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11  "Squeeze Me" Octopus (& more!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by AModernMantra on: February 09, 2007 08:19:54 AM

This is by far my favorite project to date! I made this for a Pet Swap last summer, from a great Roxycraft pattern. I made it HUGE and made the legs a little longer, too. The ball-legs of the pattern are cute, but I wanted the puppy to be able to drag this around.  Wink I put a large squeaker toy inside the head when I stuffed it.

Apparently, the puppy was a bit afraid of this. Oops.

I rarely make my own project threads, so here's some pics of other crochet things I've done:
* Green scarf
* Red hat & mittens

And I've just realized that I crochet daily and never have picture proof that all those stitches actually make stuffCheesy

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12  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap (round 7!) now to Jan 21 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by AModernMantra on: January 17, 2007 08:25:04 PM
I don't have a pic yet of the little turtles I'm making, so here's the pic from the pattern (not my own picture). Just so it's clear, I don't sell crafts & am not using an original pattern. *whew* Don't know if that matters. :-D

I am making these cute little guys (3 1/2 inches long, maybe 2 inches tall) with and without stripes, in greens and in other colors, too. I've got a few done already, but if you'd like a particular color or color combo, let me know soon. I have waaay too much yarn and can probably make this in any color.  Cheesy Each person receives two since they are little things (and need a friend).

I was thinking of putting my name in a second time, making crochet fortune cookies. I crochet the little white tag with a "fortune" on it, too. Would anyone be interested in that?

Here's hoping I buy batteries for my camera this weekend!  Grin

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13  Re: Return Of the Amazing Hoodie Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AModernMantra on: November 04, 2006 10:29:57 AM
Aww, Emlee Bee! Your kitty looks like mine. :-D What a cool design idea, Malina! Crystalthepirate, I'm in love with your glasses. Your partner did an awesome job stenciling the hoodie! And the last two embroidered hoodies... wow. I don't embroider, so I regard it with deep fear/awe. Both of those hoodies are amazing.

And now... BANGA BANGA BANGA BANGA BANGA! I demand that your swap feedback form reflect just how hard you rock. :-D

I really didn't expect that she'd translate my obsession with tribal fusion bellydance into hoodie form, but she did - and with such incredible style! My apologies for the pics, which really aren't good enough.

The back:

Sleeves detail:

A too-big pic of me:

The front has tiny coins that make a whispery jingle (so I can still wear it while working in the library). The sleeves have a painted henna pattern in black and gold, and stitched thumbholes. The hood itself has a beautiful stitched border, with more tiny coins. The back had an existing image that she added paint to ~ and I can't really tell what was there vs what she did, because now it's a gorgeous trio of birds, with that same henna/ mehndi flair.

And, of course, it's cropped so I can break out into dance on a moment's notice. Muahahaha! My fellow dancers will be so jealous. :-D  Thank you so much, Banga!
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14  Re: Make Me a Scarf Swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by AModernMantra on: November 04, 2006 10:15:08 AM
My partner's package had arrived ages ago, but I hadn't been able to get it from my mother's home until she came to visit me today. I and my cat were very happy to see this:

She made a lovely looong sewn fleece scarf with flowers, a reversible hat to go with it, and also sent dropjes. Thank-you so much, Irilab!

Look how big and warm this is! I plan to wrap up in it while working at the circulation desk in my library... the front doors let in cold wind, but now I'll be just fine. :-D

I also love the "ladder" type scarf above me somewhere ~ I've never seen a scarf like that! And silentementia's scarf is soo pretty; those colors go together so well.
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15  Re: Bellydance Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by AModernMantra on: October 21, 2006 09:51:21 PM
I received! AAAAAAH!! It's fantastic, it's wonderful, it's... a surprise for you tomorrow when I get pictures & edit this post. :-D

Edit: Okay, pretend this is tomorrow. >.> Finally - pictures!

The lovely & talented lilliesnremains made me hair falls (!!!) which are incredibly thick and long (and heavy on my head! haha). She also made shell earrings, a black scarf with sparkly bits Cheesy to go with the falls, and sent some black bangle bracelets. The package & a bad close-up:

I put it all together in my costume for a Halloween hafla we had here last weekend. It was so much FUN to dance with these crazy heavy falls on my head. These babies are seriously long: top-of-the-head bun all the way to my tassels. O.o

Lilliesnremains, thank-you so much for the great swap stuff! At the hafla, I wore them attached to two buns (top & mid at the back of my head). Lots of dancers were petting and oohing at them. :-) Everyone loves your work! Here's a few pics from the hafla that show the swap stuff better:

My pics really don't do them justice. I'm having a hard time getting a decent pic of the falls because they're so dark/ I suck at pictures. (And that mystery arm behind me there looks like a freakish third!)

