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1  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)
2  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)
3  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:
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Llama! on: July 02, 2018 08:20:08 AM
This llama was a lot of fun to make!

I used this cute llama pattern I bought on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lorenzo-the-llama-amigurumi
The pattern is even made to minimize sewing! Cheesy

The free poncho pattern is here: https://kamidake.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/dress-up-your-llama/

Without the poncho:
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Travel Flag on: June 06, 2018 09:03:32 AM
I made this travel inspired flag for my partner in the Happy Mail swap.

It's about 5" x 8", and made entirely from stash. Cheesy

I didn't use a pattern, but I did sketch out the fire before embroidering it - it was my first attempt at satin stitch. Smiley
I also used various images I found online as references, especially for the camper and the fire.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Holiday Cables Throw on: May 15, 2018 07:04:36 AM
I started this blanket a couple years ago and finally finished it!

Here's the pattern I used: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/holiday-cables-throw
I used slightly less than 3 skeins of Caron One Pound yarn in Claret.

The pattern was interesting because of the variety of stitch patterns used & it wasn't too difficult. The designer does have instructional videos for the different stitches, which was helpful: http://www.bonniebay.com/aran-crochet-rh/

I skipped the lacy border and did a single crochet border instead.

(I did notice a couple mistakes in the middle when I was taking pictures after I was done, but there's no way I'm going to rip it apart to fix them. Tongue)

Where I stopped working on it a couple years ago:

In progress after picking it back up:
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Candy Stripes and Blocks Blanket on: May 09, 2018 01:53:37 PM
I made this colorful crib sized blanket using one of my new favorite yarns: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes! (I love the color changes!)

The pattern I used: Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket
& the yarn:
 - Red Heart Super Saver Stripes: Flamenco Stripe, Fruity Stripe, and Cool Stripe (slightly less than 2 skeins of each)
 - Big Twist Yarns Value Solids: Royal Blue (slightly less than 1 skein for the border)

I really enjoyed working on this blanket - the pattern was easy to remember, and I used 3 different colors of the Stripes yarn so that I could carry the yarn up the side & not have to weave in a bunch of ends. Cheesy

In progress:

(my cat insists on helping me crochet Smiley)
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / [RESOLVED] Unable to upload photos on: January 18, 2018 07:05:35 AM
I'm currently unable to upload photos on Craftster.

When trying to upload directly in a post, I get a popup with the message "Error uploading file undefined".

When I try to upload in My Picture Hosting, I get this message:
"/home/craft/public_html/pictures/uploads/217093: Error creating directory (check permissions).

Please notify the System Administrator."

I've tried uploading images (all .jpg) on my desktop computer (Windows 10, Google Chrome 63.0.3239.132, Firefox 57.0.4) and on an Ipad (iOS 11.1.2, Google Chrome 63.0.3239.73).

Thank you!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dumpling Kitty on: May 17, 2017 07:52:55 AM
I made this Pusheen inspired Dumpling Kitty as a gift for a friend's birthday. Smiley

I used this free pattern on Ravelry. I really like the pattern & now I want to make one inspired by Pikachu. Cheesy
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation on: May 16, 2017 01:26:34 PM
I joined a group on Ravelry called Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation that knits and crochets afghan squares for Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA. The finished squares are sent to one person (Pam) who seams them together and sends the finished afghan to Pine Ridge. Pictures of some of the finished afghans are shared in the Ravelry group & they look great! Cheesy

For more information, you can check out the Ravelry group (you need to have a Ravelry account) or the original Yahoo group that Pam started (you can view the About page with the mailing address without joining the group).

Some of the guidelines for the squares:
  • Any color can be used, except all black (makes seaming difficult) or all white (looks dirty quickly)
  • Any patterns can be used - solid patterns without many holes are better
  • Any fiber can be used - warmer is better
  • If using wool, superwash is preferred (because it doesn't felt), and squares must be marked in case of allergies
  • Any size square can be made; 6" and 12" are preferred
  • Leave a 4-6" tail and don't weave in any of your ends Grin
  • If crocheting in the round, don't use a magic circle/magic ring

Here's the first batch of afghan squares I sent; the next batch I make will be more colorful, but I was using up a large bag of yarn I got at a garage sale. Cheesy

Some of my favorites:

(Sophie's Garden)

(Southwestern Mosaic Cross Square)


(Fan Dance)
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