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81  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Makka Pakka on: December 29, 2011 11:18:06 PM
Well, this is he Smiley (I assume Makka Pakka's male)

 A friend asked if I could make one for them, and I figured I probably could, so I tried and this is the result... This'll be heading to a totally gorgeous little boy after the bank holiday, whom I hope will tug on him and squeeze him and adore him Cheesy (everything is stitched and glued down well in a child friendly way, of course... and those are obviously safety eyes. The boy is still a preschooler, so I'm extra paranoid :s )

I am quite proud of him, a few people seem to like him very much, but I'm very self critical, and the flaws are all too obvious to me... But that just gives me ammo for the next one I make. I work on a tight budget and because of this tend to work without patterns, but I did find this one: http://luckynumbered.blogspot.com/2009/05/makka-pakka.html That I modified a bit to suit me Smiley (and unusually wisely of me wrote down most my modifications!)

While I'm hoping he'll be loved by the boy, I can't bear to send him off without anything familiar to help him settle in, so I'm packing in those rocks for him to take along too Cheesy I'm pleased with the rocks, I just sorta crocheted random shapes so I love the rawness of them, perfect for rocks Smiley

As always c&c more than welcome, I love feedback, helps me learn and improve Cheesy

Thanks for taking a look Cheesy

P.s Sorry for the less than ideal pic... dont have batteries in the camera :S
82  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Crow on: December 29, 2011 07:15:40 AM
I love it!  Cheesy I have to admit, I was curious, so I looked up the Frowning Francis pattern .... and I have to say that I like your crow much better  Wink

Agreed!! Yours is more to my taste Smiley
83  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A-Team Jumper! on: December 29, 2011 02:58:53 AM
This is fab! very neat Cheesy I'd love to have the confidence to tackle something like this (my knitting skills only stretch as far as scarfs :S) Just a thought for you, could you not iron on a sheet of bondaweb on the back of the image and loose threads? Would def hold everything in place then, I often see that stuff (or stuff similar) on the back of my kids tops.... They withstand an awful lot of washing/ironing Smiley (just a thought) Still, nonetheless this is cool! reminds me of being a little lass Cheesy
84  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Learning all the time on: December 05, 2011 06:48:02 PM
I saw the beautiful filet stitch heart blanket on here a few days ago and I'd never heard of filet stitching, so armed with a little inspiration I google it! I guess it took me all of ten minutes to get a grasp of it, so I started on this pillow for a gift for my daughter. I know a heart is a simple shape and I'm certain there are thousands of patterns for them, but I made this one up on my own, without following a pattern. I'm pretty pleased with myself, and hopefully this pillow will be just the thing for her to take to school for nap time!

It's about 22cm x 22cm

Any comments or criticism welcome, any tips to help me improve would be awesome Cheesy
85  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mini lapghan! on: December 04, 2011 06:42:03 PM
I've never been so good with flat work, but I wanted to make something for  my daughters for Christmas. I decided on something for my youngest daughters dolls, so made a small (1mx60cm ish) afghan. Knowing my daughter though, I think she'll end up sharing it with her dolls and using it for a lapghan for herself! I made this up in under two and a half evenings (whilst at work). I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out Smiley she has a matching pillow to go with it thats ready for stuffing Cheesy I know it could do with being blocked, but I don't have anything I could use to block it on, and then there is the added dilema of having somewhere to keep it while its drying without my daughter seeing it (she's still a stay at home tiddly)...

Comments and criticism more than welcome Smiley I'm always looking for ways to improve Cheesy

86  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Busy, busy, busy! (several pics :s) on: November 29, 2011 07:49:36 PM
Erm, sort of... I was hunting about on line for a while but didn't find patterns that I like in their entirety's so I sorta winged it... The pattern I settled with was :

3.5mm hook
Magic Ring with 3ch and 10 SC (10stitches)
inc, 4SC, inc, 4SC (12 stitches)
SC in each st for 4 rounds (12 stitches)
6SC, 6ch (i used a hook 3sizes up just for the chain, as I stitch pretty tight, and this needs to be loose, else i discovered it makes the heel look odd)
SC in each stitch for 7 rounds (12 stitches)

(change to white and next size up hook: I used a 4mm hook here, to make the white bit big enough to fold back over the stockings)
3 rounds of SC in each stitch (12 stitches)

then for the heel I started (SS) mid row of the gap, * using SC again I stitched to one stitch before the end of the row and the decreased, the SC along the other side of the heel opening and decreased at the other 'corner' and finished round * twice.

