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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hat from a defective granny square on: June 10, 2010 05:44:00 AM

Started out making a granny square with a star in the middle of it, but apparently skipped an important chain stitch somewhere in Round 3 or 4 and started noticing a bowl shape...  So instead of frogging and fixing, I made a hat with lots of scrap yarn and random stitch patterns.  Hope you like!
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / The PDQ Hat... aka Carrot Top for a carrot-top on: October 19, 2007 09:54:30 AM
Wheeeee!  I was going to do the stripes, but since this was my first time switching colors, I chickened out.  Then I got bored and bold and went a little silly on the earflaps... et voila, I present you with Carrot Top!  He waves hello.

I didn't bother with the buttons since the yarn stays up itself (the hat is just slightly tighter than what I was going for, not too bad, but I will use the I-hook instead of the H next time), but I'm thinking I might add some leaves or something at the very top for even more ridiculous effect.

I like it best flaps down, anyways:

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  The orange yarn is Red Heart, but the white and the green were thrift store finds of unknown content... I think they're still worsted weight, tho.  I fear if I make it in solid grey it will look like a metal helmet...
What do you think?? 

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Vintage sewing machine: Good Housekeeper brand, help!! on: September 06, 2007 05:53:43 PM
Hello fellow craftsters!  My mother managed to find this uber-cool vintage sewing machine at a flea market for $5  Shocked , but it's missing a few things and she's having a hard time finding them.  I though maybe someone here might have a lead or two...
The pics are here: http://picasaweb.google.com/cathy.tyler/20070905GoodHousekeeperVintageSewingMachine?authkey=tRz_BLiFXDk , and the brand name is Good Housekeeper.  Apparently it's from the 1950s or so, and is of Japanese origin.  She's looking for the foot pedal specifically, but if you even recognize this machine or know of some magic sewing machine shop that she could contact for parts, post away!  Thank you so much!!   Grin 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Thanks, dooney! My QnD *ruffly* romper :) Big pics on: August 14, 2007 05:17:30 AM
Major, major thanks to dooney for the tut for this easy romper! 
I had this old, drab shirt lying around that I bought for cheap, wore once, and realized it looked TERRIBLE on me, but was such soft and lightweight material that I kept it around for some unknown reason... and now I know why.  Here's a before pic (didn't think it would turn out decent, so I didn't take a plain before pic) of the only time I wore it:

Sorry it's sideways!
It had buttons about halfway down the front, so I used those as the front closure of the romper instead of snaps/velcro/what-have-you between the legholes.  I also left it pretty roomy to get over a cloth diaper, and since the fabric's so stretchy it's still easy to change my babe in:

I had to resize this shirt to a smaller size first, and in doing that I ended up with a seam down the front and back of the romper, and goofed up the back, so this is what I did to cover the mess-up:

I have also since fixed the neckhole, which was HUGE, by adding some elastic for some quick n' dirty (in this case, more functional than fashionable) ruffles.  Don't have a pic of that yet, but here's an action shot:

Since the original shirt was so long, I just left the legholes unhemmed and it's not fraying or anything... feels almost like a tissue jersey type of fabric, I think...
Thanks for looking, and thank you again, dooney!!   Grin  Comments/critiques welcome!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Farmer Friendly *fixed pics* on: August 05, 2007 11:15:43 AM
What better way to answer the supermarket question "Paper or plastic" than with one word:  Neither!
So meet the Farmer Friendly bag, since what's good for Earth is also good for the farmer (and thus the rest of us)- growing and using cotton vs. tearing down slow-growing trees or putting plastic into landfills. 
...but of course, the irony is that the bag's design is based on a plastic bag (that says THANK YOU), and contains bias tape in the familiar brown color of the traditional paper bag.  I hope you like it:

The color's more of a tan... and the writing says:  Neither paper nor plastic... I'm Farmer Friendly  (get it? farmer-friendly...  heheh)

Closeup of Sharpie-drawn design:

Before picture, with plastic bag used as a pattern:

And closeup of the brown bag bias tape and lining:

Thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Thanks, Cheytown! My first button-down to baby dress :) on: June 18, 2007 08:03:13 AM
Here's my first shirt-to-dress recon for my wee one!  Sort of a father's day homage, since the shirt was one of my dad's from the '70s (hub didn't have any to spare).  The shirt collar looked like it could be the brim of a hat to me, but it was WAY too small (even thought said wee one has a very wee noggin).  Here 'tis anyways:

You can see how small the hat is in that first one... oh well.  It was fun to make!  I was planning to put the button back where it would have been at the base of the neck of the shirt, but once I saw how small the hat was I didn't bother (hence the *something missing* feeling).  And here's the back:

Thanks for looking!  Happy crafting!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / *Recon* Fleece vest to... baby car seat cover! *TUT ADDED 01/17/07* on: December 28, 2006 07:28:07 PM
I'd been trying to find one of these car seat covers for awhile, but they're either expensive and nice-looking or cheap and not-so-nice looking... so I made one out of an old fleece vest I had in the closet.  Took me about a half and hour!   Grin  I love instant gratification.
For reference, here's one that I liked the style of (since it didn't go under the baby) but not the color: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2501237&cp=2255983.2256187.2256192&view=all&parentPage=family

And here's the one I made:

That's an infant head rest that you see inside the head opening (the cream-colored part).

I guess you could use the pockets for a pacifier or something, but I just liked how they looked.   Wink
What do you think?  Comments welcome!

