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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty bottle cover (or jar cover? you decide) on: September 24, 2009 08:14:17 PM

I bought these cute mini bottles of ginger brew when my parents came to visit. I was really taken with the pretty green bottle, and kept one. I thought Id crochet a little cover for it and make a pom pom flower, using the same yarn as my ripple blanket.

However, Im not sure about it. It kind of looks a bit like a beer coozie. I fit it over a Bon Maman jar, and Im just as iffy about that use too. Which looks better? Jar or Bottle?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / NY Noro Plaid on: January 26, 2009 04:33:23 PM
I'm so Proud of myself! I finally made something with my coveted skein of Noro Sock Cheesy So now I'm allowed to buy another Tongue

I made most of this scarf while in NY. It was COLD, and we stayed in way to often than we should have. But coming from sunny 70 degree weather, I just couldn't handle the 19 degrees NY had to offer. I used almost 100% of the skein, so this is a great pattern if you only bought one ball (like me). I need to block it, but I'm lazy:S

I've got the pattern write up on my blog, but I bet most of you can figure it out, since it is so simple:P
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / My boyfriend wants to learn to sew:) Now what? on: July 14, 2008 08:32:00 AM
Hello all,

I am pretty excited, because my boyfriend wants to learn to sew! He's never wanted to do anything crafty before, so this is cool. His ultimate goal is to be able to make a button up shirt, but I told him 'baby steps first'. I'm moderately experienced in sewing, but I've never taught anyone to sew. How should I go about it? He's dyslexic and impatient at times, so no learning from a book.

There are some sewing classes offered in my city (San Francisco), so should I just sign him up for one of those, or try to give him lessons myself? I'm leaning towards the lessons, but I think he wants to learning to sew as 'quality time' also. I suppose I could take the beginner sewing class too, but I'm afraid it would be too boring and a big waste of $$ for me.

Sorry I'm rambling, but I'm pretty stoked Cheesy So, any suggestions? Anyone else try to teach their boyfriend to sew before?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cotton puff and swab stashers (Owly and Stumpy) *with pattern link* on: February 12, 2008 09:57:59 PM
So I have the product overload curse that many women have, and so my medicine cabinet is full. I use Cotton puffs/rounds and cotton swabs daily for makeup, and I had nowhere to put them. So, I made myself some cotton cozies!

They look so innocent:

But the hide a soft and cottony secret:

I have the pattern for Stumpy here on my blog. I'm working on writing the pattern for owly, but I need to experiment some more.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty Puff Slouchy Hat UPDATE: Pattern link added on: September 12, 2007 04:48:26 PM
Update: Pattern posted Here

I'm on a "limited-buy" until I get my first paycheck from my new job. I allowed myself to buy three skeins of yarn because it was 60% off. I just donated all my yarn three weeks ago when I moved, so I promised myself I would not hoard my yarn, and must use it immediately.

I kept seeing these cute slouchy hats around, but I couldn't buy them. So I made one!

I used about 1.5 skeins of Lion Brand Cashmere Blend. I was inspired by a crochet pattern I saw someone on the net, but I can't remember where. I did write down what I did, so I can post the pattern if anyone is interested.

What do you think of it? Would you like to receive this as a x-mas present? (I'm thinking of making 1 or 2 more for gifts).


Thanks everyone for such kind words! I wore it last night to the laundromat, and I felt very chic folding my laundry Grin

As promised here is my pattern. I've never really written a pattern, so here goes!

Pattern available on my blog. And also below:

Puffy Slouchy Hat
Bulky weight yarn, size K hook. For Worsted weight use a J hook

The numbers in the [] say how many stitches there should be.

Puff stitch: (YO, insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop) 4 times, YO, and draw through all loops on hook. (Heres a video)

You do not have to join rounds, and this will create a spiral, and there will be no seam. Use a stitch marker if you do this, and keep the stitch count the same.

