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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / shamrock, small bowl and bunny on: March 18, 2008 09:22:03 AM
Just a few more small things:

I think I used a J hook and vanna yarn.

Basket or bowl, but here it's function is to hold hot sauce packets. RHSS with an I hook.

The bunny pin - many know it and love it, in various colors of vanna with an I hook. Mine are stringy because I'm weaving the ends and tying bows in the back so my cousins aren't compelled to stab each other with safety pins.
I didn't go for eyes or tails.
Ch 4, sl st to first sh to form a ring.
Ch 3, 12 dc into ring sl st to top of 3rd chain
Ch3, 3 dc in next dc
Ch 10, sl st in first chain
Ch 9, sl st into same chain as before
Finish off and weave in ends. Glue on eye and pompom. Slip safety pin in the back.
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / In Bloom evolved on: March 17, 2008 08:36:00 AM
I started with the in bloom pattern, using vanna and an I hook. I realized it was bigger than I wanted but I still wanted to use it and decided it would become a hook case. I added the insert from Berroco's Kluster pattern: http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/kluster/kluster.html also in Vanna, but with an h or g hook. I attached it to the "bag" with the tails and added to bobbles to the edges for closures. It was one of the first things I finished and it definitely isn't pretty, but it's very practical and really not so bad.  Cheesy

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some f.o. goodness - mitts, camera case, neckwarmer, angel on: March 17, 2008 08:26:09 AM
There are more, but I have to take pics.

These have been completed over the past few weeks, but I am a lazy monkey, lol.

fingerless mitts/wristwarmers, from motley cruiser's pattern available on etsy, with Vanna in Linen http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9648135

camera case, no/my pattern, patons merino in grey mix, felted. for my sony dsc-t70 cyber-shot. started with a base chain of 16 hdc. I made 16 across, 1 hdc into the side and continued around with 16 more and another hdc in the side. After joining I made as many rounds as looked right, a little more of course due to the felting, and joining each round. For the flap I gradually decreased on each edge and added a buttonhole a couple rows before I stopped. I edged with crab stitch/rsc. I forgot to measure before felting, it was probably @ 3.5 x 4 without the flap before felting. I lined it with the liner from the box. The button is random from my stash.

This is a mobius neckwarmer made from this pattern with 2 colors of cat's meow, which is sadly discontinued.: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crocheted-mobius-scarf

I also made a little angel for a gift. I used size 3 cotton thread and size e hook:
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hockey Team Scarf on: February 12, 2008 11:14:09 AM
I made this scarf for a friend who is a huge NY Islanders (NHL) fan, much like myself. I made it lengthwise, beginning with a dc foundation chain. The orange and white stripes are 3 rows of dc and the blue stripes are 1 row of extended dc. I bordered the scarf with a row of dc in blue and edged with a crab/reverse sc stitch. I used Bernat camouflage hunter orange, RHSS dark navy and Vanna in white with an I hook. I really liked how the crab stitch came out, that's my new favorite edge. It's @ 5 feet long and 10 inches wide. The ends are kind of woky, I had trouble with the dc's into the vertical edges of the stripes, but overall it worked out.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Repaired Afghan on: January 23, 2008 09:40:02 AM
Not quite my own, but the actual reason I learned to crochet a few months ago. I taught myself to knit (not very well) @ 2 years ago. The fiance asked me one day if I could repair the afghan his grandmother had made him years ago. I gently explained knitting and crochet were two different things and he responded with asking me why didn't I teach myself like I did with knitting. Fair enough. So I made a few small things and decided to take care of the afghan last week. It's at least 20 years old and I knew I would find a matching yarn so I ended up with a related, but entirely different color.

This is where the outside row had separated from the second row. It was about 2 feet going around one corner. The loop of yarn is my repairing yarn.

After trying different things to mend it, I decided to slip stitch the 2 rows together without facing right or wrong sides. i basically lined up the bottom of the loose portion with the loops of the row below. The loose yarn was exactly that - loose. I offered to frog the edging and just do it over, but fussy pants asked very nicely if I could just mend it. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with it. It's sturdy and I've washed it already and no sign of falling apart.

This is the "front" side. It's uneven over the length of my handiwork because there is a row missing, technically, but you can barely see it.

So that's the reason I learned to crochet, lol.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / balls and a bag on: January 23, 2008 09:28:43 AM
I posted a few days ago a mitten and hat set for a future cousin. I decided to make a gift for her older brother who will be 2 later this year. I started with a pattern but ended up just going along with my head until I felt I was done.

I used Vanna from LionBrand in Linen for the bag, and various Moda Dea Sassy Stripes for the balls. The bag was very easy. I started with this pattern: http://members.aol.com/SAG55/bagball.html but I wanted the bag to be more open so I chained 10 before each sc in the space below, and the cord is just a single row of slip stitch. The balls were terribly easy also. I started with an adjustable loop, made 8 sc's into it and crocheted in spiral rounds without joining until I liked the shape.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby hat and "mittens" on: January 21, 2008 12:02:49 AM
The reason for the quotation marks is that said mittens started as booties, but I used thicker cotton than the pattern and ended up with these. I used Lily Sugar n' Cream buttercream ombre with a 5mm hook.

The patterns came from http://susan.kraus.net

8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Boy Beanie Pattern Revision and Ravelry on: January 15, 2008 07:55:12 AM
For those of you on ravelry, Laura Killoran, the designer of the boy beanie, has a revised version of the pattern available. The only place I've seen it is on her ravelry profile under designs, so I don't want to reprint it, but here's the link to her profile:http://www.ravelry.com/people/croshay .

**Actually the design is available on archive.org silly me.**

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Reconstructed furniture tutorials on: January 10, 2008 12:36:52 PM
I'm sure alot of you may have visited, but I love this tute blog for housewares
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Found advice for converting knit to crochet on: January 06, 2008 10:20:58 PM
I hope this is handy for those of you who have been asking:

  I love this <insert item> but it is knitted and I only know how to crochet. Can I still work the pattern? How? (5-12-05)

This subject is too deep to fully discuss in a FAQ, but here's a bit of basic info. According to http://www.ehow.com/how_18632_convert-knitting-pattern.html (shared with permission) one row of knit and one row of purl equals one row of sc. Three rows of knitting (k, p, k) equals one row of hdc. Four rows of K, P, K, P would be one row of dc. Six rows of stockinette stitch equals one row of tr.

If you are interested in getting into this topic more deeply, you might consider investing in a book such as From Needles to Hook Complete Guide to Converting Knit Patterns to Crochet by Donna Scott, The Needlecraft Shop.

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