HERE'S THE TUTORIAL!!   Grin  Took me long enough...
1. Start with your vest all zipped up; it will make things easier for you.  Cut each side seam from the bottom of the armhole to the bottom of the vest like so:

2. Open up your vest so it looks like this:

You'll probably have armhole ribbing on only part of the sides- if you're lazy like me and just want the cover to be functional NOW, fleece won't fray so you can leave the vest sides as is... or, if you'd like the edges to look better, you can sew on some hem tape or something right over the cut egde as well as the existing ribbing and no one will be the wiser.  Here's what it will look like if you leave it as is:

... a little unfinished, but you (I) can always go back and add the hem tape later.

3. Lay the vest out over the carseat (if you're lucky enough to have one handy, otherwise, scroll down for my ridiculously OCD list of measurements), and cut off the extra back portion like so- just make sure to leave a few extra inches, since you'll eventually make a casing for the elastic to go through:
As far as the bottom edge goes, you have two options: 1. as you can see from the above professional illustration, I expertly cut out the corners to fit around the front of the carrier (just eyeballed it) and then sewed the cut edges Right Sides Together to make a dart (somebody help me here- I think this is a dart, but I'm not exactly sure...).  Or 2. Don't cut anything; just pull the elastic drawcord tight (if you have one already in the vest, if not, make a casing and put in some elastic) and sew it in place or make a knot or something so it can't get lost inside the casing.  Here's what the "dart" looks like from the outside:

and what it looks like from the underside:

4. Make a casing for the elastic in the back by just folding under the back bottom edge and sewing a tube just wider than whatever elastic you have on hand (no need to double hem fleece since again it won't fray, but you can always fold it under again if you don't want the raw edge to show).  I just pulled out the draw cord that was in the discarded back of the vest and threaded it through my tube, then put the little plastic thingies back on that were originally on the sides of the vest... hard to explain, easy to show:

And the finished back edge (with the little drawcord tail tucked back in the casing):

Voila!  That's it!  You're done!! 
And for you spatial learners, to give you an idea of how the vest fits *now*, here's the front, side, and back view to help you see the difference vs. how a vest fits before you alter it:

 (sorry for the blurry pics... but you get the idea)

*NOTE: after having made this, I've decided to forego the darts in the future and just run an elastic casing in the front the same way it's done in the back.  It's much simpler and gets the job done just as well.*

Ridiculously OCD List Of Measurements:
-Length of front edge (same as back edge) stretched out: 20 inches.
-Length of back edge NOT stretched out: 12 inches (would be same for front if you did a casing vs. darts)
-Length from back of neckhole to center bottom edge of back: 9 inches.
-Length from front of neckhole to center bottom edge of front: 20 inches.
-Length of dart seam in each front corner: 5 inches.
-Width of fabric on either side of the neckhole: 6 1/2 inches.
-Open space of neckhole: 7 inches.
-Length of entire cover, back edge to front edge: 35 inches.

Happy Crafting!!!   ...hope this helps!!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first crocheted hats- 2 super simple spirals :) on: October 09, 2006 09:44:05 AM
Yay!  My first post in the crochet board!  I never thought it would happen, even after watching my mother crochet throughout my childhood, since I just couldn't seem to get the hang of it (she gave up the hook years ago).  But this weekend, while resting up and awaiting the arrival of my due-any-day-now baby, I found my crochet hooks and yarn and made these two hats while attempting to make a hat for the new wee one.  Alas, I can't follow a pattern to save my life, so they ended up *quite* big- one fits me, and one fits my son's head.   Roll Eyes  There's always attempt #3!

So here they are, posted as encouragement to anyone who can do a Double Crochet stitch that you CAN make a hat that's one giant spiral, starting at the top of the head and ending up at the eyebrows:

Here's the front, where I sort of skipped every other stitch (don't know how to explain it... I'm a total newbie) to make the rim a little tighter for two rows:

And the back- you can see where the spiral ends:

And the "baby" hat turned "toddler" hat:

Thanks for looking!!  You have each been such a great inspiration to me!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Super-simple baby bibs (from hand towels) :) PIC HEAVY on: September 14, 2006 06:47:34 PM
After seeing everyone else's BEAUTIFUL baby bibs, I've decided to post my decidedly less creative ones... but they're great for my 19-month old!   Wink  I used hand towels from Kmart and was able to get two single-layer bibs out of each one with plenty leftover for appliques (which I don't necessarily recommend, especially if it's your first attempt appliqueing *anything*) plus bias tape (one package also made two bibs).  I used Touchtape (like Velcro) for the closures:

Here's a closeup of the two really good ones, with the "E" made out of bias tape scraps and the star out of a hand towel scrap:

And the bib that made me think I was super-cool until my husband pointed out that the ghosts are PURPLE when Pac-man's eating them (they were originally on some bedsheet scraps and I couldn't find any purple ones) and also that the positioning is too high:

One I made for my cousin's son's first birthday:

And my favorite model showing just how BIG the bibs are... because he's a messy eater:

What do you think?
Thanks for looking!   Grin

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Strapless (Sexy?!) Maternity Top... PIC HEAVY on: September 13, 2006 08:45:32 AM
From using fellow Craftster Rostitchery's one-seam convertible dress tut I made an infinity-dress style top (page 19 of https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0 ).  At the time, I didn't account for just HOW BIG my belly would get, so I had to make another top for Happy Hour (virgin drinks for me) a few weeks ago.  I didn't have enough fabric to make the super-long straps, so I just went with a boob tube and a modified circle skirt that's longer in the front to make this top.  You like??
Here's the front:

The back:

The side (the money shot...  Wink ):

And the shirt placed front-down so you can see how much longer the front "skirt" is than the back:

yeah, yeah, the edges are all frayed, but I didn't bother hemming them bc the boob tube hugs the hoo-haas a little *too* much, and I don't think I'll be squeezing into this again in the next month and a half anyways.   Wink

*BTW, the color of the shirt (kind of a goldish tan) is closer to that shown on me rather than that last washed-out pic*
Thanks for looking!!

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