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1  green and cream afghan - with pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: June 07, 2010 07:31:41 AM
this is a thank-you gift i made for some friends. i wanted to make another one like the blue and white one i did for my parents a few years ago, but lost the pattern. so i sort of winged it. i think it came out pretty well.  Smiley

i used caron simply soft yarn in dark green, light green, and cream (i don't remember the official names of the colors). i think i chained about 260 to begin with, and that was the length, not the width, of the afghan. sorry if the pattern's a little confusing, i don't write out patterns very often so i'm not that good at it yet.

dark green: dc for 6 rows
light green: sc for 1 row, popcorn stitch for 2 rows, sc for 1 row
dark green: dc for 6 rows
cream: sc for 1 row, fan stitch for 3 rows, sc for 1 row

repeat until afghan is desired size. i did 5 repetitions of the "dark green, light green, dark green, cream" sequence, then ended with dark green, light green, dark green.

for border, sc in cream all around, then fan stitch all around, then sc again all around.

popcorn stitch:
make 5 hdc in one stitch. take hook out of loop. insert hook into the first of the 5 hdc, reinsert it into the loop of your last hdc (where you took it out), draw that loop through the loop on your hook. chain one. skip a stitch, then do another popcorn stitch into the next stitch.

fan stitch:
make 5 hdc in one stitch. skip 4 stitches, make 5 hdc into 5th stitch. skip 4 stitches, repeat.
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2  the lopsided fairy in Costumes: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: February 13, 2010 11:16:33 AM
for my cousin's costume party a few weeks ago, i decided to be a fairy, since i already had a skirthttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302934.0.  i still needed to make wings though, so i looked up a few of the tutorials for fairy wings, and this is what i came up with.  my mom helped me paint/decorate them.  we have completely different personalities, which is evident when you compare the 2 sides.  my mom did the wings on the left, and i did the ones on the right.  we decided the finished product could be a psych study on contrasting brain types.  also, when i put them on they were lopsided.  so, i was the lopsided fairy.  Smiley

i used the leftover wire and flowers to make a wreath

my mom's brain:

my brain:

a bunch of flowers in the middle to try to hide the mess of duct tape and wire

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3  my new dragon friend in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: January 12, 2010 07:41:08 AM
after crocheting for 16 years, i finally got around to trying an amigurumi.  i used Angry Angel's pattern, and i think it turned out pretty well for a first attempt, though she's a bit lopsided.

since her wings are rather floppy and insist on curling up at the edges, she likes to ride around on my head instead of fly sometimes.

she still needs a name.  any suggestions?
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4  vegan fox stole in Knitting: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: December 08, 2009 03:46:13 AM
I've been knitting Christmas presents for my family.  I decided to make Knitty's vegan fox for my Grandma.  I don't know if she ever had a real fox stole back when they were in fashion - guess I'll have to ask her.   Smiley

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5  broad street mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: November 17, 2009 11:24:23 PM
after wrestling with the pattern for about a week, i finally finished my broad street mittens!  (from knitty.com)  i ended up using size 1 needles for the gloves, and size 2 for the mitten shell, and knit it all up pretty tightly.  

they're very warm when they're mittens.

and very useful when they're gloves.

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6  button magnets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: November 02, 2009 11:45:11 AM
i needed some magnets for my fridge.  and i had a big bag of buttons i didn't know what to do with.  i ended up with glue all over my fingers, and these:

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7  elbow-length fingerless gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: October 31, 2009 01:43:40 PM
i started out making socks, but then changed my mind and turned them into fingerless gloves.  this is my first attempt at gloves, so they're full of mistakes and look a little deformed when they're not being worn, and one is a little longer than the other, but overall i'm rather pleased with them.   Smiley

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8  straight from the land of Fairy...another gibbous-inspired skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: April 29, 2009 06:48:25 AM
well, here's my version of the gibbous-inspired fairytale skirt.  (also inspired by Addie Marie and Hadassah).  i started with a waistband and a zipper, sewed all the scraps to the waistband, then sewed them together at the sides. 

after i was finished with the main part of the skirt, i added lace, trinkets, a pocket, and braids.

when i was out taking pictures, i met another fairy in the woods!  Smiley

for more pictures of us together, feel free to visit my blog:

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9  cream and brown dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: April 12, 2009 08:03:51 PM
i had a hard time getting decent pictures of myself, so i just gave up and took some on the hanger.  this is simplicity 3745.

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10  blue pleated sun dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: March 09, 2009 05:44:57 PM
i finally finished my simplicity 3867 dress!  i haven't had a lot of time to sew lately, so i've had to work on it a little at a time.  as annoying as it was to make a practice dress first, i think it was worth it.  i was able to figure out my size a little better (those charts on the back of the patterns are useless), and make some changes to the pattern.  i'm rather proud of the pleats, since i don't have much experience at all with pleats.

i know this one's fuzzy, but it shows how the skirt hangs

the blue fabric is thin and somewhat see-through.  i don't like wearing slips, so i added a silky white lining to the skirt.

the pattern puts a bow in the front, which i didn't really like, so i switched it around to tie in the back

here's the tie up close

and a twirling shot, just for fun.  Smiley

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