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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / tetris blanket finally done on: January 27, 2011 06:30:43 AM

So I finally finished it... it was a christmas gift for a friend that I started on dec 1st and didn't manage to get in the mail until... Jan 13th.   I'm so glad it's done, I just used a basic granny square pattern each square is about 5x5 making the whole blanket a pretty decent twin size (it's a little thin on the sides so I might add to it at some point).  Those of you who may have talked me off my ledge a couple days before I mailed it thank you.  I had felt it was an epic failure and got disgusted with it for about 24 hours including threatening to run it over repeatedly with my car. 

In all actuality I'm just so glad it's done, it was a ton of work, but my friend absolutely loved it as did his mom, who doesn't even really like video games. 
c&c welcome, but try and do easy on me I very rarely get to post a completed project on the boards.... usually I don't finish them my closet is full of storage bins with 1/2 done projects.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / first Amigurumi attempt- cactus on: January 20, 2011 11:24:43 AM
ok I am about to attempt my first Amigurumi.  I would like to make a little cactus for a friend for valentines day.  I always joke with him that he is my cactus because he's tall, thin, and very boney (his ribs poke me when i hug him too hard).  My question is what kind of yarn do I buy?  can I just use regular red heart or simply soft yarn? 
I am going to at least try to follow this pattern http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=471 as much as I can (I'm not very good with patterns I usually just get the idea going and then wing the rest of it) It looks like she just used regular yarn but I wanted to make sure, then I was planning on adding in some "spikes" with fun fur yarn weaved in.  I could use some advice before I get out of work so I can stop at joanns on the way home so I hope there are some workday lurkers like myself.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / giant christmas squid on: January 03, 2011 04:37:43 PM
This year for christmas I made DH a giant squid (he loves squids and all things with tenticles) sorry for the crummy photo, but at least I got one up.  I'm excited since this is my first completed project I've posted I think.  I've been a lurker adn occasional poster for a couple years now. 

That is my cat nuzz sitting in the picture with the giant squid which dh named Mr. None... cna't realy rememeber why.  I originally made this so DH could take it with him when he goes to key west for work for a month, but it ended up being too big so he asked me to make a mini Mr. None (he leaves in just over a week and this was my first ever attempt at a stuffed animal) he's got some flaws but he's a great 50/50 piece. Mr. None is just under 5 feet tall and despite all of his flaws very awesome   Grin  he only took about 5 hours to make, he's made from white fleece and the underside of his tenticles is a very cool fabric from Joann's.  It's green flannel that has a white bubble looking pattern that really looks like tenticles.  I'll be sure to post pictures of the mini as soon as I finish him.  Thanks for looking, c&c welcome
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / epic failure on: January 03, 2011 09:35:24 AM
so it's probably not as epic as I felt last night but I knew I could count on all of you for some moral support.  I have been working on a granny square tetris Afghan for a friend's "Christmas present" it was supposed to be a Christmas present anyway I started it on December 1st and greatly underestimated the amount of time it would require.  I have been SC'ing it all together as I go and weaving in all my ends as I do it so it looks pretty.  but I didn't make rows I actually put together tetris blocks and then sc'd all the blocks together thinking it would be more fun to just "play tetris" 

Last night I spread it out on the bed (it was 80% done) because I wanted to admire my work, stood back, smiled, and called DH in to show off my awesomeness.............
He then pointed out my epic failure insdead.   Angry I had messed up the grid and one of my blocks had not fully descended.  It wasn't just a bad tetris move it was an impossible error that could never actually happen in a game... and I had already done a bunch of work on top of it. 
I immediately started crying and calling it an epic failure.  I desperately wanted to send this out on wed, but now it needs surgery not to mention I still need to complete it.  I got to the point where I was just disgusted by it, this was my masterpiece I have been working on this monstrosity for the last 32 days and even been carting it back and forth to work so I could work on it during my lunch break.  All of the guys in my office have been calling me grandma for a month!  Shocked  I told DH I wanted to bring it outside and run it over repeatedly with the car (we live in upstate new york and the driveway is currently very dirty and slushy)

The worst part of this is that even if I wanted to send it as is in it's current epic failure state I can't because... a) the friend it is going to as a christmas present is a video game programmer  and b) I have to fix it because I appear to be some kind of crafting perfectionist everything else be damned but my crafts must be perfect

Just need a little moral support last night I had to put it in a pillowcase because I couldn't look at it anymore it just disgusted me I couldn't look away from the group of blocks... epic failure...
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / lion band suede please help on: December 04, 2005 11:21:28 AM
ok so i bought some of the lion brand suede yarn last night to make a christmas present (scarf) for my fiancee's aunt's gf (6 degrees of seperation anyone) and i kept trying to get a color out of them and all they would tell me was black was her favorite color so I said ok if it needs to be black i'll try out a soft fun yarn.
needless to stay i've started over about 6 times now because I can't find a pattern that looks good with this yarn!  Angry  does anyone know anything that has worked with it? or should i just suck it up and return it to walmart in exchange for something else and does anyone know any good black yarns that are kind of funky to replace it?
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