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51  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Stumps on: November 04, 2009 07:21:06 PM
He's adorable! I love the little short legs! They give him so much character!!
52  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My bunnies! (yay pictures!) on: November 04, 2009 07:20:04 PM
Cutest bunnies ever!! Thanks for sharing!
53  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Snowman Family on: October 24, 2009 05:35:11 PM
I'm loving this little snowman family I made. I'm sure by winter I'll have an entire snowman army! I planned on putting faces on them, but their heads are pretty small, and now I'm not sure they need anything - maybe just noses, or just eyes. I modified this pattern I found online: http://www.craftown.com/knitxmas3.htm

54  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / railroad spikes on: October 24, 2009 04:57:50 PM
While doing a little urban hiking today, we crossed some railroad tracks, and were amazed at all the railroad spikes littering the ground. There were dozens of them! I picked up a couple to bring home, but as yet, haven't had any waves of inspiration. I'm dying to think of something to do with them - anytime there's such a plethora of free, unusual items, I search for a reason to gather and bring them all home!

They look just like this - http://www.tuckeryellowpages.com/spikestr2.jpg. They were all a little rusty, and quite heavy for their size. 

What can I do with these???
55  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: First afghan - finally finished! on: September 13, 2009 07:58:20 AM
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone! I'm sure I'll never finish a big piece that fast again! I was so happy to be done, but my fingers are already itching to start on something new! Maybe something smaller this time, like a shawl or scarf...

jezebel_1982 - a crossed double crochet stitch is really easy, and worked out great for blankets. I found it in the Harmony Guides Basic Crochet Stitches book. Here's the description:

Multiple of 2 sts (add 2 for base chain)
Special abbreviation: 2Cdc (2 crossed double crochets) = skip next st, 1 dc into next st, 1 dc into skipped st working over previous dc

1st row (rs) - skip 3ch (count as 1 dc), *2Cdc over next 2ch; rep from * ending 1 dc into last ch, turn
2nd row - 1 ch (counts as 1sc), skip 1 st, 1sc into next and each st to end, working last st into top of tch, turn.
3rd row - 3 ch (count as 1 dc), skip 1 st, *work 2Cdc over next 2 sts; rep from * ending 1dc into tch, turn.
Rep 2nd and 3rd rows.

You can also skip the 2nd row, and not add a row of sc between each row of 2Cdc, but I think the sc row adds some stability. I also found it's a great pattern for such a large project because you can visually line up the rows, and don't have to count stitches each time (the crosses should line up in columns). After about 1/4 of the blanket, I stopped counting stitches and just did a visual check after every 10-20 stitches.
56  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First afghan - finally finished! on: September 12, 2009 05:14:23 PM

I have been a woman possessed with this project. Started it on August 23 and just finished it up today. I'd made only one other blanket before and it was out of granny squares - much smaller pieces, much easier to manage. And it took me the better part of a year, off and on. This was the first time I ever made anything so BIG! But I'm thrilled with the results. Just in time for cool weather, too.

The specifics:

Final measurements are 57" x 74". Alternating rows of crossed double crochet stitch and single crochet. Size H (5.00) hook. Took about 9 skeins of Impeccable worsted weight 100% acrylic yarn, which I think is Michael's store brand yarn. 4 colors repeating over a 6-4-2 row count. The colors and row count are copied from a little rug in my kitchen that I've always loved. Inspiration comes from the strangest places sometimes!

Critique and comments welcome!
57  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 38 ENTRIES / Re: A bunch of little Eggheads on: May 02, 2009 07:06:35 PM
This is a great, creative idea! Good job!
58  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Interweave Crochet - Maggie Wrap Pattern Question - Can anyone help? on: March 27, 2009 08:46:35 PM
Has anyone ever made this? It's from 2008, Interweave Crochet magazine.
The link is to a PDF of the pattern: http://www.knittingdailytv.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Components.PostAttachments/

After many adjustments to yarn and hook size, I've made about 15 of the 40 squares I need to make this wrap. I decided to skip ahead to see how to put them together (pages 5 and 6), and am completely STUMPED! Has anyone EVER made this before? Or can you decipher what I'm supposed to do here? I see the points where the squares should be joined, but HOW are they joined? I'm totally confused, and 15 squares in. Will this end up being a spring scarf instead? If anyone can help, please let me know.

59  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7 colors Ripple Blanket on: March 22, 2009 08:47:48 PM
Looks great. How long did this take? I've been dying to make one for myself, too. Is it rippled at the top and bottom edges, too, or straight across?
60  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Buttons Cake!! on: February 22, 2009 05:33:05 PM
Thanks everyone!

stufie - the buttons are made from different colors of candy melts. I got mine from Michael's.
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