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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 6 pointed star baby afghan on: February 11, 2009 05:19:49 PM

This is a baby blanket I made from the Annie's Attic Six-Pointed Star pattern. The original pattern makes a blanket that's 69" in diameter, I just stopped after I reached about 40". As you can see, it was past the point where the star reaches 24 points.

I had a few questions, and I went ahead and figured them out because I couldn't find any help anywhere. So, I figured I'd tell you all what I figured out, then if someone else makes this, maybe it will go a little easier. You all have done that 6 jillion times for me, so I hope this helps someone sometime! Smiley

I had to start it over after it went to 12 points, because the middle bit (the white in my version) was WAY too loose. The white bits are the only places where you use double crochet, and it started rolling up into a concave surface. When I started over, I used a smaller hook on the dc parts, and it worked up just fine. I don't think this is a pattern flaw. I don't sc very often, and that's when this pattern gets complicated, so I think I just clamped down when I got there. It's OK, though, now I have a pointy bowl made out of yarn in case I should ever need one.   Wink

If I were to make this blanket again, I wouldn't work in BLO. It ended up having a very sharp appearance, and I think it would be just fine without it. Especially for a baby blanket, there was just too much going on.

It's a beautiful and well-written pattern. There were a few times when I thought, "This can't be right," but I just held on and did what it said and I ended up in the right place.

One more comment, there is a LOT of counting involved to keep this project on track. It's not one of those patterns where you "get the rhythm" and can just go off on your own. I needed to refer to the pattern every step of every way, and if I slacked in the counting I'd end up with the wrong number of stitches. (Not bad enough to have to frog it, I just "fudged" it to the right number of stitches, and it was pretty forgiving. I'm not proud, but I was under a deadline...) So, if that's not your thing, you'd probably do better with a different pattern. That's not normally my thing, but I really feel like the end result was worth it! It's just a gorgeous blanket!

Thanks for looking, I'm so excited about this project!  Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some slippers for me! on: November 10, 2008 10:13:37 PM
I was thinking of the cold weather coming and I whipped up these slippers for myself. They're 2 strands of worsted weight acrylic held together, and I sort of made up the pattern as I went along.

I love warm, comfy stuff Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft a Nativity? on: June 08, 2008 10:53:41 AM
Has anyone done this before? I couldn't find anything when I searched, but I'm a notorious search dolt... I found this as an idea, but I couldn't tell if it had ever come to fruition: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=61680.0

I collect nativities, and I love the more different and artier ones. I've seen skeleton ones, amigurumi ones, Barbie, beaded people, etc. It seems like there could be a nativity out of just about anyone's given craft forte!

I've never run a swap before, so there are a few things I'm not sure about. I was thinking that nativities seem to come in 2 basic forms, the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary and Joseph, either in the stable or the Flight into Egypt) and the whole shebang (Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the wise men, the shepherd, the angel, a bunch of animals, etc). I was thinking, for the sake of simplicity, of keeping it to the Holy family. I'm sure people have managed 2 tiered signups before, but I wouldn't want to bite off more than I could chew, KWIM?

And I was thinking of it now, so that we could get it over and out of the way before everyone gets busy with the ACTUAL Christmas season.

Would anyone be interested in something like this? What would you add, subtract, or want me to think of if I were setting this up?

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Binding off after cables? on: May 27, 2008 11:23:27 AM
I'm sure I'm just missing something simple...

I'm trying to figure out cables. I get the concept, and I can manage them pretty well (when I haven't lost my cable needle in the couch!)

But, when I finish up and go to bind off, it goes all wonky. I understand that it must having something to do with the cables pulling the fabric tighter from side to side, and then me binding off like a normal project...so it's not getting pulled in too. So, the bind off edge ends up very wide compared to the rest of the piece.

What am I doing wrong? I tried to search around here for answers, but maybe I'm using the wrong terms?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirts! on: February 22, 2008 03:36:05 PM
What do you do when all of your plans are put on hold because you've got the flu in your house? Make skirts for the girls!

The 2 skirts on the outside (ie on my girls Anya and Sage) are made out of a black flannel fabric. A mom in my homeschool group taught me how to make these. It's very simple, you sew a basic tube, then put a hem in one end and put elastic in the other and you're done! I don't really use patterns, anything I sew is sort of "good enough for government work" KWIM?

