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181  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 74 in The Swap Gallery by bananaleg on: October 14, 2011 09:43:05 PM
Oh mah goodness, y'all! I have received from scarlet_nights!! She sent it about two weeks ago, but then her post office shut down for a week... with my package stuck inside!

Well worth the wait! I can't wait to start a hoopla wall with my Roger hoops!
If you've never seen American Dad, these hoops won't make any sense... But my brother and I bonded over the show, and Roger is our favorite!

It was too late in the day to use natural light for my photos, but I didn't want to wait until tomorrow.

Colors are off, but I love the stitching and lettering!

The smaller one says "NYAAH!" The second is Roger's big alien head and the phrase "Pretty sure I asked for Pecan Sandies..." Two of my brother's and my favorite Roger phrases! So perfect! My brother is home from college for the weekend, and I can't wait to show him!

Thank you so much, Liz! I love them!
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182  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: September 23, 2011 03:38:30 PM
Wow, I have been missing a lot on here, it seems!
I have a question about that honeycomb blanket (sorry, I saw it the other night, so I forget the name)... How are the little hexipuffs joined? Because I love it! But the joining could be a real deal-breaker for me. Haha.

Scrappy, your knickers look super comfy!
Kittymom, great potholders. I should get into that. I bet I could sell a fair few at my upcoming crafy fair.
Um, yeah, I forget everything else. I'm doing all my internet-ing on my phone since I'm not home, so it's harder to remember all I've seen.

Okay, so what I've been doing.
_Bunches of cup cozies.
_The night before I left, I sewed up a little walking-and-knitting project bag for myself. It came out a bit shallower than I'd wanted, but the fabric I used was that short. Oh, well. I think it's adorable.
_Working on a market bag.
_Working on a scarf/hat/wristers set for a friend... And...
_I knit my first sweater! Although, I forgot to do the increases for the sleeves, so... I didn't add any sleeves. Haha. It's basically a cap-sleeved sweater now. My mom and sister can't stop talking about it. If I wasn't in Texas right now, I could actually wear it out. (One reason I can't wait to get back home!)

I'll try to post photos, but my photobucket app is being a jerk right now.

Oh, and I took my first trip to Hobby Lobby the other day. I only bought a few skeins (yay clearance), but I've already put two to work on another sweater. With correct armholes this time.
I Love This Yarn! might be my new favorite...

Okay, here's a cozy (camo, I thought my sister's Army wife friends might like them):

Oh, right! The day before we left, I got some wire and wrapped this piece of glass found on First Beach:

And this rock I picked up at Lake Erie when I was in Ohio for my best friend's wedding:

The bag--love the material... like colorful dandelions. Or fireworks, but I prefer dandelions:

Tried to get an action shot of myself:

There's more/better shaping, but I have it on over a dress in this photo, so it doesn't show:
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183  Re: ACTIVE: SEPTEMBER GRANNY-A-DAY 09/01-09/30.11 in Crochetalongs by bananaleg on: September 09, 2011 09:11:12 PM
What I had done before:

What I added last night:

I think I'll use the granny stripe joining method (I really can't remember the name of it right now), and I think I'll use a chocolate brown for it.

Also, should I keep to the smaller squares with three levels, or go for four? I kind of want to keep it at three since I'm using three colors, but I can't decide yet.
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184  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: August 29, 2011 06:51:46 PM
My mom bought me 4 skeins of yarn at a garage sale on Saturday (i would have been with her--to possibly stop her, but i was invited to a Sounders game) and a pair of US15 needles. So, that will help me destash the new yarn. Smiley
I also got two skeins of yarn yesterday to knit a Sounders scarf...

A couple things:

A felt four-leaf clover. I made one for a friend before she moved to Ireland in January and have meant to make one for myself ever since.
And a felt sleep mask (with lavender... mmm). I've had the pieces cut forEVER, but i didn't have any elastic at the time. Finally got around to making it.

Cup cozy:

Built-in coaster!

Blackberry jam:

Wrote a little about it on my tumblr.

And a couple other things not ready for posting yet.
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185  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: August 16, 2011 08:07:11 PM
Somehow i wasn't notified of this thread updating... and then i just forgot to go and check it myself.

Belladune, i'm salivating over your cornflower yarn. An awesome name for beautiful yarn! Pinning!

ysmeine, what a great dress! I like the shoulders draped and wrapped. Awesome.

kittymom, awesome quilts as always!

aprettymess, love the totes! Reversible is always a good thing.

Some things i've been up to:

A few God's Eyes because we have twigs galore outside, and i've got yarn galore inside! Not to mention toothpicks and embroidery floss...

A little crochet "bowl" for the few pieces of jewelry i actually wear... so maybe i won't lose them!

Been working on this hat off and on for months:

Baby Bella Mittens:

Tea wallet for a friend going through a rough time:

The marbley fabric was from a garage sale weeks ago. The rain drops because we love rain. The stars because we love stars! Cheesy
The button (which i put on the wrong side, like a dope):

When we were cleaning out the attic, we ran across some old fabric. My mom used to make wreaths by stabbing squares of fabric into straw wreaths when i was a kid, so she has leftover fabric in random places. Can't wait to use some of it!
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186  Re: 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project Craftalong in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: August 15, 2011 07:52:28 PM
Here are two in-progress shots of the scarves my mother and I are working on.