Finally, our trio of swappers decided to make a little something for the "third," as a personal swap to go along with this one. Eidnarb made me these beautiful shell/feather/coin for my hair. (Yeah, I needed lots of head-thingies!) I love peacock feathers. <3

Thank-you so much to both of you!
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16  Re: Siginficant Other Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AModernMantra on: September 21, 2006 09:50:45 PM
Drea4545 made my boyfriend this awesome wall hanging for his bare bedroom wall. It's a chaos star. He's very thrilled. :-D

She also made a robot themed box for his paintbrushes, and sent along his favorite dark chocolate, a nice pen, and sticky notes.

The chocolate is gone already, of course! Drea, thank-you from the both of us! He loves his stuff. :-) Maybe I can convince him to craft with me...
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17  ARRR! A Jolly Roger be in progress here! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by AModernMantra on: September 08, 2006 11:51:02 AM
I've just begun my Jolly Roger. It's my first sweater, so of course I'm worried that everything is wrong.  Embarrassed I think it's looking too "holey" to be a proper sweater... I can't tell from the book pics.

Here it is at the very beginning yesterday:

I'm wondering if I need to start over. I suppose I'm worrying too much about how it looks, when the poor thing hasn't even reached scarf status, much less full sweaterhood!

Edit: hahaha... alright, lots of views + no opinions = I need to frame a more direct question! ;-) Does this appear to be too "hole-y," or does it seem fine? I suppose I'll see for myself as I keep crocheting over the weekend! Cheesy
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18  Re: Pet Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AModernMantra on: August 01, 2006 10:04:04 AM

Catnip does strange things to a man... err, a little kitty. This is Siren. :-)

Shug grooming her feathery ball. The ball is also full of something (rice? beads?) so it makes lots of noise. They love it.

Siren is slightly unwilling to share with her sister.

Playing with the caps :-)

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19  Re: Pet Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AModernMantra on: August 01, 2006 09:55:57 AM

The package from Eenodol! She sent my newly adopted kitty & her foster sister some treats, lots of toys, a pot/ catnip seeds, and made me buttons of my kitty (now I really do feel like a mom! haha). The yellow mouse with wild orange hair is filled with catnip! When I opened the box, both kitties came into the room, sniffing and pawing around. They went right for that toy. :-) But they've been playing with all of them. Shug, the foster kitty, especially loves the orange ball. She babies it and manically grooms the feathers... when she gets adopted, I'm going to send a few toys with her to her new home.

These are bottle caps! What a great idea! Both Siren and Shug have been playing with them. I think there are caps in every room of my apartment, since all the floors are wood or linoleum. :-)

She drew Siren on these buttons! Thank you so much; the drawings look exactly like her. I was also really touched that you wrote ik houd van mijn kat on it. :-) I keep pinning that one on my jeans; the other two are on my craft tote.

I died laughing when I saw this. Siren's Homegrown Catnip! And it says The Stash! hahaha... This is really awesome, and I love the paint job. It's very pretty! This also officially starts my kitchen windowsill garden.

I have pics of the cats playing with stuff, but I'm afraid I'm overloading this single post with all these pictures. Thanks so much, Eenodol!

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20  Re: * Represent Your City Round 2* Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AModernMantra on: July 07, 2006 09:44:12 AM
Thanks to my lovely & wonderful Stitch N Bitch friend & her rockin ownership of a camera ( Cheesy haha ), I fiiinally have pictures!

First, I have to gush that I LOVE EVERYTHING!

Arcadian Green sent me lots of info about Wichita, postcards, stickers, a university sticker, honey sticks from the farmer's market, wheat snacks, chocolate covered sunflower nuts (which I had no idea I loved until now!), a letter about the city's history, a small book of photos of Kansas, sunflower soap, bubble magnets, annnnnd more! She made an *awesome* book about the city. We didn't get pics of every page, but here are some of my favorites:

The cover

One of my favorites. I love the little guns, hehehe Cheesy

Every page is so well done! I have this book out on my coffee table, and several of my friends have jokingly tried to steal it. Oh, man... I hope they're joking! :-o

One of my friend's favorite pages

I saved the best part for last: she covered a box and, inside, were three pretty bracelets she'd made. This blue is my favorite color. I wondered if she'd guessed it from my shirt in my avatar, but as it turns out, she has a lot of that blue because she likes it, too. Good taste! Even better is that one is a charm bracelet, with every charm representing something about Wichita. It's the first charm bracelet I've ever had, I adore it, and I wear it constantly now (even right now!). There is a teepee, butterfly, cowboy hat, wheat, and bison.

Thank you so much, Arcadian! This was a perfect first swap for me. I'd definitely do another round of "represent your city."

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