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1  Beauregard the Crochet Sharpei in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by peachypaws on: May 23, 2012 05:17:21 PM
Spread some wrinkly puppy love!  Cheesy

I designed this guy for Lion Brand's national "Vanna's Choice" 2012 contest using 4 skeins of Vanna's Choice Taupe yarn. It took me about two weeks to complete using a 3.25 mm hook, and I'm oh so excited to show him off--especially since I just found out he's been named one of 12 finalists in the contest! Beau's currently on a vacay in New Jersey at the Lion Brand headquarters while awaiting the results of the public vote on the Vanna's Choice contest site (which ends June 23rd). You can check out all the finalists here http://www.lionbrand.com/vote.html and cast your vote for your favorite project.

I did a lot of experimenting before I finally got a system down for crocheting seamless wrinkles. I ended up working the wrinkles in a series of rows off the body as I went and then folded my work over, slip stitched the back together like a sandwich, and then moved on to the next wrinkle.


Some strategic increasing and decreasing was necessary to make the wrinkles different shapes and thicknesses, but the whole head and body was made in one piece and then I attached the ears, legs, and tail separately. I was aiming for a realistic wrinkle appearance, so I nixed trying to make everything symmetrical and gave up on patterning pretty quickly.

Beau is 18 inches tall, and I think the next sharpei friend I make for him is going to be smaller and more "patternable." Some of you may remember my crochet peacock that I posted on here a few years ago. It's taken me 2 summers, but I'm FINALLY on the verge of finishing that pattern (yay!) LoL, so maybe in another few years I'll manage to eke this pattern out too  Grin

Thanks so much for taking a peek!

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2  Twigs, Tweets & Wildflowers Wreath in Crochet: Completed Projects by peachypaws on: January 31, 2011 08:08:28 AM

Ingredients for this wreath: lots of sticks, lots of patience, a pile of yarn, 168 hrs, a spare bath tub, and some hair plugs (because assembling this thing just about made me pull all my hair out  Shocked)

This is my entry for the 2011 Vanna's Choice yarn contest and I'm SO glad it's finally finished!

I assembled this wreath from yarn-wrapped oak, ash, mulberry, and forsynthia branches from my backyard. The branches were sorted, cut, and soaked for three days to make them pilable and then individually wrapped in yarn. After carefully bending and securing them into a rustic wreath shape, I wove in some crochet pussy willows, bachelor buttons, black-eyed susans, and gerbera daisies. The blue bachelor buttons were created by slipknotting short bits of frayed yarn onto a tiny crocheted flower base.

I knew I wanted to add two little bluebirds to the wreath, but the tabby cat was an after thought. I figured adding a little irony couldn't hurt  Grin) The kitty cat has embroidered eyes and ears and the whiskers are unraveled yarn plies with a bit of no-fray on the ends to keep them stiff.

The birds were probabaly my favorite part of the weath to make. I gave them little wire feet, and one of them is holding a teenty tiny crochet twig flower. The bird with the flower has wired wings (just along the upper edges of the wing). This has become one of my favorite new ways to use wire in my crochet projects. If you insert a piece of wire through the bird's body, bend in an upward arc, then start crocheting in a loop of the body next to the wire and then continue up the wire, the wire is totally concealed and wont slide around. Then you crochet down, creating chains off the horizonal row you've created to make staggered feathers.


In all, there are 14 different colors of yarn utilized in this project, and the wreath is roughly 16 inches in diameter. I definitely won't be making another one of these for a LOOOOOOOONG time. . .but if you're feeling ambitious enough to make your own, I'm happy to give you some pointers  Cheesy) Really, the most important part is soaking the branches REALLY well by weighting them down so they're fully submerged and wrapping and shaping them while they're still wet. Wrapping each branch took about 5-10 minutes + another 5-10 minutes to lash it onto the wreath. The longest you want to go between wrapping and lashing is 45 minutes. (I learned this the hard when I started wrapping my first bunch of branches in batches and then tried lashing them to the wreath in small bundles--NOT a good idea. . .

Thanks for taking a peek and enjoy!
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3  my crochet peacock in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by peachypaws on: May 20, 2010 03:10:46 PM
Yay for peacocks!

I designed this guy for Red Heart's national "Save the Planet" contest using Red Heart's new Eco-Ways recycled blend yarns. It took me about two weeks to complete using a 3.25 mm hook, and I'm oh so excited to show him off! You may have seen this guy around town on Red Heart's website because he's been named one of ten finalists in the contest!  Grin  He's currently residing on my hall shelf waiting to find out the results of the public vote on Red Heart's site (which ends June 1st). You can check out all the finalists here http://redheart.com/saveplanet.html and cast your vote for your favorite projects in the knit and crochet categories  Smiley I can't read or write patterns to save my life, so below are some detailed descriptions of his creation process. Thanks so much for taking a peek!

I started at the head and worked my way down, switching to light green to make the rear half of his body. (The wings cover up exactly where the blue ends and green begins.) Without any wings, feet, tail, or beak, the body looked like a two-tone, legless alien llama  Tongue

Each tail feather was crocheted individually, and I sewed them together in layers using a yarn embroidery needle and a strand of the hunter yarn. To make the fringe around the edge, I separated the hunter yarn into individual plys and handknotted little snippets all the way around the outside of the tail.

The only part of this bird that's reinforced is the feet. I used two three-inch pieces of skinny dowel rod for this. The hardest part about attaching the feet was finding the bird's center of gravity. I added the feet last because of this, but as I was working, I used toothpicks to keep track of where the feet should go.

The comb was made using three pieces of floral wire that were twisted up and looped around so the loops could be connected with the teal yarn. I separated the teal yarn into individual plys and knotted little snippets all over the strand connecting the loops to make it look like a solid crest.

For now he's found a nice safe home on my hall shelf--far FAR away from my bad kitties that lurk below. . . Cheesy
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