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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cthulu and Heart Dress (it's for a baby) on: July 14, 2011 12:56:19 PM
This is my biggest stranded knitting project.

I modified the chart from the Cthulu Dice Bag from AntiCraft to get the individual Cthulus (one on the front, and one on the back).  The cthulus are two stitches taller than the hearts, and the heart chart and distance between the hearts and the cthulus I made up.  (Basic charts are crazy easy to make).

You can just see the cthulu in the middle back...

Sorry my baby's so bald  Cheesy

Apparently you shouldn't read Lovecraft stories to an infant, unless you want them to make faces like this...

Original pattern here: http://blog.rosahoban.co.uk/2009/07/happy-summer-vest.html

Ravelry project page for my dress here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/hybridhopes/pretty-summer-vest-2

Cthulu dice bag with chart here: http://www.arcanavitae.com/?p=27

It's made out of cotton, organic because she likes to stuff things in her mouth while I'm making them.
Also, it's HUGE because I made a 1 year old size, and made it a little longer than the pattern called for.  It's actually a shirt, but right now it works as a dress. 
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Skull Potholders for the road on: July 14, 2011 12:41:42 PM
This was supposed to be my road trip project, but I did most of the driving.  So I did it while not on the road Cheesy

You can see I forgot the nose for one of 'em.  My husband pointed out that one looks like a normal skull, and one looks like an alien.

It's made out of Lion Brand Cotton.  I forget what their 100% cotton yarn is called, but that's the one.  It's black and neonish green, apologies for the sub par crap photos.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cthulu Dice Bag on: January 30, 2011 01:28:19 PM

cthulu dice bag loose by hybrid_hopes

We've been playing Arkham Horror every so often.  This bag was inspired by the game.  I've only read a few of Lovecraft's short stories, and fell asleep during reading one.  I don't recommend that, especially if you're reading from a library book in which someone slipped a creepy note that happens to fall out on your chest and you find it when you wake up mid-nightmare.

cthulu dice bag empty by hybrid_hopes

Here's me doing the three needle bind-off for the first time Cheesy  Not a particularly instructional image, but yay for conquering new techniques!  (I promise that there are three needles being used there, but you can only see two).

cthulu dice bag bind off by hybrid_hopes
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rabbit Hat for a Baby. on: January 30, 2011 01:21:14 PM
I made this for my little bun who will be born in the Year of the Rabbit.

IMG_2070 by hybrid_hopes

My cat does not like it :/

pattern here by the sharing people at Noe Knit.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / little seamless heart on: January 09, 2011 07:10:41 PM
This isn't superfancy, but I'm kinda proud of it.  I'm trying to improve my knitting skills, and this gave me practice a couple ways to increase and decrease.

heart finished by hybrid_hopes, on Flickr

here it is with one lobe done:

heart in progress by hybrid_hopes, on Flickr

and here it is when I had to change over because I ran out of gray yarn!

heart switching colors by hybrid_hopes, on Flickr

I know it's hard to tell, but it's two sided.  The project was fun and quick.  I think I'll make more, maybe turn 'em into a scarf or stuff some of them with lavender or something.

Here's the pattern: http://knittersdelight-sarloz.blogspot.com/2008/06/seamless-heart-pattern.html
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Stuffed bears and an owl, crocheted in the round on: December 03, 2010 11:42:42 AM

Wintermade stuffed animals group by hybrid_hopes

The small bear pattern is from Crochet Today! May/June 2008 and is CRAZY fast to stitch up.  I made it with stitched eyes to make it totally safe for our first baby that we're expecting in February.

The owl pattern is the Cutest Little Owl pattern from Crochet Today! Sept/Oct 2007.  It wasn't as small as the name implied, but it was cute.  Totally should've used a smaller hook, you can kind of see the stuffing peek through a little.

The bears are also from a magazine pattern, can't remember which one off the top of my head.  I changed the legs a bit, otherwise they're the same pattern and same hook: the size difference is just because one yarn is a bit thicker, although they're technically both worsted weight Cheesy  The blue bear is for one of my nieces.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Eyeball Dice Bag on: June 15, 2010 11:40:08 AM
Made this on a trip.  I didn't have the pattern with me but I'd made lots of little bags before.  Generally just solid colored.  The idea's from the anticraft

I really need to stay on top of posting the stuff I make.  This was a couple months ago.

I  like the reddish color used in the anticraft bag.  Mine's all kind of garish acrylic stash yarn.  I forgot about the spike-like stitch when I was trying to recreate it on the plane.

Anyway, it was a fun project. 
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Green Birds on: June 15, 2010 11:13:41 AM
I made a rainbow assortment of these for my crafty trade partner in the bird bird bird rd two swap.  And then I had to make more.  The green was my husband's favorite, so I stitched us up a trio of green birds.  It's acrylic stash yarn that might have been made in the 1970s.

Pattern's http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/birds-of-a-feather/ and easy to follow.  And quick!

(My grandma painted the lemon box they're posed in)
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Honeymoon Chickens (need to be ironed) on: May 03, 2010 12:42:47 AM

Once upon a time, I used to crochet on planes.  Then I had a flight that took too long, and I had a project that was way too quick to finish.  When I finished it the first time on that flight, I got fidgety, frogged it, and made it again.
Knitting takes me longer, but this was an international flight.  (My first one btw).  So, long.  And knitting needles are subject to varied rules.
I figured embroidery was pretty much the perfect in flight craft in this instance.
I just used fingernail clippers, small ones, to cut the floss.  Figured they wouldn't mind the needle.  Nothing was confiscated.
I bought the pattern from Collage on Woodstock not too long before we left.  I can't remember the company name, but it was one I hadn't heard of before, and based in Portland.  It's the kind with carbon paper rather than iron on.
I stitched all the chickens in black because australorps are the most beautiful chickens in the world.  We have one, and they are also the funniest chickens in the world, esp when they run.
What says romantic honeymoon better than two chickens?
That's right, a chicken with a heart stitched around it.

and in case I forget what year the honeymoon was (just shy of a year after the wedding):

and the backs, if you're interested:

I was thinking about adding something to the I <3 Chickens one.  I added french knots, but don't want to fill the whole heart with them.  Whatdya think, too plain or just right?

Other stitches include: split stitch, a ?feather? stitch, and some backstitching.  Nothing too fancy.  The beaks aren't quite satin stitch, is there a split satin?  and the 2010 is filled in with some crosshatch shading that's kind of like a modified cross stitch.

Stitched most of the images on the plane there and on a few train rides from city to city, and a little bit since our return.  Start to finish, a month and a half, with lots of breaks in the work. 
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / 2010 Garden-a-long? on: January 08, 2010 12:10:41 PM
It's January, it's cold, muddy, and rainy outside, and I am going stir crazy.  It's garden planning time though, and I'll have to let that suffice.  What are you guys going to be growing this year?

Me, definitely: tomatoes, broccoli or broccoli raab, carrots, lettuce, calendula, pumpkin, climbing beans, snow peas, sunflowers, nasturtiums
probably: more herbs, more flowers
maybe: cucumbers

Is anyone else going to be starting from seed?
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