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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Onesies and fabric paint? on: December 20, 2012 07:26:33 PM
Some friends of mine are expecting their first baby in May (hooray!), and while I've seen some SUPER cute onesies on CafePress and Etsy, I can't really justify paying upwards of $20 for a single onesie. Sooooooo, my solution is just to make them. However, I've never really done the fabric paint thing and am wondering how to do it with baby clothes. It is safe to use on baby clothes (i.e., will not irritate baby's skin)? Is one brand of fabric paint better over another? How will hold up in the wash?

Help please, I'm clueless. D:
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie - Rug? on: December 19, 2012 01:00:40 AM
Oooooo. If you're intending to put the rug somewhere that gets a lot of foot traffic, I would definitely NOT use your Country yarn for that. It's soft and pretty, yes, but also somewhat delicate. Great for scarves/wraps, not so much for rugs.

I'd suggest sticking with your basic 100% acrylic yarn (or 100% cotton, if you're feeling a little more fancy) for a rug. Red Heart's a solid, cheap standard, but the colors are limited (if they're the colors you want, though, then no problem!). If you've got a Hobby Lobby near you, the "I Love This Yarn" brand is a bit nicer and comes in more colors. For the rug shown in the picture, I'm thinking probably an H or I hook to make your motifs before you stick them all together. (You might need to test your gauge first to see how loopy your stitches are, and go up/down a hook size if need be.)

Any other questions, feel free to hit me up. And good luck! Crocheting's fun, though be warned - you'll probably develop a hook/yarn addiction, if you haven't got one already. Tongue
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Doctor Who crochet things for babies on: December 18, 2012 12:30:24 PM
A couple of friends of mine (who are MASSIVE nerds, both scientists, and lovers of all things Doctor Who) are expecting a baby girl in May. YAY! Cheesy So excited. Anyway, I told them I wanted to make them a baby blanket, and the first thing they said was ". . . can it be a TARDIS blanket?"

The only TARDIS blanket patterns I've seen have all been HUGE afghan projects, and I've neither the time nor the money to commit to that big of a project (plus it'd be huge for the little one). So my plan was to make them a simple, pretty baby blanket, and then make some other Doctor Who-related thing for the baby.

So I'm looking for ideas! I need something that's safe for the little one, clearly. Things I've considered are a plushy TARDIS or a Tenth Doctor doll (both parents are big David Tennant fans). And though this is mainly looking for crochet things, I'm open to other types of crafts, too. Please and thank you. Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you work from the skein or a ball? on: December 18, 2012 12:17:18 PM
95% of the time, I'll work from the skein and pull from the inside. If it's a big project that uses most of the skein, once it starts going all limp-noodle on me, I'll usually pull the rest of the yarn out and reroll it into a ball for the remainder of the project.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Jack Frost on: December 02, 2012 02:32:23 PM
AHH! I just saw this movie this past weekend, I loved it. Your Jack is spot-on - I'd believe in him! Smiley
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fezzes are cool. on: November 28, 2012 04:18:40 PM
I'm a recently converted Whovian. I've been meaning to get into it for like two years, and then about a month ago I finally got Netflix and OHMYGOSHALLTHEDOCTORWHOS. I've officially caught up through series 6, and ahhhhhh. It's so good. I love it.

Anywho (pun intended), a friend of mine has a birthday coming up and she's a huge fan of the Eleventh Doctor, so I made her one. (Another friend bought her a TARDIS tree ornament, so that worked out well.) I used the "Big and Cuddly Matt Smith" pattern from Ravelry, with a few minor tweaks because my stitches are super-tight and his arms came out shorter than they should have been. Tongue Doesn't matter. He's still cute as all get-out.

Here he is!

Added detail: inside jacket pocket with a sonic screwdriver (made from a doll's miniature screwdriver with green rhinestones glued to the top).

Bow ties are cool.

You know what else is cool? A fez. Fezzes are cool.

Regeneration time! (Or at least, that's the story I'm going with for the crazy bright lights.)

I've got a college professor who's also a Whovian, but he's more of a Tenth Doctor fan. Maybe I'll make him a tiny!David Tennant before the semester's over. Hmm...
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / How to part wig-cap hair on: May 17, 2012 06:59:18 PM
I normally do the wig-cap method when making hair for my amis, which is fine when the hair just hangs every which way. For this particular doll, though, I'd like her hair to be parted on the side. Thing is, I'm not really sure how to get a nice, even part without the cap showing underneath it. I'm not opposed to trying another method, but I haven't got the slightest clue on how to fix the problem. Help?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mini geology tools? (I'm serious.) on: May 13, 2012 02:28:10 PM
Ideally, no bigger than 1.5 in closed (and probably double that open, so 3"). If not, then I might have to go raid the polymer clay aisle at Hobby Lobby later.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Mini geology tools? (I'm serious.) on: May 12, 2012 11:10:07 PM
I am making a little teddy bear for my geology professor, and I would love for the bear to have a tiny hand lens (something a geologist will always carry with them in the field). It looks like this:

It's worn on a strap around the neck. Thing is, actual hand lenses are expensive, plus they're kinda big for this little teddy bear I'm making (it's only about 8 inches tall). Any ideas on how to recreate this? I feel like polymer clay would be too big for this, but I'm short on ideas. Anybody got any ideas?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shakespearean charm bracelet! on: April 10, 2012 06:38:31 PM
Thank you so much for the comments, ladies! Smiley First time I've ever been pinned, I feel special! Tongue

I gave it to her today. She loved it very much, and she's going to show it to our whole class on Thursday (which is when we are throwing her surprise birthday party). Things worked out pretty well, if I do say so myself. Smiley
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