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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Valentine's Yarn Wreath on: February 16, 2013 08:42:33 PM
If your neighborhood is anything like mine, there is a wreath AND a flag for every occasion!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Had to share my giggle for the day...Tusken Raider (Sand People) hat on: February 16, 2013 08:24:56 PM
Pinned it! Lucky kid!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Valentine's Yarn Wreath on: January 23, 2013 06:30:53 PM

My home is aching for some Valentines decor. Actually, I am aching to make my home more Valentine-y. It gives me a little outlet to bring out the girly-girl in me. Would you believe it? This project cost me zero doll hairs!
This is a nice scrap busting project that can be done in a couple of hours!

I first discovered how to make the wreath form/base from this youtube video from Hectanooga1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG8W_Yijzrg when I made a Halloween yarn wreath last October.

The possibilities in making these wreaths are wonderfully endless!
Here's how to make it:

Materials needed:
If youd like to make your own wreath base/form:
  2 paper or foam plates
 Smaller plate that will fit inside the paper plates. This is just used as a template.
 Pen or pencil
 White craft glue
  Plastic grocery bags or newspaper for filler
For the wreath itself and the decorations:
 Wreath base (either the one you cleverly crafted yourself, or a store bought foam or straw one)
 Yarn! Various shades and weights of reds, pinks and lavenders. Lets bust those scraps!
 Various sizes of crochet hooks. I used sizes F, G, I, J, K and N. Namely because those are the ones I could find.
 Glue gun
 Coordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath
 Baubles, pearls, buttons (optional for added pizazz)
To make the wreath base:
Taking the two paper plates and the smaller plate, trace a circle on the inside of the plates.
Cut the inside circles out of the paper plates. Use foam plates if youd like your wreath to be able to stay outside.
Run a bead of glue onto the outer perimeter of one of the plates and sandwich the right sides together. Let the glue dry.
Stuff the cavity of the plates with plastic grocery bags or newspaper and tape the stuffing in place.
Your wreath for is ready to decorate!

To decorate the wreath, tie the yarn to the base and start wrapping.

There is no magical science (I like that oxymoron magical science) to it, just go around and around making sure there are no gaps and you cant see the plates underneath. I used three separate strands for my project. I used a deep red velvety chenille, a hot pink fun fur, and another similar fun fur with other yarny bits coming out of it.
Experiment with what you have. This part cant be messed up. Once the yarn has completely wrapped the form, tie it off and and tuck in the loose ends. Decide that where you tucked in the loose ends is the back of your piece. 

Crochet a bunch of hearts using different size needles and yarns. The pattern I used for my crocheted wire heart earrings is the same ones I used for these hearts. 

It's basically this: Ch4, treble crochet in the 4th chain from the hook. In the same space - 2 tr, 3 dbl, ch1, 1tr, ch1, 3 dbl, 3 tr. Ch 3 and slip stitch into that same space.

You can crochet two strands together using a larger hook and youll get different sized hearts. When you complete a few, place it on the wreath and play with the placement until it pleases you. You can be quite minimalist or go with the more is more approach. Add buttons, pearls, and shiny baubles to your hearts content.
Hot glue everything down.
Tie a length of ribbon onto your wreath and hang.
Valentine yarn wreath realized! Enjoy!

I had trouble on my previous post in putting up more than one picture, so if you need a visual on the whole process, you can go to my blog: http://craftycoup.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/valentines-yarn-wreath/
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted wire heart shaped earrings on: January 23, 2013 06:14:31 PM
Thank you!  Grin
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted wire heart shaped earrings on: January 17, 2013 06:28:27 AM
Thanks for the compliments! I love crocheting and knitting with wire. It takes my skills to a whole new realm of crafting! I must warn you though, doing this craft is not kind to the fingers and nails. I tend to knit and crochet rather tightly, so doing these types of projects remind me to relax and loosen up.

 Undecided I need to figure out why the other pictures didn't come through... I uploaded them exactly like the first picture and that came out fine. Anyone know what I can do to fix that?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted wire heart shaped earrings on: January 16, 2013 08:25:21 AM
I love Valentine's. My boys are everything boys so sometimes I feel girly deprived. Here's a little girly shine to dangle on your lobes. The heart pattern is so simple, I remember it being one of the first things I learned to crochet (sometime last century ago!  Tongue). So I can't say it is truly my pattern...

