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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Just Another Granny Blanket... on: July 25, 2013 08:44:27 PM
Hello! Its been a while since I posted last and I've been making a ton of stuff but my favourite project (and one I'm most proud of) is my first full size blanket, so I thought I'd share just that one with you... Its made of 224 squares and is big enough to go atop a double bed. I'm not 100% sure of how long it took me to do, but I'm thinking its close to 80 hours (I started dawdling in the middle, so some of the squares took a bit longer to finish. I'm not good at staying focused on big projects :s)

Anyhow, let me know what you think, good or bad :p

The colour is pretty close in the photo, I used sirdar snuggly do yarn Smiley

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Goldilocks finger puppets on: February 27, 2013 08:41:54 PM
I'm still burning through my scraps while I'm waiting on a yarn delivery and tonight I finished up my first finger-puppet set Smiley

I made Goldilocks first and while I'm pleased with her, I'm not sure I'll leave her as part of this set. I love how the bears turned out with that kinda old school vintage-y look to them, which I hadn't planned when the idea first popped into my head but as with alot of things I make they sort of told me how they were gonna look as I made them (I'm certain many, many people know how it is Cheesy) But anyhow, 'cause of how the bears turned out I'm thinking that a different looking goldilocks would fit in better with them, so I might make another yet...

I think Pops' flat cap and scarf are cute though, and I accidentally stitched Baby Bears muzzle just off centre, but I left it and finished the features and I think it gives him a little cheeky personality as he isn't just regimentally staring forward...

(Without filters and such)

One thing is for sure though, I hate doing hair! Latch hook/rug making will never become a favoured past-time of mine, that's for sure, lol!

As always I appreciate your thoughts, good or bad Smiley Thanks!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrap Busting [Bunnies, Chicks, and Eggs] on: February 24, 2013 07:42:54 PM
I find it sooooo hard to get rid of yarn, particularly if its longer than a yard or two and over the last year I've accumulated a whole draw of scrap balls and long tails :s I'm trying to use some up at them moment so I've made a ton of generic flowers, hearts and bows (that are slowly becoming hair clips) before they bored me and then decided to make something bright and cheery.... I thought I'd share 'em with you guys and offer a quick reminder that spring is just about the corner and it'll soon be time to put all those awesome handmade woolly hats, scarves and mitts back in the draw till next winter Cheesy

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Raa Raa The Noisy Lion on: January 03, 2013 07:52:13 PM
I've been really neglectful of craftster just lately, but I've been beavering away to make a ton of things (particularly before Christmas)!!
 I thought I would share one of my favorites from my recent projects with you Smiley I rarely use patterns for anything I make especially with Ami's or stuffies even if there is a pattern available ( which is probably just making things harder for myself, but nvm :p) so I'm particularly pleased with my Raa Raa Smiley Anyhow, I'll shut up and show you it now Smiley

I made a Crocky to go along with him ( you can find him on my blog pagehttp://kraftyness.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/crocky-and-raa-raa-the-noisy-lion-2/) and even wrote the pattern as I went (can you believe??!! Cheesy)

As always I'd totally love your opinions and c&c Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sewing wallet/Handbag stitch kit on: April 09, 2012 03:43:28 PM
OK, so two things first off.... a) I'm hoping I've got this post in the right place, advance apologies if I'm wrong posting here, and b) I'm not entirely sure what protocol is on sharing projects made in swaps, but I've seen a few (awesome and so rightly) shared after the craft has been received, sooo I apologise if I got it wrong on a second count too Smiley

I made this Stitch Kit for my partner in the International Snack Swap, and she received a week or so ago (my mind wanders alot at the moment, but she's def had it a while). I'm SUPER proud of it, despite deciding I should have added a 'spine' to the book after the fact. I'm not a sew-er. In fact aside from this and the last swap I did, I've not sewn anything that needed any amount of care or attention in like a gazillion years, and I've never felt myself to be much good at it either. This I totally hand stitched (purely because I wasn't confident to run it through my manual machine) and it took me a fair while to do, but I planned everything as best I could, made my patterns (I know there are tons of these about, but I didn't use anything for reference) and took masses of care cutting and stitching.... (Some of the fabric used were teeny squares found in the remnant bin, and left little room for error).
Anyhow, enough of my babble, I'll bore you with some pics Smiley

A closer shot, just 'cause I'm super proud of my stitching where I added the lacy stuff to the ribbon

Action shot. The stamping I did by hand, by scribbling on my stamps with a sharpie. I wasn't precise with the lettering, I wanted it to have a more relaxed feel.

Another action shot of the back of the 'book'  Cheesy

The whole project was inspired by my partners interest in sewing and their pinterest boards, and the starting point for it came from the crinkled ribbon (from a lindt chocolate bunny), everything else was bought to match that.

