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1  Star Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by kksimone on: May 20, 2012 04:45:53 PM
This is a baby gift that was delivered this weekend.  Finally, I am one of the chosen people who makes star afghans.

I don't have a written pattern; I used Mikey's Crochet World tutorial video.  Which is great...until you forget how to do a color change and have to find the right spot in the video again.
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2  Pikachu Blanket Buddy in Crochet: Completed Projects by kksimone on: April 11, 2012 02:31:09 PM
While procrastinating on making a second Bunny Blanket Buddy and rationalizing avoiding my thesis revisions (can't work without committee feedback!), I realized that Pikachu is just a bunny with different ears.  And electric powers.

My (27 year old) sister is now demanding a Pikachu Blanket Buddy of her own.  Or demanding this one since I took the picture on her bed.

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3  Re: 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project Craftalong in Craftalongs by kksimone on: February 01, 2012 08:27:52 AM
Hi, guys, I have been lurking over here (and looking for state's needs/deadlines as I look at my scarf instead of actually mailing it). 

This is both colors held together using the basic loom knitting stitch.  At least I assume it's basic since that's been the easier one to find.  I used the red Knifty Knitter long loom.  It's slightly longer than 6", but the actual scarf ends up being a bit tighter than that as it comes off the loom.
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by kksimone on: January 31, 2012 08:03:28 PM
I traded my friend Julia a shawl for competent photography, so now I have projects and awesome photos.

I loom knit a Special Olympics scarf.  And I've started another one since, hey, I've already managed to miss two state deadlines.  I should be able to make a third, right?

And I made some Sailor Moon Valentines (Outer Senshi this time):

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5  Bunny Blanket Buddy in Crochet: Completed Projects by kksimone on: January 14, 2012 10:42:21 AM
My cousin's having twins in June, so Bunny Blanket Buddy #1 is the first of a (non-matching) set:

I figure it's never too early to start giving twins non-matching, individual things.  Especially since my mother enjoys telling the story of [This Cousin], [His Brother], and The Fight Over The Essentially Identical Toy Cars.  (The fact that I get to use up some of my yarn stash is a total coincidence.)

Bunny Blanket Buddy is a free pattern from Lion Brand's site.  I used one strand of Sugar n' Cream cotton and an H hook (since two strands and an I hook seemed like more trouble than it was worth).  Bunny Blanket Buddy's size is somewhere between two big for a washcloth and too small to really be considered a blanket, but babies are small, right?
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by kksimone on: January 14, 2012 10:35:45 AM
My cousin's having twin girls in June, so here's one of the baby gifts:

The pattern's available on Lion Brand's website.  I tried holding two strands together and just got annoyed, so this is with an H hook and one strand of cotton worsted.

It's also pretty small.  So, the pattern may say blanket, but Bunny Blanket Buddy probably isn't going to keep baby warm.  But the ears are probably good for chewing on.

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7  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by kksimone on: January 07, 2012 02:10:36 PM
skittlebub--Those owls are so cute!  My sister loves owls...sadly for her, I don't think I like sewing felt that much.  ;-)

ZombieLili--That DS case is great!

Yesterday I ended up adding something to my list.  A friend and I are collaborating on a story.  I'm writing, and she's taking photographs, so I ended up making a peacock feather crown/headband while she took some other pictures:

It's Vanna's Glamour with some feathers hot glued to it.  I did try to sew the feathers on, but then I remembered it was a prop that was just going to be used to get some pictures (that we might not even end up using).  

And just now I've finished my first loom knitting project, a pet blanket:

Since the cat slept on it while it was still attached to the loom--even sleeping on the actual loom--it is an absolute miracle that she's willing to sit on it now.

The border didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to, but that's the great thing about crafting for pets: they don't care.

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8  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by kksimone on: January 04, 2012 07:22:48 PM
I finally used some (if not all) of the pictures I printed...at some point and made a stationery set:

Tonight I think I finished my Mario sampler:

It still needs to be ironed and the back needs to be trimmed, but I'm not sure if it needs a winged goomba or a pair of Koopa Paratroopas at the top.

Sorry about the pictures--I forgot my camera at my sister's house over the holidays, and there's either a steep learning curve on my mother's camera (or it's just crap).  I decided you would enjoy "washed out" more than "strange yellowish tint."
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9  Duct Tape Purse of Silence in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kksimone on: December 22, 2011 10:36:46 AM
This was my second duct tape project and my first duct tape bag (I can't post/upload pictures of the other until my sister unwraps her present).  I am still not good at handles.  This was a birthday present for my friend who likes purple and Sailor Saturn.

I found a tutorial online, but I found using a standard grocery bag to be...challenging.  This is not really a project for those wadded up bags you shoved in a drawer.  Unless you like wrinkles.  I ended up using a smallish Ben Franklin bag.

The picture is from one of the Sailor Moon artbooks (I assume the one from S, but I'd have to double check).  It's just printed with a home printer, and then covered in duct tape to put it on the bag and protect it.  According to my friend, this is also a good size for a wine bottle. 
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10  Go Spiders in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kksimone on: December 22, 2011 10:27:03 AM
This is from the September/October 2010 issue of Crochet Today http://www.crochettoday.com/crochet-patterns/spooky-spider.  I bought the magazine for the owl patterns (my sister loves owls) and was pleasantly surprised to see the pattern for a spider hat(my sister hates spiders).  But since it was too much work for a spite present, I decided to make a spider as a cat-sitting present for my friend Amy. 

Amy's a law student at University of Richmond.  For those of you outside the 804, U of R's mascot is the spiders.  Since I wasn't going to attach this thing to a hat, I stuffed the spider's body and used some safety eyes.  I couldn't get the washers on, so hopefully I can trust a law student not to choke on the plastic eyes.  Obviously by opening and accepting the present she agrees I'm not liable for any harmful effects of incorrect spider use.

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