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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Star Afghan 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.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pikachu Blanket Buddy 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.

3  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?
4  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. 
5  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.

6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Soldier of Love and Beauty, Sailor Venus! on: September 17, 2011 01:46:39 PM
This is a belated birthday present for my friend (I assumed she'd rather have a decent, late version than whatever I might've thrown together in between party set up).

Venus is mostly Sugar 'n Cream yarn's free Lily doll pattern(http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php?PID=5023).  I think the biggest change is the glove cuffs (and the fact that I cannot figure out the body pattern).  I made a mermaid doll for my sister's MIL's birthday, which gave me the idea of stitching rows of BLO to make the pleated skirt.  I like that it looks pleated, but I wish it flared a bit more. 

For the shoes, I made the feet and legs as written for the linked pattern, then made a chain that fit around the doll's ankles (I could probably cobble together a written pattern, but there'd be a lot of "eye it").
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gotta catch 'em all (Pic and Vaporeon heavy) on: July 09, 2011 07:00:41 PM
Man oh man, have I been slacking on posting here.  Probably because I've been so busy stitching Pokemon.

I don't remember what game Cubone was from.  This was a custom piece from a charity auction; my winning bidder sent me the sprite.  Figuring out Cubone brown was incredibly challenging, and I'm still not entirely sure I really got it.  The caption is from Cubone's Pokedex entry in Pokemon Yellow.  I thought all black letters would be too harsh, and then just sort of decided to put "deceased" in black.

Shiny Vaporeon (the purple one) is now finished, ironed, and in a hoop that probably needs to be finished.  I did the regular Vaporeon using a sprite from Diamond/Pearl.  Shiny is from Black/White.  Which I don't even own, but, hey, more potential Pokemon patterns.  I've had bad experiences with pattern making software, so I use graph paper and cheap colored pencils.

I have too much craft stuff (especially yarn), so I've been trying to use things like leftover Bright Ideas Aida.  The only solution: Pokemon.

This Vaporeon (the greatest eeveelution, btw) is from Pokemon Gold.  I stitched most of this on the way from Chapel Hill to Garden City/Myrtle Beach, SC.  I added a single pixel to the mouth so Vaporeon would be happy.

And tonight's "using up Bright Ideas Lemon" project: Pikachus (Pikachux?  Pikachae?)

I'm almost sorry to finally be rid of my leftover screaming yellow fabric.  Well, I still need to think of some more blue Pokemon.  Maybe I need to make a Marill to go with Pikachu.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) on: May 26, 2011 02:33:17 PM
I've got a belt test in karate tonight, so obviously I spent the afternoon crocheting a good luck charm instead of actually reviewing my material.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Presents for my sister and brother-in-law on: December 25, 2010 12:11:16 PM
I was short on time this holiday season (grad school sucks, kids), so I decided this was the year to give people nerdy soap and themed bathroom stuff.  Also, I like the idea of a present that says both, "I couldn't think of what to get you" and "Your personal hygiene is not up to my standards."

The brother-in-law likes Legend of Zelda, and hopefully combining Game Cube era characters with NES sprites.

The sister likes pink and princesses.  Normally I just buy her whatever Sleeping Beauty stuff is in the Target dollar bin, but Target really failed me this year.  Or everyone else bought all the Sleeping Beauty things while I was locked in my house, trying to think of something intelligent to say on Troilus and Criseyde.

Both of the soaps are from GEEKSOAP (http://www.geeksoap.net/), who was nice enough to include a little Game Boy cartridge soap in the package (Which has been wrapped with a perler bead Game Boy magnet to give to my cousin's son).

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Golden Age Catwoman on: November 01, 2010 01:41:33 PM
You should probably know that this is my second Catwoman costume of the year (my friend had a 80's/90's cartoon themed birthday party back in August, and she was completely right that I had no choice but to go as Batman:TAS Catwoman.

And here's a picture of me with appropriate make-up and not exhausted because I'd been up until 2 finishing my Catwoman mask.
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