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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rainbow Lion Cross Stitch on: June 17, 2018 02:54:16 AM
I cross stitched this lion for my father for Father's Day. My maiden name is Lyon, so it was very fitting to make him.

I didn't have any black aida cloth on hand large enough to use for this piece, so I had to stitch on all of the black background. I have a rainbow giraffe pattern I'd like to try next, but I think I'll learn how to dye the cloth black for that one!

This piece is 28,836 stitches, is roughly 11x10 inches, and took about 250 hours to finish stitching. I finished this just in time to show him a picture, but not soon enough for it to arrive in time for Father's Day. He's already seen it, and he's super excited to see it in person and get it framed. Smiley
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Giant Fox on: November 26, 2017 04:20:54 PM

A friend asked me to make a fox for her. She sent me the link to a pattern she liked, so I purchased the pattern and gathered my supplies. The original pattern called for a fairly thin weight yarn and a tiny crochet hook, but I didn't notice that when I began crocheting. The pattern stated the finished fox would be roughly 10.5 inches tall. She wanted it to be slightly larger, so I used worsted weight yarn doubled up and an I (5.5mm) hook. I'm glad I didn't pay attention to the supplies listed, because I never would have doubled the worsted weight yarn and created this giant.

My finished fox measures 21 inches tall! I knew it was going to be huge when I finished the head. By itself, the head measures 7 inches tall!

Once I finished the torso, arms, and legs, I took a photo and measured this big boy to make sure my friend would be happy with the size. She was ecstatic! I finished the tail and attached it, and now this behemoth will be heading to its new home tomorrow. I'm kind of sad to see it go because I fell in love with it. I guess that just gives me an excuse to make more! Smiley

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Superhero Duo on: October 25, 2017 12:24:41 PM
Last night I finished making both of these superhero dolls. They are roughly 11" tall.

Batman is from a pattern I found on Pinterest. I only made one minor change to the pattern. I chose not to work the back part of his hood. It looked too much like a mullet to me. I also chose to add a cape. The lower edge of Batman's cape has picot stitches worked across to give it the jagged bottom he traditionally wears.

I used the Batman pattern to make Superman with a few alterations. I didn't work the cuff part of the arm as Superman doesn't wear gloves. I created the cape for him with a straight edge bottom. I crocheted a hair cap and sewed it to his head and embroidered on a little bang curl. The logo on his chest was a PAIN to make. I think if I ever make another Superman doll again, I will use felt for his chest logo. That may prove to be an issue too, though, since it's pretty small.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Two Halloween Sweaters on: September 12, 2017 04:00:35 AM
I recently crocheted a rainbow cardigan for my niece. A friend loved it so much, she wanted a sweater for her young daughter, but she customized the colors. Her daughter is two, and has recently become obsessed with Halloween. She chose candy corn colors, and it was so much fun to make! I decided my niece needed a second sweater in Halloween colors as well, but I changed up the color scheme yet again. She's five, and she keeps asking when Halloween is. She's also super excited! Smiley

Here is the sweater I made for my niece.

She was feeling very goofy while I was trying to shoot some photos of her wearing it. She wouldn't stay still, and kept being super silly.

I love how the Frankenstein applique turned out. It makes for a wonderful pocket. My sister requested I make it the size larger than my niece actually needs so that it will fit this year and next year, which makes total sense to me. It's a little large on her right now, but not so huge that she can't wear it.

The candy corn sweater is also super adorable. I personally would have preferred to make a candy corn pocket, but my friend requested a jack-o-lantern, so that's what I made. It's super cute as well, and definitely fits the Halloween theme Smiley

I have so many more ideas for different color schemes and applique options. i think I will be starting a few of those next! Smiley
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bangers and Mash on: September 07, 2017 08:32:04 PM
A little while back, I made Super Sausage for my niece. Tonight I finished Super Spud, and together they form the dynamic duo, BANGERS AND MASH!

I thought I made a community post for Super Sausage when I made him, but it appears I only shared him in the Nerd Games, so I'll share photos of Super Sausage first, followed by his sidekick, Super Spud.

Super Sausage was made following this pattern. I made an alteration to his superhero logo by adding sausage links to fit his persona.

My niece was in love with him. She still is, but even more so with the addition of his sidekick.

Now on to Super Spud... I came across a pattern for something called a Pug-tato. I showed it to my sister, QueenHobo, and together we came up with a new super dog. The idea for him has been brewing for a while, so yesterday I finally started him, and I finished it today. I didn't follow a pattern, but I did use photos from the Pug-tato pin I found to inspire me.

Here's what I did:
Using a G (4.25mm) hook and worsted weight yarn,
MR: 6 sc
R2. Inc x6 (12)
R3: (sc, inc) x6 (18)
R4: (2 sc, inc) x6 (24)
R5: (3 sc, inc) x6 (30)
R6: (4 sc, inc) x6 (36)
R7: (5 sc, inc) x6 (42)
R8: (6 sc, inc) x6 (48)
R9-24: sc around (48)  - 16 rows
Place saftey eyes (12mm) between rows 10 & 11, with 6 stitches between.
R25: (6 sc, dec) x6 (42)
R26: (5 sc, dec) x6 (36)
R27: (4 sc, dec) x6 (30)
R28: (3 sc, dec) x6 (24)
Begin stuffing.
R29: (2 sc, dec) x6 (18)
R30: (sc, dec) x6 (12)
Finish stuffing firmly.
R31: (dec) x6 (6)
Finish off, use end to sew opening closed

Using the same color as the body, ch 8. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, work 2 sc in each ch (14).
This will make the tail curl around like a corkscrew. Leave a tail long enough to sew to the back of the body.