Then I just stitched the gap shut with the tail of the heel yarn...

I think thats pretty much it, Hope that makes some sort of sense Cheesy
87  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Busy, busy, busy! (several pics :s) on: November 28, 2011 05:43:50 PM
I've not been here for a little while, but I've made a ton of stuff! Some I'm pleased with, some OK and some not worthy of posting but it seems like I havent put my hooks down in ages! I wanted to share some of my recent things with you and dont want to flood craftster with however many posts, so I'm gonna stick them all in this post Smiley

Poppies, the pattern isn't mine but I love them none the less! (original pattern: http://kittyboocrochet.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/poppy-brooch/)

Egg Cozys! I made some frog egg cozys with bulging googly eyes, my girls saw them and decided they wanted some of their own, and this was the result..

Simple ribbed scarf for my nephew:

My eldest wanted juggling balls, so I made these up for her. I stuffed some wadding in the middle that I dropped violet fragrance onto, so as she tosses them about the beads should make the smell waft out!

Tweety. No pattern, I just guessed... and the yarn isnt great(it changes thickness alot) but I'm pleased with it, and I wrote down the pattern, so hopefully with a couple tweaks I can get him just right another time!

A simple flower pin that I made to go on a pair of wrist warmers I'd made for my niece:

Earrings, made with embroidery silks. The discs hang quite low, but there were comfy to wear!

Cherry Earrings for my daughter:

Strawberry pendant for another daughter. She wants earrings, but I dont have any gold posts at the moment, so she settled for this!

Puddle of stockings. I love these, I think they are sooo cute... and so do other people seemingly, as this set are now half the country away in a new home!

And lastly, my set of stockings. I love the darker red and the more classic feel about these. I'll proudly hang them on the tree in a couple weeks!
88  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Strawberries!! on: October 11, 2011 06:17:19 AM
Well, I haven't done an awful lot just recently but I finished this last week, and my daughter (the recipient) will not go out without it on and has been proudly boasting to all that would listen that Mummy made it for her :S (cringe)
Still, I am quite pleased with it, especially as (per usual) I didn't use a pattern. It took me almost 3 evenings to whip it up and although I was unsure about the deep red to start with I think it looks just the part now Smiley

Thoughts, comments and criticism more than welcome Cheesy

89  COOKING / Dessert / Princess Cake on: August 01, 2011 05:24:23 PM
I made this cake with a little help from the dh (to save time) back in April for my daughters 6th birthday. Proved to be rather popular!

It took 3 evenings to bake all the cake, we used a pudding basin and standard cake tins. It was a challenge keeping the cake a surprise once all the layers were baked! It has vanilla buttercream frosting between each layer (Though only a small amount) and home made jam Smiley

We had to shape the layers to match the domed top :s but the effort was worth it I think.... Then we crumb-coated it, and left it to set till the next morning (her birthday)...

We made up a batch of pink strawberry frosting for the top coat and smoothed it on, before adding a little more colour to the frosting ready for the flowers and her top. Here DH is patting on glimmer sugar with a pastry brush. Not quite the effect we wanted, but this was our first attempt at anything like this, so we were pretty pleased with our efforts Smiley

(oh, we also had added those silver cake balls to each flower and the top of the skirt)


Being devoured... We used an actual barbie, wrapped to her armpits in clingfilm. Double the fun for my daughter, plus I think it looks by far better than those doll pin things you can get to stick on top cakes.

Appologies for the photo quality, all taken on a phone!

C&C appreciated Cheesy
90  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Chao from Sonic the Hedgehog! on: July 28, 2011 06:44:13 PM
Oh-so cute!!! Love it, gonna have to have a go at some point! I'm totally mad for gaming and crochet!
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