1: ch 4, 12 dc in first st, join in ch. (Just grab one loop from top of the chain. This makes the seam less visible, and this will make a circle.) [12]

2: ch 3, work 1 dc where chain is (in same st as join - ch3 counts as first dc), 2 dc in each stitch, join with sl st (remember, the ch counts as a st!). [24]

3: ch 3, work 1 dc where chain is, (work 1 dc, 2 dc in next stitch) around. Join. [36]

4: ch 3, work 1 dc where chain is, (work 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join. [48]

5: ch3, work 1 dc where chain is, (work 1 dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc) around. Join. [60]

6: ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Join. [60]

7: ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Join. [60]

8: ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Join. [60]

9: ch 3, puff st in same st as join, dc in next st, (puff in next st, dc in next
st) around. Join in top st of first puff. [60 sts: 30 puffs, 30 dc]

10: ch 1, (sc in top of puff, sc in next dc) around. Join. [60]
* It will look like you are skipping stitches here, but you arent. Just
remember, sc in top of puff, skip spot, and sc in top of dc post. Make sure you have 60 sts here!

11: same as row 9. [60 sts: 30 puffs, 30 dc]

12: sc around, same as row 10. [60]

13: same as row 9. [30 puffs, 30 dc]

14: sc around, same as row 10. [60]

15: ch 1, sc in each st around. [60]

16: ch 1, (sc in next 3 sts, dec over next 2 sts) around. Join. [48]

17: ch 1, sc in each st around. Join. [48]

18: same as row 17. [48]

19: same as row 17. [48]

20: same as row 17. [48]

21: ch 1, (slip st in next st, ch1, slip st in same st) around. Join in first sc.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Viola, Now you have a slouchy hat! Please post pics if you make this, I'd love to see! If there are any mistakes/confusion, let me know and I'll gladly fix em.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing with a vintage manual pedel machine. Possible? on: September 07, 2007 12:09:47 PM
Hey all. I am living in a small apartment, and I found a gorgeous vintage sewing table with hidden sewing machine for a decent price. Problem is, it is actually vintage, as in, it is NOT electrical. It uses one of those manual foot pedals. All I'd ever really done with a sewing machine is use straight stitch and reverse, so lack of features isn't a HUGE deal, but I want to know if anyone has ever had experience with a machine like this.

Will I be pulling my hair out and cursing? Otherwise, I'll just have a cute table and have to keep my (electric) machine hidden in the closet, which is fine but I really like the idea of a beautiful table hiding my machine:D

Any opinions?
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Graduation Gown? on: June 19, 2007 11:38:00 PM
I just graduated from college, and I am packing up and moving down to San Francisco where I'll be living in a teeny tiny studio apt with my BF. Thus, I have to get rid of nearly all my stuff!

I don't really want to throw away my gown, so do you guys have any ideas for my graduation gown. It's actually a really pretty burgundy color ('crimson'). I thought maybe a pillow? I'm not really sure, so I'm open for anything! I can use as much or as little of the gown, but it seems silly to just let it gather dust in my closet...

Same with the cap!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Best crochet projects for traveling abroad? on: May 16, 2007 09:06:21 AM
In one month I am traveling to France for 30 days. I will have a 14 hour flight there, plus a 5 hour train ride. I really want a crochet project that I can take with me for these long rides. I usually make amigurumi, but I've tried do it in the car all the fiddly little pieces fall off my lap and get lost.

I am trying to pack light, so i am thinking I might want only one or two projects that are relatively large, but also simple enough that I can do it on a plane/train and not lose my place every 5 minutes.

Also, I don't want to carry around 8 balls of yarn, so I think it needs to be relatively small too.

Does anyone have any idea.suggestions/patterns? 

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Watercolors on white sculpty? on: May 05, 2007 02:12:26 PM
I have some original white sculpty, and I'd like to paint some stuff I made with it, but all I have is watercolors. Will these work, or will they not stick to the clay?
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sweet Nothings on: May 01, 2007 07:25:27 PM
My boy sends me more truffles than any one woman could eat! I decided I needed a healthier, high-fiber alternative:

Looks like someone ate two of them already... We've got a cherry cordial, coconut covered rum ball, chocolate noir, dark chocolate covered strawberry nougat, mocha latte, mint chocolate and dark chocolate covered vanilla. Yum! 

but wait! It looks like someone ate half of the dark chocolate strawberry truffle! Oh, the humanity! Luckily I had set up security earlier and caught a picture of the truffle thief:

(Edit to remove cupcakes because they are not in a proper set. Whoops!)
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