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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Yard Gnome on: December 28, 2007 07:00:52 PM
I can't find where the original person ever put a tut or did she?
OR were you just a really smart crocheter and figured it out?

I'd still love to make one, but I'm just a newbie beginner and would need a pattern to even attempt this.

Lovely Gnome!!!

thanks! but i would hardly call myself a really smart crocheter. i'm mostly a knitter. but it was really easy to just make it up as i went along. i would try something, and if it didn't look right, rip back and try again. do you know how to crochet in the round? and change colors? he's really just a tube with no shaping until you get to the decreases for his pointy hat.

start like this:
chain 4, slip stitch to form a ring
round 1: 9 single crochets into the ring
round 2: 2 single crochets in each stitch (18 stitches)

once you have those 18 stitches, it's just a matter of changing colors for his clothes, beard, face, etc. and once you get to his hat, i did the decreases like this:

(starting with 18 stitches)
crochet 2 together, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat all the way around (12 stitches)
single crochet in each stitch (12 stitches)
crochet 2 together, single crochet in next stitch around (8 stitches)
single crochet in each stitch (8 stitches)
crochet 2 together all the way around (4 stitches)
cut your yarn and sew the remaining stitches closed in a point.

i hope that helps! let us know if you get stuck!
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Yard Gnome on: December 28, 2007 05:40:51 PM
here's my version! this was a fun post-christmas just-for-me project! thanks for the inspiration!

hmm... it's kinda hard to see the color variation between his face and his beard/hair. maybe if i had some natural light for photos. oh well! i actually didn't have any appropriately colored yarn scraps, so (being the impatient person that i am!) i dyed my white yarn with tea. Smiley i think i may have to add an embroidered buckle for his belt too!
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: first post! trees and watches necklaces :] on: December 28, 2007 01:34:25 PM
Thank you guys!!! This is really awesome to hear some fellow craftsters opinions.

The first one is made from vintage earrings...kind of a celtic pattern. I cut it up to form the top half of the tree. The trunk is made from a vintage tin button that reminded me of tree bark...that's what inspired the whole piece.
The second is made from vintage pocket watch gears. I formed the rest from various scrap metals and drilled the holes and added the stone.
The last is a vintage pocket watch face, a cabochon, and the peace sign comes from a pair of earrings my sister use to own...the earrings are atleast 15 years old.

yeah, the celtic knotwork was what first drew my attention to the tree. quite spiffy, indeed! so, are you a metalsmith?
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: first post! trees and watches necklaces :] on: December 28, 2007 11:32:02 AM
wow, those are awesome! i especially like the tree. i'm curious, what materials are they made from?
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Yard Gnome on: December 22, 2007 07:43:59 AM
OMG, i love him! is there a pattern you're willing to share? or did you just make him up as you went along? either way, i may have to make one for myself! <3
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how would i go about re-vamping this jacket? on: November 27, 2007 03:37:20 PM
i already took the arms off because thats the only possible way to change the button line, right? without the armpit being in a weird spot? i just dont know how to tackle making it fit, and making it a-lined...

yeah, i would think it might be easiest to go ahead and take all the pieces apart and then cut them to the shape you want before sewing them back together. pretty much as if you were sewing from scratch with a pattern. just use the existing jacket to cut out your "pattern" pieces. it would be a lot of work, but i'd think it'd be worth it. but then again, i'm not a terribly frequent reconstructer of existing garments. so my ideas may be really different from what others who do revamps more often would suggest.
17  Florida / Florida: North / Re: People in St Augustine... on: November 27, 2007 02:17:27 PM
i subscribed to the thread, so i get an email whenever anyone replies ;>

that's because ana is a genius and has infinite wisdom!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can anyone tell me how/what this might be? on: November 20, 2007 03:26:48 PM

Whoa -- mental blast from the past!  I have this memory of a tv commercial for a gadget that made these. It was a plastic disk set on a knob, with metal tines sticking out all around. And the woman wrapped yarn about the tines, and when ready she twisted the knob; the tines would retract into the disk and the yarn would pop off as one of those flower-shaped disks. It may have been made by Ronko, or some such company if that's any help....
 Undecided Smiley

haha, i'm so glad you posted this reply! i thought i would be the only one who remembered that odd commercial!

i looked at that link that Horse Power gave - it looks about right. if i remember correctly, that is. teehee.
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My very first Human head/ face on: November 10, 2007 07:58:29 AM
great job! i knew at first glance who it was, before i read your text. and i'm not even a big country music fan. yay for you!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Square-bottomed canvas bucket :: Now with TUTORIAL:: on: November 10, 2007 07:54:57 AM
hmmm... what about making one with dividers? you know, like for sorting your mail or something? anyone have any ideas? i may have to try it, but if anyone has a technique to save me the trial and error, i'm all ears!
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