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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Edited: Straw Shrimp! on: February 06, 2007 01:10:19 PM
These are so cute!

There is an instructional video here (right click on the blue square and save, it is an mpg):
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: ANNOUNCING: The winner of the first crochet challenge! on: December 11, 2006 09:37:34 AM
Eee!  I can't believe I won!  All the entries were so great!
Thanks so much, everyone, I can't wait until Christmas when husband unwraps his present and I can tell him that Feathers is a Craftster Challenge winning amigurumi!   Grin

Thanks again!

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Have You Seen This Chicken? on: December 06, 2006 03:47:16 PM
Thanks, everyone!   Grin

For those of you who want to try making a Feathers of your own, he really isn't that difficult, you just have to be willing to do a little trial and error sort of crocheting.  I did a fair amount of ripping out and reshaping while freehanding this guy.
I started out with some reference photos of Feathers which I placed a grid over, so I could get a more solid idea of proportions.
From there I just started at the top of the head, crocheting in a spiral (I think I started from 6 stitches in a loop, but this will vary depending on the weight of your yarn and size of hook), and making increases and decreases to get that gourd-like shape. 
His legs are just tubes that cover a U shaped piece of wire that hooks through his bottom.  He also has simple triangle shaped wire frames in his feet.
Anyway, if anyone is making a Feathers and wants some tips, please let me know, I'll try to help as best I can. Smiley
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Have You Seen This Chicken? on: December 01, 2006 01:09:02 PM
Thanks for the compliments, everyone!   Grin

Feathers was crocheted freehand, I was watching The Wrong Trousers one day and realized that he was the perfect shape for amigurumi, all roundy-like. 
Thanks to some fairly heavy gauge wire (think coat hanger wire) in the legs and feet, he does stand, but rather tenuously.  Wink
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Have You Seen This Chicken? 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
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: scary bender-esque robot on: August 03, 2006 09:44:45 AM
Wow, was I surprised to see this post active again!  (actually, I saw the subject line and though, oh cool!  someone else did a crocheted bender!  derrrr...)

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!  Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there hope for this wheel? 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
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Is there hope for this wheel? 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
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: scary bender-esque robot on: July 27, 2005 09:04:09 AM
Awww, thanks for the compliments, everyone!

My husband did indeed quietly say to bender, 'bite my shiny metal... uh... crocheted wooly a$$'  Wink
He took bender to work yesterday, and apparently got a lot of compliments, and a request for me to make and sell another bender.  Upon hearing this, I ran away and hid under the bed.  Wink

Cara, I made bender up as I went (part of why it was so painful and took so long).  Have you ever done any amigurumi?  Bender could almost be considered a more complicated amigurumi - lots of crocheting circles and in rounds.  I didn't make any notes while I crocheting, so I have no exact numbers I can give you, do you think you could figure it out if I just gave a general overview of it?
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: scary bender-esque robot on: July 23, 2005 10:36:03 AM
Wow, thanks for the support, everybody!   Smiley

Bender stands just over a foot tall, maybe about 14 inches or so?
He took about a month and a half to complete, but a lot of that was staring blankly at the parts I had, wondering how I would tackle the next step.

I somehow tangled myself into a semi tradition of giving my husband some sort of homemade cartoon character toy just about every year - felt was my original material of choice (gir is all handstitched felt parts, except for his head which is felt glued to a portion of bottle), but after learning crochet, it seemed like a good direction to try. 

I have to say, the photos are very kind to Bender and don't really show his uneven crocheted-ness and how his body warped.  However, I do have to say that after a good night's sleep without thoughts of 'omg, how am I going to pull this off', he does look better to me this morning. Wink

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