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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sookie and Eric Dolls on: August 03, 2012 09:49:57 AM
Those are adorable! I love Eric's jacket and Sookie's hair.
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyway to mimic a knit stitch in crochet? on: August 03, 2012 09:47:29 AM
I had the exact same dilemma; I wanted to make a Doctor Who Scarf and can't knit. I picked up the knook and I really like it. My Doctor Who scarf is actually the project sitting in front of me right now.

The instructions in the book are ... okay but not great. It didn't click for me until I watched the tutorial videos they have online on the Leisure Arts website. I only bothered to learn the knit stitch, not the purl, since the scarf doesn't need any purl stitches.

I've found that the cords they provide aren't long enough to knook the scarf. I cut a piece similar nylon cording quite a bit longer (it's probably 3.5 feet, but I could get away with less), ran it through the hole at the end of the knook and then melted both ends of the cord with a match so it doesn't fray.

If you haven't been there yet, www.doctorwhoscarf.com is the best resource to make a Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf. They have patterns and even give recommended brands/colors for different types of yarn.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Look at my new yarn toy! on: August 03, 2012 09:20:25 AM
Very nice! How do you like it so far? I've been debating on getting one myself; I tend to just leave the skeins as they are and pull from the center. If I do wind it up, I do it by hand (by thumb?).

Using ziplocks to store yarn is a creative and awesome idea. I'm going to have to try it myself. Partly to keep my cats from 'helping' me crochet, partly to keep the skeins and labels together when I get towards the end (which is one of my major problems right now).
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Tardis Hat on: August 03, 2012 08:49:54 AM
That is so awesome. Love it!
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding Ring Quilt OR The Blanket That Ate My Summer Vacation on: August 03, 2012 08:47:54 AM
That looks wonderful! Those colors go together beautifully. I'm sure your friend and her new husband will love it.
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newest Crochet Project: Doctor Who Scarf on: July 28, 2012 04:26:31 PM
Very cool and it's looking awesome! I'm also working on a Tom Baker Dr. Who scarf (it's a present for a friend). I really can't knit so I'm using a Knook instead. After three false starts, I've finally gotten the hang of it. I would love to see your progress as you go.

What colors of yarn did you use? I can tell they are I Love This Yarn brand from the labels, but not the color names.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / That's no moon... It's a Death Star Afghan on: July 27, 2012 01:33:48 PM
I kept seeing all of these really cool pixelated afghans floating around on here, ravelry, and pintrest. "I can do that," I told myself. A good friend of mine had a birthday coming up (it was Friday, July 20th. I'm week late) and I was completely stumped on what to make for him. He loves Star Wars. Somehow the two ideas merged and hence, the Death Star Afghan was born.

It is made of 400 granny squares, about 3.5" across each. Some are closer to 3", some are closer to 4"; I was having trouble staying consistent. It's about 75-80" wide and tall and *really* heavy. It took me a month and a half and somewhere around 100 hours to complete it all. I was going ZOMG SQUARES! for quite some time.

To join the squares, I used a variation of the continuous join method (doing 3 chains rather than the 5 the tutorial I found did), joining 40 squares at a time (two rows) so I had 10 long strips to join together. I knew I'd go nuts if I had to sew all those squares together, so I was happy when I stumbled upon the method (http://knitting-crochet.wonderhowto.com/how-to/join-crocheted-granny-squares-using-five-chain-flat-braid-method-403631/).  I kept switching colors so the joins wouldn't stand out as much and I wish I had worked in the ends as I went, rather than waiting for the end to do it.

To do the pattern, I pulled out a piece of graph paper and started filling in squares until I was happy with it. Then I transferred it to a digital file so I could print off copies to mark up as I got squares done or rows joined. A friend thinks it looks like a monochromatic pokeball, and it kinda does.

All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out. It was the first afghan I'd ever made, but certainly not the last. It was a good learning experience. It turned out *way* bigger than I thought it would. If I was to do it again, I'd change a few things.

a) I'd make sure I had enough yarn from the same lot. The very left four rows of the medium grey are a different shade than the rest of them. I didn't find this out until I was joining those squares with the different shaded yarn. A friend has told me to call it a 'stylistic element'.
b) I'd give myself more time to get it done. I've been marathon crocheting since I started the blanket, and I keep adding projects, so I'm not slowing down.
c) I'd use the actual continuous join method, rather than only partway continuous. Some of the joins between the strips are pretty ugly since I couldn't quite figure out a way to make it look right. Changing the colors didn't help the ugliness. Had I used a solid color for all of the joins, the ugly would have been hidden well.
d) I wouldn't join all ten strips in a single day in almost a single sitting. My neck, upper back, and shoulders were sore for a few days after that.

My next project is another granny square afghan, slightly smaller squares this time, to look like the Rebel Alliance Logo. I have until nearly Thanksgiving it that one done, thankfully.

Thanks for looking!
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender UPDATE: Got new eyes! on: July 27, 2012 01:29:45 PM
He's so cute! I love that it looks like he's wearing fire nation pants and the scar detail on his back is great.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Steampunk Jacket and Skirt on: July 27, 2012 01:25:39 PM
That is absolutely lovely. You will look amazing at the Vampire Ball.
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Side Salads in Jars on: July 27, 2012 01:21:58 PM
That is such an awesome idea. We always have a ton of those jars floating around, but it never even occurred to me to use them to pack a picnic, especially salad.
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