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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Please help my little devils!!! on: March 10, 2011 09:08:46 AM
I am having a real problem with this pattern: http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Amigurumi/Devil-Wears-Red-Amigurumi-Pattern#
The head keeps coming out to be HUGE! I use the same hook and yarn for the body and head in each project. I even tried a different hook in a seperate one, but used that same hook on both the body and head in that project to see if it would help. It didn't! I don't know what I'm doing wroing!
This is the first one, it's the closest to what it should look like.

This one still came out wrong so I used the head for the body and the body for the head because the proportions were so off. But I kinda like him! Cheesy

Then I tried something a bit different for this one too. I tried adding an extra row after Rnd 5 so that it would read: *Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * around = 30 sc.
And and extra row of sc.
So my altered pattern for the body looked like this:
Rnd 1: Work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook = 5 sc
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc = 10 sc
Rnd 3: *Sc in first sc, 2 sc in 2nd sc*, repeat from * around = 15 sc
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * around = 20 sc
Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * around = 25 sc
Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * around = 30 sc.
Rnds 7-11: Sc in each sc around
Then I stopped because it STILL doesn't look right! Huh

If someone could PLEASE help me I'd appreciate it so much!!!
Thank you!!!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Help with next steps PLEASE! on: February 27, 2011 06:37:18 AM
I'm trying to make this Mechanobot:
I get stuck after row 6. I took a photo of that edge after I finished the 3 sc in last sc in row 6. I THINK I did that much so far. But I don't know what to do next.

I'm teaching myself how to crochet with video from online. I'm still not great, but I'm learning. I don't know what to look up on youtube that might explain this to me.

Please if you can help I would much appreciate it! I'm so lost and I really want to know how to do this and learn!
Thank you so much!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Yellow ribbon camouflage cake(4 images) on: June 27, 2010 12:29:14 AM
I have been so inspired by all the multi-colored cakes around that I tried another, I previously made Summer Solstice cupcakes.

My mom works for the US Army and her office was having a bar-b-que luncheon. I had this idea of a camouflage cake for a while, I was going to make it for the Army's birthday but didn't get to it in time.
The finished product!

So I had a ribbon cake pan and made one for my mom's luncheon.
I made one and I guess because this oven is new to me, I used gel food coloring that I had never used before, gas oven, and the oven is in Celsius the cake burned on the top and bottom but was basically still liqued in the middle, but I cup the top and bottom off and saved it for my mom and I at home! Lol
These are pictures of the batter I used for that one.
The different colors that I mixed up.

The batter in the pan(cake 1).

Then after my mom went to the store to get me more ingredients I tried again. My mom helped me determine the done-ness since the cake hated me! Lol The second cake was still liquedy in the middle too, so we kept checking it over and over and finally took it out. It burned the top slightly. I think maybe the pan sucks and that's part of the issue too!
Then I iced the cake and made it look like a yellow ribbon(yellow is for the soldiers). I had only used a piping bag once before(on my summer solstice cupcakes) so I didn't really know what to do. But I think it came out ok!
The pic of the top of the cake is at the top of this post!
Then when we cut it at my mom's work everyone thought it was pretty cool!

Needless to say there wasn't anything left!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Summer Solstice cupcakes(Image heavy) on: June 20, 2010 07:19:28 AM
I have been reading many posts on here about multi colored cakes and cupcakes and I want to make MANY MANY different ones! This is my first batch. A test run!
Don't mind the drawings much! It's my first time using a pastery bag too! lol
I made these for 2 reasons!
June 21 is the Summer Solstice and it's also World Humanist day! I found out that Orange is associated with Humanist sometimes, so it was perfect!

I used a French Vanilla cake mix. I didn't have any veggie oil so I used cinnamon apple sauce instead, you can't really tell, but they are good!

I used yellow food coloring and dyed the whole batch, then I divided the cake mix in half and to one half I added red to make it orange. I then layered the cake mix into the cupcake papers.

When I took them out I tried using a frosting piping bag to do the white, but the bag broke so I just frosted them like I usually do. Then I mixed up some yellow frosting(yellow food coloring with white frosting, I ended up with too much left over!) Since the bag broke I used a zip lock bag and the piping tip on it! It worked perfectly!

After I finsihed the white I piped circle of yellow in the middle, that ended up looking like eggs! LOL Then I changed the tip to a small circle and drew little lines from the yellow circle trying to make them look like suns!(The don't look so good! lol)

Then I tried to draw the Humanist logo on a few, I was going to use chocolate but I had so much yellow still I just used the yellow!(the ones in the top left corner were my try at the logo! BAD! lol)

Then I had to try one ot see the colors, because the rest will be going to work with my mom tomorrow!
I was very happy that the colors didn't mix up too much! The only thing I had a problem with was for some reason they made little mountians in the oven so they have points! lol

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 tshirts into 1 tshirt recon! on: June 07, 2010 06:53:18 AM
I had made the red/Beatles part of the shirt about a year ago.
The red tshirt is one of the Old Navy Valentine's day shirts with the little heart in the middle and the year, well I only wore it once I think.
The Beatles part was an AWESOME find for me! I found it at a goodwill, it was a child's tank top! I didn't know what to do with it but I knew I had to have it! I had it sitting around for months then I thought, just sew it on a shirt! So I did!
I had only worn it a few times because it was too short, so today I added the black stripe at the bottom which was from one of my old high school club shirts that I hated!!

I can't wait to wear it now!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Koi T-shirt to tank top on: June 07, 2010 06:47:44 AM
I have a ton of tshirt recon books and this came from one of those!



The book said to cute the bottom of the shirt off and use that as the draw string, but I'm tall and need to keep all the length in my shirts I can, plus I had really cute yellow ribbon I could use instead!  Grin
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help finding a dress form on: June 06, 2010 04:01:04 AM
I'm looking to buy a dress form, but I would like an adjustable one. It has to be plus size, because I'm a US22/24.
I found one on Joann fabric's website, but the reviews said if falls apart and isn't good at all.

Here's the other thing, I'm an American in Germany! I have family back in America, so if the place doesn't ship to APO I can ship it to my family and they can ship it to me. But if you know of a German place that wold work too!

Thank you so much for your help!
You all do such wonderful work!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Nutella Empanadas on: June 02, 2010 10:28:17 AM
I've been looking at this site for some time and finally decided to join and try adding some of my stuff.
I made Nutella empanadas from a recipe my friend gave me.

1 stick of butter(softened to room temp)
1 package of cream cheese
2 cups of flour
Nutella, about 1/2 a jar or less!
Powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to approx. 385F/195C (Since I just moved to Germany I'm not used to C, and my friend didn't tell me what to set the oven on, but this is apporx what I set it at and they came out just fine!)

Mix all together into a dough, then roll oh flat. A little thicker then paper is the best thickness I found!
Then cut circles out, I used a wide mouth glass that made small ones and a martini glass(carefully) that made larger ones.
After you have cut the circles put a small amount of Nutella in the middle of the circle(or what ever filling you choose).
Then fold in half to make a half moon shape, with the nutella in the middle.
Pinch around the sides and then press with a fork around the sides to fully seal them!
Place in the oven on a geased pan and let back for approx 10-20 mins. (I didn't set a timer, I only have one rack in my oven so I made batch and put those in the oven and let them bake while I made the next batch.)
They will be done once the bottom is lightly golden brown.
Remove them from the oven and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.

Next time I make some I will try to take pictures of each step!

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