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21  Re: TARGET HAS $1 YARN (not just kits!) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by zitrone21 on: September 19, 2005 07:42:23 AM
I've been practice knitting with my fringe yarn using size 4 needles and it comes out looking almost like fake fur.  It would probably make good stuffed animals; nice and soft.

Close up of the "Fur"

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22  Re: Crocheted Flower Earrings from Embroidery Floss in Crochet: Completed Projects by zitrone21 on: September 12, 2005 06:40:24 AM

Here's my first pair of earrings.  I looked for the varigated floss, but couldn't find it anywhere.  I thought they made really cool earrings.  I thought the earrings turned out cute, but I almost never wear earrings so I thought they looked kinda goofy on me (and my brother said it looked like I was wearing snowflakes on my ears.)

But they inspired me to make this necklace which I really like.  I wanted it to look like a sun....it might have been better in multicolor, but I think it is pretty cool.  The only problem that it is really light, so it doesn't stay flat very well.

What do brothers know about earrings, anyway?  I really like your pendant, too.  Though I have no suggestions for making it lay flat--maybe glue a penny to the back to give it a little more weight (or a button).

Inspired by zitrone21
I could not make ones like yours yet but came up with these after many trys and crossed eyed Im pretty happy with these first ones.

Good job.  I like how those came out.

i think they are beautiful! i wish i could make some...
These crocheted flowers are one of the few hand made jewelry items that I've ever seen that I actally want to wear. I now have to learn to crochet, there goes my next pay check.

You could always just buy them  Kiss      www.aske.etsy.com
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23  Re: Gotta Have It CD Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zitrone21 on: September 06, 2005 06:52:56 AM
I really liked the Ted Leo & the Pharmacists stuff - it was such a change of pace and a really eclectic sound.

*EDIT* and thanks so much for the earrings! they're adorable! how'd you know i have a weakness for anything that i can put in my ears??

Lucky guess on the earrings.  I just started making them and trying to sell them, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to send them.  Advertising and all that  Cheesy  I'm glad they were a hit. (I would have been really screwed if you didn't have pierced ears, huh?)

I love Ted Leo.  I never would have discovered him if not for my husband (actually, most of the songs on the CD wouldn't have got there without him--he really widened my musical horizons.  The only artist on there I listened to before I met him is Tori Amos.  Just reallized that).  He actually went to Notre Dame with Ted in the early 90's before they both sort of dropped out, and actually sang for him/Chisel a couple times before Ted got good enough to sing and play at the same time.  And now Ted's playing on Conan and Bob's a systems admin with a house and a wife and a dog.   Roll Eyes

Front of the CD case (recycled AOL tin)(and my really cluttered desk in the background. Eek--should've cropped that out)


Back of case, listing the songs


The earrings I added as a little bonus (they're black seed beads crocheted on wire)

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24  Crocheted Bead and Wire Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by zitrone21 on: September 04, 2005 07:38:48 AM
I got some really thin 34 gauge wire to play around with, threaded some seed beads on, started crocheting and came up with these:


What do you think?  The beads are clear irridescent, but it's hard to see the pearliness in the picture/scan  (my digital camera refuses to take clear close-ups of anything, but the scanner works really well for these little things). 
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25  Crocheted Flower Earrings from Embroidery Floss in Crochet: Completed Projects by zitrone21 on: September 04, 2005 07:34:03 AM
Inspired by some of the posts I've seen on here, etsy and the too-expensive purldrop earrings, I made up some earrings for myself. 




They were a big hit when I was back at the in-laws' a couple weeks ago for my niece's birthday party--multiple people telling me to open a boutique, etc.  I have way too much craft stuff, so I've decided I have to use up what I have before I can get anything else.  Which means lots of handmade Xmas gifts and attempting to sell the stuff.  After all, I can only wear so many earrings myself  Tongue

Anyway, comments please!! 
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26  Crochet hook holder made with woven ribbon in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by zitrone21 on: August 23, 2005 05:51:13 PM
I guess this is the closest to a bag of any of the categories here.

Anyway, I was inspired to try weaving some ribbon fabric by the credit card holder made by Norahsmom, found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46604.0

I made a crochet hook holder because the little pouch I had made before just wasn't cutting it anymore--it was getting kind of full, and my largest hooks didn't fit inside it.  So here's my new and improved hook case.




I like it a lot.  Now I can see all my hooks at the same time; no more dumping out the entire bunch and searching through for the one I need.  Too bad I only know one other person who crochets--these would make easy Christmas gifts.
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27  Satin Ribbon Rose Bouquet in CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES by zitrone21 on: August 23, 2005 05:41:28 PM
Yea! My first craft challenge.  So exciting.

As I was stewing over what to use, what to use, what to use, I happened upon the motherload of satin ribbon on clearance at Wal-Mart--10 yd spools of yellow Offray ribbon for a dime apiece.  Perfect.  Still didn't know what to make, so I bought 30, thinking I could surely make something with 300 yds of ribbon.


After much deliberating, I decided to crochet myself a nice sunny bouquet of satin roses.  I used a pattern I found online, though since I printed it out awhile ago, I have no idea where I got it.  To make the leaves, I cut strips from some leftover green broadcloth-ish fabric I had and sort of winged it with a leaf shape.  I made the 3 leaves, wired them and the roses, wrapped the stems with floral tape and then wrapped more of the green fabric strips around the stems to hide the white tape, stuck them in one of the few vases I own, and voila! 

My cheery little flowers

Full bouquet


Slightly closer look (that's my Mondrian-inspired painting as a backdrop)


Close up of one of the roses


and a close up to show the leaves


ETA:added links to photos since I seem to have exceeded my bandwidth

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28  Orange/Red/White Striped Tiny Circle Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by zitrone21 on: August 12, 2005 12:22:43 PM
So I got some bright orange measuring cups and spoons from the dollar bin at Target and I saved the little ring handle thingy they came attached on, thinking it might come in handy for something.

Then a couple nights ago I had a brainstorm of using it as a purse handle--yes, just one mind you--with a button flap to hold it closed. 

And!! I just happened to have the perfect remnant fabric in my stash to match the little handle and skinny red ribbon to make a button loop.  A little cutting, sewing and a couple hours later, voila.  The Tiny Circle Bag.

Posing on my ironing board

Slightly closer look (at the ugly basement carpet, too)


I made it round to echo the shape of the handle, and sort of boxed the bottom to give it a little more dimension.  It didn't come out as well as I pictured it, but not bad for a first purse from a totally wing-it-as-I-go-along idea.  My 3-yr old niece is totally into purses and bags; I think she might be getting another birthday present now.  She won't mind the stitches and lining showing in places.  Wink

I don't think I'll make anymore with only one handle, but I like how the boxing the circle idea came out.  I may have to try it slightly larger--and in a color I'd actually wear around in public!!!!
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29  I'm ready for the French Revolution in Costumes: Completed Projects by zitrone21 on: July 13, 2005 12:14:12 PM
I made this dress last summer for no particular reason except that I liked it and I'd made a corset earlier and needed something to wear with it.

This is the first project I'm posting, so if the picture doesn't show up, here's the link, which will hopefully work: click me

  I wore it on Halloween giving out candy at my mother's house--and not one person said anything about it!!!!  I was a little miffed about that.  Anyway, it was from the Butterick 3640   pattern.  I skipped the ruffle at the bottom because I had no way to easily pin it evenly to the bottom of the skirt.  There are a few little mistakes here and there, but overall I think it came out damn well Kiss
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