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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Kobato cosplay on: March 16, 2015 05:38:10 PM

Went to my first full anime convention recently, and of course I wanted to go in cosplay for at least part of it! I wound up doing Kobato Hanato from the anime Kobato since she's easily one of my favorites, and her outfit turned out to be pretty fun to make. The Ioryogi amigurumi was crafted by the wonderful smileyyogini in the Anime/Manga swap, but everything else was either crafted or modified by me.

The blouse was modified by a plain white long-sleeved polo. I added some yellow elastic partway along the sleeves (horrible idea btw, it barely showed up!), colored the collar with fabric paint, drew on the orange border and leaves, and sewed on the flowers and added new buttons. The green cuffs are separate pieces and stay on with an elastic insert.

The skirt was made out of cotton with the bottom half of a hobbit pattern (I accidentally lost the pattern I'd intended to use Embarrassed) with an elastic waist added, the green and yellow ribbons were sewn on, and again I drew on the orange border and the leaves, and sewed on the flowers. Technically the flowers should have had four petals, but I wound up just using the petals part of some artificial flowers and didn't find any 4-petal ones until it was too late.

I found the hat at a local Joann and added some green ribbon to it, and for the shoes I wound up having to order some white canvas mary-jane style shoes and attack them with some more fabric paint. The ankle socks are there purely for comfort since those shoes apparently hate the backs of my ankles. Tongue

The bag was made completely from scratch, pattern and all, and I might eventually post a tutorial for it since her bag has a few tricky logistics to work through (just don't do what I did and forget to treat the ends of the webbing strap!). The head of the bag is stuffed (I created a separate piece to insert inside), and the wing is a functional pocket with an attempt at quilting over fusible fleece (not confident it was done correctly but it seems to look okay).

I definitely had fun with this cosplay, even if it didn't win anything and only a few people recognized the character (obscure characters get less attention, but more love from the few that do know her apparently Tongue), but flouncing around in that skirt and wig was still all kinds of fun, and definitely something I look forward to doing again. Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Creeper Hat on: December 23, 2014 12:58:32 AM
At the last minute, I decided to go ahead with some handcrafted gifts, starting with this hat for my 14-year-old cousin. He's very into Minecraft, and on searching the patterns on Ravelry, I fell in love with this one as it seemed the right mix of geeky and cool for a boy his age (granted I'm bad at judging that, but still). I used some Cotton Supreme yarn I'd picked up from the local yarn shop for a different project (that never happened, so no loss there) and wound up with a hat I'm hoping he'll like (also that it fits since the entire info I had on that was "he has a big head" Tongue). I'm still a color-work newbie so I'll admit it feels a bit tighter around the creepers, but it seemed pretty wearable and otherwise just fine so here's hoping he likes it.

Pattern here.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Few Sets of Stitch Markers on: August 03, 2014 10:50:17 PM
I've been making several stitch marker sets for swaps and gifts and such, so I figured I'd round them up and post them. Smiley

The first set was a set of knitting markers for adrienne_bowers in the IYP23 swap. She loved vintage things and putting blue and pink together, so I rounded up some pretty beads and made these. Unfortunately the colors didn't come across very well in this photo, but I loved how they came out.

These owl knitting markers were for emilywilde in the 10 Minute Swap 4. I tried to incorporate her favorite colors and love of forest animals.

Next up some pokeball crochet markers for smileyyogini in the recent Anime/Manga swap. I wound up painting some wood beads to make the pokeballs, and tried to match them up with some beads that reflected some of my partner's favorite colors.

