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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rainbow Alien Spaceship on: December 06, 2019 09:18:29 AM
I made this for my partner in this year's Mini 12 Day of Christmas swap! Smiley


In progress photos:

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple Holiday Stocking on: December 06, 2019 09:08:01 AM
I made this stocking for my partner in this year's Mini 12 Day of Christmas swap. Smiley

Pattern: Simple Holiday Stocking
Needle: US 9 - 5.5 mm
Yarn: Red Heart With Love in Evergreen

Working on cables:

Making my first heel! It took a couple tries:

Finished heel!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Quilt on: December 06, 2019 08:51:55 AM
I made this quilt for my partner in this year's Mini 12 Day of Christmas swap. Smiley

I used most of 2 rainbow jelly rolls (3 full color repeats for the quilt & 6 strips for the binding) & a really awesome rainbow space fabric I found. Smiley
& I used this tutorial, but the site appears to be down now: Easy Rainbow Quilt from a Jelly Roll

sewing the top:

quilt sandwich:

quilted & ready for binding:

pinning the binding:

hand sewing the binding to the back with help from my cat:

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 127 ENTRIES / Crochet Happypotamus on: September 11, 2019 07:22:47 AM
I made this Happypotamus & shared it in the 2019 Annual DeStashAlong!

(original post here)

I used all stash yarn & fiberfill - I did have to buy the buttons (16mm) for the eyes (& later had to buy more fiberfill because I used every bit I had).

Pattern used: Happypotamus The Happy Hippo by Heidi Bears
Yarn used: 11 skeins of Mira Minis for the motif centers, 0.25 skeins of purple Lion Brand Pound of Love for the last 2 rounds of the motifs
Hook used: 2.75 mm (C)

This was a fun project to work on! The pattern is very well written & easy to follow. Smiley

I made all of the motif centers first:

(the colors are a bit off)

& then crocheted the rest of the motifs (crocheting them together as I went):

To prevent the stuffing showing through, I inserted a dark blue t-shirt (with the bottom & sleeves sewn up) into the hippo & put the stuffing into the t-shirt. At this point, I thought I'd need to buy more fiberfill because I finished the bag I had:

But then I found a small bag buried in my stash - just enough to finish stuffing Happypotamus!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / House Divided Carpenter Wheel in C2C on: July 02, 2019 11:35:40 AM
This blanket was started in 2017 & then set aside until I started working on it again earlier this year. I'm so happy it's finally done!

Pattern: Carpenter Wheel in C2C (Ravelry link, though it appears to have been taken down while it's rewritten)
Yarn: 4,543 yards of Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather, White, Gold, Soft Navy, & Hunter Green
Hook: I (5.5 mm)

I did enjoy working on it - It was fun to adapt the pattern to suit my plans. Smiley

This was my initial plan:

My colors were selected based on sports teams: Michigan (blue/gold) vs Michigan State (green/white). It's a gift for a cousin - she & her husband support different teams. Grin

I used this C2C (corner to corner) tutorial: https://makeanddocrew.com/how-to-corner-to-corner-crochet-c2c-for-beginners/
And this C2C join as you go tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kareF-B7JYk

My blocks are 12 x 12 squares instead of the 11 x 11 the original pattern required (join as you go requires even number of squares so that square directions are correct).

Where I stopped in 2017:

Then when I picked it up again this year, I kept getting confused about where to switch colors, so I drew out my square layout on graph paper:

More in-progress pictures:

March 22:

June 3:

June 10:

June 22:
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Moe of Change Parasol on: June 20, 2019 09:18:15 AM
I made a rainbow parasol!

Pattern: Moe of Change (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in Gnome
Hook: J (6.0 mm)

I wanted it to be colorful, but I didn't want to weave in a bunch of ends, so I used a cake of Lion Brand Mandala & only had 2 ends to weave in! Grin

With a single cake of the yarn, I ended up crocheting rounds 1-31 and modifying round 31 to use sc instead of dc because I ran out of yarn. It did end up a bit too small for the frame I was originally going to use, but fits perfectly on my umbrella. Smiley

The umbrella is just a folding one that's usually in my purse - I stretched the yarn over the ends of the umbrella spokes so it's not connected permanently.

Spoke placement: My umbrella happens to have 6 sections & the patterns I used has a central hexagon design. There are sections in round 30 where there are 3 ch5 loops separated by sc stitches - I put my umbrella spokes in the middle ch5 (circled in red).
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Owl Basket on: June 09, 2019 11:26:37 AM
I crocheted this owl basket for my partner in Use The Good Beads Swap R-2. Smiley

I used this pattern I found on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-crochet-basket
   (there's a free version here: https://www.bhg.com/crafts/knitting/crocheting-projects/crochet-owl-basket/)

The pattern calls for 4 strands of bulky weight yarn (or 2 strands of super bulky) held together - I used 6 strands of aran weight yarn & an 11.5 mm hook.

I wanted the eyes to look the same, so I crocheted the second one left handed - it took a few tries to get started & the stitches arent quite as even, but it turned out ok. Smiley

(My cat tried to steal it when it was just a half finished basket, but once it became an owl, it was way too scary. Cheesy)
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Dishcloth on: April 01, 2019 10:35:51 AM
Dishcloth for dinosaur fans:

Pattern used: Brachiosaurus Dinosaur

(Made using cotton yarn for my partner in the Giant Multi-Themed Swap)
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fish hats! on: August 20, 2018 08:31:12 AM
These fish hats were made for quaggy in the Secret Santa in July Wishlist Swap. Smiley

I used this pattern I bought on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-fish-hat
I mostly followed the pattern as written - for the lips, I crocheted left handed instead of turning at the end of each row to try to make them match the look of the rest of the hat.
Both hats were made with 2 strands of yarn held together (Lion Brand Mandala, Sphinx colorway) and an I hook for one hat & a J hook for the other.

J hook:

I hook:

(I did use a little bit of Navy Lion Brand Pound of Love for this one because I was running out of the Mandala yarn)
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Round Rag Rug on: July 13, 2018 12:25:20 PM
I made this round rag rug using fabric yarn I made! Grin

It's ~34" diameter and pretty heavy.

This is the pattern I based it on: http://thesunroomuk.blogspot.com/2015/03/circular-crochet-rag-rug-tutorial.html
It wasn't working with my yarn though, so I ended up making it up as I went along. I crocheted it continuously (not joining between rounds), with all but the first couple rounds worked in the back loop only.

The fabric was purchased from thrift stores years ago & it's been sitting in closets since (going through multiple moves!), so I'm glad I finally made something with it! Cheesy

To make the yarn, I mostly followed this tutorial to cut my fabric into ~1"-1.5" strips: https://www.handsoccupied.com/how-to-make-fabric-yarn/
My cat 'helped':

The fabric yarn:
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