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1  Swinging Granny Top in Crochet: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: March 19, 2011 02:44:49 PM
Just finished, been trying my hand at designing. My daughter just loves it, its 42 degrees out and she wants to wear it tomorrow LOL. Can't wait for the summer so she can show off her new wardrobe.

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2  St. Pattie's Day Cable Sweater in Crochet: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: March 12, 2011 03:33:55 AM
Well it is that time again, friends and family start putting in there requests for an Irish Aran Sweater.  Just finished, I will say this pattern works up very quickly.  I made my husband one in black a few years ago (almost went blind lol).

Finishing my last one this weekend, I think by now I know the pattern by heart  Grin

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3  Irish Fair Isle Vest in Crochet: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: February 22, 2011 07:05:40 PM
Just in time for St. Pattie's Day!! Designed this for my son, the fair isle could use some work, but he loved it.  I think the next time around I might make it alittle bigger, I keep forgetting that doing fair isles work causes your garment to shrink in alittle.  Would love to hear other's opinion on it.

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4  Valentine's Day Elephant (Image heavy)NOW WITH TUTORIAL in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: February 04, 2011 10:22:00 AM
So after watching the Valentine's Day Martha Stewart yesterday, inspiration hit me and I sat up last night trying to design a valentine's day elephant. On her show, she was flipping through vintage children's craft books and they showed a picture of a elephant made from a heart and I thought that was such a cute idea.  So this is what I came up with, I do have to say he is quite cute lol

I will be posting the tutorial  this evening, once I get more than 2 seconds to sit down and type it out  Smiley

Pink Heart Elephant Tutorial (Please keep in mind I'm not the greatest pattern writter, so if there are any questions or issues just send me a shout and I will try to clarify)

Heart Shape
Chain 2, 6 sc in the 2nd chain from hook, join (some call this the magic loop method I think)
Round 1: 2 c in ea st around, do not join - Place stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round. (This gives the heart a more cleaner look) 12sc
Round 2: 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next, repeat around- 18 sc
Round 3: Sc in ea st around -18sc
Round 4: Sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next, repeat around-24sc
Round 5: Sc in ea st around-24sc
Round 6: Sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next, sc, 2 sc,  sc in last 5 st- 28sc
Round 7: Sc in next st, 2sc in next, sc, 2 sc, sc in next 11 st, 2c, sc, 2sc, sc in last 10 st.- 32st
Round 8-11: Sc in ea st around- 32st Fasten Off

Divide for top of hear:
Flatten pieceand count 8 stitches from right center corner point (Each point consists of 16 st, so if you are more comfortable with finding the center back and dividing that way by all means what ever works for you.Just note that each heart top is 16 st around)

Sc in next 16 st, sl st at the top of 1st st of this round.
Next Round:sc in first 2 st, dec, repeat around-join
Next Round:sc in first st, dec, repeat around-join
Fasten Off, leaving a tail of yarn to draw through all stitches and pull tight to close up openning. Weave in end to secure.

After you have completed the first point, at this time I started to stuff my heart and placed the eyes. I placed 12mm safety eyes at 3rd row from point and about 3 stitches apart.  I would suggest trying diffrent places and seeing what works for you.

Repeat the same for the other point, before stitching up point add alittle more stuffing to fill that point.

Ear's- Make 2
Chain 4,
Row 1:sc,2sc,2c,sc, turn
Row 2: Sc across, turn
Row 3: Sc, hdc,2dc,2dc,hdc,sc-DO NOT TURN
working across end of rows, sc in ea st, sl st in ea st across beginning chain 4, sc in ea st of end of rows. Fasten off

I attached each ear to the side of the heart at 2nd to the last row of the point. I used that row as a starting point to attach the tip of the ear and sewed down.

Feet- make 4

Chain 2, work 5 sc in 2nd chain from hook-join
Round 1-4- SC in ea st around- 5 fasten off

For feet placement, I just placed one foot at each corner of the starting round.

Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd chain from hook
Round 1-7-SC in ea st around, fasten off

The best way to place the trunk is about 1 or 2 rows below the eyes right in the middle.

I hope you enjoy the pattern, again if anything does'nt make sense or you have any questions please let me know so I can make the corrections or clarify better.  Can't wait to see how other's turn out  Smiley

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5  Purple Confetti Hat Set (Image Heavy) in Crochet: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: February 03, 2011 01:37:46 PM
I designed this hat set and whipped one up today on yet another snow day ahhhh.  I love this yarn because it is sooo soft. You would never know it was a wool blend.  plus the button i thought was ultra cute and added a nice touch.

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6  Springtime Hat and Booties(Image heavy) in Crochet: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: February 01, 2011 06:24:06 AM
With the moutains of snow here on the East Coast, thought I might brighten up the day with some springtime flower hat's and booties.  I just love the bright colors, reminds me that spring is hopfully not to far away lol

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7  Suitcase Doll in Crochet: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: January 19, 2011 09:37:50 AM
I saw something similar in a craft magazine from years ago. I went searching the web for some idea's or see if other's are making these and just could not find anything.  So with just a picture I designed this one myself.  I used a plain wooden suitcase from the craft store, modge poged the craft paper and sticker to the front to really secure it on there.  Then I painted the outside.  As for the inside, I tried lining one side with felt (not the greatest) and then lined the lid side with more of the craft paper.  Then to keep it clean looking I painted around the inside trim.

The little doll I just winged it and designed as I went.  I really like how this came out and my daughter is going to be so excited when she gets home and she has her very own one of a kind suitcase doll.  Now my son wants one LOL good thing I bought 2 suitcases.

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8  Plankton in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: January 19, 2011 08:06:48 AM
So my hubbie just loves Plankton from spongebob.  So I decided to get adventious yesterday morning and try my hand at making him one.  I was actually pretty proud of how it came out.  The best part, the hubbie just LOVED it.  That is what makes it all worth wild Smiley

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9  Nesting Doll's (Image heavy) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: January 19, 2011 08:04:40 AM
So I decided to try my hand at designing some nesting dolls.  I love the way they look and have seen a few designs around.  I think mostly what I need to work on is my finishing skills.  I think the pattern itself came out good (pretty basic). I think what really gives these dolls there character is the face's and finishing.
Not to happy with my finishing but that is what practice is for lol.

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10  Attempt #2 The Frog (Image Heavy) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by annieplayground on: January 15, 2011 07:27:08 AM
Well, I decided this morning while the kiddies were sleeping to once again try my hand with poly clay.  I think I did alittle bit better this time, still need alot of practice (and a pasta machine).  So I pulled out my brick of clay and roller, these are still as of now the only two supplies I have LOL. And began to shape my frog.
This time I tried spraying the tin's with pam and was able to actually get one of the tins to release.  I now have ton's of resources to read, thanks to my new craftsters pal Wink.  So here he is Herber the frog.

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