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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Things that fly on: September 04, 2010 12:30:54 PM
I made this airplane for my 3yo. He's disappointed because the propeller doesn't actually turn  Undecided And he wanted red, but I didn't have any red yarn. The pattern is from Ana Paula Rimoli's "Amigurumi Two!" I'm sure it isn't quite right because he kept running off with it whenever I set it down and unraveling a bunch of stitches, lol

I totally staged that picture, BTW. Snuck in his room while he was napping and stuck it under his arm.

For some reason, I'm drawn to making birds. (here is the other one I posted today) I think this is the best bird pattern I've run across, although I made a few changes. It's the bluebird pattern from "Super-Super Cute Crochet" by Brigitte Read. Obviously, I made mine a robin because I miss the robins back home in IL. There aren't any here in CO! Plenty of sparrows, pigeons, and love doves, but no robins. I changed the head angle because I liked her sitting up more. The original would had the whole belly facing down with the head completely on the brown, and when I was playing around with arranging all the pieces, I just liked this better. I also reduced the number of stitches in the head because it would've been way ginormous. Interestingly, the way I made it looks like the picture in the book. The pattern also didn't show you how to make that little dip in the tail, it just had treble crochet all the way across, but the picture shows the dip. So I did hdc for the middle 2 stitches and it turned out alright.
OK, 'nuff gabbing. Pictures.

3yo takes her for a ride in the beach patrol truck.

Love the posable wings!
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A bird for Grandma on: September 04, 2010 12:12:16 PM
I made this bird for my grandma, who taught me to crochet at the beginning of the year. I made it right before we moved across the country in June. She passed away of cancer on August 17th. I did make it back in time to say goodbye, but I had to get home and she died while I was traveling home, so I wasn't able to attend her funeral. But I asked my mom to get this bluebird from her house and hang it in the church so I was there in spirit.

I love that her head is bigger than her body.

Hanging out with my 3yo's bird collection before going to her new home

The pattern is from "Amigurumi Two!" by Ana Paula Rimoli. It's supposed to be part of a mobile, but I just made the big one
13  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Western Slope/Grand Junction craft groups/crafty yungins?? on: July 23, 2010 08:17:33 AM
I don't know, maybe I'm not a yungin anymore, I just turned 27. But I feel young and I've got 2 toddlers. Anyway, I just moved here and I'm looking for craft groups, or crafty friends. I feel so lonely! I'm 1200 miles from the town I was born & raised in, and I'd like to involve myself in my new town rather than whine about how much I miss my old one. My 3-year-old needs a buddy, too. He keeps asking if we can go visit his cousins and his friends who live "back home."
14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / His name is Uggles on: April 12, 2010 09:27:14 AM
...but they call him Ugly.

Poor little fellow.

He was supposed to be an owl.

But my 3yo chose the colors, I can't sew pieces together worth anything, I THOUGHT I bought eyes that would flatter him, but aforementioned 3yo must have thrown them out of the cart, and I can't follow a pattern without pictures on tiny pieces like the wings, so I "winged" them!

I posted him on facebook and got two comments: one said the flowers were pretty, the other asked if it was a hackey sack with wings.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / baby coccoons/pods/eggs for photography props on: April 11, 2010 03:48:46 PM
I'm looking for something like this:
but in crochet, obviously.
Has anyone ever made one? Does it seem easy enough to figure out? like a hat, but oblong? How do you even do that in the round?
Eek. Help?
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / My 3yo wants a "scary crab" on: March 19, 2010 11:08:34 AM
and he doesn't like this one.
He likes this type.
I cannot find a fiddler crab pattern. Do you think it'd be hard to make it up?
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Just a ball (w/bonus turtle) on: March 18, 2010 07:57:52 AM
I just started crocheting last Saturday & I made a turtle for my first project, which I gave to my 3yo. I wanted to practice a bit more, as well as make something my 1yo would appreciate. I used the Gabu pattern from Roxycraft to make him a ball (just left off the eyes and antennae), which I stuffed with dried pinto beans. I added some more decreases at the bottom instead of finishing off with 12 stitches and sewing closed. Those extra decreases made sort of big holes, so I don't leave him alone with it, but he loves to throw it and squish it.

on the bookshelf

Of course, the 3yo steals it.

Crocodile likes it too.

Oh yeah, here's my turtle, also posted in the turtle-along post

booty shot
18  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Has anyone ever organized a sewing day for Little Dresses for Africa? on: February 23, 2010 07:59:44 PM
I got a bug in my ear about sewing little pillowcase dresses to be distributed in Africa (or wherever there is a need). I've found two main websites with information, littledressesforafrica.org and dressagirlaroundtheworld.com. I showed these to my church's secretary and she seemed really excited. She's going to bring it up in staff meeting, and if the rest of the staff is interested, we'll have a sewing day at church. There are instructions for easy dresses, prayer dolls, and pants/shorts for little boys. Stuff for sewers and non-sewers. I'm looking for experience, or just ideas to make it run smoothly. What's a good time span? Would snacks and/or coffee be a good idea or just get in the way? Should we have a goal or just wing it? Any ideas for garnering interest? How would I go about getting items donated from local stores (like elastic, bias tape, thread, etc) or shouldn't I bother?
I have three sewing machines I would bring and several of my friends at church have already said they would help and/or bring their machines. How should I handle borrowing sewing machines/irons/ironing boards and what if something goes wrong or something gets broken?
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Valentine's Day is not just for the girls! on: February 15, 2010 03:34:52 PM
I have no little girls to craft for, so when I saw these non-girly handkerchiefs at Hobby Lobby, they HAD to be pants.

These pics are post-wearing because I finished up like five minutes after we needed to leave for church.

These things are insanely long.


Fleece waistband

Applique from scraps and "MINE" from my grandma's embroidery machine

I didn't stitch around it (yet) bc there wasn't time.

The end!

20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / My first stamps on: February 09, 2010 04:31:27 PM
One of my New Year's goals was to learn how to carve stamps. These are my first ones, be kind!
This is for my brother, it's bacon if you can't tell. I'm going to give it to him with a bacon-scented stamp pad.

Lesson learned: don't draw my own designs.

Next is the heart:

Lessons learned: leave a little more room on the sides, don't carve too deeply next to thin lines.

Then my little boy:

It looks a lot better in person. There is actually detail in the eyes that gives it personality, but I couldn't get that to photograph.This one is about 2.5" x 3", which is bigger than the only stamp pad I own, so it was hard to get a good inking. Not to mention the stamp pad is from the dollar store and was half-dead when I got it.
Little darker, but before I cleaned up the lines and carved the straight edges away.

from this photo, modified in Paint.net and slightly freehanded where his forehead cuts off.

Lessons learned: carve deeper in big white spaces, buy a #1 blade, if you can't make edges perfectly straight then make 'em deliberately crooked.

Thanks for looking! Hope to get a lot more made very soon!
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