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1  Re: Lip Balm Cozy (ADULT!) *Pattern Added* in Crochet: Completed Projects by castorella on: August 05, 2008 08:51:16 AM
I made one too!

thanks for the pattern! I put it on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/adult-lip-balm-cozy, hope that's OK!
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2  Frog - aka Kikker in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by castorella on: January 04, 2008 06:52:53 AM
The daughter of a friend of mine adores Kikker (=frog in Dutch, that's his name!), the loveable character designed by the late Max Velthuijs. So, for her second birthday I tried to crochet one. She was not impressed -how to impress a child nowadays eh!- but I secretly was. With myself.Smiley

The original Kikker looks like this: http://www.theagenda.nl/theagenda/library/show_image.php?ID=55846Isn't he cute!
Then I found the free pattern for this frog , and altered it slightly to make it look more like Kikker. And here he is.

I like the sort of squinting smile that he has. And the swimming trunks are what made the whole character adorable in the first place!

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3  Feathers McGraw: first finished project! in Knitting: Completed Projects by castorella on: January 04, 2008 04:38:11 AM
After seeing Mitsumames lovely crocheted Feathers from Wallace & Gromit, I wanted to make one too! The best pattern I could find was for knitting though, and I only started to knit a couple of months ago. What a challenge. Grin I decided to go for it. Check him out!

The pattern is from Patons, I got it on Ebay. It was not too difficult for a beginner. I changed the pattern slightly to make the glove-chicken-disguise removable (I mean DUH, that's the whole idea isn't it!)

I'm a bit annoyed with the stuffing showing through, but for a first time it's not too bad. I used 3.25mm needles (US size 3). The yarn I used is Rowan 4 ply soft for the black and white, and Regia 4 ply for the beak, feet and glove (only because my shop didn't have those Rowan colours in stock). Obviously I have a lot of red, orange and pink left. I might start doing socks soon! Roll Eyes

Close-up. The eyes are 6mm safety eyes for teddy bears. The position is a bit uneven, I know.

It was a present for my brother, but someone else showed interest as well...I was just in time to save it. Yarn and puppies...sigh.

Heeeeeeeere's Feathers! Shocked

thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by castorella on: August 15, 2007 10:14:22 AM
I made my second one! First there was Oscar (the red one) and now he's got himself a girlfriend: Clotilde. She's a little bit kinky but Oscar says that is what he likes about her.

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5  An overlooked dropped stitch in a finished project, now what? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by castorella on: August 15, 2007 09:32:25 AM
Hello everyone! I started knitting a couple of weeks ago and I have just completed my first knitting project ever. I'm really proud! Well, I was proud, until I noticed this stitch. Don't ask me how it happened; I'm baffled.
I knit Wendy's warm braided cable wristwarmers (well, just the left one so far) and when I tried it on I discovered a loose stitch! Now since I'm only a beginner I have no idea if it is possible to correct this without unraveling the whole project. Besides, I've already bound off!  Huh
This is the little bugger:

I put a needle in the loose stitch to prevent it from dropping any further. Oh and the hole next to it is for my thumb, before anyone starts yelling that I made another mistake. Wink

Is there anyone who can help me?

By the way, the pattern was great and I recommend it to everybody! You can find it here:
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6  Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by castorella on: January 13, 2007 05:23:47 AM
Here's mine!

I just started crochet a couple of weeks ago, so it took me a loong time and after two legs I was completely fed up with it. Grin Still, now that he's finished I'm very proud and think he's cute. Thanks a lot for the pattern!

Don't mind the terrible state my walls are in, I'll be moving out in a couple of months.
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7  Re: Game Sprite Cross-stitchs in Needlework: Completed Projects by castorella on: November 20, 2006 03:08:39 PM
I absolutely agree! The pattern has already been made for you by the pixels and you have a finished piece of work in no time. And they make great gifts! I love your Celes by the way, FF3 is one of the coolest SNES games!

Meet Link, he works in my house as a coaster.Wink
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8  Sewing machine thread cutter, SO useful! But... in Stitch And BOTCH by castorella on: July 12, 2006 04:22:23 AM
Well there I was, making a bag. Tons of things had already gone wrong, but still I was happy with it. Just sew the last stitch into place...cut the threads when finished...don't ask me how it happened, I was a bit too agressive in my movements...but the fabric of the strap got caught in the sewing machine thread cutter! AAARGH! Now what?!

check the red circle
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9  Re: Reversible tote bag - with tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by castorella on: July 09, 2006 04:45:43 AM
OK, it's official - I am an idiot.

Despite Gloriana's great and clear tutorial I managed to add the straps to the opposite sides...and now it's next to useless because it's impossible to wear it around my shoulder. I'm still thinking of a way to correct it without having to take the whole thing apart again. Anyway, here's a pic, because the fabric is so cool for a shopping bag.

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10  Re: messenger bag with gusset tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by castorella on: February 17, 2006 03:25:19 PM
I just finished my first bag! I used a fabric that my mom gave me. When I was little, I had a pillowcase of the exact same fabric. I have always hated it, it's so old fashioned! I decided to deal with this childhood trauma by turning the fabric into an experiment bag, with a zillion mistakes. that'll show them! Grin

I'm not going to show you the inside since I made a VERY feeble attempt to insert a zipper pocket. Undecided

i know this is an old thread, but i was wondering if someone could help me out...

When i attached the lining to the bag according to instructions, it seemed like my straps and cover flap got "swallowed" by the lining, and disappeared from the outside of the bag... so when i pulled it through they were gone. what did I do wrong / how can I fix this?

*figures my first post ever would be cuz I screwed something up and had to ask how to fix it... lol*

Thanks in advance!

Plen, that happened to me as well! Shocked I turned the whole thing inside out and was like: erm...didn't I attach a flap? I just ripped the lining and the outside fabric apart and started again, but now that it's fixed I don't remember anymore how I did it. Good luck!

(edit 5 minutes later): I think you should not put the flap and the straps inside the outer bag at the point where you put the outer bag in the lining bag, but leave them in between the two bags. Then you can pull everything out later.
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