The top one is a simple garter stitch, with irregular bands of color.  I've started weaving in the ends (my *least* favorite task!) and it's going very quickly.  My mother's enjoying it.
My scarf looks weirdly similar to yours, but with irregular bands of drop-stitch. I've been going from project to project since i finished, so i haven't done any end-weaving yet... It's my least favorite, too!
I still need to get a picture of the whole thing, but here's a crappy in-progress i took after half of a softball game's worth of work:

I started on one of those argyle scarves somebody posted a link to earlier (sorry, too lazy to find out who Wink), but my crochet colorwork needs a lot of work... Not sure if i'll continue. I'm only 10 or so rows in, so maybe i'll do some practice and start over... I don't know.
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187  Re: AUGUST Granny-A-Day 08/01-08/31/2011 in Crochetalongs by bananaleg on: August 01, 2011 09:45:28 PM
I don't know, Babycakes. I always like the ones joined by black, but that's just me.

I started a few squares for myself the other day. Red Heart Super Saver colors: turqua, cornbread, and cafe.
The man behind me at the mariners game asked me how long it took me to make a square. He said his grandma crochets, but not as fast as i do. Haha. I always think i'd like to be able to crochet faster, so that was nice to hear.

I'd really like to make a vest like this:
I can't seem to find a better picture of it... seems pretty straightforward, though, i think.
Any ideas?
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188  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: July 31, 2011 01:29:43 PM
CLM - Your daughter is way too cute. I want her dress, by the way.

qazi, Minerva is a great name! Smiley

I made my wallet last night! Hold for a moment, let me see if i can find the site...
Except, i don't have anything to close it, nor did i use any interfacing. I wanted it a bit flimsy, and definitely as thin as possible as i carry my wallet in my back pocket.
Here it is:


With my things:

I wanted the fabrics to go together, but in the end i just went with my favorites.

Oh, and here's the ball of leftover baby blanket yarn:

I'm going to measure it out; i'm very curious how much i got out of it.

Oh, and! I'm think about finally trying to make some paper beads tonight. If i get a chance.
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189  My First Baby Granny Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: July 29, 2011 01:13:00 PM
When i found out my friend was pregnant with a girl a couple months ago, i knew what i was going to do with all that pink yarn i'd somehow acquired.

Despite using several different types of yarn (i'll never mix Caron Simply Soft with Red Heart Super Saver again... at least not for a project like this), i'm so happy with how this turned out.
Before joining them all together, i was a little worried. But now that i've finished, i can't stop looking at it, and folding it. Yeah, folding it...

Ignore the loose ends floating behind it. I cut them all off last night.

The colors are a little off here. It's really a bit brighter in real life.

I kind of love the way the back looks here.

In this picture, they're all joined horizontally, but i'd yet to join them vertically.

I wasn't sure what sort of border to do, the only one i could think of was scalloped. I just didn't feel like that was right for this blanket. So, i googled afghan borders, and when i saw the ruffled border, i knew it was perfect.

Isn't it adorable? Just right for a baby girl, right?

I was actually sort of afraid when i was making the squares that it would turn out too small. But it actually seemed to get almost bigger when i joined them.
Here it is modeled by my 3.5-year-old niece:

Pleeenty big for a baby. And it should grow with her for a few years, at least.
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190  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: July 29, 2011 12:25:04 PM
ysmeine, that's exactly the sort of artwork i'd like to have in my house someday. Great colors, love the texture.
Also, i was curious about Ron's blanket, so i googled it... and a picture of some of your squares came up. Cheesy

qazicat, your dolls are awesome!!

Kittymom, i haven't watched Project Runway for a few seasons... but i recorded it last night, so as soon as i'm done here, i'm heading upstairs to watch! And craft, of course.

Maybe you all remember i was working on a baby granny afghan? Well... I'VE FINISHED!!!

Pretend you don't see all those loose ends in the back. I left all of the end-cutting for the very end because i like things to pile up, and then clean it all in one fell swoop. But i think i might take care of them as i go for my next one.
I couldn't decide on a border, but then i googled afghan borders, and i saw a ruffled border... perfect for a baby girl's blanket, am i right? I think it's adorable! (Just tell me it looks good. I don't want to change it. Smiley)
The colors aren't right in this photo, but i'll work on getting a better one sometime... It's far from perfect, but i can't stop folding it. I'm just in love with it. I'm definitely planning on making one for myself.

Also made this market bag for my best friend (she's the reason i haven't gotten a ton done lately... i was just in Ohio for her wedding). These bags are seriously awesome. They stretch to fit soooo much!

I gave it to her at her bachelorette party, and she put all of her stuff in it. Might not look it here, but i bet she could have fit nearly twice as much.

I made several coffee cozies on my trip, but i don't have photos of them.

My friend's family kept joking that if they needed/wanted something, i should just knit/crochet them one. Sorry. I can't crochet you a bow (yes, as in bow and arrow). Her brother asked me for a beer bottle cozy, so i used this pattern as a guide. But i changed the cable, and i put a little lip around the bottom, and the top seems quite a bit stretched out. So, it needs some work.

Now for my favorite gift EVER. My mom and my friend's dad are cryers. So, whenever they see each other, or us kids see each other... they give each other rolls of toilet paper. My mom forgot to give me one this time, but i had some white cotton yarn with me... so i knit him one. So, of course their family and i were the only ones laughing when we gave it to him at the wedding rehearsal... but oh boy were we laughing.
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