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1  Have You Seen This Chicken? in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mitsumame on: December 01, 2006 08:21:38 AM

Wait a minute... you're not a chicken at all!

The infamous Feathers McGraw, amigurumi-ized for husband's Christmas present.  Smiley
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2  Re: Is there hope for this wheel? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by mitsumame on: August 22, 2005 03:24:14 PM
Thanks everyone for the info!
The wheel itself seems to be in pretty good shape and I can get it to spin pretty smoothly.  The flyer, unfortunately, is starting to seem beyond help.
The little cap bit that goes on after the bobbin doesn't sit flat, I think the threads inside are messed up, so it starts screwing on straight, but partway down it starts to go crooked. 
The bobbin doesn't seem to sit properly inside the flyer, the edges get caught on the inside curves... er... the bobbin is supposed to spin freely, right?
Here's a better picture of the sad flyer:

Also, I was wondering about the oriface, because I had read about it on some spinning sites, and I can't find one on my flyer - the metal shaft that goes through the middle is just a solid piece, no holes...
It'd be nice to get this to a working state, but even if it doesn't, it's definitely been worth the $4.   Grin
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3  Is there hope for this wheel? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by mitsumame on: August 21, 2005 12:59:24 PM
Can some of you more experienced spinners tell me if this wheel can be saved?

I know absolutely nothing about spinning, although I've had an interest in it for a few years... I picked this one up on a total whim for $4 at a garage sale. 
From what I've read on the web, I know I need a drive band, and my flyer is broken (can I just replace the whole flyer?), but I'm not sure what else I should be looking at.  I'm reading about tension and tpi and I'm starting to get scared... Wink
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4  scary bender-esque robot in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mitsumame on: July 22, 2005 03:57:19 PM
How do I spell pain?  "c-r-o-c-h-e-t-b-e-n-d-e-r"   Wink
This project was so hard and drawn out.  And while I'm not 100% happy with the rather sloppy result, I am glad to be done with it, and that it came out looking like who it was supposed to look like, albeit in a rather scary way...

I was very much inspired by the works here:
but I wanted something that I made myself (gift for hubby) and I wanted to give bender a body that would actually hold stuff.  Here he is with his body door open:

So glad to be done, I had to post it somewhere. Smiley Phew, thanks for looking!
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5  Re: rejected SnB projects, post yours here! in Crochet: Completed Projects by mitsumame on: May 17, 2005 11:36:42 AM
Ok, my confession:  I don't actually have a pattern for the pie written out.  I sort of made it up as I went along and figured that if it did, by some amazing miracle, get chosen for the SnB book, I would deconstruct it and get a firm pattern that way.

But, it was a super, super easy pattern (I am a crochet novice), here's a basic run down:
For the Crust:
make 2 triangles of single crochet, I think I chained 2, then did 2 sc in the second chain from the hook.  Then it was 2 sc in each of those sc, then from there, 2 sc in the first and last sc of each row, to desired size.  One triangle should be slightly smaller than the other, maybe a row or two less than the bigger triangle.
Then you need to cut a triangle of light cardboard, slightly smaller than your smaller triangle - sew the two triangles together, the smaller centered on the larger, with the cardboard sandwiched in between (this is to give the lid shape and structure).
For the bottom crust, you start out making a triangle to the same size as your larger top triangle, then keep crocheting, without any increases, to the desired height of your pie.  Once you have the side crust as tall as you'd like, make the crimped edge by doing 1 sc, 1 dc in the first sc, then 1 dc, 1 sc in the next, and repeat to end (you'll have to make sure that you have the right number of stitches to get this to work out evenly across).
For the Filling:
the filling is basically just one long rectangle that is the width of your pie crust side, and the length of the two longest sides of your larger triangle... For my cherry pie, I used a variation of a cluster stitch that I found on about.com.  I basically just played around with different clusters of different types of stitches until I found one that I liked.  I think for this pie, it was clusters of 3 tr.  I offset the clusters for every other row, so that I wouldn't end up with straight horizontal lines of cherries once the slice was assembled. 
Fillings options are endless, I imagine... do smaller clusters for blueberry pie or forget the clusters and just do a smooth yellow for a lemon meringue (of course, you'd need to create a crochet meringue to go on top). 
To assemble:
stitch the edge of the top crust (smaller triangle side down) to the bottom crust, just bleow the crimped edge.  Stitch the filling to the bottom crust at the side and the bottom.
Voila!  Secret Slice!

This pattern could stand a lot of improvements, the filling could be sturdier, and I think if I made it again, I would try to make a rounded edge instead of a straight edge for the back of the pie.  But hey, experimention is half the fun!  Wink
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6  Re: rejected SnB projects, post yours here! in Crochet: Completed Projects by mitsumame on: May 17, 2005 10:19:51 AM
I don't post much, but can I play too?
My SnB reject:

My cherry pie secret slice.  Secret, because the top crust lifts to reveal a little compartment inside. 
It was fun to have the opportunity to submit - I'd like to see other rejected submissions too!  It must have been a tough call to choose from all the great submissions...
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7  Re: Simplicity #9004 - Cat Bed in Sewing Pattern Reviews by mitsumame on: January 08, 2005 11:13:59 AM
Penguingrrl, if you are still around, I have to thank you for inspiring me to make my own fishbed:

Fortunately, mine was made for a rather small cat, and she climbed right in and claimed it as her own as soon as she saw it.  Smiley

Candycanechild, the construction was a bit of a puzzler at times, but nothing too impossible.  I think the greatest difficulty was in working with the foam (pattern called for 1/2 inch, but I used 1/4, which worked just fine), because it is so bulky and is sticky with metal (pins, foot of sewing machine, etc).

And, just for fun, here's a pic of the cozy recipient:
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