The one in the middle (modeled by Maya) is a T-shirt recon. It's loosely based on the instructions here, except I actually did put a hem in it since it's for church.

Both the T-shirt recon and one of the others have a drawstring at the top instead of elastic. I tried it both ways, and they preferred the drawstring, so they can share them around and they'll fit everyone pretty well.

Now, I think I'm going to try to find my hair scissors and trim Maya's bangs. Good grief, sometimes you don't really see your kids until you're taking photos of them!

I hope it's OK to put this here, I figured 2/3s of them were new, so the new area was the right spot?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Circle Cat Hat on: January 14, 2008 01:54:39 AM
In the thread for my my cotton market bag, there was a discussion on how to start with a crocheted circle and end up with a hat.

Once the nice folks over there pointed me in the right direction, I just HAD to try it out. Since I started after 2am, I really only had one victim model to work with.

So, can I get a big round of applause for Tigger, for helping me figure this out?

He's awfully patient!

It went just like ecreations described it in the other thread: To make a hat you make a circle, like you did here, big enough to fit the crown of the head of the wearer. Then you just work around, 1 stitch in each stitch of the previous row, no increasing, no decreasing. After a few rows you'll notice a bowl shape... keep going till its the length you want.

Here's the hat on its own (on yet another one of my couches):

This is a pretty nifty method. I was also thinking this could be an easy way to make a water bottle carrier or something of the sort.

Thanks craftsy folks, you guys make life cool!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cotton Market Bag on: January 13, 2008 09:01:19 PM
I've been toying with the idea of using reusable bags at the store. We used to do it all the time in college, but sometime between then and now I got old and tired and just started using the bags they give you.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to make a bag. I didn't really use a pattern, but there's nothing here that hasn't been done before. I made a circle for the bottom, then some mesh, and then a band of single crochets leading to a strap. I have fibromyalgia, so I'm not always able to carry a lot in my hands, so I made the strap long enough to go over my shoulder. Plus some! It's really stretchy.

Here's me and my bag, the bag is modeling several canned goods from my pantry:

Here's a photo showing off the bottom of the bag (and my weird old couch):

Here's another one showing the mesh sides (and the same weird couch):

For next time, I will make the strap shorter, and probably make the sides shorter as well. That was pretty darn heavy will all that stuff in it! I think having groceries spread out over more bags would be easier for me to manage...
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stash to the rescue! Tiny Harry Potter Hogwarts Scarves on: January 08, 2008 04:32:08 PM
A lot of families in our homeschool group have decided to follow the same unit study this month. We're starting La Paz Home Learning's A Term at Hogwarts. We're having a graduation ceremony at the end of the month, with a feast! Until then, we'll be studying hard.

Of course, the first thing I had to do was to dork out and make mini Hogwarts scarves for my kids to wear. I made the little cards they attach to as well, I just culled some art from the net (they were reproduced a zillion times over at different sites, which I hope means no one will mind if I use them for my kids). The verse is taken from "The Sorcerer's Stone," it's modified from what the Sorting Hat says.

My kids sorted themselves, which surprised me. I thought I'd have to intervene!

I just thought this was fun and wanted to share. Smiley It's just 9 blocks of 3 rows of single crochet (3 stitches wide) to make each scarf, then the fringe. Oh, and I attached it to a regular safety pin. No big deal, but the kids thought it was great!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lined or unlined, bag made out of recycled sari silk on: December 16, 2007 09:20:03 AM
I'm making a bag to carry my Scriptures in, and I'm using recycled sari silk yarn left over from the clapotis I knitted for my MIL.

This is my question, do I have to line it?  The stitches seem nice and tight, and there won't be anything in there that would fall out (just books, and a pen or two). I know the Unbiased bag at Knitty isn't lined.

I've just never made a bag before, and figured you folks would have some BTDT kind of advice. Thanks!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sugar Skull~Day of the Dead on: October 31, 2007 09:47:00 AM

Sorry it's so dark, I can't seem to get a good picture of it!

I thought this was fun to make. I found some general anatomic sketches of skulls on the internet, then embellished them with ideas I saw on mexicansugarskull.com. I transfered them with a wash-out pen and got to work.

It's on a tea towel, because everyone needs some Sugar Skull tea towels, I guess Wink I'm thinking of making another one, but this time making it BIGGER.

What do you think?
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