As always C&C more than welcome, especially on things I sew. I can always use good advice and have my failings pointed out so I can improve Cheesy
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / What's going to be appropriate? on: March 29, 2012 11:24:21 PM
I'm having a kitchen and bathroom refit over the next few weeks and I'm going to be having a dark wood effect look to my cupboards, so I've chosen red to be the accent colour for the kitchen, to make it feel warmer. I've been looking EVERYWHERE for tea towels, dish clothes and oven mitts/pot holders in a 'nice' red with a pattern I like but too no avail (guess I'm too fussy) So I figure sewing all of them should be a breeze... I made a crude oven mitt and school once, If I could do it then, I can probably do it now... But I wonder..... Whilst I'm assuming I'll need 100% cotton for the mitts/pot holder and some (I dunno what it is... wadding?) I wonder would polycotton suffice for the teatowels? Would it be absorbant enough? I'll probably crochet the dish cloths using cotton yarn.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dog Muzzle on: February 20, 2012 02:05:58 PM
I hate muzzles, really hate them... buuutttt.... a muzzle calms and quietens my nearly 2yr old Jack Russell safely and effectively without bribing him with biscuits despite whatever may be going on around him. He REALLY lives up to his reputation of being a yappy dog! Most of the time I can tolerate it, but there are times that just a little bit of quiet is soooo appreciated by me.
 Anyhow, Jack's (and yes, a very unoriginal name :s) stiff nylon muzzle rubs on the bridge of his snout. It doesnt break the skin but I imagine it cant be comfy. He can still drink with it on, but only just and the next muzzle up is too big. We tried a mesh muzzle, but again, its ill fitting. So I crocheted him one, it is after all only ever used as a 'reminder' to be quiet and never to restrain him and for the most part, he only has to see it and he'll relax a bit (I think this must be because he is getting older now). I like to think of this as a pacifier for him, its soft, stretchy he can drink with it on, in fact he can pretty much lick just as far with it on as without! He can open his jaw a little wider with this one than a nylon one, yet it still stays in contact with him.

 I love making things for him, from coats and toys to this Smiley I used no pattern, just mimicked the shape of the nylon muzzle. I much prefer it, Jack is still disliking... but still, I think its a good compromise for now, (and is a much nicer colour) and will no doubt spare a headache or two with far less guilt on my part Smiley

Here it looks as though I'm pinning him down, but I assure you I'm not, he's sulking because he's wearing it and I'm ruffling behind his ear with my finger Smiley

C+C always welcome, please 'scuse the phone camera pics :s
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Saw it, Needed it, Made it on: February 18, 2012 04:21:14 PM
I saw something like this (on facebook I think) and decided I must must must have one! I didnt follow a pattern, but lets face it, this wasnt hard to make.... I even sewed a lining for it! (can you believe??!) My sewing skills leave a lot to be desired, but you cant see the lining by just seeing the bag anyhow. I even added pockets, one ideal for my blackberry (which is about a half inch deeper than the phone), and the other a little wider (for rummaging in comfort) Smiley The colour is somewhere between the two pictures, and I used patons smoothie yarn, which has a kinda super fine metallic looking thread woven in with the acrylic.

I've decided while I'm sat here that it needs a clasp, so I get a magnetic snap for it I think, and my bug with it is that I didnt sew the strap behind the lining, I think it would look better finished if I had.

As always C&C welcome Cheesy

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Space Invader on: January 28, 2012 06:42:12 PM
I've been working on this for a couple of weeks now, on and off... I finished stitching the squares together last night after MANY hours (Geesh, I dunno how people do it on a larger scale!) So I decided not to make more squares to make up the size (its only about 3' x2' sh) and to just crochet a border on instead and finish off Smiley But now, looking at the photo I think I'll add more rows on, but for the minute it'll stay as it is because I get super bored quickly :s

It could do with being blocked, but I've nothing to block with on this scale, so advice or suggestions would be hugely appreciated here Cheesy In fact any c&c is always appreciated!! Cheesy Its nothing like some of the gorgeous afghans been done before, but its my first flat project on this scale and I'm quite pleased with my dedication to it!! LOL!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Boot Cuffs on: January 21, 2012 06:01:18 PM
I saw something like this somewhere on line (I forget where, but will stick a link in if anyone recognises them) and I thought they were pretty cool, I had no intention of making any until I was shoe shopping.

 I spend most of the time in plimsolls but its freezing, and feeling the cold is a predominant sympton of my health condition. With my cheap knitted boots being tired I decided I needed a new pair (mostly for nice new gripping soles!) But... I couldn't find any Sad I'm on a super tight budget and begrudge spending money on myself at the best of times... I have UK size 9(!) feet that are wider than average across the base of my toes and all of this combined makes shoe shopping a nightmare. So I ended up settling for an awful pair of those cheap faux-ugg style boots. I have to say I totally detest them, but they are warmer than my old plimsolls and neater than my old scruffy knitted boots. So they'll do.

 But to make them seem a little less cheap I whipped up a pair of these cuffs Smiley I think they make a world of difference and make the boots more bareable (not lovable, but I'll settle for the improvement) Plus, I got to use some of the new yarn I got for Christmas but had no plan for AND the cuff makes the boots snug around my calves. Bonus, eh?

They fold over the top and tuck down in Smiley

As always I welcome C&C!!!
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