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1  Fish Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by xyphir on: December 02, 2014 12:42:36 AM
Been quite busy this year making lots of baby stuff.
This is the blanket I made for my friend.
I was inspired because her husband is Samoan and I wanted to include that cultural element into my blankie. Hopefully you can also see the Samoan fish pattern I used, based on the Samoan tattoo.

This one features my feet! Lol

And a close up of the pattern:

You would have seen from my previous posts that I have been making some "drop in the pond" quilts recently, so this one used the new skills I learned from those Smiley

I also made a couple of dresses, too. Color didn't come out too well on the photo, and I forgot to take a piccy after I put a little ribbon in each one. But I am sure you get the idea

Hope you enjoy
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2  Re: Been busy! in Crochet: Completed Projects by xyphir on: August 15, 2014 02:56:05 PM

Okay, so the next thing was for my other friend announced she was pregnant, and everyone knows that a baby is just an excuse to make stuff. So I started on a shawl...

I thought I would make it circular, but...

By the time I got to this point, I had already used up one ball of wool. I realised it would use up too much wool, so reconsidered what I was doing...

... and started on this one, instead. This is one ball of wool in this pattern. Same 3.5mm needle. Much more economical... maybe...

Two balls...
Three balls... and I ran out with about 50 of the 'peaks' to go! Oh no! And stupid Spotlight wasn't getting any more wool for at least six weeks, and my friend was getting bigger and bigger... so I had to use similar but different stuff to finish - not that you can really tell unless you are looking and doing a CSI style investigation.

Finished shawl

I gave this for the baby shower

My friend started to worry that her baby would be very small because it was going to be born a bit early, so I made a little hat... only it was too small! Lol

And she needed a blanket, too. So I made another drop in the pond blanket, but in light yellow, light green and white.

So, you totally need a matching layette...

And another one. I like this pattern and made the stripes by going through the back loop and then, once finished, going across the 'stripe' by doing a row of SC into the front loops

This was my prototype which I also gave her

And any little angel needs an 'angel top'... which currently covers her from neck to toes! So cute!

Mum also made some stuff, so we gave together also for this little one.

And wrapped it up in a big smiley box

My friend was really happy and her baby looks ADORABLE.
Now to take a break and do some housework before starting on the next things. Have a few other projects to finish, so looking forwards to that Smiley
I hope you enjoyed the story
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3  Been busy! in Crochet: Completed Projects by xyphir on: August 15, 2014 02:50:17 PM
Hi Everyone,
I haven't been on here for a while, but I've been busy! I hope you enjoy my latest creations.
My best friend has been busy growing a baby and I was busy creating a full layette for bubs.
And my other bestie's grandaughter had a baby, so was busy making things for her great grandson!

This is everything that we put in the package - minus the creepy baby doll we use to play with sizing.
Mum did the knitted stuff and I did the crochet stuff

The creepy baby doll lying on the mat

This is a replica of a layette I made earlier in the year for another friend. I like the 'brick' pattern. This works up really fast and easy.

And in blue 'coz he is a boy and there is nothing like starting 'em early with stereotypical gender norms! Lol

This is what Mum added

And this.
Mum does the best knitting. I love her stuff

And this is the first drop in the pond blanket I did. Didn't have a pattern so made it up by looking at LOTS AND LOTS of photos online.

These all went to Baby Boy who was born in March.
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4  Droolworthy! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: May 02, 2014 05:16:29 PM
I got a little bit of wool!
Can't wait to start whatever I am making next!

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5  Re: What am I making? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: February 14, 2014 03:27:12 PM
YAY! I finished!
Now to do the border Smiley

Based it on the same pattern, here: http://web.archive.org/web/20100921154756/http://happyyellowhouse.com/htm/chainsanddiamonds.html

Hmm.. Don't know why the second photo was constrained to image size when posting...
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6  What am I making? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: February 08, 2014 11:04:33 AM
Here are a couple of teaser photos from my next project.
What do you think I am making? Hint: It's a blanket...

They mystery deepens...

Oh, and there's purple and green!

What could it beeeeeeeeeeeee?
Actually, I'm joining the four corner pieces to the big piece in the middle, so hopefully the wait wont be too long...
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7  Re: 2014 Wool-Eater-Along (pattern & tutorials links provided) in Crochetalongs by xyphir on: January 26, 2014 11:07:47 AM
Ok, so the blanket I'm making, I ended up running out of the purple wool - I thought I had bought extra wool, but mustn't have - or I've already used it... but don't think so... who knows. Mysterious.
BUT... it did mean that I can start of this CAL!
Here is what I first attempted, but realised it was going to end up too big for a crib-blanket, so undid it and redid it with only four yoyos in the middle. Had some fun playing around first.
Haven't taken a photo of the new one, but this is my original one. Colors are out of whack because it was raining and I forgot to turn on the light etc blah blah.

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8  "holes" in the blanket? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: January 25, 2014 06:18:34 PM
Hi all,
I'm interested in others thoughts about 'holes' in the blankets. Playing around with wool ready to start on the wooleater blanket and decided to join as a yo-yo test-swatch first 'coz I've always wanted to do one, but I feel that the 'holes' between the yoyos are too big. If I were to put it on the bed, or on the ground for a little one to roll around on, then the underblanket would show through.
I'm just fussy, but I'm curious what others think about big 'holes' in blankets between motifs. Been putting off doing some flower blankets becuase of the 'holes' between the petals.

PS: Here's some photos to illustrate what I mean.

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9  The end of the rainbow in Crochet: Completed Projects by xyphir on: January 02, 2014 08:31:52 PM
The end of the rainbow and my pot of gold was seeing my friend open her gift and the excitement that came with it. I even found a big red "santa sack" aka pillowcase to wrap it up in. So awesome to give it to her. She immedaitely put it on her bed where it FITS PERFECTLY and looks AWESOME!
For more of the trials and tribulations in creating this check out this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428607.0#axzz2pIzmpzeF (hope I did that right!)

Here are some photos:

Figuring out which pattern to choose... then...

Border I made up with some brides and a join. Came out looking like a pinkingedge which i was going for.
So happy with the whole project. It looks so cool
Photos were taken in a bed store. All the stores round where I live have got used to me coming in with random blankets to put on their beds. Lol

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10  Re: Poll - which pattern do you like the best? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by xyphir on: January 02, 2014 08:17:42 PM
Hi Everyone
Sorry it took so long to reply, but it took FOREVER to finish. The border ended up being  about 75g per round! But I am sure you will agree it looks gorgeous. My friend is so happy with it. And it looks FANTASTIC in her room.
I went with layout 6 in the end because I liked the effectof the "S" pattern gradually changing color. But because the blanket is square, you could also have it so that there were rows of color.
Joined it in strips. Did row 1, 3, 5 and joined with the evens rows. Then did the border.
Photos were taken in a bed store. All the stores round where I live have got used to me coming in with random blankets to put on their beds. Lol

Border I made up with some brides and a join. Came out looking like a pinkingedge which i was going for.
So happy with the whole project. It looks so cool
Thank you all for your help and opinions in choosing the layout.
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