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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Cotton washcloth makers! I have a question! on: October 25, 2013 08:12:42 PM

A year or so ago I made a crocheted soap sock (kind of the same idea as a washcloth) and I was super excited to go use it...bought bar soap and everything. Well...I went to use it and the colors bled (I think I had used teal Sugar and Cream?) and I was discouraged from making any more washcloth type things.

I have a bunch of the cotton in different colors and I'd really like to make some washclothes for gifts but my question is: Is there a way to somehow "set" the yarn so it won't bleed? Or was it a fluke with the color? Are lighter colors better? All the cotton I have is kind of bright. I read someone that the bleeding can happen more with blue/green colors. Is this true? Any thoughts/opinions/suggestions on this matter?

Thank you!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Cupcake Bags, Reserved Seating Signs, Crocheted Brooches on: June 10, 2013 02:11:15 PM
Hello there! I have a bunch more crafts that I will be doing my for wedding, but here are my most recent two. They are terribly exciting, but I think every handmade element makes things just a tad more beautiful and special.

First: Reserved Tags to be put on the seat backs of our families' seats for the ceremony.

Second: Stamped Cupcake Bags. Brown lunch bags stamped with "Adopt a Cupcake" for guests to take an extra cupcake home.

Third: Crocheted flower brooches/corsages for our family members to wear. (I already posted these to the Crochet thread but I figured I'd do it here too.)

Thanks for looking!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rose Brooches for Wedding! on: June 05, 2013 07:41:27 PM

My wedding is coming up toward the end of July and I crocheted rose brooches for our immediate family to wear. I'm saving some floral money! Plus, I wanted to include crochet in some part of our wedding since I'm trying to incorporate everything we love into it. Smiley

Here are the details:
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft scraps for the flowers, scrap Red Heart Soft for the leaves
Time for each flower: About 10 minutes for both leaves, about another 20 for the flower, another couple minutes to sew the pin back and felt on (going at "Whistlefish" tv-watching speed)
Pattern: Based on this pattern I found on Ravelry - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/small-and-large-roses
Hooky Happiness Factor: 9/10! I loved making these. They're so pretty and they're fun and they hook up super quick!
More Goodies, Pics, & Description: http://two-forty-six.blogspot.com/2013/06/crocheted-rose-brooches.html

Thanks for looking!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Attic24 Inspired "Summer Garden Throw" (and bonus pillow!) on: June 04, 2013 12:24:29 PM

My own version of Attic24's "Summer Garden Throw" (link to her original post: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2009/05/the-square-throw-tadah.html)

I used Caron Simply Soft (which I kind of regret, but I like the colors!). Took me about 9 months off and on (there were a couple big breaks) for the blanket and only a week off and on for the pillow.

More on the blanket/pillow in my blog: http://two-forty-six.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-big-ta-dah-summer-garden-throw.html.

Hope you guys like it!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Christmas in...February! on: February 27, 2013 09:47:09 PM
I also participated in the MAQ 6 Swap. My wonderful partner working my creativity skills by being rather specific in what she wanted: really wanted a table square/runner, wanted it to be visible/make sense from all angles, wanted to be able to place something in the middle (like a vase of flowers) without ruining the design. (Well, she had a lot of choices of what to do, but these ones stood out as what she would really like). I chose the Christmas theme and this is what I came up with:

The whole things is around 2ft x 2 ft. I got a new fancy sewing machine for Christmas and I wanted to practice a bunch of the stitches so they're a good number of different kinds. Also, my first time doing applique! Here's some close ups:

I think my favorite part are the snowflake-like stitches on the branches of the trees. Smiley I'm pretty please with my first applique experience. I learned a lot for next time, however. Thanks for taking a look!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Salt Dough Ornaments on: December 06, 2012 08:56:09 PM
My first attempt! I saw salt dough ornaments on Pinterest and thought they looked pretty easy. (Apparently everyone made these as kids except me.) I googled how to do it and used this instruction: http://genxfinance.com/how-to-make-salt-dough-ornaments-with-your-kids/. I did have to fiddle the amounts of everything and since it was just a trial batch I made a very small amount. Here they are:

One thing I did read somewhere was to seal them in between every step. Bake, seal. Paint, seal. Then seal again for good measure so they will last a good long time. And I hope they do because I never want to forget these hands being this tiny. I think I'll make some every year. (I might even make another batch this year for presents.)
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Christmas Birdie Ornaments on: December 06, 2012 03:08:25 AM

Whipped up a couple ornaments recently. I love these little birdie decorations. I made some earlier this year just because and decided to make some Christmas themed ones for our tree.  And, if you're a follower of the Attic24 blog, they may look familiar -- that's where I got the pattern. Here's the link: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2009/10/birdie-decoration-pattern.html
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Peggy the Pegasus on: May 27, 2012 04:53:37 PM

Meet Peggy. She's a pegasus I crafted for the Harry Potter Summer Semester Craftalong. (You can join in at any time, right here >> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408525.0). She was pretty fun to make considering I wasn't quite in a sewing mood. I would have liked to use buttons for the eyes, but I wanted to make her baby-friendly for my little girl who's on her way in a couple weeks so they're just embroidered. Here's a couple more pictures of her poking around in my grapes (I'm going to say she's a bit chubby 'cause she ate all my grapes, but in reality...no grapes yet!)

To give credit where credit's due...here's the pattern I used for the body. (Kind of just made up the wings...not too hard.) I highly recommend the patterns. I'm new to actually using patterns, and I think it turned out well. I also made the giraffe before and she turned out lovely.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Puffalump the Pygmy Puff on: May 20, 2012 08:15:37 PM

I joined the 2012 Summer Semester Harry Potter Craftalong (You can too >> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408525.0) Today a new challenge was posted in which you needed to craft something purple that would blend in with the vivid purple Knight's Bus to spy and watch out for recent strange occurrences that have been happening.

I created Puffalump the Pygmy Puff. Pygmy puffs are already purple, so it was quite easy. (Plus I had a great desire to sit around, put my feet up, and watch a movie this afternoon...so crocheting something seemed like a lovely idea.) This one has been bewitched to keep an eye on the witches and wizards of the Knight Bus and report back to me. No one suspects this little pygmy puff 'cause she's just so darn cute.

I based her off of a hedgehog pattern I had. Made quite a few adjustments. I hate working with novelty yarns (I can't see what I'm doing ever!) so it was a lesson in patience as well. Enough talking...here's some more pictures!

The boyfriend was nice enough to pose, although he was quite embarrassed to be be posing with a fluffy purple thing when a car pulled up. Hence the laughing.

In a bush! Perhaps it's natural habitat? I'm unsure.

Although I hate working with the novelty yarns, I can't help but to love what a furry mess it makes. Wonder what to craft next for this craftalong...
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