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61  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Went to the moon and hooked some stars... on: February 26, 2011 10:41:17 AM

I keep them in a jar that used to house little bears.

Peel off as much of the label as possible (the jar i used was from an empty gummy-bear vitamin container).  Rub some cooking oil over any sticky residue, then rinse with warm soapy water.  Repeat this a few times until the surface is nice and clean.  Bore holes with a wood-burning tool.  Be sure you have some safety glasses on, and that you do this in a well ventilated area.  PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL IN SELECTING THE PLASTIC MATERIAL YOU USE, AS SOME PLASTICS CAN LEACH HARMFUL TOXINS WHEN BURNT.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DECODING THE RECYCLING NUMBER OFTEN SEEN AT THE BASE OF PLASTIC CONTAINERS, START HERE: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/recycling-symbols-plastics-460321.

Work in the round with SC until you have about 5 rounds; increase as you go so that you end up with 24-30 stitches.  Make one round HDC.  Make another round with SC (insert the hook behind the HDC to give a nice chain at the top rim of the pin cushion).  Make another round with SC, and then finish with one round of HDC.
Sew on one of the stars.  Line and stuff the inside with left-over yarn, and cover the lid with its new beanie.

Magic Circle 5 SC, and close with a SL
(CH3, SL back into 2nd chain, CH1 and SL into the next SC of the circle) X 5
Fasten off and leave the strands for decoration, or weave them in based on your preference.
Sew one star onto the lid.

Now you can insert your hooks for easy access!

Make variations or use container to store pencils, brushes, etc.

62  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Versatile Neck Warmer on: November 04, 2010 12:06:22 PM

Winter is fast approaching and the mornings are starting to get cold, so the turning of seasons inspired me to make this scarf.  I made one for my cousin for her birthday and it's pretty quick.

This is the first pattern I've made, so any constructive comments would be much appreciated.

This is made from 4-ply acrylic medium weight worsted yarn; two colors totaling to about 1 skein.  I used an H hook.  

In a nutshell, here is the pattern for a single color.  If you want to know how I added a different color or how to weave through rows to interchange colors, please see the tutorial.

These are the stitches I used:
CH- chain
SC- single crochet
BST (this is one that I made up to stand for Back Stitch): CH2, SC in front loop of first chain
DC - double crochet
FPDC- front post double crochet

Row 1: BST 10
Row 2: CH3, (DC in same chain that the next SC is in, BST)X9, 2 DC in chain of last SC
Rows 3 -? (however long you want): CH3 and turn, (FPDC, BST)X9, FPDC, DC on top of last DC (not in the CH3)

The scarf seen on the pic has 50 rows, and from start to finish, the project takes about 2 hours.
63  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Mario and Luigi Pumpkin (with stencil) on: October 01, 2010 10:23:07 AM

So sorry it's not a real pumpkin.  This one's made from a foam pumpkin that was given to me to carve for the annual carnival at my son's school.  I use the same process for carving real pumpkins:

1) Draw an image onto a piece of paper that will fit on the pumpkin
2) Tape the image on the pumpkin
3) Use a thumbtack to puncture small holes along the lines to be carved
4) Remove paper and carve (I use a knife specifically for pumpkin-carving -- got it at the craft store)
5) Make a hole at the bottom of the pumpkin to fit an LED light (also purchased at the craft store)
6) Lastly, clean up.  Have a vacuum cleaner handy.  This was my first time carving foam, and there was a lot of debris.  Actually, I was thinking I should have worn a mask because the serrated knife makes a lot of dust.

Here's a rough stencil that can be used.  Areas marked in red are where the pumpkin should be carved out.

64  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Chowder on: September 21, 2010 02:23:27 PM
"last night I had a dream I was ketchup and you were mustard.......which is really weird 'cause in my dreams you're mayonnaise''  Grin

This was my son's halloween costume last year.  He never really picks overly popular characters, so who knows what he'll ask for this year.

65  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fall Slippers on: September 21, 2010 01:56:26 PM
Just finished crocheting these based on the free pattern found here: http://tiny.cc/zv1mc
I chose the colors because I couldn't wait for fall.  The vintage buttons are a purchase I was giddy over at a collectibles show.
Buttons are my weakness.

66  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mike Wazowski! Hat on: September 20, 2010 11:11:11 AM
In felt and fleece.  No pattern.  Just had to put something together for "hat day" at my son's school.
67  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / PikPik Panda in Jute and Acrylic on: September 19, 2010 11:36:13 AM
I've been experimenting with materials other than yarn, and I was drawn to the texture of jute rope.  I used magic circles as the basis for PikPik's head and body.  His limbs, ears and face are all from worsted weight acrylic yarn.  He's not stuffed with anything but the strands of yarn, and the jute is sturdy enough to maintain PikPik's shape.

68  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Gutting My Sons' Closets 1 on: September 19, 2010 10:21:48 AM
This is the first up-cycled doll I made after trying to de-clutter my two sons' closets.  He was once a size-medium boy's shirt. Most of his life was spent in the closet, and a few appearances in school pictures. He's made more appearances in this new form than he did in his previous life. I named him Che-kee, from the brand, Cherokee.  Che-kee can easily transform himself by unbuttoning and re-positioning his ears.  Part of his mystery is in figuring out what his parts used to be.

Now, off to find another shirt from the depths of a dark closet....
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