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931  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: July 10, 2015 12:41:11 PM
That's an awesome idea! Hmmmm, snakes... scorpions... wasps...  maybe I just need to Google most hated/feared creatures. Cheesy
932  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: July 10, 2015 12:09:18 PM
Love that flower needlebook and that shark is too cute for words! NatGeo is also showing shark shows if you need some variety!

Thank you! And last night I did turn over to NatGeo and their Shark Fest, it was good, thanks for telling me about it!  Cheesy
933  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon and Unicorn Blood Drops (with pattern) on: July 10, 2015 08:21:03 AM
Thank you!

The story of the idea goes like this... I made the original Bob (red, plain) because it just made sense. I needed a squeezy while giving blood and a blood drop was logical. Then came the yearly "police vs. fire" blood drive, and the whole "blue blood" thing came to mind and I made a bunch of blue and red blood drops to give away at the drive (though later I labeled the blue one "Wendy the Water Drop".

THEN I googled "colors of blood" for fictional creatures, and started making a list. Some I still have no idea how I'd represent (there are a bunch from Star Trek), some were easy.  I write down/sketch what I think I want it to look like, and then start crocheting!

Making up patterns is half drawing on your knowledge of other patterns (from making things you get a sense of what kind of increases/decreases make what kind of shapes) and a lot of trial and error.  I redid the dragon wings several times before I was happy with them, and my first pattern, my snail, I ripped out tons of times.  It's not hard, it mostly requires patience and the willingness to just keep trying!

(That may have been more info than you wanted... Smiley )
934  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: July 09, 2015 05:13:37 PM
Those shrines are amazing!

Still catching up on posting, still addicted to Shark Week...  Cheesy

First, some blood drops I sent to a friend - Dragon and Unicorn, from Harry Potter:





Pattern here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439930.0

Recycled TP roll book for pressed flowers for the Garden/Outdoor swap:



Post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439932.0

Also for the Garden/outdoor swap, a crochet flower embellished seed book.  All the flowers are from 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet, which I got from the library and then bought, because I have a mountain of crochet cotton to use up...



and a fairy door...



Aaaaaaaand, for Shark Week....

935  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ on: July 09, 2015 05:01:41 PM
Prompt: UFO - Recycled!
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: Recycled, Community
Project Name: Pressed Flower Book
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439932.0
Brief Description: Many many moons ago, I saw a project that turned TP rolls into a book, and I started saving and painting them.  I had no real plan, until the Garden/Outdoor swap, and it dawned on me... the tags would be perfect for pressed flowers!

Project Picture:




Prompt: Team Spirit - Wordy
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering
Project Name: Harry Potter Dragon and Unicorn Blood Drops
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439930.0
Brief Description: In a small break from the Dr Who fandom (hmmm, what do you think my Team Spirit Fandom project will be...?), I made a Dragon and Unicorn blood drop for a friend.  And I'm happy to say she was thrilled with them!

Project Picture:



936  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Toilet Paper Roll Pressed Flower Book on: July 09, 2015 04:47:29 PM
I don't remember when I first saw it, but the urge to make a book out of TP rolls was just overwhelming... and when I signed up for the Garden/Outdoor swap, the idea of turning it into a book for pressed flowers gave me the chance to finally make something coherent out of the rolls I'd been saving and haphazardly painting.









And a picture of the tab - I cut up a scrapbook page that had 2" x 2" picture pockets and used Washi tape to secure them to the tags.



(Four leaf clover given to me by a friend at work who has an uncanny talent at finding them!)
937  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragon and Unicorn Blood Drops (with pattern) on: July 09, 2015 04:37:17 PM
In a break from the Dr Who Blood Drops, I present two Harry Potter Blood Drops!  I didn't see anything that specified what hue/shade of green the dragon blood was supposed to be, and I happened to have this lime green out and thought it looked good.  The only other greens I had were olive drab and true Christmas green, so it was probably the best choice!





The pattern:

Start off with a Bob:

Size F Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Round 1: SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook).  Join {sl st to first SC, ch1}
Round 2: SC in each st, join (4)
Round 3: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (6)
Round 4: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (9)
Round 5: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join  (13)
Round 6: SC in each st, join (13)
Round 7: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join (17)
Round 8: SC in each st, join (17)
Round 9: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st, join (22)
Round 10: SC in each st, join (22)
Round 11: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (33)
Rounds 12-20: SC in each st, join (33)
(I usually put the eyes in now!)
Rounds 21-23: *SC in first st, SC 2tog* repeat from *, join
(stuff-as-you-go decreases)
Round 24: SC 2tog
(Cram as much stuffing as you can in as youre closing him up, remember, hes there to be squeezed so he needs to be fairly firm.)
Fasten off.

Wings, make 2:

Row 1: Ch2, 2 sc in 2nd ch
Row 2: 2 Sc in each (4)
Row 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in the next two sc, 2 sc in last sc (6)
Row 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next 2 sc, sc in the next sc, 2 sc in last sc (10)
Row 5: Sc across (10)
Row 6: Ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc, sl st in next 2 sc, *ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook,, sl st in next two sc* rep from * across, then turn and sc across top edge of wing

Tail:

Row 1: Ch 2, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook
Row 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in second sc (3)
Row 3: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc (4)
Row 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next two sc, 2 sc in last sc (6)
Row 5: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next two sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc (Cool

Sc around the two sides, putting 3 sc at the tip (Row 1), 4 sl st to middle of Row 5
Ch 10, sl st down the chain, then back up.
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing to body

Attach wings and tail to body!

I also made a unicorn out of sparkly silver thread, there's no real pattern, I just winged the horn and the tail is basically and un-cut tassel.



938  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Shark Bestie! on: July 09, 2015 11:39:35 AM
Yeah... I might be going a little overboard with Shark Week this year...

939  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ on: July 08, 2015 08:18:05 PM
The shark hug and the spider hug you did a while back might be my favorites of yours, smeddley!  Cute and original!

The fact that you remembered my Spider Hugs drawing (which I loved) just MADE MY DAY.  Cheesy  I do think "cartoony" is my preferred drawing style.  Smiley
940  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: July 08, 2015 12:53:00 PM
I want a sock scarf now! Did you knit from one end to the other (so one sock was toe-up and the other cuff-down), or is it seamed in the middle?
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