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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Russian Eyelets Bracelet (5 BIG pics) on: January 04, 2011 07:02:57 PM
EDIT: Sorry for all the modifications. My browser is being a complete PAIN in the ass right now and I'm impatient. Please bear with me...

It's been almost a year since I last posted here on Craftster, and I think my hiatus is over for good! Yay!! Anyway, usually I lurk the crochet forums, but a few months ago, I learned the basics of bead weaving. Since then, I've been on a beading frenzy. Today, I've decided to show off my latest piece. It's a double St. Petersburg stitch bracelet, with eyelets running along it's length.

This image shows the colors the best. In the next ones, the blue looks a little more like mint green to me.

This pattern can be found in The Beader's Handbook 2 from the editors of the Bead & Button. I used size 11 seed beads in two contrasting colors, and 8mm glass pearls in a similar blue.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Challenge 8 Entry - Openwork Lace Up Armwarmers and Collared Wrap on: January 26, 2009 12:24:09 AM
I'm cutting this sooooo close...but, WHEW, I'm just in the nick of time. (Almost had a heart attack when I couldn't get my pictures to upload...rawr...)

I used four skeins of Caron Simply Soft Eco, in three colors, from Wal-Mart at $2.28/skein. Added up, that xomes to $9.12 total. The ribbon I used, I had on hand and was given to me some time ago. The colors I chose are black, charcoal and ocean mist.
I really didn't have much of a clue as to what I was going to make when I bought the yarn, I just knew that I wanted to get as much as I could without going over $10 and make as much as I could to give an idea of what all could be made with that amount. I'd been wanting to make a pair of armwarmers for awhile of my own design and had been writing down ideas when these popped in my head. As for the wrap...well, I don't like it as much as the armwarmers, and I had some troubles with it, but all in all I'm okay with how it turned out. (Definitely going to make another in a similar fashion, only with more yarn and a better shawl collar.)
On to the pictures!!:

The armwarmers can be worn two different ways. Shown above is with the top bit around the palm/fingers rolled down and at the size you would normally see them. Scroll down to see the other option.

Lacing/corset-like detail.

The second option is with the top portion un-rolled and covering most the fingers. This actually works very well in warming the fingers. Especially when driving. Keeps them from freezing on the steering wheel  Grin

Laying out and un rolled.

A horrible picture of me wearing one to show length better. Please ignore the fact that I'm in my (mis-matched)pj's (it was early morning), have messy morning hair and a shiney forehead.....

The wrap with wonky collar. Sorry for the not-so-great picture.

Back of wrap. Even more wonkiness...

And finally, I believe it is time for me to hit the "post" button, crawl in and cuddle beside the bf, and go to sleep...woo sleepy-time... Grin Tongue
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Erin's Crochet "Versatility" (PIC heavy) on: December 31, 2008 05:38:14 PM
When I first saw Amanda Willams Versatility on Knitty, I knew I just had to make it for my sister as a Christmas present. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTversatility.html

The only problem is that I'm a better and faster crocheter than I am a knitter. I haven't knit anything in quite some time, and I knew my less-than-spectacular knitting skills weren't going to do much for me in terms of getting it done on time for Christmas. So, after looking at the pattern and it's many lovely pictures over and over again, I decided, "Hey! Maybe I can crochet something that looks similar to this and has the same idea, only a bit different." After that, I started trying to figure out what I was going to do in terms of a pattern. I took a lot of notes on the knitted pattern, bookmarked the pattern, started calculating and bought the yarn I would need to create it. This is what I came up with, and I have to say, I'm quite proud!!  Cheesy Grin

Finally, on to the pictures!!

I couldn't afford the 32 buttons needed that the original version called for, so I used ribbon to lace the front and back. I was a little worried about how it'd look at first, but decided later that it looked more like my sister. Smiley

The second in progress shot that I took. Sitting on top of my notes. I think this is about as close I could get to getting a accurate color shot.

Almost finished. Here you can kind of see the cable pattern I used, and the "mesh" surrounding that is just a basic granny square kind of stitch.

Hanging on a door to get better light and show the stitches much better. Woo! For crocheted cables!!  Cheesy

Laced up in the cardigan variation and hanging up.

Sorry if the pictures aren't too great. It's difficult taking pictures of yourself in something like this. I had a lot of fun making this though and I'm so ready to make one for myself! lol
If anyone's interested in a pattern, I kept all my notes so I might be able to come up with a comprehensible pattern.
Anyway, any comments/criticism would be awesome and greatly appreciated!! I'll answer all questions to the best of my ability. Hope I didn't bore you all to death with my ramblings and explanations. Cheesy
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Idea help for younger brother on: December 05, 2006 07:08:39 PM
My brother is 15, and he's really big into music. He bought himself a video iPOD not too long ago and he's been extra careful with it (surprisingly). He used to have an old mini, but it's totally died on him (which is why he bought the iPOD video) and while it was still "alive and kicking" he dropped it a lot, so it collected quite a few sratches and sizeable dents. Eventually, the screen was even cracked.
Anyway, for Christmas, I would like to make him a protective case for his iPOD that will keep it from being scratched and dented when he does eventually drop it. I already know how I'm going to decorate it. My problem now, is that I don't know how to MAKE it.
Anyone have any ideas?? Anything and everything is appreciated!  Smiley
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