe cleaners in favor of a felt hat. I found this pattern at http://donnascrochetdesignstheblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/snowman-faces-ornaments-free-crochet.html

Here's my first attempt at a round ornament. Pattern http://www.allcrafts.net/f.php?url=web.archive.org/web/20030204180738/http://members.aol.com/SAG55/xball2.html

285  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Susana Ballerina (inspired by Angelina Balerina) on: September 11, 2009 08:12:53 PM
My daughter (soon to be 4) has become obsessed with all things ballet. I decided to try my hand at making her a ballerina doll and then remembered the book series about Angelina Ballerina.

This is Susana. I think she needs a bit of bling on the front of her leotard. I'll have to add some sequins or some such.

286  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / using funfur as a trim? on: September 11, 2009 04:42:27 PM
I've decided to make both of my kids a hat for a Christmas stocking stuffer. My daughter asked for a pink one and I decided to "girly" it up with a bit of bling thinking that funfur would make a fun trim to the hat.

Their hats will be based on the same pattern as my first one that I posted. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319706.0

My question is... can I use the funfur this way? Will it be able to deal with the stretchiness of the hat? I would like to use a simple single stitch trim instead of the spike that I tried with my first one.

Any tips before I lose my mind with this? lol
287  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / No sew baby blanket! on: September 10, 2009 02:20:01 AM
I made my first no sew baby blanket this past weekend for a baby shower that is quickly approaching at work. Smiley

I know how to sew pretty well but I was short on time so I went this route. I followed the tute on http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Sew-Fleece-Blanket/ . I read through other sites that suggested only cutting the fringe 3" deep since this blanket is for babies. I did that and wish I hadn't. It seriously became difficult to make the ties on the two sides of the fabric without stretch. My right hand still hates me.

However, I am quite happy with the result. It turned out super soft and cute! Cheesy

The lining is actually a pretty pale yellow as opposed to off white which is what it sort of looks like in this pic. I don't know what is going on with my camera.
288  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / my first real foray into making earrings on: September 07, 2009 07:42:24 AM
I'm making earrings for many holiday gifts this year. Here are my first attempts.

I now understand the need for a good loop in the wire, but didn't realize how much practice that would take. It looks deceptively easy. Smiley

(Sorry, but the pics aren't the best. I have a love hate relationship with my digital camera. lol)

The top right pair is actually pink, not clear or purple. No matter what back cloth I tried, I couldn't get the color to show properly on those.

My daughter really wants the pink and silver flowers and the butterfly pairs. Unfortunately, her ears aren't pierced so she's going to be waiting a while. Smiley
289  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / unsure how to use this finding on: September 07, 2009 07:34:47 AM
Could someone give me some pointers on what to do with this finding? I've been making earrings for holiday presents this morning and found it mixed in with some of my stuff.  Huh

Do I need to add a jump ring before adding beads?
290  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Christmas present for a 9 yr old boy? on: September 06, 2009 10:53:36 AM
I'm stuck! HELP!

I have two kids, one girl who is 3 and a boy who is soon to be 9. I've been in create and crochet mode and they both want me to make them something when I'm in make mode.

I'm planning on making both of them a crocheted hat for stocking stuffers. However, I'm crocheting a "baby" blanket for my daughter. (Hubby is making her a "baby" bed so I'm in charge of making it "girlier". lol)

I try my best to keep things on an even keel with my handmade items, but I don't know what to make a 9 yr old boy. Girls are much easier to craft for....*sigh*


He's into the Lego games (Indiana Jones and Star Wars), Transformers and dinosaurs. To be honest, I have thought about trying my first amigarumi (sp?), but being relatively new at crochet, I'm more than a bit intimidated by a project of that type just yet.
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