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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bunny Blanket Buddy 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?
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! 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.

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! 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.

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: January 05, 2012 09:46:31 AM
Finish it or frog it may be the best project idea I get from this thread. 

dreadfullydivine--Wristers/fingerless gloves are fairly easy to crochet.  The Lion Brand website has some free patterns up.  I did the Cinderella wristers in worsted weight with (I think) an H hook and those always get compliments. 

There's also some for bulkier yarn that're basically just half double crochet until it's long enough.  I would avoid Hometown USA yarn--it does crochet up fast and looks good at first, but it starts to get fuzzy and gross very quickly.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! 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."
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: January 01, 2012 07:54:14 PM
I probably need this more than the de-stashalong.  Even though it'll be a week before I get distracted by something else and forget about all my started and planned projects.   And what do you need to make a slide curtain?  Because we've got boxes and boxes of old slides...

1. Granny square pet pillow WIP
2. Cirque des Cercles WIP
3. Mario sampler Done
4. Shell stitch afghan WIP
5. 1-Up Mushroom blanket WIP
6. Pet blanket  Done
7-9. Crochet something from amigurumi pattern books I bought and never use
10. Stationery set  Done
11. Crochet capelet
12. Costume for CASA Superhero Run
13. Embroidered tea towels WIP
14. "Mirror, Mirror" cross stitch
15. Sailor Jupiter cross stitch
16. DIY My Little Pony
17. Crochet blazer
18. Make failed sweater into something useful
19. Peacock headband  Done
20.  Bunny Blanket Buddy #1 Done
21. Bunny Blanket Buddy #2
22. Third Baby Gift
23. Special Olympics Scarf Done
24. Valentines Done
25-50. Huh
51. Profit!
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mario Mushroom Afghan! (apparently I only make epic projects; image heavy) on: December 28, 2011 10:18:15 AM
I'm working on one of these right now.  It's my BIL's Christmas present, but...well, I can just give it to him in February, and he'll be so surprised and touched at a random, large present (until my dear sister, in her trademark way, goes, "Uhh, that was your Christmas present.")

It looks great!  What hook size did you use?
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gotta catch 'em all (Pic and Vaporeon heavy) on: December 28, 2011 10:15:47 AM
Thanks, everyone!

The yellow Aida was bought--it's Charles Craft Bright Ideas Lemon Twist.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Duct Tape Purse of Silence 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. 
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Go Spiders 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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