Materials needed:
 - 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire if you have the finger/digit strength to use a lower gauge wire, it will make for a more sturdy earring, however your fingers and nails will look terrible after! I don't recommend wire higher than 26 gauge even if it is easier to work with as your earrings will become distorted quite easily.
 - metal crochet hook size F, G or H this will depend on how tightly you crochet wire. How you crochet yarn will not yield the same gauge in wire. Plastic crochet hooks cannot handle any wire type projects.
 - 4 jump rings
 - 2 french hook earring findings
 - 2 eye pins or flat head pins (depending on the size hole of your focal beads)
 - 2 focal beads
 - jewelry making tools like chain nose pliers, etc.
1. Make the hearts
 With the wire allowing about a 3 inch tail, ch 4.
  3 treble crochet in the 4th ch from the hook.
  In that same ch, 3 double crochet, chain 1, treble crochet. This makes half the heart!
 Still in that same ch, ch 1, 3 double crochet.
   Still using that same hole, 3 treble crochet.
  Ch 3. Sl st into the top of the heart. Cut the wire leaving about a 3 inch tail.
 Weave the tail carefully along the outer chains of each side of the heart. This will give the heart a bit for strength and stability. Be careful not to pinch, twist or bend too hard on the wire because it can distort and flatten its shape.
 Make 2.
 Reshape and manipulate the hearts ever so carefully so they are about the same size.

2. Wire wrap the focal beads - make 2
 Thread the focal bead onto the eye or head pin.
 Using chain nose pliers, pinch the wire directly above the bead.
 Push the wire so that it is laying perpendicular to the bead.
 Using the round nose pliers, grasp the wire at the bend and pull the wire around the nose pliers making a C shape.
 Reposition and pivot your pliers so the bottom tip is on the top.
 Pull the wire around the nose of the pliers with either your fingers or another set of nose pliers until the loop is round.
 Wrap the loop with the wire about 3 times.
 Using wire cutters, cut the excess as close to the bead as possible.
 With the chain nose pliers, tuck the sharp edge of the wire toward the bead.


3. Put the components together
 To properly open up a jump ring, use chain nose pliers to  pull one end toward you and the other toward the back. Do not pull the ends away from each other.
 Place the focal bead and the bottom of the heart onto the jump ring.
 Close up the jump ring. Do this to the other heart and focal bead.
 Open up another jump ring and add the french hook and the top part of the heart (where the curves meet). Do this to the other french hook and heart.


Heart earrings achieved! Now admire!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress on: January 05, 2013 12:58:32 PM
You got skillz to pay da billz! You've encompassed every aspect of the "ugly Christmas sweater" in one glorious piece! I love it and I want one!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fonzy's Christmas Sweater! on: January 05, 2013 12:55:19 PM
Thank you! That little dog is the cutest thing ever and because of it he gets away with being the naughtiest little turdy birdy ever!  Tongue He does inspire me to make more ridiculous little outfits though!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fonzy's Christmas Sweater! on: January 05, 2013 09:20:30 AM

Lets make Fonzys sweater!

More info on my blog http://craftycoup.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/fonzys-striped-christmas-sweater/

Materials needed:
2 colors of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn (not a lot. Less than 1/2 a skein each) OR 2 different colors of a super bulky weight yarn. Decide which one will be the main color (MC) and which will be the accent color (AC).
Size 15 (10 mm) knitting needles
Yarn needle (to weave in ends)
Gauge is about 13 sts and 9 rows = 4 in square in stockinette
This pattern fits a smallish dog less than 15 pounds. The finished sweater will be 12-13 inches long and 18ish inches around the chest.
Hint: It helps to have your model nearby to try on the sweater. If you are making it as a gift, try to find a stuffed animal roughly the same length and girth of your beloved recipient.
Back of Fonzys sweater:
With MC, cast on 25.
Work K1, P1 ribbing for 4 rows.
Without cutting yarn, switch to AC, work stockinette. Alternate MC and AC after working one row of knit and one row of purl. Continue until the piece measures about 7 inches (or longer depending on the size of the dog).
Begin decrease. On the right side, K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, K1 - 23 stitches.
Continue the stripe pattern stockinette stitch for 3 rows while repeating the decrease every 4th row until you have 15 stitches.
Begin K1, P1 ribbing for 4 rows. Bind off.
Chest of Fonzys sweater:
Cast on 11.
With MC, work 4 rows of K1, P1 ribbing.
Without cutting yarn, switch to AC and work the stripe pattern stockinette stitch  until the piece is 4 inches long.
Begin decrease. K1, k2tog, K to last 3 stitches, ssk, K1 9 stitches.
Continue the stripe pattern stockinette stitch for 3 rows while repeating the decrease every 4th row until there are 5 stitches left.
Switching to MC, work 4 rows of K1,P1 ribbing. Bind off.
Finishing Fonzys sweater:
Starting from the neck edge, sew the chest piece to the back piece just until the ribbing ends. Matching the stripes up, leave a good size opening for the legs (at least 4 inches, however, I like to just sew the ribbing of the chest piece to the edges of the back piece to be absolutely sure those squirmy legs easily fit in there without too much struggle).  Lets face it, doggie sweaters are really for their humans to look at and fawn over. I don't think they really benefit the little guys much.

Weave in ends. Done!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Go see COWL! on: January 02, 2013 07:36:02 PM
There were car dealerships in Southern California that sold used cars. Cal Worthington had these funny commercials on very early in the morning and the song would start off "This is Cal Worthington and his dog Spot!". I wonder if it's similar to the ones you grew up with in Anchorage? I included a link to a youtube video of one his commercials on my blog.

I thought of him and those commercials when I made the cowl! Those are some fond memories!
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