And finally a set I just made tonight for one of my friends to start off my christmas crafting. She loves blue and knitting, and I wanted to make her something just for her rather than go with the easy choice of baby stuff, and custom knitting markers seemed like the perfect idea. Cheesy
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A couple swap pendants on: June 21, 2014 12:49:20 PM
Just a couple cute pendants I made last year for the IYP swap (for partners adrienne_bowers and Calabaza). This isn't a style I'd generally go for, but they'd both pinned similar things (the pumpkin one was inspired by one in particular Calabaza had on her boards), so it was a fun experiment that turned out better than I expected.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink Flower Purse on: June 21, 2014 12:42:50 PM
I made this cute purse for adrienne_bowers for the IYP 23 swap (yeah, I'm a bit late in posting it). One of the things she wanted was a purse or bag of some kind, and when I came across this pattern, it seemed perfect for her. Cheesy It doesn't have a lining since the pattern didn't call for one (said it was designed to not need one), and I remember it seemed pretty sturdy without one. (pattern here)

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Disney Princess bag on: June 21, 2014 05:52:37 AM
I'm finally trying to catch up with some of my craft photos, so yes, this was made a year and a half ago for the Craft Detective Swap. My partner was Whistley, and a couple things mentioned on her questionnaire was a need for a big project bag and a love of Disney, so I tried to meet both of those with this Disney princess bag. I used McCall's pattern 5722 for this, and while I didn't mean to go so purple with it, the best Disney fabric I was finding went with that color, so I tried to keep it colorful by adding some contrast to the straps.

This was kinda sorta a bit above my level with all the buckram and interfacing going on, and I did wind up getting a bit of help making the handles themselves (had them halfway done and I was feeling stuck, so my mom pretty much stepped in while I was gone and finished them  Embarrassed ), but otherwise I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished on this bag... and I think it'll be a while before I attempt something this complicated again. Tongue

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / The Mad Hatter on: June 21, 2014 05:37:21 AM
I made this guy last year for the poppet vs. amigurumi swap. I was paired with jkaywiz, and one of her favorite things was Alice in Wonderland, so I made her the Mad Hatter. She liked the Disney portrayal with more jewel tones, and go figure there was a perfect pattern for that. Gotta say he probably has the most personality of any of my ami so far. (pattern here)

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Stitch from Lilo and Stitch :D on: June 21, 2014 05:30:53 AM
I'm way behind on posting my crafts, so poor Stitch was actually made for the 2012 Secret Santa swap. I was paired with Calabaza, and he was one of her favorite characters (and a Stitch ami was one of her requested items if I remember right), so I tracked down a pattern on Ravelry and had at it. I probably should have rethought the stitching method on the ears, but otherwise I was pretty happy with how he turned out. (pattern here)

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Stitch Amigurumi on: May 08, 2013 06:38:05 PM
This was a Stitch amigurumi I made for Calabaza in the 2012 Secret Santa swap. I used this pattern on ravelry, and used Simply soft yarn that I happily had waiting in my stash. He took a good deal longer to make than I anticipated because of all the tiny pieces involved, but my partner loved him so it was all worth it in the end. Cheesy

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10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ideas on what to do with this square? on: March 17, 2013 12:19:00 AM
I've been stuck on this project for a long time now (think several years), so I'm thinking it's about time I tried for some outside help. Several years ago, I came up with the idea of crocheting a pretty pillow cover for a friend. She's a semi-big knitter but not so much into crochet, plus at the time she had a practical use for a travel-sized pillow and I knew she was the sort to appreciate something handcrafted like this. The only problem is, I finished up the front and only got part of the back done before putting it on a long hiatus for some reason. Now I can't remember what stitches or hook size I was using for the back, plus I'm not sure a pillow would be the best thing now anyway. I'd still really like to find a way to use the front square in some sort of gift for her, but I'm finding myself pretty clueless on decent ideas.

There's a picture of the square I've got (ravelry link to it here.) It's about 14" square, done with acrylic yarn, and is admittedly a bit wavy at the edges which may or may not affect what I can do with it.

Quick info about my friend to help. She married since I started this project, and has a boy who's almost 1 by now. She loves working with kids, and also enjoys several hand crafts (I know of knitting, tatting and sewing, though I'm not sure how much crafting she does now with the baby), and her personal taste does tend to run a bit country (in the Little House sense). Both her and her husband's families live outside the country also in case that helps generate a couple ideas.
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