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1  Re: ONGOING FRIENDSHIP GRANNY SQUARE SWAP R1 in The Swap Gallery by jchinique on: May 26, 2008 08:15:28 AM
I received my swap package from ddiana1979; and finally got my camera working - look!

I was so excited - they are knitted (I only crochet) and the fabric is so nice and stretchy-squishy. They are gonna be a great way to start this 'ghan.

Here is a closeup of the stitches:

(bee stitch, plowed rows, welts, and slip stitch speckled rib)

She sent a nice letter, and included the names of the different stitches she used, as well as the website www.halfknits.com to find the patterns. This was helpful to me first because I'm not so familiar with knitting, and I wasn't sure of how to turn them so they were right side up, lol.  Shocked

The colors are great and go together so well, and she even put in some extra yarn for seaming or whatever else, which was a super idea.

One thing I didn't expect was an amazon.com gift card for books; a great surprise - so very nice! ::::!!Thank you Diana!!::::
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2  Re: Project: Earth Day. Four foot wide planet earth model. Crafting Ideas? in Discussion and Questions by jchinique on: February 13, 2008 01:56:58 PM
The first thing I thought of was geodesic domes and "buckyballs"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckyball ...
Look at these students in the UK
http://www.creative-science.org.uk/buckey.html; the article has a link to make a pretty stable armature similar to what you describe. I would imagine deformation wouldn't be an issue if you anchor the support to the bottom, then pass through the top. You'd only need to  make the cover then.
I don't see how a paper mache skin could be too destructable; or you could also try painting the details the back of some (walmart?) wallpaper, cutting it into "orange-slice" shaped pieces, sort of when you look at how a regular globe is pasted together.

Sorry to be so long winded - this sounds like a very exciting project, good luck!
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3  Re: Handspun Recycled Newspaper **Image Heavy**Tutorial Added** in Spinning: Completed Projects by jchinique on: October 26, 2007 02:01:26 PM
I made my own spindle with a dowel, eye-hook and a toy wood wheel,

I've only use it for plying but I think it could work with this.
Knittyfingers, could you add a washer onto your spindle to weight it a little?
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4  Re: NEWBIES ONLY SWAP ROUND 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jchinique on: October 04, 2007 05:26:45 AM
Here are the pics from my swap package! I was giddy when I opened the mailbox and found this adorable envelope covered with stickers, Silly me, I still had to check the return address to make sure what it was!

As soon as I opened the wrapping, I knew I was in for something good - it was scented wonderfully! Everything was wrapped in the prettiest shade of purple tissue, and sprinkled with iridescent and foil glitter. My kids and I started opening the first one before I remembered to grab my camera Smiley

Lucky me, the first one was this gorgeous chocolate colored courduroy bag. The perfect size to carry a ball of yarn & a small crochet project. (I was picking up and smelling everything by now, too)

There's a fabric button on the front that matches the lining, yummy!

Next were three scented heart sachets with a beautiful embellishment. Yellow's a color of hope for me and these mean a lot.

I wish I had a better picture of this adorable fortune cookie charm. Acarpous personalized it too, i love it  Grin

(btw, that's tiny embroidery on the ribbon)

And last but certainly not least, this absolutely FABULOUS journal. The  fabric covered cover and and the top ties have matching ribbon.

Look inside!

The pages are ring bound and there are matching pockets! It's almost to nice to use, but I think it may become my new swap journal. Amazing job.

Never in a million years could I ever think to create such lovelies, these are the best and I am so happy!

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5  Beary Sweet Dress in Crochet: Completed Projects by jchinique on: August 25, 2007 07:02:09 AM
So my nieces are asking for clothes for their Bears and Doggies (the kind that you build, stuff and dress in the mall...); and I have been trying to learn clothing construction. I've done a way off-guage jacket so far and recently finished this:

It's based on this pattern:
Please do not repost her pattern elsewhere on the web; see her site for copyright information.

It was very easy to make, and the instructions were clear. There are also instructions for panties which I didn't make this time. I shortened the length because I was running out of yarn and wanted to add a ruffle to the sleeves. The dress is very sparkly; the pink has a shiny cello thread in it, and the white is Caron Christmas glitter with silver (lurex? I lost the label.) The back has buttons made with pink hair elastics and clear bubbles.
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6  Re: Crochet a pikachu - with pattern! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by jchinique on: February 25, 2007 06:13:26 AM
It uses more than a skein, at least for me. I had to find another yellow for the ears and tail Tongue
Not sure if I like the head/body shape, it looks like a gourd. Possibly stuff it less to get the cheeks more "hamster looking". The pattern was ok to follow, but I'm a little confused on the tail part. If anyone else does this pattern I'd like to know if they found it difficult too. I'm not the most experienced crocheter yet, and shaped things are very new to me.
I still need to finish and attach the tail and make the red cheeks. I copied the face from one of my son's books, it's mostly just surface embroidery.  I'm redoing the eyes with buttons instead because they came out very thick and buggy from all that yarn, and maybe the mouth as well because it looks too mad.
I do like the ears and the way the feet sit, I just wish I had enough of the same color for the whole thing.

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7  Re: Trotsky's pick-axe? in Halloween Costumes by jchinique on: September 21, 2006 02:33:08 PM
A la Steve Martin's arrow through the head, I would use a plastic headband, make the handle and ax of styrofoam and foil, and cover with fake fur to match his haircolor along with some paint or fake blood. A ghoully pale undead face makeup may be something to consider.

sorry for the quick drawing....
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