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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A way to avoid having to weave in ends on: September 16, 2015 05:44:15 AM
Thank you for your comments Smiley I'm glad that the technique will be useful to other people too.

I finished the face scrubbies quickly and now they are ready to use. If I had to weave in the ends they would probably sit in my "almost finished" pile until Christmas or something...

I made a test bookmark to see if I could avoid weaving in the ends with less square projects too and it worked! You have to crochet over the yarn loop on the last rows and every time you turn the work, leave a bit of the yarn loop shoving so that you can pull the end in one row at a time. If that explanation was not very clear, please tell so and I'll take a picture of finishing the next bookmark.

Here's the horribly purple test bookmark (I apologize to the people who think purple is a lovely colour. I'm sure it can be a lovely colour (if it's far away from me, preferably in a dark box in a cellar somewhere)) The picture does not make justice to just how purple it actually is. I'll probably inflict this one on someone as a Christmas gift:

Please tell me if my pictures are too dark, I think the brightness settings on the monitor I'm using at the moment are blinding so I may edit the pictures darker than I should.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A way to avoid having to weave in ends on: September 04, 2015 06:34:50 AM
Laziness is the mother of invention. I decided I needed a new batch of face scrubbers but then I realised that each small crocheted square would come with a tail I would have to weave in afterwards.

I dislike weaving in ends so after the first square

I thought that there had to be a way to make small squares without having to do the annoying task on weaving in ends on each of them. If everybody else already had a way to do this, shame on you for not sharing the information with me Wink

My high tech solution is this:

You crochet over the loop on the last row:

Then after you have finished the square, you take the tail and put its end through the loop:

You pull the tail through with the loop:

And you have a nice square without having to spend any time weaving in pesky ends:

Hope this is helpful for anyone who dislikes weaving in ends  as much as I do Smiley

The face scrubbers I've finished so far:
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Toilet paper roll animals on: February 17, 2013 12:02:58 PM
Thank you for your comments Smiley

Toilet paper rolls seem to be great for crafting partly because they are something that would be otherwise thrown away. The kids can do whatever they want to without worrying about wasting supplies (creativity stiffling perfectionism sometimes kicks in with "real" craft supplies). If they don't like the result they can either try to fix it or just try again with another roll.

I sound like I'm selling a book called "101 Amazing Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids!" or the more academic variation: "Observations on The Advantages of Using Empty Toilet Paper Rolls to Foster Creativity in Children"...
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Toilet paper roll animals on: February 16, 2013 04:44:37 PM
I've been collecting empty toilet paper rolls for my garden, but my stash tends to diminish every time I have kids over. Toilet paper rolls really are excellent entertainment for children (and adults Grin). Give kids empty toilet paper rolls, scissors and some coloured pencils and they are happily creative for quite a while.

Owls made by my niece (she made bunnies and other animals too, but I don't have a picture of them, so you only get to see the owls.);

Off course I have to join them in demolishing my garden supplies:

I made this one from two rolls without glue. Now it sits on the kitchen table keeping an eye on the fruit bowl.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reclaiming my creativity one page at a time on: November 14, 2011 11:56:36 AM
Thank you for your comments Smiley

It'll take a while before I have new pages to post since I'm working on many spreads at once. And my journal has been coming along very slowly since I found the most amazing book on Gutenberg: Barkham Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information from 1889. I've mostly been spending my time reading. It has everything from how to advertise to how to recognise a dead person. I love it Cheesy. It's fascinating and bits of it will probably end up somewhere in my journal. Probably the bit about the dead people... And it has nice ornate chapter headings too. I especially like one that says "Accidents And Injuries And How to Meet Them". Oh, and a link for those who'd like to read this amazingly entertaining book: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14091/14091-h/14091-h.htm.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Reclaiming my creativity one page at a time on: November 06, 2011 03:14:38 PM
I had ongoing mixed media poetry journals for years. I filled up several and really enjoyed it. But life happened and I forgot about it for ten years. Now my sketchbook-habit has gone away, my drawing tablet is gathering dust and my creative streak is hiding in a cellar. So I decided I needed something with no rules. Something I could ruin if I wanted to. Something that I could play with and it wouldn't matter if the end result was horrible and the whole thing had no discernible point to other people. And perhaps I'll even stick to it if I post about it here every now and then...

So here are two spreads:

Spread 14

This needs some suitable sneaky piece of text, but I haven't found it yet. And I want the sepia Micron Pigma pens for this. Finally got a reason to order them Wink

Made with:
- coffee
- watersoluble crayons and pencils
- used post it notes as stencils

Gimp wanted to play with it and I liked this version Smiley

Spread 4

This is the only finished spread at the moment.

Made with:
- newspaper clippings
- cd label pieces I used on the previous page and was too lazy to cut so I just folded them on this page
- watersoluble crayons, watersoluble pencil bits that were left over from sharpening them
- black Micron Pigma pens
- used a plastic lacy table cloth as a stencil

The lace pattern shows up much better if the colours are inverted.

Thank you for looking Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: January 09, 2011 08:52:18 AM
Wow, you've all been so busy. Thank you for the kind comments on my scarf Smiley The scarf ended up rather non-scarfy and more wristwarmerly than I planned. Which is quite usual for my projects... I need to sew a button on the first one and then knit another one before I post pictures.

I mentioned mending in my first post and I've actually started mending a Christmas tablecloth before storing it for next Christmas. I'm about halfway through. Can I post pictures of my mending projects here too or is it better if I start another thread somewhere else? Is there a thread allready for mending things?

Kittymom: I too added that hat on my todo-list.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: January 06, 2011 03:48:33 AM
My destashing is going slow. I had this sweater:

It's acrylic, had serged seams but I liked the colours. I started crocheting tiny granny squares out of it in December but that wasn't going anywhere so when I found a beautiful linen stitch on Ravelry I decided to make a scarf. The original on Ravelry was much more elegant Cheesy

The yarn is thin. The knitting needles I'm using are smaller than 2 mm (that's the smallest size my knitting pin gauge knows) and I have to knot the yarn as I go so it's not a quick project. But I like the linen stitch and the way the colours blend together.

There's one problem. I don't know if anyone will ever want to wear this. I may be spending a lot of time on a scarf that nobody will want in the end. And it isn't really making even a small dent on my stash..
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2010 03:20:07 AM
I'm joining too. It's been a long while since I last posted anything on craftster, I want to post more pictures of my projects this year.

My stash is gradually taking over every storage space we have and I have unfinished projects galore too. My problem is I tend to think too much. I see lots of potential in my materials and I can't decide what to make. I just think about the possibilities and that's it. And the stash continues to grow.

Some things for this year:
- 2 sweaters to unravel and knit up again
- a bag of dog fur to card and spin
- a tablecloth I have no idea what to do with
- lots of unfinished projects
- paper to bind into notebooks
- a hat for DH

I'll add mending to my list too. My Things-to-Mend -box is overflowing. I should get at least one piece mended every month. For January I'll mend my tablecloths.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Too much paper! on: May 27, 2009 12:55:40 AM
You could make notebooks out of them. That's what I do Cheesy Here are some of mine.

Or you could make lots of origami airplanes and go to a park to fly them.
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