Using felt and the picture as a guide, cut out mouth and ear pieces and sew to the body. Use black embroidery floss to stitch a smile onto the muzzle. You may find embroidering on the smile easier BEFORE sewing onto the face.

For the cape, starting with red, chain 87. Starting in second chain from hook, sc across (86)
Finish off red, weave in ends.
With blue, skip the first 31 stitches of the red strip. Attach in 32nd stitch and sc a total of 24 stitches across. Leave the remaining 31 stitches unworked. Ch 1, turn. (24)
R2: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (26)
R3 & 4: sc across. Ch 1, turn.
R5: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (28)
R6 & 7: sc across. Ch 1, turn.
R8: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (30)
R9 & 10: sc across. Ch 1, turn.
R11: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (32)
R12 & 13: sc across.
R14: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. (34)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
With right side facing, attach blue in the side of the first row near red strip. Sc in each stitch along the side, work 3 sc in the bottom cormer, sc along the bottom, work 3 sc in the corner, and sc along the final side, finishing off when you reach the red strip. Weave in ends.

Using the photo as a guide, cut out a potato shape from felt, attach to the cape, and add several small x's like potato eyes.

Tie the cape around your new super hero, and play away!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TARDIS on: September 05, 2017 04:25:32 AM
Whew! I just finished stitching up this plastic canvas TARDIS. I LOVE IT!

The lid even comes off!

I struggled a little with the assembly, until I read it through for the fifth or sixth time. It finally clicked what I was supposed to do. By far the most time consuming part was stitching the four sides of the TARDIS.

Once those were done (about 6 hours of stitching per side), the remaining 29 pieces went much faster. The second most tedious portion of the pattern was the assembly, but I love it. I may have to make more of these for Christmas presents. I know a few people would would love one!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainy Day Cardigan on: August 29, 2017 06:55:40 PM
I recently finished a sweater for my niece, and she loves it! So success!

This was worked from the top down, and was pretty easy to follow after I started my fourth attempt and figured out how to do the increases (not done as written). I finished the body portion, working as indicated in the pattern. I then added both button plackets and had my niece try on for size. I should have measured before I added the plackets, because it was 4.5 inches too short. So I frogged the plackets and added the length to the body before adding the plackets again. I had a whopping 9 inches of yarn left, so I barely made it!

This is supposed to be a long sleeved sweater, so I was going to buy more yarn. But then I figured that we live in Arizona, and it's hot here most of the year. So she doesn't need a long sleeved sweater, this would work great as is! She wants to wear it to school tomorrow, but we're under an excessive heat warning (may get to 111 tomorrow), so I convinced her she needs to wait.

The sweater has a cloud motif that is supposed to be crocheted within the sweater body. There's a chart to follow and notes where to start the cloud. I decided that instead of working as the pattern indicated, I'd rather make a cloud applique and attach it on three sides, keeping the top open to make a pocket.

After the fourth attempt seemed to be working, I was worried about the width of the sweater the whole time I worked on it. I felt like it was going to be too small, especially when comparing it to the width of my laptop.

Thankfully it fit her, and I'm glad that in the end she's so happy with it. I kind of want to make one for myself now Smiley

Oh, and here's a close up of the rainbow stripes.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / beagle love on: June 11, 2017 02:19:24 PM
My parents just adopted two 15 month old beagles. Two years ago, they lost their first beagle, Boomer. Knowing my dad likes beagles, I decided to make him some beagle art for Father's Day.

The beagle itself is 6"x4". I finally decided on putting it in a frame rather than making it into a hoopla. Since it's going to AZ to AK, I'm sending it as is, and my mom will buy and put it into a frame for me so that the glass doesn't break during shipping.

Before I decided on framing it, I had to decide what background color to use. My dads favorite color is red, so first I considered using that.

I felt like it kept the small bits of red on the beagle itself (the collar and heart) from popping, so I put it against the oatmeal color pictured above.

Since the beagle is supposed to be sniffing, I used some flower shaped buttons to spice it up a little. A side note, the little purple star is from my grandmother's collection that I inherited. She passed away last November, and since it was my dads mother, I thought it would be nice to include it in with the flowers.

I'll get it in the mail tomorrow. Hopefully it arrives before Father's Day!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nerdly the Fox pillow on: June 09, 2017 01:41:22 PM
Over in the Craftster craft alongs, the Nerd Games recently made Nerdly the Fox their mascot. I decided to make a pillow for the raffle happening at the end of the current Nerd Games season.

I designed my own chart. It measures 48x48 squares across. When worked with a 4.5mm and worsted weight yarn in the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS), it came out to just about the perfect size to cover a 12x12" pillow form. I then used a 4.25mm hook to work 3 rounds of single crochet on both pieces made for the pillow front and back, stitched the design on one side, then single crocheted through the back loops of both sides all around the pillow, inserting the pillow form after the first 3 sides were attached.



Here's a close up I took before I attached around the pillow:

And here's the chart!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bat on: May 10, 2017 02:30:07 AM
I was inspired to make a small bat this evening by real life bats I saw flying around earlier. I love bats. They're so neat, and unless you are out at the right time of night, not often seen.

I haven't worked with pipe cleaner since I was a kid, but I used it in the upper part of the wings and for the feet as the pattern called for. I had to mess with it a bit to cover the pipe cleaner as well as I could, and if you look close you can see it sticking out in spots. Especially near her toes. But that's okay. It gives her a bit of character. I think I prefer using wire, so I'll probably just stick with that in the future.

I think I might hang her in the corner of my bedroom. I'll suspend her from the ceiling. I'll have my hubby hang it in the morning. Smiley It will drive my cat, Frankenstein, batty (pun intended)!
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